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 75 design awards and has been regularly published regionally, nationally and internationally. The office relies on the talent of its three partners and six staff members.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Kevin Alter has focused on the design of elegant buildings over a wide variety of building types and scales. In addition to his background in professional practice, Mr. Alter is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Academic Director for Architecture Programs, Sid W. Richardson Centennial Professor of Architecture, Director of the Summer Academy in Architecture, and Associate Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design, construction, and theory. Editor of nine books, his writing has also appeared inArchitecture, Progressive Architecture, and Architectural Design, among other journals, and he has curated many exhibitions that have been shown in numerous venues. He has been a Visiting Critic, Reviewer, Lecturer and Visiting Professor at dozens of institutions around the world.