The Best Restaurant Architects in Houston

Japanese restaurants modeled on a classic style theater. Houston institutions that serve thick, juicy steaks. An elegant French bistro, a New Orleans-inspired cafe perfectly suited for sipping boutique coffee, and a burger outpost with an actual school bus inside the restaurant. The restaurants on this list showcase the quirky, the upscale, and the just-plain good from Houston’s famed food diversity. And the architects, as any restaurateur will admit, are as much a part of the process as the chefs and waiters. From established and award-winning to promising upstarts, these are the firms serving up Houston’s hottest, most high-quality, restaurant buildings.
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The Best Custom Home Builders (Design-Build) in Houston

Houston might be the best place to build your own home. Residents who don’t want to settle for a cookie-cutter version of their dream home or have to hire designers and builders separately have plenty of options, and they come with a lot less piggy-bank bashing than other cultural hotspots. Fewer regulations and wide-open spaces have helped Houston maintain its affordability amid a national housing price increase — the city was No. 1 on Forbes’ 2015 list of metro areas where your salary stretches farthest. From luxury architects and NBA stars in The Woodlands to designers with environmentally friendly home kits, there’s a structure to design-build for just about everyone in Houston. This list includes design-build firms who create unique spaces, win awards for their work, and are in demand from top clients.
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The Best Commercial Architects in Houston

Houston has plenty to offer residents, guests, and businesses. The exciting city has over two million residents that support the area’s robust economy. Many are attracted to visit, then stay in the city thanks to its award-winning culinary scene and world-class arts. The city is home to James Beard award-winners and it attracts foodies from all corners of the world. Art lovers can watch opera, ballet, and symphony in the city’s gorgeous theaters. For all of these reasons, the city is listed as one of the best destinations in America. The more people come to the city, the better it is for business. Entrepreneurs starting a company in the city can rely on these 15 outstanding architects for help. Specializing in commercial architecture, they are all award-winning and their work has been published in the press. Each is a member of the American Institute of Architects; each boasts a rich portfolio. Their expertise includes retail, restaurants, hospitality, and mixed-use projects.
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The Best Residential Architects and Designers in Houston

Skyscrapers hog the headlines when it comes to Houston’s architectural scene. Most everyone has heard of Pennzoil Place or is at least vaguely familiar with the look of Johnson Burgee-era buildings. But Houston’s architects and builders have never limited themselves to a single style. They live here too, after all, and they want to create interesting structures. And Houston has many of those: from shipping-container homes on the cutting edge of hip, urban living to planned high-rise villages on the Woodlands waterfront. Here are 10 architects who help make Houston home, and who are receiving impressive accolades from regional and national associations.
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