In 1996 Rick established his own practice with his first few projects in Austin. Cindy joined the firm in 2001, and through the years the couple has established their reputation for thoughtful houses designed to fit in central Austin neighborhoods.

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As partners in both our professional and personal lives, we bring a unique collaboration to each of our projects.

Our shared love of architecture motivates us to work together as a team, bringing two sets of eyes and a balance of perspectives. We believe that architecture is the measure of our culture; that good building requires a collective effort and reconnaissance with artisans, laborers, builders, and artists. We enjoy this level of engagement and aim to share this with our clients.

 
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Cindy Black, AIA

Cindy is a fifth generation Texan from Dallas. She moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2000. She enjoyed internships at Black + Vernooy and Furman + Keil Architects, both in Austin, before joining forces with Rick to practice architecture in 2001. Cindy was licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners in 2005, and became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 2012.

In 2008 Cindy opened her independent company, Hello Kitchen, which offers architectural services for kitchen renovations and additions. With this venture she has consulted with several hundred clients about how to improve their cooking spaces through good design, and provided architecture services to bring these projects into fruition. Hello Kitchen projects have been published in Country Living, Austin Monthly Home, Fine Hombuilding and Trends magazines.

Cindy is involved in the Austin design community, and currently serves on the Board of Austin Foundation for Architecture. She currently serves as Chair of Architecture K-12 for AIA Austin. In support of historical works of architecture, Cindy is member of Preservation AustinMidTexMod, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts (ICAA). Most notably, Cindy received a Christopher H. Browne scholarship in June 2018 to attend the Rome Drawing Tour with ICAA. Cindy’s travel journal can be read here.

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Rick Black

Rick became an Austinite in 1981 after spending his formative years in El Paso, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1992. Past employers include Frank O. Gehry and Associates where he contributed to notable projects such as the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Toledo Museum of Art School. He has also collaborated throughout the years with John Mayfield Architect on several large scale traditional residential projects.

In 1996 Rick established his own architecture practice, shortly after becoming licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. In his collaborative partnership with Cindy, Rick conceptualizes the design for each project and develops this vision throughout the design process. Rick engages contractors, engineers and consultants at an early stage of the design, and collaborates with them to create innovative, refined details.

Rick is a member of Preservation Austin and the Institute of Classical Arts & Architecture (ICAA). As a board member of MidTexMod, the local chapter of docomomo, he advocates for the appreciation and preservation of recent past modern architecture. He is passionate about art and design, and continually searches for inspiration and meaning through both classical and modern works.

 

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 Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts:  Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour scholarship

Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts: Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour scholarship

  AUSTIN HOME:  ’Maximizing the Minimum,’ Gene Menez, Spring 2015

AUSTIN HOME: ’Maximizing the Minimum,’ Gene Menez, Spring 2015

  DWELL:  ’Flight Deck’, Kelsey Keith, Feb. 2014

DWELL: ’Flight Deck’, Kelsey Keith, Feb. 2014

 MODERN LUXURY INTERIORS TEXAS: ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ Helen Thompson, April 2013

MODERN LUXURY INTERIORS TEXAS: ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ Helen Thompson, April 2013

 TRIBEZA: 'Call of the Wild,' June 2014

TRIBEZA: 'Call of the Wild,' June 2014

 COUNTRY LIVING: ‘Blue Ribbon Kitchen,’ March 2015

COUNTRY LIVING: ‘Blue Ribbon Kitchen,’ March 2015

  FINE HOMEBUILDING:  'Texas Transformation,’ Cindy Black, Fall 2015

FINE HOMEBUILDING: 'Texas Transformation,’ Cindy Black, Fall 2015

 COUNTRY LIVING: ‘A Merry and Bright Kitchen Makeover,’ Dec. 2015

COUNTRY LIVING: ‘A Merry and Bright Kitchen Makeover,’ Dec. 2015

 DWELL: ‘Double Time,’ Fred Bernstein, March 2008

DWELL: ‘Double Time,’ Fred Bernstein, March 2008

 

Taunton Press, A Little House in the City, Marc Vassallo, October 2018 

Atomic Ranch, Form Meets Function, Sarah Jane Stone, Summer 2017

Curbed, ‘How to Design the Perfect Kitchen,’ Sept. 8, 2016

Houzz: ‘Texas Guest House is Big on Style,’ Mar. 2016

Dwell, ‘Midcentury Renovation in Austin,’ March 26, 2014

Fine Homebuilding, ‘Floating Shelves on Display,’ Cindy Black, Winter 2014

Austin Home, ’21 Cool Kitchens,’ Summer 2014

Fine Homebuilding, ‘A Galley Kitchen that Works,’Winter 2013

Trends, ‘Perfectly Formed,’ Winter 2012

Austin Home, ‘Poolside Life,’ Summer 2012

Austin Home, ‘Power Couples,’ Winter 2011

Fine Homebuilding, ‘Singular and Serene,’ Winter 2011

Design*sponge, ‘Before / After Modern Galley Kitchen,’ Dec. 2011 

Austin American Statesman, ‘Remodel Done Right,’ Sept. 25, 2011

Edible Austin, ‘Eco Kitchens: Greening the Hub,’ Winter 2010

NY Times Magazine ‘Welcome to Smallville,’ Fall 2010

Austin American Statesman, ’Mod on a Suburban Scale,’ Jul. 25, 2010

Austin Home, ‘Notebook,’ Summer 2010

Rare Magazine, ‘Hello Kitchen, Goodbye Clutter,’ April / May 2010

Lifehacker, ‘Declutter and Purge your Kitchen,’ Oct. 2009

Austin American Statesman, Glossy Homes Feature, April 2008

Austin American Statesman, ’Think Big, Live Small’ Apr. 1, 2007

Austin American Statesman, ‘Dual Purposes,’ Sept. 26, 2006

Austin American Statesman, ’Living Small,’ Jun 2, 2005

Tribeza, ‘Neo-Forms,’ January 2002