Architecture City Guide: Austin

For this week the Architecture City Guide series headed to the city of Austin, Texas. Already our third stop in the Lone State, it is easy to see why Texans take such pride in their state, even when the Cowboys go 6 and 10. Both the capital of Texas and Live Music, Austin is a vibrant city that takes pride in being far from ordinary. Austin also plays host to South By Southwest (SXSW) which is being held this week, March 11th – 20th.  Its eclectic and liberal lifestyle have led many Austinites to adopt the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” In this context its architecture is as diverse as its people. This short exposé of a few contemporary and modern buildings hardly tells the story of Austin, so we ask you, the readers, to add to the list. Please share your favorites with us in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Austin list and corresponding map after the break!

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Austin" 09 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Andrew

    I’d say other buildings that should be added include the new Student Activities Center as well as the Ransom Center on the Univ. of Texas campus. Also, though it is a supermarket, the Central Market on near 38th and Lamar is one of the most popular tourist destinations.

  • Amy

    STG Design (Susman Tisdale Gayle) did not do One Congress Plaza. We rep the building, but did not design it.

    I agree with Andrew, there are a variety of buildings I would have liked to see on this list. Hotel San Jose, Haddington’s, Art House, Oliva, La condessa, Mexican American Cultural Center, Capstar Plaza…among others.

    Not to mention the completely unique trailer food eateries around town.

    Thanks for featuring Austin!