Pollen Architecture is an award-winning modern architecture firm in Austin, TX founded by principals with backgrounds in architecture, art, and construction. Our collaborative practice integrates skill sets from these interrelated fields to create projects that are inspiring, innovative, and beautifully-crafted. We specialize in residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Our work begins with listening to our clients and tailoring a plan to their priorities and their specific site.
Our design process incorporates digital tools, physical models, perspective studies and full-scale mockups in order to communicate with our clients, design the most effective volumetric response, and develop a high level of finish and detail.
Our projects have a strong connection between indoors and outdoors, and make the most of their physical settings. We carefully study solar orientation to design rooms with the best possible natural light to create spaces that are calm and promote wellness. When it comes to finishes, our projects use natural materials to give spaces ‘hand’ or texture and resonance. The careful attention of our architects to natural elements and building craft generates projects that are both durable and sustainable.
Elizabeth Alford founded Pollen Architecture in Austin, Texas in 2008 with Michael Young, and Dason Whitsett. Elizabeth’s work centers on creating engaging spaces that are carefully integrated into their surroundings, both natural settings and urban contexts. Elizabeth uses section, natural light and materiality to enrich the experience of a space. Prior to forming Pollen, Elizabeth ran her own firm, Elizabeth Alford Projects in Austin and New York, doing projects including studio renovations and farm buildings.
Michael Young was trained as an artist with the primary focus of his practice being on geometric abstraction and design. Central to his work is a dialectic relationship between natural materials and objects as relating to architecture. His interest in applying the principles of this previous work and craft to the built environment lead him to become one of the founding principals of Pollen. He conceptualizes use of materials in our projects, bringing a high level of inventiveness and craft to the process. He develops aesthetically tuned construction assemblies and details using a hands-on approach, often working with a material that he has developed specifically for a project. He brings a particular graphic sensibility to working out elevations.
Stuart joins Pollen after graduating with a B. Arch from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He and his studio were recognized with UTSoA’s Design Excellence Award for their work with UTSoA’s Gulf Coast DesignLab and Prof. Coleman Coker.
John is a native Mississippian who brings a maker/doer attitude to his design work. Skilled in fabrication, as well as design, he has the ability to execute the details. John has worked with Pollen since 2009 and has been instrumental in projects including the Balcones House and St. Edward’s Chapel.
Silvano Reza has worked with Pollen for many years, starting as a carpenter when we were doing design-build. He is a craftsman who can do it all (he wears many hats), including studio assistant, finisher, welder, carpenter, landscaper and sometimes electrician.