Colorado Architecture Firm Expands into Houston

by James McClister


Last year, Aspen and Denver-based landscape architectural firm Design Workshop opened a temporary office in the Houston Technology Center to handle its quickly growing local client base. As a reflection of demand and the firm’s success in the city, Design Workshop has now opened a permanent Houston office, directed by Amy Benoit Harbert.

“As our clientele grew and gave us more and more projects in Houston, the decision was made to come to Houston to better serve our clients,” she told the Houston Business Journal.

Design Workshop first began serving Houston clients after opening a 25-employee office in Austin some seven years ago. Recently, its growing business in Houston has demanded a more stable presence.

The architectural firm’s beginnings are rooted in academia, borne out of North Carolina State University in the 1960s. The company’s original aim was to work with ski resorts and golf courses in the western U.S., but Design Workshop has expanded its mission and offerings as the real estate market has evolved. Now the company is heavily invested in urban areas, like Houston.

The company has already lent its expertise to several of the city’s streetscape beautification projects, like the redevelopment of Bagby Street and renovations in Memorial Park, as well as bigger projects, like Houston’s new General Plan, which hopes to enhance and prepare the city for anticipated growth.

According to Harbert, staying involved with those projects wouldn’t have been possible without an immediate presence.

“We’re very excited to be here,” she said. “We wouldn’t have had these new opportunities, like working on Houston’s first general plan, had we not been based locally.”

The new office is located at 300 Main Street, Suite 201.

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