As architects and designers we are creating a conversation about our physical place in the city through the way people use spaces, public and private.


 

// Who we are //

Architecture / Spaces / objects

 

URBS is a husband and wife interdisciplinary design team and collaborative that challenges notions of who we (as urban dwellers) are in relationship to our city. We are interested in how it will begin to visually take shape as it grows into a dense urban environment. Austin has a unique opportunity to create a city of neighborhoods that are as unique as our culture. We are a city of makers, workers, creatives, DIYers, artists, and professionals. Our focus is on middle-density housing for families, live/work, neighborhood place-making and the wonderful objects that accompany urban life. We work to create spaces and places for people that challenge traditional conventions and that add to the existing city infrastructure.

 

People

Matt Beaton, AIA, Architect

Research: Architecture/Urban Planning

Specialty: Affordable Housing, Mixed Use, Missing Middle

Matt Beaton is an Architect at Nelsen Partners in Austin. He has been working on affordable housing for the bulk of his career. His passion for sustainable neighborhoods goes beyond buildings and into the urban environment. Matt studied architecture (B.E.D.) at Texas A&M University and went on to complete his Masters of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2007. His work with the Chicago Housing Authority led him to draw inspiration for housing for all people who live and work in the city. He is currently involved in the design and construction of over 1000 units of affordable housing in Austin, including the Chalmers Courts redevelopment and The RBJ Center Senior Apartments renovation and addition.  

Alyson Beaton, Interior Designer

Research: Objects & Urban place-making

Specialities: Interior spaces for urban family life

Alyson Beaton is an interdisciplinary designer obsessed with cities, city life and how nature/sustainability plays an important role in how our cities will evolve into the future. She studied Architecture (B.E.D.) at Texas A&M University and went on to complete an MFA in Visual Communication Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. She has taught and worked as a designer in Chicago and Austin. Her work includes authoring books, inventing products, creating textile patterns and designing spaces that are centered around city living. Her product line, Lille Huset Dollhouses, was invented to teach kids about home and neighborhood hoping that through play kids would engage the ideas she is working to spread. Her product line was sold worldwide. Her most recent work is designing graphic patterns inspired by city life. Her love of making and being a part of a maker community has fueled her desire for thinking about how to keep makers living and working in cities through creative housing types. She participates in local pop up markets selling her home goods. 

Professor- University of Texas, Austin

Collaborators: 

Kate Catterall: University of Texas, Austin, Associate Professor of Design

Research: Linking communities through design discourse & urban activations

Specialities: Furniture Design/Object/Urban Interventions

 

 

 

We believe projects should support an architectural infrastructure that brings beauty and harmony to the urban environment.