Studio

Our role is not to impose, but to cultivate.

We believe architecture resonates when we can identify the patterns intrinsic to the land, and to the life that will be lived there, and weave them together in such a way that yields something else entirely:

architecture that is as much a portrait of a place as of the people within.

Based in Austin, Texas, Ryan Street Architects has served select residential and commercial clients since 2001, designing celebrated spaces that span from the chiseled landscapes of the Hill Country to the intimate courtyards of coastal Spain.

At the heart of our approach is a desire to elevate the human experience through richly contextual spaces that bridge the natural vernacular of an environment with the wisdom of the past and the serendipity of the present, that respond fully to the needs and desires of those who will reside there, and that resonate with an elegance, permanence, and authenticity that is testament to an inclusive process and an exacting standard.

Ryan Street

President

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

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Ryan Street

President

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2001

School

Texas Tech University, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

I love spending time with my family and traveling to places that inspire me.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

Growing up, my mother Shanny Lott attended the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas and her passion for creativity in every form was woven into the fabric of our family, so early on I was frequently occupied designing forts and gathering the materials to build them. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t busy designing something or taking some complex object apart just to figure out how to put it back together.

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

 

Start Date at RSA

January 2020

School

University of Illinois, 1986

Degree

Bachelor of Science, Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Everything!

When did your passion for architecture begin?

When I realized I was terrible at computer science.

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2004

School

Rice University, 1995

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

The world around us.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Contemplating. Exploring. Fixing things.

Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

Zach Moss, AIA

Senior Project Designer

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

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Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

November 2004

School

Texas A&M University, 2000

Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Coffee. Tomfoolery.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping people turn the home of their dreams into a reality. Seeing their excitement build as we work through the design, and having it culminate with walking through the completed project makes each experience unique and enjoyable.

Zach Moss, AIA

Senior Project Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

April 2008

School

Lousiana Tech University, 2005

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Crawfish boils. Southern Mexico. Fishing. Traveling with family.

What are you curious about right now?

I have always been interested in things of quality, whether that is everyday items, furniture, arts/crafts or architecture. At RSA we are afforded the opportunity to help clients strive to achieve high quality, timeless architecture. Working as a team with the client, design team and skilled trades, it’s exciting to see these projects come to fruition.

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

 

Start Date at RSA

February 2013

School

Southeast Missouri State University, 2010

Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Interests & Inspiration

Podcasts. My little ones. The perfect latte. Binging TV.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Being surrounded by so much creativity on a daily basis and watching a home go from pen and paper to brick and mortar. I love being involved in photographing a home—it feels like the final step and brings the whole process full circle.

John Burgess, AIA

Project Architect

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

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John Burgess, AIA

Project Architect

 

Start Date at RSA

April 2013

School

Tulane University, 1996

Degree

Master of Architecture

Projects

Austonian

Interests & Inspiration

Live music. New restaurants. Photography.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Planning my next vacation. I enjoy travelling to France to practice my French, or hitting the ski slopes to practice not falling.

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

June 2014

School

Andrews University, 2008

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

My children. Traveling with family. Coaching Little League.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

I grew up in a family of tradesmen, so at a young age I had already learned about framing, hanging drywall, and flooring. In high school I took a drafting class and was hooked. I have always enjoyed thinking about all the possibilities in home design and all the different aspects of bringing that design to life. How a home comes together is truly something.

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

June 2018

School

University of Texas at Arlington, 2015

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Music. Reading. Gym time.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Taking part in helping someone realize their vision, and the further knowledge gained from the process each project entails.

Robert Ward

Project Manager

Jennifer Sissom

Senior Interior Designer

David Costea

Project Manager

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Robert Ward

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

October 2018

School

University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Performing with other musicians. Road trips. Cats.

What’s something you’d like people to know about your field?

Being an architect is not as glamorous as Mike Brady makes it look, but it’s 1000 times more rewarding.

Jennifer Sissom

Senior Interior Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

February 2019

School

Oklahoma State University, 2016

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Interests & Inspiration

Rainy days & coffee. Painting. Jazz music. Switzerland. Milieu Magazine. My big fluffy puppy.

What are you curious about right now?

I’m curious about the individual aspects that make a house unique and special, and how they come together to create a home. The quaint, quiet spaces, the small personal touches, and the distinct pieces that bring joy. I strive to have an understanding of those who will occupy the space and how all of these things will come together and reflect them, because a home is more than just a space- it is a place of comfort and renewal.

David Costea

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

November 2020

School

University of Illinois-Chicago

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

French press coffee. Cars. Boston Red Sox. Single malt scotch.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Fishing as much as I can.

Adam Kehr

Project Designer

Justin Dill

Project Designer

Kip Townsend

Design Manager

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Adam Kehr

Project Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

April 2021

School

Syracuse University, 1997

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Justin Dill

Project Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

May 2021

School

University of Colorado, 2010

Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Interests & Inspiration

Carpentry and craft. Heritage footwear. Long-term thinking. Mechanical watches. Nature.  Greene and Greene, Sigurd Lewerentz, Carlos Scarpa, and Peter Zumthor.

What are you curious about right now?

Lately, I have been curious about the provenance of the materials we build with. I find myself wanting to learn where things come from, how it is made or mined, and what are its inherent characteristics and intrinsic qualities. Everything has a history, and a story to tell, from the coffee we drink in the morning, to the denim we wear, to the stone we knead our bread upon. I want to understand how this knowledge works alongside craft and construction to create truly great architecture.

Kip Townsend

Design Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

May 2021

School

Oklahoma State University, 1987

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Art & Science. Hospitality. Family. Digging & Planting. Mountains of Colorado.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

I have always loved art and drawing but the defining moment came in 4th grade – It was between Advertising and Architecture in a career study and Architecture won out when I learned it did not require a second language.

Jenna Patino

Procurement Coordinator

Beth Servant

Office Manager

Adam Bell

Intern Designer

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Jenna Patino

Procurement Coordinator

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

Texas State University, 2017

Degree

Bachelor of Applied Arts, Fashion Merchandising

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Fresh cut flowers. Traveling. Photography.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Traveling, spending time with friends and family, enjoying the lake, taking the pup for a walk.

Beth Servant

Office Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

University of Colorado at Boulder

Interests & Inspiration

My perfect pup. Yoga. Vegan tamales.

What do you like most about Austin?

I love being around the friendly and creative people that are drawn to this city. The open, green spaces and the array of outdoor activities we are lucky to choose from every weekend made moving here an easy decision. The live music scene is an added, welcome bonus!

Adam Bell

Intern Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

University of Colorado, 2016

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Dogs. Gardening. Time with family.

What are you curious about right now?

The Great State of Texas. I enjoy exploring the off-roading and hiking trails of Texas with my dog Kit.

Ashley Tuck

Interior Design Assistant

Heather Compton

Accounting and Payroll Manager

Ryan M. Perstac, AIA, NCARB

Project Architect

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Ashley Tuck

Interior Design Assistant

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Degree

Rhetoric and Writing

Interests & Inspiration

Travelling. My family. Running. Cooking. Longhorn Football.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Chasing after my two kids, exploring new restaurants around town, and searching for design inspiration.

Heather Compton

Accounting and Payroll Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

October 2021

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Hiking. Lake time. Traveling. Homeless Outreach.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

As the Accounting & Payroll Manager for RSA my job is very rewarding, and my favorite aspects of my job are AP, AR, and payroll. We have such a creative and talented team of architects, interior designers, and office professionals! Every project is intricately designed, and our team truly understands our client’s vision.

Ryan M. Perstac, AIA, NCARB

Project Architect

 

Start Date at RSA

October 2021

School

University of Arizona, 2002

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

My wife and two cats. Restoring our mid-century home. The Sea Ranch.

What’s something you’d like people to know about your field?

Architecture involves design and construction, but there is so much more: the experience of compelling interior and exterior spaces, the landscape, place, comfort, memories, and family. I find great joy and satisfaction in working to enhance the lifestyle of residents and their guests.

Sara Sigurdardottir

Production Designer

Colin Slaughter

Senior Project Manager

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Alane Ebner

Project Architect

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Sara Sigurdardottir

Production Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

February 2022

School

University of Greenwich, London, 2008

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Exploring the world with my family and friends. Saying yes to invites and adventures. Discovering countries, cultures, and customs.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

As a kid I discovered architecture plans of our family’s townhome, and I started making my own house plans- creating stories of the people and families who might live there. Having a sibling in a wheelchair showed me that the world had obstacles for many people and I wanted to attempt to improve for those who could not. Architecture gives you the chance to explore, create, and make the world just a little bit more beautiful.

Colin Slaughter

Senior Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

March 2022

Alane Ebner

Project Architect

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2022

School

Rice University

Degree

Master of Architecture

Ryan Street

President

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

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Ryan Street

President

Start Date at RSA

August 2001

School

Texas Tech University, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

I love spending time with my family and traveling to places that inspire me.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

Growing up, my mother Shanny Lott attended the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas and her passion for creativity in every form was woven into the fabric of our family, so early on I was frequently occupied designing forts and gathering the materials to build them. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t busy designing something or taking some complex object apart just to figure out how to put it back together.

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

Start Date at RSA

January 2020

School

University of Illinois, 1986

Degree

Bachelor of Science, Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Everything!

When did your passion for architecture begin?

When I realized I was terrible at computer science.

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

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Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

Start Date at RSA

August 2004

School

Rice University, 1995

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

The world around us.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Contemplating. Exploring. Fixing things.

Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

November 2004

School

Texas A&M University, 2000

Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Coffee. Tomfoolery.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping people turn the home of their dreams into a reality. Seeing their excitement build as we work through the design, and having it culminate with walking through the completed project makes each experience unique and enjoyable.

Zach Moss, AIA

Senior Project Designer

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

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Zach Moss, AIA

Senior Project Designer

Start Date at RSA

April 2008

School

Lousiana Tech University, 2005

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Crawfish boils. Southern Mexico. Fishing. Traveling with family.

What are you curious about right now?

I have always been interested in things of quality, whether that is everyday items, furniture, arts/crafts or architecture. At RSA we are afforded the opportunity to help clients strive to achieve high quality, timeless architecture. Working as a team with the client, design team and skilled trades, it’s exciting to see these projects come to fruition.

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

Start Date at RSA

February 2013

School

Southeast Missouri State University, 2010

Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Interests & Inspiration

Podcasts. My little ones. The perfect latte. Binging TV.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Being surrounded by so much creativity on a daily basis and watching a home go from pen and paper to brick and mortar. I love being involved in photographing a home—it feels like the final step and brings the whole process full circle.

John Burgess, AIA

Project Architect

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

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John Burgess, AIA

Project Architect

Start Date at RSA

April 2013

School

Tulane University, 1996

Degree

Master of Architecture

Projects

Austonian

Interests & Inspiration

Live music. New restaurants. Photography.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Planning my next vacation. I enjoy travelling to France to practice my French, or hitting the ski slopes to practice not falling.

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

June 2014

School

Andrews University, 2008

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

My children. Traveling with family. Coaching Little League.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

I grew up in a family of tradesmen, so at a young age I had already learned about framing, hanging drywall, and flooring. In high school I took a drafting class and was hooked. I have always enjoyed thinking about all the possibilities in home design and all the different aspects of bringing that design to life. How a home comes together is truly something.

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

Robert Ward

Project Manager

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Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

June 2018

School

University of Texas at Arlington, 2015

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Music. Reading. Gym time.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Taking part in helping someone realize their vision, and the further knowledge gained from the process each project entails.

Robert Ward

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

October 2018

School

University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Performing with other musicians. Road trips. Cats.

What’s something you’d like people to know about your field?

Being an architect is not as glamorous as Mike Brady makes it look, but it’s 1000 times more rewarding.

Jennifer Sissom

Senior Interior Designer

David Costea

Project Manager

close

Jennifer Sissom

Senior Interior Designer

Start Date at RSA

February 2019

School

Oklahoma State University, 2016

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Interests & Inspiration

Rainy days & coffee. Painting. Jazz music. Switzerland. Milieu Magazine. My big fluffy puppy.

What are you curious about right now?

I’m curious about the individual aspects that make a house unique and special, and how they come together to create a home. The quaint, quiet spaces, the small personal touches, and the distinct pieces that bring joy. I strive to have an understanding of those who will occupy the space and how all of these things will come together and reflect them, because a home is more than just a space- it is a place of comfort and renewal.

David Costea

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

November 2020

School

University of Illinois-Chicago

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

French press coffee. Cars. Boston Red Sox. Single malt scotch.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Fishing as much as I can.

Adam Kehr

Project Designer

Justin Dill

Project Designer

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Adam Kehr

Project Designer

Start Date at RSA

April 2021

School

Syracuse University, 1997

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Justin Dill

Project Designer

Start Date at RSA

May 2021

School

University of Colorado, 2010

Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Interests & Inspiration

Carpentry and craft. Heritage footwear. Long-term thinking. Mechanical watches. Nature.  Greene and Greene, Sigurd Lewerentz, Carlos Scarpa, and Peter Zumthor.

What are you curious about right now?

Lately, I have been curious about the provenance of the materials we build with. I find myself wanting to learn where things come from, how it is made or mined, and what are its inherent characteristics and intrinsic qualities. Everything has a history, and a story to tell, from the coffee we drink in the morning, to the denim we wear, to the stone we knead our bread upon. I want to understand how this knowledge works alongside craft and construction to create truly great architecture.

Kip Townsend

Design Manager

Jenna Patino

Procurement Coordinator

close

Kip Townsend

Design Manager

Start Date at RSA

May 2021

School

Oklahoma State University, 1987

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Art & Science. Hospitality. Family. Digging & Planting. Mountains of Colorado.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

I have always loved art and drawing but the defining moment came in 4th grade – It was between Advertising and Architecture in a career study and Architecture won out when I learned it did not require a second language.

Jenna Patino

Procurement Coordinator

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

Texas State University, 2017

Degree

Bachelor of Applied Arts, Fashion Merchandising

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Fresh cut flowers. Traveling. Photography.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Traveling, spending time with friends and family, enjoying the lake, taking the pup for a walk.

Beth Servant

Office Manager

Adam Bell

Intern Designer

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Beth Servant

Office Manager

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

University of Colorado at Boulder

Interests & Inspiration

My perfect pup. Yoga. Vegan tamales.

What do you like most about Austin?

I love being around the friendly and creative people that are drawn to this city. The open, green spaces and the array of outdoor activities we are lucky to choose from every weekend made moving here an easy decision. The live music scene is an added, welcome bonus!

Adam Bell

Intern Designer

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

University of Colorado, 2016

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Dogs. Gardening. Time with family.

What are you curious about right now?

The Great State of Texas. I enjoy exploring the off-roading and hiking trails of Texas with my dog Kit.

Ashley Tuck

Interior Design Assistant

Heather Compton

Accounting and Payroll Manager

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Ashley Tuck

Interior Design Assistant

Start Date at RSA

August 2021

School

University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Degree

Rhetoric and Writing

Interests & Inspiration

Travelling. My family. Running. Cooking. Longhorn Football.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Chasing after my two kids, exploring new restaurants around town, and searching for design inspiration.

Heather Compton

Accounting and Payroll Manager

Start Date at RSA

October 2021

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Hiking. Lake time. Traveling. Homeless Outreach.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

As the Accounting & Payroll Manager for RSA my job is very rewarding, and my favorite aspects of my job are AP, AR, and payroll. We have such a creative and talented team of architects, interior designers, and office professionals! Every project is intricately designed, and our team truly understands our client’s vision.

Ryan M. Perstac, AIA, NCARB

Project Architect

Sara Sigurdardottir

Production Designer

close

Ryan M. Perstac, AIA, NCARB

Project Architect

Start Date at RSA

October 2021

School

University of Arizona, 2002

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

My wife and two cats. Restoring our mid-century home. The Sea Ranch.

What’s something you’d like people to know about your field?

Architecture involves design and construction, but there is so much more: the experience of compelling interior and exterior spaces, the landscape, place, comfort, memories, and family. I find great joy and satisfaction in working to enhance the lifestyle of residents and their guests.

Sara Sigurdardottir

Production Designer

Start Date at RSA

February 2022

School

University of Greenwich, London, 2008

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Exploring the world with my family and friends. Saying yes to invites and adventures. Discovering countries, cultures, and customs.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

As a kid I discovered architecture plans of our family’s townhome, and I started making my own house plans- creating stories of the people and families who might live there. Having a sibling in a wheelchair showed me that the world had obstacles for many people and I wanted to attempt to improve for those who could not. Architecture gives you the chance to explore, create, and make the world just a little bit more beautiful.

Colin Slaughter

Senior Project Manager

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Alane Ebner

Project Architect

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Colin Slaughter

Senior Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

March 2022

Alane Ebner

Project Architect

Start Date at RSA

August 2022

School

Rice University

Degree

Master of Architecture

Open positions

Please send résumés, portfolios and references to rsacareers@ryanstreet.com.

No phone calls, please.

Interior Designer

Ryan Street Architects is seeking an experienced candidate to join our Interior Design team in Austin, Texas. We are looking for a candidate with a strong design sensibility who is motivated, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize tasks, with the ability to work in an open and dynamic studio environment. Our current work includes high-end residential and hospitality projects. This is a full-time position where pay is commensurate with experience, ability, and performance.

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Project Architect

We are seeking a Project Architect who has a strong design sensibility, is detailed oriented, and is skilled at document production, consultant coordination, and technical project development and delivery.  The successful candidate will lead document production on multiple high-end/custom hotel/resort, hospitality, and residential projects on a daily basis, provide technical oversight and coordination of the project team to ensure task completion, and ensure that our high standards of service are consistently delivered. The role will involve developing documents from conceptual / schematic design through construction documents, including preparation of design details and specifications, providing construction observation services, and assisting in the preparation of estimated budgets and schedules. Assist in building the hospitality and hotel efforts in the firm.

The ideal candidate excels at developing design sketches into a quality set of coordinated construction documents while maintaining design intent, communicating effectively, and solving problems creatively and confidently.

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