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STG Design – Austin – Austin Business Journal

April 30, 2012

Austin Business Journal Ranked STG Design as #2 for 2011’s Architecture firms!  (We were ranked #4 in 2010)


Tucson Office Featured in AIA Southern Arizona

September 19, 2011

The STG Design Tucson office has a strong portfolio of multi-family and senior living projects for clients all over the country. STG Design was the architect on Alta Vista at Prescott, a multi-function community that serves a variety of senior needs from independent to assisted living. Kudos to David Lefton and the Tucson gang for a great job on this large project!

This project consists of two senior living communities linked by a shared 14,000 square foot recreation center. There are 44 units of assisted living and 88 units of independent living which make up the overall project. The development is more than 172,000 square feet in aggregate size and is situated on a 6-acre parcel that offers stunning views of the mountain ranges that define the Prescott area. 

We’re excited that the Tucson office is the featured archicteture firm in the September AIA Southern Arizona newsletter. Perspective Newsletter STG Design


September 7, 2011

Congratulations to Jim Stephenson and Lisa Retrum here in the Austin office for their recent promotion to Associate.


Jim worked hard on the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Dell Fine Arts Center (still working hard now it’s in construction). Lisa worked on the LCRA SCOB Building (in construction) and the Austin Children’s Museum.

We appreciate their hard work and going the extra mile!


More than Just for Sitting

August 29, 2011

A group of our designers entered the Good Design challenge that corresponded with the Herman Miller exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art. World-renowned and West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc., based in tiny Zeeland, Michigan, gave the world some of the most iconic objects of the century: Charles and Ray Eames’s molded plywood Lounge Chair, George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa and Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick’s Aeron Chair.

STG Design staff, Brittney, Carrie, Denisse, Kandice, Lina, Lisa and Mattie were given 2 /12 weeks to artistically “upgrade” their white Eames chair for the competition based on what inspires them. Chairs were displayed at the Austin Museum of Art where they could be voted on by the public. The chairs will be auctioned off and the money will benefit the museum.

It’s amazing to see the creativity of the each staff member’s chairs. Chairs are in the following order: Brittney (mosaic from recycled aluminum cans), Carrie (all that shimmers in this world), Denisse (text from the novel The Fountainhead), Kandice (roles of modern day women), Lina (Austin weirdness ), Lisa (colored threads) and Mattie (nature scenes and a lake she visited in California)

In the Mood

August 26, 2011

Wallpaper and painted walls are so last decade! Dutch Royal Philips Electronics last week announced a partnership with Danish Kvadrat Soft Cells to create wall coverings that not only absorb sound but emit light as well. Article from Marquette

By integrating Philips’ addressable and multicolored LEDs into Kvadrat’s panels — which are constructed from fabric stretched over an aluminum frame — the two will give architects, interior designers and lighting specialists a whole new world of opportunities.

 Wall Panels that Emit Light and Absorb Sound (VIDEO)

Targeted particularly at retail and hospitality providers, the resulting “luminous textiles” will create a “mood wall” that not only absorb sound but also enhance the ambiance via the display of light and dynamic visual content. Soft, diffused light will create an almost “dreamlike” quality suitable for settings ranging from reception areas and restaurants to hotels and airport lounges, Philips says, and users can either draw from the technology’s standard content portfolio or choose branded or other content of their own.

Austin Children's Museum – A Magical Place

August 24, 2011

The Austin Children’s Museum team recently presented a very creative presentation to the Austin Children’s Museum board members. The presentation gives a wonderful child’s eye view into the museum and builds excitement for the client to see how fun the museum will be for the kids.

Jeff’s daughter, Lucy helps get everyone ready for the excitement and fun when the museum opens. You can check out the presentation here, Board presentation 082011.pdf

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Jeff and STG received big kudos from the client. Designing a building is more than a drawing and it can be a place that opens doors to exciting dreams for those that enter it. Way to go team!

Welcome to New Folks!

August 23, 2011

We’ve added some new faces here in Austin that are working in interior design.

Kendi Sparks has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design/Art Minor from Baylor University. Her last position was Interior Designer, at Hnedak Bobo Group in Memphis.


Marla Elm has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from the University of North Texas. She comes to STG from Corgan Associates where she worked as an interior designer.

Girls Explore Science Field Trip to STG Design

August 17, 2011

STG Design welcomed Austin Children’s Museum “Girls Explore Science” Camp today. This group of intrepid, young ladies learned about what architects and interior designers do, about STG Design, a tour of the firm and a fun activity.

Here’s to our future architects and designers!

The Magdeburg Water Bridge

August 15, 2011

Check this out.  Really cool architectural/engineering feat!!!

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, As part of the unification project.It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. he photo was taken on the day of inauguration. 

To those who appreciate engineering projects, here’s a puzzle for you armchair engineers . . .  and physicists.

Question: Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic,
Or just the weight of the water?

Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of  the water! Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.


Construction of the water link was started as early as in the 1930s but due to the World War 2 and subsequent division of Germany the work remained suspended till 1997. The aqueduct was finally completed and opened to the public in 2003.







Committment to Design Excellence

August 10, 2011

The St. Andrew’s Dell Fine Arts Center has started construction here in Austin. Here are some construction photos showing the progress. Jim showed his committment to design excellence by climbing the crane to ensure that the project got off perfectly. Click on the photos in the middle. We salute you Jim!

The Dell Fine Arts Center at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a three building complex consisting of a 34,000 s.f. Performing Arts Building with a 400 seat Proscenium Theater and a 125 seat Black Box Theatre; a 6,200 s.f. Music Building; and a 6,200 s.f. Art Studio. The project has a construction budget of $16.5 million dollars and will be complete in April 2012.

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