Specht Architects was founded on the vision of creating elegant, comfortable, and innovative buildings that are rooted in the unique environments in which they exist, and shaped by the character of the people who will inhabit them.


Specht has been named as a “Top 100” architect by New York Magazine, and one of the “50 up and coming firms from around the world” by Wallpaper* magazine. Scott Specht also recently gave a TEDx talk about the future of housing in the United States.
Our projects have been featured in over 100 publications worldwide, and have received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Architectural League of New York, The Texas Society of Architects, and many others.

More important than the awards, however, is the fact that we have many repeat clients who appreciate our work and enjoy working with us. We're nice people, and love what we do!

Selected Clients

We typically keep the clients for our residential work private, but below is a selected list of commercial and institutional clients.

Scott Specht

Founder and Principal

Scott Specht is the founding principal at Specht Architects with over 25 years of experience designing and managing institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Before founding Specht Architects (formerly known as Specht Harpman), he worked as a senior designer for Daniel Libeskind Architect and collaborated with that office on its winning New York World Trade Center master planning proposal. He also worked for several years with Kohn Pedersen Fox and Associates Architects in New York, and was the Designer on a number of tall building projects around the world, including the Chifley Square project in Sydney, Australia, and the Niaga Bank headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a licensed architect in Texas and New York, is NCARB certified, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Scott received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he received the George Nelson Scholarship and the Franklin W. Gregory Scholarship.

In addition to his work with Specht Architects, Scott was a featured speaker at TEDx, and his independent design work has been exhibited in two SoHo gallery shows. His design work has also been publicly featured at a Yale University exhibition, the Van Alen Institute, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Marianne earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she was awarded the Daryl Engel Memorial Scholarship from the Texas Architectural Foundation. At Texas Tech University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Architecture, Marianne was a recipient of a Jerry S. Rawls Scholarship.

Before joining Specht Architects' New York office, Marianne worked at the Austin Community Design and Development Center, MASS Design Group in Boston, and 5G Studio Collaborative in Dallas. Her diverse experience includes designing for non-profit, educational, residential, high-end hospitality and commercial clients.

Jakeb Novak received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Kansas State University where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate. Having over a decade of experience, he has contributed to projects varying in scale from residences, commercial interior renovations to large multi-tower commercial developments. His understanding of an array of project types allows him to approach each new design opportunity from multiple perspectives.

Before joining Specht Architects' Austin office, Jakeb worked in Chicago for Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Griskelis Young Harrell and Wilkinson Blender Architecture. He is a licensed architect in Texas and Illinois and holds the national NCARB certification.

Travis Power
Assoc. AIA

Project Manager and Designer

Travis is a project manager and designer with 8 years of professional experience and a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. His work features an emphasis on custom residential projects with additional experience in higher education & restaurant projects.

His experience before joining Specht Architects' Austin office includes time with Lake | Flato Architects in San Antonio where he contributed to the nationally recognized design for the Arizona State Polytechnic Campus. Travis also worked in Austin for Brian Dillard Architecture and Dick Clark + Associates where his work consists of houses that have been featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour.

Mary Stuckert
Assoc. AIA

Project Manager and Designer

Mary Stuckert received her Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the Walker Beale Scholarship. Mary is also an honors graduate of Texas Tech University, from which she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. As an undergraduate, she won a Sybil Ruth and J. Carlos Jones Scholarship, was a recipient of the Don and Carolyn Tusha Architectural Endowment, and won a scholarship through the Lubbock Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Prior to joining Specht Architects' Austin office, Mary worked at Maryann Thompson Architects, PKSB Architects, Eisenman Architects, and Kilo Architecture in Paris.

Brett Wolfe

Senior Project Architect

Brett Wolfe received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded a Design Excellence Award, an Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the prestigious George Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence for his proposal for the Blanco Library Project. Upon graduation, Brett was awarded the highly competitive Oglesby Fellowship for his entire body of student work. Brett is also the recipient of an American Institute of Architects - Austin Studio Award for his work on the Blanco Library.

Before joining Specht Architects' Austin office, Brett worked for the Los Angeles office of Behnisch Architects, Page Sutherland Page in Austin, and Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin. He was recognized by Wallpaper* Magazine as one of the top 30 graduates in the design field, an annual contest that seeks out international creative talent.

Dawn White

Office Manager

Dawn is an experienced office manager and executive assistant with 15 years of experience in industries ranging from investment banking and asset protection for UHNW clients, to hospitality management and event planning. She is responsible for a wide array of administrative functions that facilitate the smooth operations of the office, including accounts payables, accounts receivables, scheduling, document management and expense tracking. Prior corporate experience includes terms at Palm Equity LLC, Duane Morris LLP., and Landry’s Inc.

Molly is an accounting manager with more than 25 years’ experience serving professional service firms. A member of the Specht team since 2015, she handles client billing, budgeting, and financial reporting. Previously, Molly worked with law firms, public relations agencies, and construction/development companies. She is a former CPA with an accounting degree from UT-Austin and a master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M—Corpus Christi.

Amber Calderon

Social Media Coordinator

Amber will be graduating from DePauw University in May of 2017 with degrees in Anthropology and Studio Art. Throughout her studies at DePauw University, Amber has gained considerable experience in the fields of graphic design and social media management.

Before joining Specht Architects, Amber worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, and has had her illustration work published in children’s books. Amber has also served as the head of Personal Relations for the chapter of a Greek organization on DePauw’s campus, where she managed the chapter’s website and social media platforms. As the social media coordinator for Specht Architects, Amber is responsible for maintaining and engaging with the firm’s various social media accounts.

TEDx Talks

Micro Housing in the U.S.
TEDx Amherst 2015

New York Magazine

'Design Hunting' by Wendy Goodman

Architectural Record

Domus Design (Ukraine)

'The Profound Roots' by Nina Neronova

Architectural Record

'Barn-Inspired Living' by Jane F. Kolleeny

Architectural Record

Residential Architect

'Architects' Choice' by Nigel F. Maynard

Interior Design

'Prize Possessions' 'All in the Family' by Jane Margolies

Modern Luxury – Houston

'Home Hotlist: More than Zero' by MItchel Alan Parker

Texas Architect

'AIA Austin Awards' by Rick Price

Interior Design

'Top Deck' by Henry Urbach

Architectural Design: Versioning

'Interior Eye' by Craig Kellogg

Interior Design

'Outside In' by Henry Urbach

100% Ex-urban Home (Russia)



'Industry Non-Standard' by Raul Barreneche

I.D. Design Review

'44th Annual Design Review'

Green 2 (Netherlands)

'Bouwen voor de Toekomst'

Ketchup (Hong Kong)


Interior Design

'Frame by Frame' by Abby Bussel

Architectural Record

'Students Build from the Ground Up' by Ingrid Whitehead

Engine (Germany)

'Zero Impact, Full Comfort'

Blue & Rosso (Italy)

'La Casa in Tasca' by Claudia Manini

Interior Design

'Materials Study' by Karen Singh

Interior Design

'Freeze Frame'

Home Review (India)

'Go Green'

Interior Design

'Sure Grip' by Henry Urbach

Smart Homeowner

'High-Performance Prefabs' by Sheri Koones

Studio Apartments

Big Ideas for Small Spaces by James Trulove

+Decoracion (Chile)

'Lo Mas eco del Mercado' by Soledad Garcia Huidobro

Interior Design

'Taking Stock' by Henry Urbach

China Times (Taiwan)



'Eco-Friendly House'

Urban Land

'Eco Prefab Revolution' by Jeff Herlitz

Interior Design

'Sense and Sensibility' by Edie Cohen

Designer Trust for Public Space

Custom made art objects (by both the Austin and New York offices) for their annual benefit auction

Today’s Living (Hong Kong)

'Bringing the Outside In' by Yuffie Yu

Woodbury Magazine

House & Home

Bund (Shanghai)

'Small Apartment Big Style' by Li Yang

Residential Architect

Design Awards Architectural Interiors by S. Claire Conroy

Architectures à Vivre (France)

'Habitat ècologique'

Austin Monthly Home

'Think Green' by Arden Ward


written by author Marc Kristal

New Prefab Architecture

written by author Sergio Costa Duran

PanDaa! (Hong Kong)


Wallpaper* (UK)

'Design DIrectory 2008'

Digital World (China)


House & Garden

'The Adapters' by Carol Flake Chapman

Architectural Record: Review

'Hitting the Books' by Jayne Merkel

100% Office (Russia)

Design Secrets: Office Spaces

by author Elana Frankel


'The Building Blocks' by Mayer Rus

TEDx Talks

Micro Housing in the US
TEDx Amherst 2015

AIA Austin

Manhattan Micro Loft
Design Award 2013

Interior Design

Manhattan MicroLoft
Best of Year Award 2015

AIA New York

Concrete Media
Design Award 2008

Best of Houzz

Weston Residence
Best of Houzz 2014

Architizer A+ Award

Architecture + Sustainability 2013

AIA Austin

New Canaan Residence
Design Award 2013

Residential Architect

Manhattan MicroLoft
Merit Award 2013

TX Society of Architects

Studio Award 2013

AIA Austin

Doyle Hall
Design Award 2010

AIA Austin

Oasis Advertising
Honor Award 2009


Coffee Lid Collection
2015 exhibition

Sundial House Receives Award

We’re proud to announce that our Sundial House in Santa Fe has won this year’s Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture, sponsored by the Thornburg Foundation, and the University of New Mexico. The prize is given to a single work of architecture in New Mexico that represents the best in modern design, and expresses a […]

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