“Making one’s place for living or work can be a profound and challenging process. My purpose is to solve this problem in a beautiful and meaningful way that moves the client.”
Fundamental aspects of Nick Deaver’s work are the use of natural light; the flow of space from one room to the next; a focus on the subtle textures and colors of wood, metal, and stone; a dialogue between the traditional and the modern; and the dissolving of conventional barriers between a building’s interior and its surroundings. Nick is interested in creating memorable places that respond to local context with a commitment to minimal demands on the environment. He also believes that architecture can awaken the senses, reconnecting us with nature. Nick strives for sustainability in his work. Dramatic results can often be achieved through the use of modest materials, and a building that is infused with beauty and meaning will become something permanent and cherished, rather than a temporary solution with a superficially pleasing style.
Nick has received numerous awards for a wide range of projects, from small residential additions to a world-renowned genetics laboratory. He is involved in each aspect of the design and construction process, and he works as closely and respectfully with the builders and tradespeople as with owners. Communication enlarges each participant’s investment and raises the craft of the building.
“Architecture is personal – the art of making a place for life, happiness, and well being.”
Nick, a native west Texan, moved to Austin to establish an architectural practice after a long tenure with Centerbrook Architects, the 1998 AIA Firm of the Year, established by Charles W. Moore in Essex, Connecticut.
Nick’s work includes private residences, office buildings, theaters, arts and academic buildings, university housing, research laboratories, medical facilities, and recreational buildings.
He has received national and regional awards and recognition for innovative designs, the most prominent being the Killingworth residence which was unanimously voted the national Renaissance '92 Remodeling Project of the year and was also awarded an American Wood Council Merit Award, the McClintock Laboratory commissioned by Nobel Prize winning scientist, Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA , awarded the AIA New England Design Award, and the winning design for the Connecticut State Parks competition for Excellence in State Parks Architecture.
Nick’s work has been published in numerous books. Two of his homes have been featured in “Not So Big Remodeling” by Marc Vassallo and Sarah Susanka, 2009, the author of “Not So Big House”. Other books include: “Centerbrook; Reinventing American Architecture” by Michael Crosbie, 1993 and “Centerbrook; Volume Two” by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean, 1997, “The Enthusiasms of Centerbrook; The Master Architect series IV” by John Morris Dixon.
Locally, Nick’s enthusiasm for Austin’s historical architecture and neighborhood re-development is demonstrated in his saving and renovation of a vintage 1919 Craftsman Bungalow in the downtown area which now serves as his office and personal residence. His vision and “hands on” restoration reveals his love of design, his careful attention to detail, and his commitment to community reinvestment. His home now contributes to the newly formed West Line National Historic District.
Nick received a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).