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!
We typically keep the clients for our residential work private, but below is a selected list of commercial and institutional clients.
HDNet - Open City Films
San Jacinto Building
Zurich Global Asset Management
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 is a project architect with over 10 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
2017 Resource Guide - Architects
Micro Housing in the U.S. TEDx Amherst 2015
'Design Hunting' by Wendy Goodman
'FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000' Exhibition, including the Specht Harpman coffee lid collection
'The Profound Roots' by Nina Neronova
'Barn-Inspired Living' by Jane F. Kolleeny
'Architects' Choice' by Nigel F. Maynard
'Prize Possessions' 'All in the Family' by Jane Margolies
'Home Hotlist: More than Zero' by MItchel Alan Parker
'AIA Austin Awards' by Rick Price
'Top Deck' by Henry Urbach
'Interior Eye' by Craig Kellogg
'Outside In' by Henry Urbach
'Industry Non-Standard' by Raul Barreneche
'44th Annual Design Review'
'Bouwen voor de Toekomst'
'Frame by Frame' by Abby Bussel
'Students Build from the Ground Up' by Ingrid Whitehead
'Zero Impact, Full Comfort'
'La Casa in Tasca' by Claudia Manini
'Materials Study' by Karen Singh
'Sure Grip' by Henry Urbach
'High-Performance Prefabs' by Sheri Koones
Big Ideas for Small Spaces by James Trulove
'Lo Mas eco del Mercado' by Soledad Garcia Huidobro
'Taking Stock' by Henry Urbach
'Eco Prefab Revolution' by Jeff Herlitz
'Sense and Sensibility' by Edie Cohen
The Specht Harpman coffee lid collection was featured in a Fast Company article titled 'One Man's Epic Quest to Sanitize Your Filthy, Germ-Riddled Coffee Cup' by David Sax
An article titled 'Tim Hortons' Double Dribble' by Jason Kirby features the Specht Harpman coffee lid collection
Custom made art objects (by both the Austin and New York offices) for their annual benefit auction
Our 2002 finalist submission was on display at the Young Architects Program 10th Anniversary Exhibit
'Bringing the Outside In' by Yuffie Yu
House & Home
'Small Apartment Big Style' by Li Yang
Design Awards Architectural Interiors by S. Claire Conroy
'Think Green' by Arden Ward
written by author Marc Kristal
written by author Sergio Costa Duran
'Design DIrectory 2008'
'The Adapters' by Carol Flake Chapman
'Hitting the Books' by Jayne Merkel
by author Elana Frankel
'The Building Blocks' by Mayer Rus
Micro Housing in the USTEDx Amherst 2015
Manhattan Micro LoftDesign Award 2013
Manhattan MicroLoftBest of Year Award 2015
Concrete MediaDesign Award 2008
Weston ResidenceBest of Houzz 2014
zeroHouseArchitecture + Sustainability 2013
New Canaan ResidenceDesign Award 2013
Manhattan MicroLoftMerit Award 2013
Studio Award 2013
Doyle HallDesign Award 2010
Oasis AdvertisingHonor Award 2009
Coffee Lid Collection2015 exhibition
The big machines are out this week at the site of our Carpenter Hotel. Pier drilling has started, and these augers are boring out 36″ wide, 60′ deep holes that will soon be filled with steel and concrete. The Carpenter will feature a new four-story hotel, as well as a restaurant complex in an adjacent […]
We’ve just received design approval for this dynamic new home in Dallas, and will start construction in a few months. The house features a very private street-facing facade clad in hand-made Roman brick, and a bright, open, double-height interior with 20’ceilings in the main living spaces. We’ll post more renderings of the design soon.
Our Preston Hollow house in Dallas is progressing nicely. It features a custom-corrugated concrete wall that will be almost 14′ high and 225′ long when complete. The test sample of the concrete patterning was just unveiled and looks exactly like we’d hoped. If you’d like to see some renderings of the finished house, you can […]
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 […]