Architecture is personal, the art of making one’s place for life, happiness and well being. Our design process emphasizes personal dialogue and discovery and results in an architecture reflective of and belonging to each client. We are interested in creating memorable places that respond to the local context with a commitment to minimal demands on the environment and optimum return on the use of nature and materials.
Prominent in our designs, which have been described as both traditional and modern, are the use of natural light, the flow of space and the dissolving of conventional distinctions between interior and exterior. We believe buildings should submit rather than subjugate the land and that architecture can awaken the senses reconnecting us with nature. Our work seeks to celebrate modesty, beauty and meaning, all qualities that encourage sustainability. Nick Deaver has received numerous awards for a wide range of projects from residential to genetics laboratories, many with limited budgets. We give special attention to the owner, the builder and trades people in the design and construction process. Accessibility and communication enlarges each participant’s investment and raises the craft of the building.
We believe architecture is personal and aspire to enrich our client’s lives through it.
Nick Deaver, AIA
Nick, a native west Texan, moved to Austin to establish an architectural practice after a long tenure with Centerbrook Architects, the 1998 AIA Firm of the Year, established by Charles W. Moore in Essex, Connecticut.
Nick’s work includes private residences, office buildings, theaters, arts and academic buildings, university housing, research laboratories, medical facilities, and recreational buildings.
Nick has received national and regional awards and recognition for innovative designs, the most prominent being the Killingworth residence which was unanimously voted the national Renaissance ’92 Remodeling Project of the year and was also awarded an American Wood Council Merit Award; the McClintock Laboratory commissioned by Nobel Prize winning scientist, Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA , awarded the AIA New England Design Award; and the winning design for the Connecticut State Parks competition for Excellence in State Parks Architecture.
Nick’s work has been published in numerous books. Two of his homes have been featured in Not So Big Remodeling by Marc Vassallo and Sarah Susanka, 2009, the author of Not So Big House. Other books include: Centerbrook: Reinventing American Architecture by Michael Crosbie, 1993, Centerbrook; Volume Two by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean, 1997, and The Enthusiasms of Centerbrook by John Morris Dixon.
Nick’s commitment to Austin’s historical architecture and neighborhood re-development is demonstrated in his saving and renovation of a vintage 1919 Craftsman Bungalow in the downtown area, the building which now serves as his office and residence. His vision and “hands on” restoration reveals his love of design, his careful attention to detail, and his commitment to community reinvestment. His home now contributes to the West Line National Historic District.
Nick received a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Communications, Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas in Austin and has since worked as a writer, producer, and developer of high-end content for marketing, design, and narrative film and video. Her experience includes documentary and architectural photography and technical camera work for commercials and motion pictures.
In addition to working at her father’s practice, Jessica is currently attending The University of Houston’s Graduate Architecture program.
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