Rick & Cindy Black



As partners in both our professional and personal lives, we bring a unique collaboration to each of our projects.

Our shared love of houses motivates us to work together as a team, bringing two sets of eyes and a balance of perspectives. And because we’ve been through the process of building a house of our own design, we can appreciate our clients’ points of views and meet their ideas with enthusiasm.

We work on houses of all shapes and sizes, and have designed over one hundred residential projects together over the past twelve years. This depth of experience with domestic design allows us to offer expertise in how to best achieve your goals.


Rick became an Austinite in 1981 after spending his formative years in El Paso, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1992. During his education he spent a year-long internship at Frank O. Gehry and Associates and contributed to many notable projects, such as the Disney Concert Hall in L.A. and the Toledo Museum of Art School. He has also collaborated throughout the years with John Mayfield Architect on several large scale traditional residential projects.

In 1996 Rick established his own architecture practice, shortly after becoming licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. In his collaborative partnership with Cindy, Rick conceptualizes the design for each project and develops this vision throughout the design process. Rick engages contractors, engineers and consultants at an early stage of the design, and collaborates with them to create innovative, refined details.

Rick is a member of Preservation Austin, the American Institute of Architects, and a board member of MidTexMod, the local chapter of docomomo. He also serves as a mentor for several younger architects. He is passionate about art and design, and continually searches for inspiration and meaning through both historical and modern works.


Cindy is a fifth generation Texan from Dallas. She moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2000. She enjoyed internships at Black + Vernooy and Furman + Keil Architects, both in Austin, before joining forces with Rick to practice architecture in 2001. Cindy was licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners in 2005, and became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 2012.

As a partner in the firm, Cindy contributes to all parts of the architectural process, from schematic design to construction administration. She brings her specialized knowledge from her independent company, Hello Kitchen, which offers architectural services for kitchen renovations and additions. With this venture she has consulted with over one hundred clients about how to improve their cooking spaces through good design.

Cindy is involved in the Austin design community, and has been a guest speaker at several architecture symposiums: the UT School of Architecture Centennial Anniversary, CRAN (Custom Residential Architecture Network), Architecture + Desire Panel at Women & their Work. In support of architecture on a larger scale, Cindy has served as a North Loop Neighborhood Planning Team member since 2003. In 2013 she participated with the Texas Society of Architects’ Advocates for Architecture Day at the Texas Capitol.

Cindy & Rick have a six year old son, JR, who continually provides laughter and excitement in their lives.

By: Brian Linder