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.
Thomas Edison State University
As a detail-oriented management professional with a strategic mindset, Trace brings to OPA Design Studio and its clientele over 10 years of operations management experience from his time spent in the retail, private security, and architecture industries, where he has held such key management positions as client services manager, production manager, and office manager. Through the integration of his operations, relationship, and IT management skill-sets, he actively seeks to draw teams together, increase efficiency and productivity, promote positive and mutually beneficial relationships, foster professional ethics and integrity, and solve problems and challenges through agility, flexibility, innovation, and ingenuity.
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.
University of Texas at San Antonio
Carole believes that the true beauty of architecture is in finding the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. With more than 5 years of experience in Retail, Commercial, and Residential Architecture, and having worked at design firms in New York and San Antonio, Carole brings a seasoned, yet fresh perspective to all of her projects. Through her studies and travels across Europe and the Middle East, she developed a unique design palate, along with a better understanding of innovative approaches to design and architecture. During her time at Pratt Institute, Carole had the opportunity to learn and utilize various design media, such as 3D modeling, printing, animation, and multimedia production, which helps her to craft individualized presentations for each of her clients. She prides herself in being intuitively sensitive to the needs of clients, while keeping in mind the restraints of design in a particular location in order to create an all around architectural experience.
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.
Nancy has over 10 years of architectural experience having worked for large international firms in healthcare, retail, to midsize firms specializing in schools and restaurants prior to joining OPA Design Studio. Nancy has been a LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction since 2008. Her Sustainability experience includes having worked on over a dozen LEED Existing Building Gold, a LEED Commercial Interiors Gold, and a LEED Existing Building Platinum certification. She has served as a Co-Chair for the USGBC North Texas Graphics & Website Committee and Volunteer Committees. In 2018 Nancy passed the Certified ScrumMaster and ITIL Foundation v3 examinations and uses the knowledge gained to ensure projects and teams work efficiency using the agile methodology to complete architectural projects safely, on time, and under budget while meeting all milestones and satisfying all stakeholders.
Yvonne brings to her role as Project Manager for OPA an eclectic professional experience forged in several countries and including permitting sets for numerous fast food restaurants in the Midwest and East Coast, detailing of high-end custom interiors for private villas in France, and designing passive-solar homes in Ireland. Those experiences have taught her the skills necessary to take a project from conception to delivery, right down to the smallest details. She is also passionate about Historic Preservation, having served on the Woodstock, Illinois Historic Preservation Commission as a part of her architectural training program, and has also renovated two historic homes with her husband, in Illinois and in France. Yvonne believes that all experiences are invaluable, and that taking risks is necessary to becoming a well-rounded person and to making good architecture.
Todd believes that architecture is at its best when it creates a beautiful space that is in tune with its place. His thoughtful design process has been cultivated through school and over 4 years working on custom residential, office, education and brewery projects. He also has hands-on construction knowledge from building at an Austin farm and building a tiny house of his own design.
Isaac boldly innovates wherever he goes, collaborating with coworkers to ensure that each client receives the highest quality product possible. He has a BA in English and brings years of experience coordinating teams from a wide array of fields including, life safety, food service, and the film industry, to OPA Design Studio. A recent transplant to Austin by way of Seattle, he has been known to patronize local craft breweries from time to time.
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