March for Women Part 3

Today we continue our March for Women by honoring local female designers in the Austin/San Antonio Area. While these women may be local, their work transcends well beyond our beloved city. They are celebrated within their field, nationally and internationally, and we couldn’t be more proud to know them personally and professionally.


Nicole Warns – TBG Partners

Nicole Warns from TBG’s Austin office brings experience, creativity, and knowledge to the table through her role as principal and office practice leader. Her work using principles of tactical urbanism allows her to focus on finding balance in design, prioritizing form over function while enhancing space for users by creating spaces that are inspiring and help to foster moments that encourage interaction between people and nature. Nicole excels in developing a project’s vision and articulate it through thematic design solutions. We value the experience of undertaking a multi-day workshop under Nicole’s guidance for the Colony Park master plan.


Eleanor McKinney

Eleanor H. McKinney has been a large part of the Austin landscape architecture community through her work on some of Austin’s most iconic landscapes, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Austin City Hall. We are grateful for her tenacious contributions on advancing CodeNext. In addition to her training in landscape architecture she has a degree in botany, which is evident in her plant choices, numerous awards, honors and and publications, including several ASLA awards and a Distinguished Service Award from the City of Austin. She has owned and operated her own firm since 1995 which she uses to emphasize sustainable development and advocate for the advancement of landscape architecture in Austin.


Christine Ten Eyck – Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

We are very fortunate for the wonderful friendship and mentorship of Christine Ten Eyck. Her legacy of work is a tremendous presence in the central Texas ecosystem of landscape architecture. The projects that have come out of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects since its inception in 1997 in Phoenix, AZ and subsequent move to Austin in 2007 have built a living legacy for deft material use, comprehensive understanding of placemaking and sustainability, and a remarkable attention to detail. Her projects span a myriad of locations and project type, touching everything from Universities to ranches, from healthcare to master plans. Through her work Christine connects the urban dweller with nature. She has been a pioneer in water conservation via water harvesting technologies and has been a significant force in bringing understanding and popularity to xeric plantings which enhance the performance of a contemporary landscape with a native aesthetic.


Margaret Robinson – Asakura Robinson

Margaret Robinson’s work in urban design and landscape architecture has taken her from Texas to California and abroad. Since 2004 she partnered with Keiji Asakura to create Asakura Robinson, a firm well-known for their work in civic planning and development. With the recent opening of Asakura Robinson’s Austin office we have had the pleasure of being neighbors to a firm doing such inspiring work. We look to Asakura Robinson for their expertise in master plans which integrate sustainable design as a core principle to a wide range of clients. In addition to following Margaret’s professional work, we have the pleasure of experiencing the fruits of her labor in the urban improvements her firm has brought to Austin, and look on with keen interest for what they will bring next through their award winning work for plans such as the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan.


Carolyn Kelley

Carolyn Kelley’s work as a landscape architect in Austin has brought a consistent focus on collaborative and sustainable landscape design to development around the city. Since 1993 she has had a hand in numerous award winning projects such as Austin’s City Hall, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as well as several sites within the University of Texas at Austin campus. Her practice’s focus on sustainable design, using native and regional materials alongside high efficiency and alternative source irrigation systems. Her expertise in the Central Texas landscape and her interest in pursuing projects that are LEED certified are both significant reasons that we are glad to partake in the same professional realm as Carolyn.



Sam Schwarze – Overland Partners

Sam Schwarze, from San Antonio based Overland Partners, is a particularly close source of inspiration. Her work in urban design, passion for research, and a self described obsession for patterns and figuring out how materials and textures translate at different scales made up just a few of the reasons why she and Ilse Frank chose to team teach a studio at the University of Texas at Austin this semester. Beyond those personal ties, she has made a significant contribution to Overland’s urban design efforts in China and is currently engaged in strategizing a vision for the revitalization of a neglected, 2km stretch of the Xiao Quinhuai River in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. Sam is able to combine a direct, purpose driven approach with the necessary sensitivity to the local culture and traditions to bring the projects she works on to vibrant life.

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