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Architecture is personal, the art of making one’s place for life, happiness and well being. Our design process emphasizes personal dialogue, 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 strict 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).


Acknowledgments —

2019 Texas Society of Architects, LeanToo
2019 AIA Austin Design Award, Shibui
2017 AIA Austin Design Award, LeanToo
2016 AIA Austin Homes Tour, LeanToo
2016 Preservation Austin Merit Award for Contemporary Addition, Highland Ave Bungalow
2015 AIA Austin Homes Tour, Platform
2015 23rd Annual Preservation Austin Historic Homes Tour - Austin Through the Ages, Modern Revival
2012 Remodeling Design Awards for Excellence in Design and Construction
2010 AIA Austin Art X Architects First Award, Canyon
1997 AIA New England Regional Council Award for Excellence in Architecture, Killingworth House
1995 AIA New England Citation for Design Excellence, McClintock Laboratory
1995 AIA Connecticut Design Award, McClintck Laboratory
1994 Builder’s Choice Design & planning Awards, McClintck Laboratory
1993 Metropolitan Hartford and AIA CT Residential Design Award - Killingworth House
1993 American Wood Council Wood Design Merit Award, Killingworth House
1993 AIA Connecticut Design Award, Academic Center and Honors Housing
1993 AIA Connecticut Best of Show Drawing Award
1993 AIA Ohio Award of Merit, Academic Center and Honors Housing
1993 Connecticut State Parks Competition
1992 Centerbrook Travel Grant Recipient
1974 Best High School Drafting Award


Publications —

2019 Book, The Architectural Story of Quinnipiac University by Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA
2018 Dezeen, Nick Deaver enlarges 1930s cottage in Austin with glass and metal additions
2017 Book, Centerbrook 4
2017 Texas Architect Magazine, A Simple, Curated Life
2017 Austin Culturemap, These Austin homes achieve high style on a low budget
2016 Architectural Record, Featured Houses: LeanToo
2016 Case Study for Fisher & Paykel Kitchen Design
2016 Austin Monthly Magazine, Right House, Right Place
2016 Austin Monthly Magazine, The Divine Dozen
2016 The Austinot, 12 Don’t-Miss Houses to Explore During AIA Austin Homes Tour
2015 Austin Monthly Magazine, Perfect 10
2014 Western Art & Architecture Ones to Watch: Architect Nick Deaver
2014 Austin Monthly, A Home Worth the Wait
2013 Dwell Magazine An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas
2012 Book, Spectacular Outdoor Living
2012 Remodeling Magazine, Sleek, Modern Home Remodel in Texas Hill Country
2010 Architects and Artisans, Three Stones: A Home to Fit Texas
2010 Austin American Statesman, Architects home tour features remodels that add life, light
2009 Book by Marc Vassallo and Sarah Susanka Not So Big Remodeling
2006 Book, The Enthusiasms of Centerbrook: Selected and Current Works
1993 Book, Centerbrook: Reinventing American Architecture by Michael J. Crosbie
1993 Remodeling Magazine, Killingworth House
1993 Woman’s Day Magazine, Killingworth House


Jes Deaver, Assoc. AIA


Jes is a graduate of the University of Houston Graduate School of Architecture and Design and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked in the film and television industry writing, shooting and directing in both Texas and New York before joining Pfeiffer Architects in Los Angeles. While there she was a team member on the design and implementation of a $40 million performing arts building at Gonzaga University, as well as, assisting with the design of the technology commons at the Los Angeles Public library. Her science fiction writing has been published in Texas Architect Magazine and the literary journal The New Engagement. Jes presently works for Nick Deaver Architect and is the co-Chair for the AIA Austin Women in Architecture committee.


Acknowledgments —

2017 AIA National and Young Architects, Selected for Participation Practice Innovation Lab
2015 SEGD Global Design Awards Program Merit Award, Graduate Design/Build Studio
2014 Women in Architecture Dallas, Selected for Exhibition
2013 Keep Houston Beautiful Recognition Award, Graduate Design/Build Studio
2012 D3 New York City, Selected for Sketch Exhibition
2005 The Great American Film Festival, Best Screenplay Runner Up, Drawn
2004 Dallas Women in Film Competition Screening, Mother of Pearls


Publications —

2018 Texas Architect Magazine, Selection from Zero:Emancipation