Who We Are


 

Vanguard Studio, Inc. is an Austin, Texas based nationally published architecture firm specializing in luxury custom and speculative homes in the Central Texas area. Our award winning designs strive to combine the timeless qualities of the past and the progressive ideas of today. We have developed an innovative and efficient design process, which enables us to achieve superior results and exceed client expectations.

Wondering what it is like to work with us? See what our clients have to say about Vanguard!

 
John Hathaway, AIA Principal Architect/Owner Texas Tech University Bachelor of Architecture 1992, Reg. # 19870

John Hathaway, AIA
Principal Architect/Owner

Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Architecture 1992, Reg. # 19870

Robert Tobias Project Architect, Designer University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Architecture 1985, Reg. # 13373

Robert Tobias
Project Architect, Designer
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Architecture 1985, Reg. # 13373

Lynn Scott Design Associate Certified in Engineering Design Graphics

Lynn Scott
Design Associate
Certified in Engineering
Design Graphics

Steve Courtney Project Architect, Designer Texas Tech University Bachelor of Architecture 1992, Reg. # 18426

Steve Courtney
Project Architect, Designer
Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Architecture 1992, Reg. # 18426

Jen Lo Design Associate University of Texas at Austin Master of Architecture 2004 LEED AP

Jen Lo
Design Associate
University of Texas at Austin Master of Architecture 2004
LEED AP

Nick Richardson Design Associate University of Texas Arlington, Master of Architecture 2010

Nick Richardson
Design Associate
University of Texas Arlington, Master of Architecture 2010

Beth Falls Office Manager Executive Assistant

Beth Falls
Office Manager
Executive Assistant

 

What sets us Apart

 

 
 

Reputation – Vanguard Studio has received numerous awards over it’s 15 years serving clients, and has been featured in national books, magazines, and local Parade and Showcase of Homes. We have a proven record of accomplishments and a solid reputation in the industry that only comes from successful projects. 

Client Understanding – We specialize in listening intently to our client’s vision for their project. Our experience has taught us the right questions to ask and the challenges to anticipate. It’s our ability to interpret their needs and desires and capture the essence of the design, that sets us apart-while also capturing those goals in a unique design solution.

Design Excellence – Our ability to create exciting, innovative designs, comes from many sources. First is our years of experience in studying successful architecture across the country and around the world, and understanding their charm and characteristics. Whether it’s trips to design-trend setting California or the timeless structures of Italy, we strive to understand what makes buildings special, and greater than the sum of their parts. Second, we take a team approach to reviewing many different ideas and perspectives within our office, to take full advantage of the talents of our staff.

Project Visualization – Vanguard utilizes the latest in computer technology to clearly communicate our design solutions, right down to the actual stone color and textures, which our client’s have found to be an invaluable tool. This is accomplished through still renderings and animated movies. Our ability to realistically place a client’s project on their site with their actual views, provides them confidence that the finished product will meet their expectations.

Green Design – Vanguard is committed to energy efficient design solutions. That starts with site orientation, sun control-to best building practices for this region, and exploring the best technologies available.  

Comprehensive Drawings – Whether it’s our hand sketched character studies or computer generated construction drawings, we have carefully considered our methods of communication. Everything starts with hand drawn plans and perspectives, the time tested way to quickly express and pursue ideas. We have also developed multiple procedures, checklists, and automated updates, to achieve the greatest level of competence in our drawings-which is a crucial element in eliminating issues during construction. 

Total Project Approach – Our involvement in the process starts with our first site visit, and ends with the finished project. This holistic approach ensures that our experience and understanding of the project is utilized throughout-we’re always accessible to the client or builder.