Native Austinite and interior designer Allison Burke has the job she never knew she always wanted. After a childhood interest in mathematics led her to pursue a degree in engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, she quickly realized that she was bored out of her mind. In a moment of inspiration, Burke decided to enter the School of Architecture where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design.
After stints at various firms, including the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Burke decided to open her own business. As principal of Allison Burke Interior Design, Burke works with junior designer Rowen Van Ingen to bring her trademark style to both residential and commercial projects. With a few high profile projects wrapping up in early 2016 — including the Penthouse at The W Austin and an exciting ground-up partnership with San Antonio firm Lake Flato kicking off with a Las Vegas project this spring — Burke’s design approach is perhaps best described as collaboration complete with a warm personal touch.
Here, she talks to TRIBEZA about her must-have design elements, her favorite Austin aesthetics, and the quote that changed her life.