Brendan is a Principal and Director of Urban Design based in Austin, Texas. He leads the firm’s urban design practice, working at multiple scales to enrich public spaces through streetscape design, placemaking, and master planning. He contributes regularly to the firm’s planning and landscape design work, both through the Urban Design studio and as a project manager providing design and construction administration services for a variety of public and public-facing landscape architecture projects. Within the Austin office, he provides design leadership, sensitivity toward site context and history, and professional experience in sustainable design and LEED.
His work experience spans architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture, including tenures with Farr Associates in Chicago, patterhn in St. Louis, Kinney & Associates Architects in Austin and the sustainability non-profit Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. He is an active member within his community, serving on the Boards of several small non-profits and as a volunteer within his Neighborhood Association and other local advocacy efforts.
What’s your creative tool of choice?
A pen (Drawing is the most expressive and fastest way to create new ideas and understand the nature of the think you’re designing. Using a pen means you have to embrace mistakes.)
Where do you get you design inspiration from?
From messiness. So much beauty in cities and places come from the layers of encounters and interactions that shape the places we design, live, and experience. Nature and cities excel at this–more interactions, more intensity, more mess, more ideas.
What project are you most proud of?
It may sound like nothing, but in grad school my peers and I organized the first ever annual student year end show. It went from a seed of an idea to a groundswell of student volunteer support and enthusiasm—everything from printing to installation to façade-height window decals to DJing. The university still hosts an annual year end show, a tradition crafted out of thin air from sheer will, collaborative spirit, and the healthiest dash of disobedience. I’m pretty proud of that.