The Houston office was born out of a strategic decision to provide our existing and future Houston-based clients an increased level of the high quality design and outstanding service using the Legacy Design approach in a local setting.
Located at the corner of Main Street and Congress Street in the Historic District of Downtown, this office is three blocks from Allen’s Landing, the location where Houston was founded. We are inspired by the aspirational and entrepreneurial roots of the city, the continuation of that spirit found in its current residents and their desire to deliver innovative solutions fitting of this surprising city. Our neighborhood is eclectic and ever-changing, containing a variety of local businesses, bars, restaurants, loft-style housing, hotels and parks. The light rail is at our doorstep, and from there Midtown, the Museum District, and the Medical District are a short ride away on the red line. We are two blocks from bayou trails, within walking distance of the Theater District, and a short ride on the purple line to Minute Maid Park and the BBVA Compass Stadium. Downtown has truly been revitalized, continues to grow and the ability to walk, ride a bike, and utilize light rail is a key part of the City’s redevelopment fabric which illuminates Houston’s transformation into one of America’s great “green” cities.
The Houston office will continue to deliver projects that support the “greening” of Houston, and we hope to make significant impacts to green infrastructure and stormwater management practices, mobility choice and quality of life for the citizens of the fourth largest city in the country. Our projects are diverse and a reflection of the enormous cultural diversity and exciting change so evident in this city. Additionally, we will support the firm’s effort in China and other international markets. We aim to take advantage of the two international airports that Houston offers as this allows a broader reach to global work.
The Principal of Design Workshop Houston is Steven Spears, FASLA, PLA, AICP, and Amy Harbert serves as the Office Director. Please contact them for business development inquiries.
Recognizing the significant growth that Houston will face over the next fifty years, Design Workshop’s approach and commitment to creating a healthy 21st century city is at the forefront of our purpose in Houston. For example, Design Workshop led the master plan for Springwoods Village, a land planning and development project which houses the new Exxon Mobile World Headquarters and provides quality, sustainable housing for many of the employees. Also, as urban density increases, we are designing Midtown’s Superblock Park, a three-acre park project adjacent to the McGowen Street Transit Station. Environmental resiliency is the focus of our effort for the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center master plan and implementation project. Healthy transportation solutions are critical components to successful cities, and we are leading the design effort for Uptown’s Post Oak Boulevard transportation improvements.