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STEPHEN OLIVER, AIA | PRINCIPAL
University of Texas at Austin
Chair of City of Austin Planning Commission
2008 AIA Austin Young Architectural Professional Award
2014 AIA Austin John Nyfeler Community Service Award

Stephen Oliver brings a passion for excellence in planning and architecture to his work as principal at OPA Design Studio, Inc. He values honest evaluation of project goals, transparent communication for the entire team, and a foundation of trust between client and OPA. Each project is centered on true partnerships thru his values.

He has an in-depth understanding of zoning, land development and building codes as well as the larger context of best national architectural design and planning practice. This knowledge is key to helping land owners, businesses and developers create and reach their goals. His skills in open dialogue, partnership and innovation are assets to each project.

As an Architect, his work has ranged from high rise mixed-use projects, reuse of former warehouse spaces into creative office and entertainment projects, large scale brewing and distilling facilities, infill multi-family and custom residences. Since 2011, Stephen has served on the City of Austin Planning Commission (currently Chair) during the evolution of local ordinances related to breweries under recently amended state laws for on-site sales as well as a wide range of other key zoning changes. He has a deep knowledge in the working structure of regulations impacting the development of facilities selling and distributing alcohol. Stephen has worked with local breweries in understanding how their growth strategies align with the alcohol regulations, safety, on premise sales, distribution and other zoning and building code issues. Whether it be for planning and designing a brewing or distilling facility or for finding the right blend of zoning entitlements, understanding market potential for development, or commitment design excellence and sound decision making, Stephen’s knowledge base and experience provides a solid foundation for project success.

University of Virginia

Luke supports design and production efforts, assisting on all aspects of OPA’s projects. His ability as a computer modeler and drafter allows for smoother production, faster editing, and clearer presentation.

Texas A&M University

Derrick moved to Austin in 1997 after graduating from Texas A&M, and he earned his Master of Architecture degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006. To better understand the factors that impact design, Derrick has worked at architecture and design firms of various sizes as a general contractor, as a land/property manager, and as a construction/project manager. He is a LEED AP professional, and a member of the International Code Counsel. He is currently taking the Architectural Registration Exams.

Prior to OPA Derrick worked on projects ranging from small residential bath remodels to multi-story health care facilities. He has led the development of national design standards for several retail chains and produced specialty packaging for various high tech prototypes. For Derrick, it is all about thorough design processes and specifically the particular details that make the design work.

University of Louisiana – Lafayette

Duke’s experience in designing and managing detailed architectural projects is an asset to all of our clients’ projects. Previous to joining OPA, Duke was a project manager for 7 years with an architecture firm that worked in conjunction with Whole Foods’ planning and design department throughout the United States and the U.K. Through his experience in retail and production design, he was able to gain valuable skills in creating unique, environmentally sensitive spaces by using materials and designs that speak to a specific region’s culture and passion. Duke finds it critical that the architect understands the passion and vision of the client while providing creative insight and guidance to help those goals develop from dream into reality. His attention to detail, thoroughness and emphasis on quality control is an asset to OPA and our clients.

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