University of Texas at Austin
Former Chair of City of Austin Planning Commission (2015−2018)
2008 AIA Austin Young Architectural Professional Award
2014 AIA Austin John Nyfeler Community Service Award
2018 AIA Austin President’s 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. From 2011 – 2018, Stephen served on the City of Austin Planning Commission 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.