Our projects are the sum of great collaborations. For all of the work produced by this office over the years, we are forever appreciative of the many creative and talented persons we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside day by day.
These collaborators include great clients, architects, engineers, designers, leaders, managers, artists, carpenters, craftspersons, and all manner of consultants. Their thoughtfulness and insight has been inspiring and shine through all our projects.
Mell studied architecture at the University of Texas in Austin. After working with Charles Moore and a partnership with Paul Lamb, Mell started his firm in 1991. Mell Lawrence Architects was voted 2001 AIA Austin Firm of the Year in recognition of its consistent excellence in design and contribution to creating a unique architecture. His work has been published extensively and been recognized with design awards at local, national, and state levels. In 2007, Mell was honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles. He hails from Houston.
Krista Whitson, AIA, holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. She is a licensed architect. Before joining our office, she worked on several City of Austin civic projects. Her photography exhibit "Dance Halls of Central Texas" and catalog was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She hails from Indiana.
Dan Gruber received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is a licensed architect and LEED AP. Originally from Colorado, Dan has practiced architecture in Austin for over fourteen years.
Hector Martell holds a Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Art & Design from MIT. He is a licensed architect in Texas and California, and a LEED AP. He is focused on elegant, modern design, passionate about building systems, and is interested in all things design related. He is originally from San Antonio.
Erin Curtis studied business at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His early career path led him to retail management positions in Colorado and Texas. In 1986, Erin and a business partner created NUVO, a retail gift and accessory boutique highlighting contemporary design. By 1994 NUVO grew to include boutiques in Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas. Since retiring from retail in 1995, Erin has focused on pursuing interests in design and business management. He grew up on a ranch in Colorado.
Clare received her Master in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Previously, she worked for VMDO Architects in Charlottesville, Virginia and dwg. Landscape Architects in Austin, Texas. She is excited about public space, urban life, and biking everywhere. She spent her first 26 years in Virginia before Texas lured her away for graduate school.
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