About Alter Studio

Alterstudio Architecture LLP of Austin, Texas focuses its attention on the relationship between the material facts of architecture and the social occasions it shelters and invites.  The work is rooted in deep-seated virtues of architecture – generous space making, shrewd manipulation of day lighting, and meticulous attention to detail. The heightening of direct human experience and the framing of the complex circumstances of their situations are at the core of each project. 

Our commitment to enhance and protect both the cultural and natural environments of the communities we serve is evident in the technical craftsmanship of our designs and in the long-term sustainability of our projects.  We view the creation of ecologically responsive design as a core value in our office.  We promote an ecological approach that acknowledges the impact of finite resources as a positive contributor in the creation of an ethical architecture.  It compels, informs and guides our choices and recommendations during project development strategies, programming, product selection, detailing, specification of materials and contractor selection.  Our approach to sustainable design goes beyond logistical and mechanical elements, to create an architecture that is uplifting to its users and in harmony with its cultural context and natural surroundings.

Widely recognized for their compelling designs and meticulous attention to detail, Alterstudio Architecture has won more than 100 design awards and has been regularly published regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2015, Alterstudio received the Firm Achievement Award, the highest honor that AIA Austin can bestow on an architecture firm for outstanding contributions to the community, the profession, or for producing distinguished architecture. The office relies on the talent of its three partners and nine staff members.  

Our Staff
Joseph Boyle, AIA
Lauren Jones
Sara Mays, RID
Shelley McDavid
Daniel Shumaker, AIA
Elizabeth Sydnor
Michael Woodland, AIA
Virginia Adkins