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About Us

About Us

The Arkitex Studio is an alliance that blends the personal and project experience of Charlie Burris, Dr. Elton Abbott, Mike Record, and Eva Read-Warden. The Arkitex Studio team has experience and the staffing depth to provide timely design solutions for a wide variety of project types and sizes.

Quality architecture and enduring personal relationships are the foundation of our practice. Each project brings a unique blend of constraints — of scope, budget and time. We thrive in this rigorous context.

We are committed to fulfilling our clients’ needs; we are advocates for design excellence and sustainability in our community; and we seek commissions that will challenge us to better ourselves and the built environment. We sincerely desire the opportunity to prove the value of our services to you.

5

REGISTERED

ARCHITECTS

115

COMBINED YEARS

OF EXPERIENCE

4

AIA BRAZOS

PAST PRESIDENTS

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OUR PROCESS

In its essence a PROCESS is a series of deliberate steps aimed at achieving a particular outcome. The Arkitex Studio team is highly process-oriented in performing our services, based on many years of experience, a variety of project types, and refined approaches to efficient design resolution. This requires both architect leadership and intense client interaction. An important aspect of how we work is to begin with a very broad range of design considerations that progressively narrow as the final solution is identified. All projects are unique, but the creative process remains essentially the same, though the methods are adjusted to specific situations. Our responsibility is to guide our clients through the seemingly complex design process efficiently. We do whatever is deemed necessary for the specific project requirements, controlling the use of resources without reducing the quality of services or design outcome.

The design process begins with an information gathering and analysis step, resulting in a clearly defined problem and program of space requirements. The program identifies the realistic project scope which allows an early assessment of likely project cost. Initial design activities are conceptual, establishing a vision for the project based on clearly defined objectives. The creative process is dependent on both intuitive and logical considerations. Conceptual design is further defined during schematic design as specific aspects of site, plan, and appearance become more clearly envisioned. This requires investigating a variety of alternatives so that the client can team with the designer in determining the best approach to solving the design problems. The process continues with more definition into design development and the technical work, construction documentation. Design decision-making never really stops as the all aspects of the design solution become increasingly resolved through the process.

As designers, planners, and communicators, our aim is to help clients make all manner of relevant decisions, ultimately resulting in a set of technical documents to guide implementation of the process-determined design intent for any project. The Arkitex Studio is committed to listening to our clients and guiding them through the overall creative process, committed to successful project outcomes that meet, and even exceed, client expectations.

meet our

Team

Charlie Burris has been involved in every aspect of architectural practice with a particular interest … Read more

Mike joined The Arkitex Studio in 1997 after working in Reston, Virginia and Houston … Read more

Eva came to Bryan/College Station in 1994 after gaining much experience working for architectural … Read more

Dr. Elton Abbott has a breadth of experience in information technology … Read more

Paul joined The Arkitex Studio in August of 2009, after working several years for a firm based … Read more

Pamela joined The Arkitex Studio in July 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design … Read more

Thomas joined the Arkitex Studio in May, 2014. He is in the process of completing his Masters … Read more

Phillip Edward Cedeño joined The Arkitex Studio, Inc. in June 2013. He returned to completing his studies in architecture … Read more

Logan Lebeda joined the Arkitex Studio in May of 2015. He will graduate from Texas A&M … Read more

Russell comes to The Arkitex Studio from San Antonio, Texas, where he attended the John Jay Science … Read more

DeEsta joined The Arkitex Studio in January 2017. … Read more

Soheil joined The Arkitex Studio in October 2015. … Read more

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“Our new Arkitex-designed buildings not only capture the vision and spirit with which we want to inspire our staff, but we are also enjoying an increase in interest from our business partners and our customers. People just enjoy coming here.”

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“I believe that trust is a critical element in any business relationship, but in the architect/developer relationship, it is quite literally make or break. I trust The Arkitex Studio.”

John W. Clanton

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“We enjoyed working with Charlie Burris and Arkitex very much, and would highly recommend him to design a house. Our house is large (11,000+ sq. ft.) and is situated among many very mature live oak trees, with elevation changes. We asked Arkitex to design a house which would fit within the live oaks, without destroying any of them, and provide great lines of sight down through the trees. The final design was superb, and a big reason is that Charlie “lived” in the house every day (in his mind), envisioning interior and exterior sight lines and making sure everything fit in proportion to its surroundings. Probably the best compliment we can give is that after living in the house for four years, we would do nothing different.”

Tom and Janet Whitener

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“The Bank & Trust acquired a property at the busiest intersection in Bryan to be redeveloped as a branch bank. We wanted it to be a “showpiece” for TB& T, a new banking organization trying to make a substantial first impression. For us, it was a decision to either tear the existing building down and start all over or remodel the 1950s contemporary structure to accommodate a retail branch and bank operations. We called on our friends at The Arkitex Studio, Inc. to help us work through it. Ultimately, we decided to improve the existing building and grounds and, today, this former restaurant property is the most talked about branch banking facility in our community. We could not be any happier with the final product and our relationship with The Arkitex Studio, Inc., a first class group of professionals.”

Tim Bryan, Chief Executive Officer

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“We interviewed several architects for a large custom home outside of Brenham. There was something magnetic about Charlie Burris that clicked with both of us immediately. We had a fair idea of the general layout of the home we wanted, and at our initial interview we went over our “wish” list in detail and Charlie assured us they would take each item to heart. During the process, Arkitex returned all forms of communication in a very timely manner. Our questions and concerns were addressed head-on. Explanations were given with simplicity such as why certain design specifics would not work for us, saving us from mistakes we might have made with another firm. As a result , time was not wasted by a lot of revisions. We absolutely LOVE our home. People just don’t believe us when we say that after living here 5.5 years there is absolutely nothing we would change about the design.”

Sandra Ruth Appelt

Beautifying the Brazos Valley one project at a time

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SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

The Arkitex Studio, Inc. is committed to sustainable design and construction practices. We aim to create spaces that are socially, environmentally and economically responsible. Each project is unique, and the elements of sustainability that are applicable (or possible) for one client may not be appropriate for a different project, site, program or budget. Although there are myriad opportunities for sustainability during building design, green buildings rely on decisions made long before and after design and construction. Sustainability is a team effort.

Sustainability begins with planning for buildings close to existing public infrastructure. Existing lots can be infilled, buildings reused and/or elements recycled. Facilities can be located and oriented to take advantage of favorable environmental, site, solar and microclimate conditions. Our in-depth site assessments typically include solar orientation, wind direction, traffic noise, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, view corridors, existing building locations, existing and potential locations for trees, etc.

During design, decisions are mede at every scale, from the the size and orientation of major building elements to the use and control of natural light to the incorporation of green materials and finishes. Our carefully selected consultants are experienced in designing cost- and energy-efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Environmentally responsible building also relies on the contractor during construction. Finally, however, true sustainability is only possible when a facility’s users commit to long-term sustainable maintenance and operation.