Specht Architects was founded on the vision of creating elegant, comfortable, and timeless 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 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.

Jakeb Novak

Senior Project Architect

Jakeb 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 renovations to large multi-tower commercial developments.

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, is NCARB certified, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Travis Power

Senior Project Architect

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.

Matthew Montry

Architectural Designer

Matthew received his Post-Professional Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded the Oglesby Traveling Fellowship (he traveled through Japan for a month), the university-wide George H. Mitchell Award for his work with Jason Sowell, and was published in Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2010 Graduate Directory for his work with Billie Faircloth.

Prior to joining Specht's Austin office, Matthew's design experience spanned academic buildings with Tod Williams | Billie Tsien Architects in New York City, and award winning high-end custom residential and commercial projects with firms in Austin, TX.

Dawn White

Office Director

Dawn is an experienced operations and administrative manager with 20 years of experience in industries ranging from investment banking, asset protection and estate planning for UHNW clients, to hospitality management for multi-brand corporations . She is responsible for a wide array of management functions that facilitate the smooth operations of the office, staff and clients. 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.

TEDx Talks

Micro Housing in the U.S.
TEDx Amherst 2015

Home of the Future!

A Lecture by Scott Specht

Austin Home

2017 Resource Guide - Architects

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

AIA Austin

Manhattan Micro Loft
Design Award

TEDx Talks

Micro Housing in the US
TEDx Amherst

Interior Design

Manhattan MicroLoft
Best of Year Award

AIA New York

Concrete Media
Design Award

Architizer A+ Award

Architecture + Sustainability

AIA Austin

New Canaan Residence
Design Award

Best of Houzz

Weston Residence
Best of Houzz

Residential Architect

Manhattan MicroLoft
Merit Award

TX Society of Architects

Studio Award

AIA Austin

Doyle Hall
Design Award

AIA Austin

Oasis Advertising
Honor Award


Coffee Lid Collection
2015 exhibition