Weiss Architecture is an Austin-based design firm, providing full architectural and interior design services from concept through construction. We have gained recognition for our mindfulness to our client’s budget and project goals, as well as our ability to quickly navigate through the building permitting process.
Beginning in 2003, we have grown from a one-man shop to firm of three current employees, remaining deliberately small to prioritize and cultivate genuine relationships with our clients, consultants, and contractors. Because of our efficient and determined work ethic, our projects have gradually increased in scope, size, and quantity. We now specialize in commercial, residential, and mixed-use design services, as well as site planning, programming, space planning, renderings, conceptual drawings, and permitting/construction administration services. Our work varies from small, residential additions, to bars, restaurants, office buildings, and performance spaces, to large-scale, new construction movie theaters.
Throughout our 17 years of business, we have developed a unique approach to design. Architecture can be a confusing and chaotic endeavor, and it is our mission to simplify the noise through our tested core values:
We boast a combined 50+ years of experience in site analysis, feasibility, architectural design phases, permit submissions, bidding and negotiations, and construction administration. With of our firm’s diverse experiences, we have encountered a multitude of unique conditions that have cultivated an impressive and ever-growing knowledge of our industry.
Our approach to design is grounded in our extensive expertise and creativity. We produce imaginative, sustainable, and highly functional spaces informed by the wide array of backgrounds and interests held by our well-rounded team of professionals.
We believe the most exciting challenges come when we must transfer our minds’ creations into the practical built world. For this, we not only have a deep understanding of various design standards and construction methods, but we also possess practiced insight to the intricate details, tricks, and procedures required to complete a building.
Relationships with our clients, consultants, and contractors are our highest priority, and our commitment to them extends beyond the drafting table. We eagerly support our colleagues whenever the opportunity arises. Our sincere care for our work matches our sincere care for the good of humanity, and this truth builds the foundation for our professionalism.
By implementing these distinguished values, we are passionate about bringing projects to fruition with creative, modern, and efficient solutions. Our clients, consultants, and contractors truly are our highest priority, and we work as a team to help our clients realize their vision. We welcome the opportunity to help turn your architectural vision into reality.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
The Borer Family
Dr. Colin Tam
East End Flats LLC
The ESK Group
Evan Voyles and Gail Chovan
Kerbey Lane Cafe
The Kome Group
The McIngvale Family
South Austin Music
Juror, School of Architecture and Historic Preservation, University of Texas, Ongoing
Alamo Drafthouse (Best Movie Theater), The Highball (Best Karaoke), Kerbey Lane Café (Best Late-Night Dining),
Daruma (Coziest Little Ramen Spot) Best of Austin, Austin Chronicle 2017
Richard Weiss, Chapter President, AIA Austin, 2013
Secret Bar Guide: 8 Hidden Spots in Austin, Zagat, 19 Feb 2013
Austin Modern Home Tour, Holly Haus, 2011
Design Commission Member 2001-2011, City of Austin
Richard Weiss, Young Professional Award, AIA Austin, 2009
Commercial Design Standards Task Force Member 2004-2007, City of Austin
Design Standards Task Force, City of Austin
“Tokyo in Texas: Distinctive Japanese Food Is Thriving In Austin, New York Times, 30 April 2018
“Potty Parity,” Texas Architect, Jan/Feb 2018
“Darling Daruma” Austin Chronicle, 9 August 2013
“AIA Austin Homes Tour 2013”, Austin Home Magazine, Winter 2013
“For Kerbey Lane, It’s Out with the Old, In with the Blue’” Alcalde, 31 August 2012
“Kerbey Your Enthusiasm,” Austin Chronicle, 27 April 2012
“12 Pools We Love,” Austin Monthly Home Magazine, Summer 2012
“Tweaking the Model, if not the Mission,” Austin Chronicle 10 February 2012
Top 10 Best New Bars in the US (Midnight Cowboy), Food and Wine Magazine, 2012
“10 Pins and a Dream,” Austin Chronicle, 12 June 2009
“This Town is Big Enough for the Four of Us,” Austin Chronicle, 4 March 2005
2018 AIA Austin Homes Tour, Nellie Residence
2013 AIA Austin Homes Tour, Treemont Residence
4 Star Green Building Award, Austin Energy 2018, Habitat for Humanity Headquarters
5 Star Green Building Award, Austin Energy 2013, Webberville Flats
4 Star Green Building Award, Austin Energy 2013, South Park Duplex
5 Star Green Building Award, Austin Energy 2012, Treemont House
2010 Star Builder Award for Best Kitchen and Best Bath – Bowman Residence, Texas Association of Builders