Left Brain Meet Right Brain

  • Oct 5, 2016

In 1999 it was a case of “left brain meets right brain” when an established construction company, The Beck Group, joined forces with Urban Architecture. This meeting of the minds is meeting client and market needs especially with Beck’s Austin team.

A Blended Culture.

“We know that architecture and construction are traditionally very different cultures,” says Bryan Jones, Architecture Principal in Austin. “It may seem like Priuses and Silverados, but our team has integrated collaboration between the two fields into our daily working environment. We’re thinking and acting holistically, and this interaction makes us and our process better.”

This collaboration of disciplines produces great design and fosters innovation and creativity. The tools that this unique approach gives the team create an engaging workplace and is, in part, what has recently drawn three established architects to the firm’s Austin team, as well as doubled Beck’s architecture staff within the last year. Jim Shelton, Matt Dungan and James Gonin recently joined Beck Architecture bringing nearly six decades of combined experience to the downtown firm.

“Beck’s blended culture — the creativity of architecture fully integrated with the realization of construction — is a welcome change from the norm,” says Jim Shelton, formerly a Principal with Overland Partners in San Antonio. “At Beck, design and construction live together under one name and one roof.”

Local Presence. Global Expertise.

Beck’s Austin office is one of seven in the US and Mexico, and in total the firm employs over 160 design professionals.

A notable design practice with a wide reach, Beck’s experience ranges from the Princess Margaret Hospital in the Bahamas, Sarang Church in South Korea, office towers in downtown Denver and Dallas, to the Le Meridien Hotel currently under construction in downtown Houston.

A deep portfolio of mixed-use retail experience helped establish Beck’s Austin architecture practice with their work on the second phase of The Domain. And with the expansion of Domain Northside, Beck’s architects will have the opportunity to design the interiors of nine new retailers including Peloton and Bonobos. The Austin portfolio also includes a diverse range of corporate office, hospitality, and higher education clients.

A Collaboration Mindset.

Unique results arise from Beck’s collaborative approach to architecture. Matt Dungan explains it in this way,

“Industry-wide, owners are embracing collaboration and integrated teams. Beck has shared resources and a mindset of collaboration that runs deeper than a legal contract. I’m able to provide my clients with better informed designs that maximize their budget because I’ve got estimators, builders and interior designers literally sitting next to me.”

Beck is having an impact as a design firm in Austin, ranking #10 on the Austin Business Journal’s List of Architecture firms in 2016 as well as garnering a recent AIA Austin Design award for their design of a creative office space and corporate headquarters in College Station. Beck ranked #2 on the ABJ’s 2016 list of commercial contractors.

“I strongly believe that our entire team’s knowledge base is deeper and more creative because of our collaborative, multi-disciplined approach,” says Ryan Therrell, the firm’s Director of Business Development. “We are the only firm in Austin to be ranked in the ABJ’s top 10 for design and construction. That’s something really special and something we will keep working to stay at the top of. But more than that, we simply want to keep delivering superior projects for our clients and our community.”