Recognition

Awards


2021 Texas ASLA Merit Award – Belmont Parkway

2021 Texas ASLA Merit Award – Frank. Mixed Use Infill Development

2021 AIA Austin Design Award Commendation for Thoughtful Integration – The Solarium

2021 AIA Austin Design Award of Merit + 2020 Texas ASLA Merit Award – Student Activities Center Courtyard Renovation at The University of Texas at Austin

2021 Texas ASLA Honor Award + 2020 APA Sustainable Communities Division for Excellence in Sustainability + 2020 APA Planning Excellence Award – Our Parks, Our Future Long Range Plan

2020 Austin Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards – “Best Multifamily Project” + 2020 AIA Austin Merit Award – The Independent

2018 The Austin Chronicle “Best Use of Hill Country” – Home Slice North Loop

2017 Austin Green Awards Project of the Year – Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Learning Center at Lakeline Apartments

2016 Texas APA Project Planning Award + 2015 Texas ASLA Merit Award – Colony Park Master Plan & Design Guidelines

Publications


Jan 2022, Texas Architect“Intermodal Intersection”

Oct 2021, Tribeza“Austin Eye View: Landscape Architects” 

Jul 2019, ArchDaily“Casey House/Side Angle Side”

Nov | Dec 2019, Texas Architect“Statement of Intent”

May | Jun 2019, Texas Architect“Gable Rectangle”

Oct 2019, Central Texas Gardener, Season 26, Episode 2 “Rethinking Landscapes in Weather Challenges”“Old Yard to New Garden Concept”

Oct 2019, Dwell“A Former Church in Austin Turns Into Airy, Loft-Style Homes”

May | Jun 2018, Texas Architect“Creature Prep”

2018, Austin Home“2018 Home Resource Guide: Landscaping”

Spring 2018, Austin Home –  “This Remodel Pays Homage to the Site’s Original Home”

2017, Austin Home“2017 Home Resource Guide: Landscaping”

Winter 2016, Austin Home“The Call of Hypernature

Jun 2016, Dwell“Refreshed Take on the Gable Shines in Austin’s Building Boom”

Aug 2014, Austin American-Statesman“Studio Balcones architects tell stories in landscapes”

April 2014, The Austin Chronicle – “The Next New Neighborhood”

Sep 2012, Dwell“Hillside Mid-Century Home Renovation in Texas”

Nov | Dec 2012, Texas Architect, Page 29“Balcones House”

October 2011, Tribeza – “The Balcones House”

Tours


2020 AIA Austin Homes Tour – The Solarium

2019 Garden Conservancy Open Days Tour – Greenway Residence

2018 AIA Austin Homes Tour – Casey House

2016 Cool House Tour – Homestead Oaks

2014 Tribeza Homes Tour – Mohle Residence

2011 AIA Austin Homes Tour – Balcones Drive House

Lectures + Juries + Panels


Ilse Frank, AIA Austin Design Excellence Conference 2020 “Keep Austin Resilient: Partnerships and Placemaking in an Age of Extreme Weather”

Jennifer Orr, 2019 Land 8×8 Lightning Talks “Plant Stuffing”

Ilse Frank, 2019 Austin Green Awards Jury

Jennifer Orr, 2019 National ASLA Conference “Mid-career Check-in: Management, Leadership, and Maybe Even Motherhood.

2019 Austin Design Week “Frank. Green Roof”

Jennifer Orr, 2018 Texas ASLA Conference “Alternative Business Structures and Small Shop Collaboration”

2018 Austin Design Week “Boardwalk Benches”

2018 Austin Design Week “Affordable Housing”

Ilse Frank, AIA Austin Design Excellence Conference 2017 “Sustainability & Collaboration” Panel

Ilse Frank & Jennifer Orr, 2017 CNU Austin “Designing Places People Love” Panel

Ilse Frank, 2017 City of Austin “Code Talk – Environment” Panelist

Ilse Frank, 2015 AIA North Carolina Awards Jury

Ilse Frank & Jennifer Orr, AIA Austin Design Excellence Conference 2013 “Imagine Smarter Stormwater Management” CEU Presentation

Sustainability


ACC Marshalling Yard

LEED Silver Certified

AC Condensate and Roof Water Harvesting for Irrigation

Innovative Storm-water Management

Wetland Preservation and Enhancement

Floodplain and Riparian Forest Restoration

Meadow Restoration

TTF Butler Trail Safety and Mobility Study

Green Storm-water Infrastructure

Water Quality Protection for Lady Bird Lake

Sustainable Building Materials

Hozho Center

Arid Rangeland Restoration for Navajo-Churro Sheep

Planning and Design for Indiginous Life-ways Education and Outreach Center

Heritage Orchard and Herbal Medicine Garden Design

Austin Oaks

Native Landscape Restoration

Irrigation Water-use reduction

Heritage Tree Preservation

Rathgeber Natural Resource Park

Master Planning for Natural Resource Park

Creek Restoration along Barton Creek

Cedar and Wildlife Habitat Resource Management Planning

Travis Country Fire/EMS Station

LEED Silver Rating

Boardwalk Benches

City of Austin Urban Forestry Grant

Lumber harvested from trees felled within the City Limits of Austin

Lumber harvested from trees taken down by the 2015 Blanco River flood.

Cardinal Point 

AEGB 4-Star Rating

LEED V4 BD+C: HOLR Platinum

S.M.A.R.T Housing

CARTS ( Richard E. Moya Eastside Bus Plaza)

SITES Silver certification

Innovative storm-water management with numerous rain gardens on site

Purple pipe and grey water re-use

Irrigation water use reduction

Native planting and meadow restoration

Del Valle Fire Station 50 / EMS

City of Austin Urban Forestry Grant – Fig Farm

AEGB 3-Star Rating

LEED Certified

Lakeline Station Apartments

Austin Energy Green Building 5-Star Rating

S.M.A.R.T Housing – 128 affordable units

25,000 gal total Rainwater Collection System on site

Nolanville City Park Master Plan

$321,060 matching grant – 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Non-Urban Local Park Grant

Greenway

100% Native Shade Garden

Landscape irrigated by 15,000 gal. rainwater harvesting system (10,000 gal stored under the house in collapsible bladders)

9 Protected and Heritage Trees incorporated into design informing all paving, grading, and plating decisions 

Permeable striped driveway to ensure health of Heritage Oaks

Ongoing soil restoration/stabilization through years of continual compost application

Homestead Oaks Apartments

AEGB Four- Star Rating

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Learning Center at Lakeline Apartments

Living Building Challenge – 3.1 Zero Energy Certified

Austin Energy Green Building 5 Star Rating

Food Producing Landscape

5,000 Gallon Rainwater Collection System