Growing up, Matt Garcia always thought he was going to be an engineer. As a steadfast teen, he drove up to visit Texas Tech in Lubbock from his hometown of San Antonio the summer before his senior year of high school to meet with an advisor. After the eight-hour drive, he discovered that no one from the engineering department was available, so he met with the only person who was—someone from the architecture program. “At that time, I didn’t realize what an architect did, but within a few moments in to that conversation, I knew it was what I was meant to do.” He worked for a big firm in LA after college, but kept dreaming of moving back to Austin. He landed his first job working for the legendary Dick Clark, and spent six years with him. “I wouldn’t be doing what I am without what I learned from him [Clark],” he says. “There is much more to being an architect than just the design.” This is the part—the personal relationships—that Garcia enjoys most about his job. “It can’t be all business…you have to understand how people live and how they interact with each other. My clients have to trust me.” Garcia, who launched his firm two years ago and offices at Canopy Studios, currently has several exciting projects on the boards like modern constructions on Stratford Drive and Pemberton Place, and a farmhouse in Manor, Texas that will be completed in 2014. “Our firm always has our signature, but we don’t force anything on our clients…we help make their vision happen.”
The Masai Mara in Kenya—there was a sunset and a couple Masai tribesman. I'll never forget it.
Most people don't know I can take a Vespa scooter apart and put it back together. It’s a weekend hobby of mine.
An old, short-sleeve button-down shirt that belonged to my grandfather Arthur. The shirt is about 40 to 45 years old, and I wear it a couple times a year.
My architect buddies, who had to start their own firm during the recession. It was really hard for them, but they worked hard and made it through to better times like today. They inspired me more than anything to start my own firm.
Fixing Vespas and coaching high school basketball. I would love it.
An iPod full of music and good headphones.
Any form of art by Donald Judd. A furniture piece would be particularly awesome.
Inspiration is easy in Austin. There are so many beautiful natural and manmade settings in and around town. Throw in all the creative people and it's hard not to be inspired.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more