Ilse Frank, PLA, ASLA, Associate AIA
As a founding principal of Studio Balcones, Ilse Frank views projects through the lens of an architect and a landscape architect, and pays particular attention to city and regional planning. Ilse designs with a consideration for the long term and far reaching impacts beyond a site’s boundary. At a finer scale, she approaches public space and parks in tandem with buildings— addressing relationships of scale, materials, and inside/outside connections. As a born and raised Austinite, Ilse knows the lay of the land and culture of Texas and looks forward to shaping its future.
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Jennifer Orr, PLA, ASLA
A founding principal of Studio Balcones, Jennifer brings her strong design background, extensive plant knowledge and deep understanding of ecological systems to each project. Jennifer’s experience ranges from large scale green infrastructure projects to small scale residential gardens, both urban and rural, public and private. Throughout her work, she strives to connect humans to nature, creating landscapes that are integrated, functional, sustainable and beautiful. Jennifer has a great love of the Texas landscape with its unique and often challenging characteristics, and is thrilled to be back in her hometown.
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Travis brings an in-depth knowledge of construction practices and principles of design with past project experience ranging from high-end residential landscapes to multi-family courtyards and rooftop amenity spaces. Travis received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Keene State in 2009. Living in the Lone Star State for the past 7 years Travis has a developed a great appreciation and understanding of Texas’ complex, beautiful native landscape. He also spends a great deal of his time involved in community development projects such as back to school supply drives, Christmas toy drives and raising money for the Wounded Warrior and Boot Campaigns.
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Rachel’s interest in landscape architecture began at her first job at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where the texture and diversity of the native Texas landscape drew her in and eventually brought her back from California after her undergraduate studies at Pitzer College. She received her Master of Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin where she focused her studies on the intersection of health and landscape. She aspires to design ecologically restorative spaces which bring people together and positively impact their mental, physical, and emotional health while improving the ecological health of the landscape.
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Nic comes from a background of international development which drives his passion in public spaces, the communities that surround them, and how environmental stewardship and education can be best integrated into urban life. He has worked in community involvement and sustainable design as a farmhand and educator at a demonstration farm, a Peace Corps volunteer in two assignments, and as an English as a second language instructor at the university level. Nic continues to explore the potential of the intersection of landscape architecture and community engagement to be a tool for social improvement among developing and disadvantaged communities.
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Joy brings a product designer’s eye to how people interact with space and the environment. She received her undergraduate degree from Pratt Institute in Industrial Design, where she learned manufacturing processes and furniture design. Her interest in human interaction with the built environment and love for outdoor public spaces led her to come back to Texas, her home state, to earn a Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas. Joy aspires to design spaces that are welcoming and ecologically centered. She spends her spare time sketching and painting.
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Art, nature and Austin all come together at Studio Balcones and Tiffany could not be more excited to be a part of the team. Making the most of her varied work experience: waiting tables, museum education and salon ownership, she assists wherever needed. Growing up in Austin and watching it evolve into a “grown-up” city, she finds it rewarding to work where nature, beauty and sustainability are still cultivated and created for everyone to enjoy.
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