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Mark Schatz, FAIA,  and Anne Eamon, Assoc. AIA,  established our architect-led design/

build firm in 2004, and we focus on advancing the presence and influence of

the profession of architecture by producing uncompromising, yet broadly accessible residential design

work. In addition, we have been a proponent and advocate for the small

house, bringing early, broad public awareness to what has later on become a popular

building and lifestyle movement. We live by example on this issue, being a husband-wife team, having

designed and built two personal houses, the first at 700 square feet, and the

current at 990 square feet for our family, which has grown to a family of five, plus a

dachsund, Miles, and tortie cat, Lola.

Our small house work piqued the interest of the press as early as 2002, and

was featured nationally in Dwell in 2005 and multiple prime time HGTV shows

focused on architecturally inventive small house design. Our current house was

featured on a 2016 Houzz TV segment (viewed more than 700,000 times) and in

consumer and professional media outlets in several languages, including the

Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Cite Magazine.

Our firm currently builds around three out of every four projects we

design. Our process-based and exploratory design solutions range

from furniture and domestic-scale projects to small commercial buildings

and interiors. Our design work is client- centered, hands-on, and

research-driven. Many projects experiment with materials and

fabrication technologies, integrating artistic intent and construction

systems, allowing for project specific design solutions to fit within budgetary

constraints and individual client goals. Sustainable design strategies and materials are

the assumed basis of the design process for all projects. Pursuing

architect-led design-build has allowed bypassing the inertia of the typical

construction process, letting m+a serve a broader client base with ongoing

experimentation and design development work.

Our professional outreach includes representing AIA Houston for career day at

local schools, as well participation in an annual summer program that brings as

many as 80 high school students considering the profession to tour our

projects. We also give regular tours of current in construction  work to students from both the

University of Houston and Rice University. For several years

we both taught design studios at the University of Houston

where we still frequently guest lecture and participate in design juries. Our

lectures have ranged from design-build study, introduction to architecture,

structures, and practice. Mark has presented at the Texas Society of

Architects convention Five times and is past chair of the AIA Houston

Residential and Homes Tour committees.

Our design work has earned awards for residential, commercial,

and theoretical design projects including five AIA Houston Awards. Ten

projects have been included on the AIA Houston Home Tour and

two projects are featured in the Taunton Press publication A Little House in

the City. Their firm was named AIA Houston Firm of the Year in 2014

(cited for design excellence and innovation in residential design), and Mark

is the recipient of both the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Caudill

Award for Young Professional Achievement and the 2011 AIA Houston

Ben Brewer Young Architect Award, in recognition of his artistic and

innovative approach to design. Mark was recently elevated to the

AIA College of Fellows, and is now distinguished by the FAIA designation,

as recognition of notable contributions to the advancement of the

profession of architecture.

m + a architecture studio is a small design and build firm located in Houston that focuses on individual projects and unique solutions to design problems. The firm's work spans a range of residential and commercial projects - from very modest small scale projects to multi-million dollar homes. Check us out on Houzz TV:


Mark has done a number of design projects for us and has always done an outstanding job. Our style is very traditional and colonial, which led us to have some initial concern about whether or not we would fit well into their portfolio, as much of their marketing materials are for modern designs. But we were pleased to find that Mark has tremendous knowledge of and capacity in traditional homes. He helped us remodel two different older houses, three different projects in total, and we were thrilled with the results. Unlike so many additions, it was very difficult to walk in afterwards and identify where the new part was located. A portion of this was due to his expertise in the use o...


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