Austin Architecture

Austin's best new architecture: These award-winning designs go beyond the norm

American Institute of Architects_Austin_Chinmaya Mission_Miro Rivera Architects_2015
Courtesy of Paul Finkel | Piston Design
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Stubb's Greenroom_Baldridge Architects_2015
Photo by Casey Dunn
American Institute of Architects Austin Gardner Restaurant Baldridge Architects 2015
Photo by Casey Dunn
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Bunny Run Boat Dock_Andersson Wise Architects_2015
Photo by Andrew Pogue
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Austin Community College Highland Campus_Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects_2015
Photo by Casey Dunn, courtesy of AIA Austin
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Back Alley House_Tim Cuppett Architects_2015
Photo by Whit Preston
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Lake View Residence_alterstudio architecture_2015
Photo by Atelier Wong Photography
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Modern Texas Prefab_Aamodt_Plumb Architects_2015
Courtesy of Aamodt / Plumb Architects
American Institute of Architects_Austin_West Lynn Studio_Baldridge Architects_2015
Photo by Casey Dunn
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Casis Elementary Outdoor Learning Center_Baldridge Architects_2015
Photo by Casey Dunn
American Institute of Architects_Austin_Tracing the Line_Baldridge Architects_2015
Photo by Casey Dunn

From hot East Austin restaurant Gardner to the new Austin Community College Highland Campus, these outstanding designs are refining — and redefining — the Austin landscape.

On May 7, the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects gathered at KLRU Studio 6A to recognize the 12 winners of the 2015 AIA Austin Design Awards. 

The winners are 58 percent commercial, 33 percent residential and 8 percent architectural installation. Only one design winner — the TDECU Stadium at the University of Houston — is located outside of Austin. 

"[The jurors] were intrigued by architecture that went beyond the norm — projects that adaptively reused older buildings, brought attention to underused public spaces, or challenged traditional building technology and materials usage," said AIA Austin Board President Stuart Sampley in a press release.

Click through the photo essay to check out the amazing Austin designs. And keep an eye out for these inspiring designs as you drive around town.

The winning work will be on display at the Center for Architecture beginning May 19.


Chinmaya Mission by Miró Rivera Architects.

Stubb's Greenroom by Baldridge Architects.

Gardner restaurant by Baldridge Architects.

The Bunny Run Boat Dock by Andersson*Wise Architects.

Austin Community College Highland Campus by Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects.

A Back Alley house by Tim Cuppett Architects.

A Lake View residence by alterstudio architecture, LLP.

A Modern Texas Prefab by Aamodt / Plumb Architects.

West Lynn Studio by Baldridge Architects.

The Casis Elementary Outdoor Learning Center by Baldridge Architects.

"Tracing the Line" as part of the Waller Creek display by Baldridge Architects.