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April 2, 2018

Texas Modern Style Featured in AD

Never content to “follow the herd” Texas architects invented a unique architectural style dubbed Texas Modernism. A recent issue of Architectural Digest highlights the origins of the style: “In the 1920s and ’30s, architects like David Williams and O’Neil Ford pioneered Texas modernism, a movement defined by steel, big windows, limestone, and a straightforward boxiness.”

Sebastian Construction Group built modern architecture, Watuaga, stone
[Photos: Watuaga Residence. Architect: Lake|Flato. Built by Sebastian Construction Group.]

Design aficionado Helen Thompson, Editor at Large for Luxury Interiors Texas, penned the intro for the new book, Texas Modern: Redefining Houses in the Lone Star State ($60, Images)

Tracing the roots of Texas Modern from its founding nearly a century ago to today’s finest examples of the style, this coffee table delight highlights modern Texas homes by some of our favorite architectural firms.

Here are three firms whose work is featured in the book:


Early experience working with Texas architecture icons Dick Clark, FAIA and Emily Summers Design Associates shaped the principals’ interpretation of Texas Modern, but the result is uniquely their own. This husband and wife team designed three residences featured in Texas Modern: Brookview Residence, Caruth Residence and Southwestern Residence. All three homes exude Smitharc’s signature style: light-filled, inviting and functional.

Miro Rivera

The Texas Society of Architects named Miro Rivera Architects of Austin, the 2016 Texas Firm of the Year, saying “The firm has advanced the quality of the built environment and truly raised the bar for AIA and professional practice.” The Architectural Digest article featured Miro Rivera’s Vertical House, a 5-story Dallas residence.

Here’s a description of the Vertical House from

“Located on one of the few lots in Dallas elevated enough to enjoy a view of the downtown skyline, the five-story Vertical House rises dramatically above the treetops to capture views of the surrounding gardens and the skyline beyond. Characterized by clean lines, sheer glass walls, and sculptural sun shades, this sharply-detailed house offers an intriguing counterpoint to the tropical ambiance of its forest-like setting.”

Lake | Flato

Modern Luxury Interiors of Texas named Lake | Flato Best Architecture Firm 2017. The San Antonio-based firm is known for “designing houses that resonate with the inherent nature of each site, respond to the region’s climate and connect its inhabitants to the natural environment.”

Sebastian Construction Group teamed with Lake|Flato on the Watuaga Residence, a home that is rooted in its surroundings and demonstrates the high quality construction and craftsmanship that both firms are known for.