Austin’s Clayton & Little Architects Expands to San Antonio

Austin, San Antonio: Award-winning, Austin-based firm Clayton & Little Architects is announcing its expansion to San Antonio. The organization, known for its adaptive re-use and thoughtful contextual work, already has several high-profile projects under way in the Alamo City.

“Clayton & Little has deep roots in Texas and we are excited to bring that experience and the talents of our team to San Antonio’s unique culture and energy,” said Paul Clayton, Principal of Clayton & Little. “Having an office located on the River Walk in the heart of this great city and to be part of its resurgence is a great opportunity, not just to create architecture that contributes to the new urban fabric, but also to be part of this community of creative and dedicated people who care about where San Antonio is headed.”

Clayton & Little was founded in 2001, when Clayton and Emily Little expanded Little’s well-established and highly respected 18-year-old firm. Since then, Clayton & Little has completed numerous notable projects with deep roots in Texas history and culture. Recent San Antonio-area projects include the rehabilitation of the Southerleigh Brewery at the Pearl, LARDER at Hotel Emma and the Pearl Bottling House, currently under construction.

The San Antonio office will include Jonathan Card, who will also serve as the firm’s Director of Design. His previous firm, Urbanist Design, played a key role in the resurgence of downtown San Antonio with work for the Pearl Brewery Master Plan, the Main Plaza renovation and award-winning hospitality projects including Cured, Local Coffee and Arcade Midtown. Card is leading the work on Jazz, TX, a live music venue to be located in the basement of the Pearl Brewery.

“The buzz downtown right now is palpable,” said Card. “With so many people coming here we have the opportunity to be part of the next wave of development and contribute to what makes San Antonio such a great place.”

Brian Korte will also join the San Antonio office, bringing 22 years of experience in design, management and fabrication to the firm. 

“Being part of an established firm that’s entering a new phase is a chance to expand relationships with existing clients as well as to broaden the range of services the firm provides,” said Korte. “Not only will Clayton & Little expand geographically, we’ll also benefit from the exchange of ideas across the region and even beyond.”

Card and Korte met in 1998 and boast a long history of creating award-winning architecture recognized for its design, sensitivity to context, innovative approaches to sustainability and adaptive re-use.

The firm will set up shop in the storied Green Gate building at 429 North St. Mary’s, which is being renovated to accommodate a projected staff of 20. Once the home of Giles Design, the building has enjoyed a rich history once serving as a burlesque venue, and then in the 1970s, a Christian nightclub. Occupying the threshold between the urban context of west downtown on one façade and the River Walk on the other, the narrow structure, wedged between the Exchange Building and The Original Blanco Café, represents the possibilities that designing in the historic fabric of San Antonio has to offer.

“This office is a jewel of a spot,” Little said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better location or a better space from which to launch this new phase of the firm’s life. It will provide inspiration for our team and keep us fully connected to the life of the city.”

Clayton & Little plans to co-office with other design enterprises, to expand its community collaboration and draw on San Antonio’s existing creative culture.

To learn more about Clayton & Little visit To book an interview or to learn more about the firm’s expansion, please contact Georgian Whitenight at or 512-477-1727 ext. 200

About Clayton & Little

Clayton & Little creates buildings that tell the story of place and community and contribute to the design conversation. With roots firmly in Texas, its architecture strives to balance the Texas that was with the Texas that is coming. As architects working in this unique moment in Texas history, the firm aims to re-energize the buildings that helped shape our cities and our state and to create the framework for an exciting and sustainable future.

Clayton & Little’s Austin office of 21 talented architects and staff, and one talented office dog, Junior, is located in the historic Rogers-Lyons House in the East End Cultural District. Its work has been recognized with awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Historical Commission, as well as Preservation Texas and Preservation Austin. In 2013, it recevied the AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award. Its portfolio includes a range of design redevelopment and new construction of community spaces and infrastructure for Texas Parks and Wildlife, as well as some of Austin’s most successful restaurants, including Laundrette, Juliet, Clark’s, the renovated Jeffrey’s, Josephine House and the café of the historic Driskill Hotel. Other recent notable projects include designing the new recreation hall at Mother Neff State Park, guiding preservation efforts at Austin’s Seaholm Power Plant, converting an old mansion into the rock-star haven Hotel St. Cecilia and adding a hip new juke joint to the South Congress strip. The Austin office plans a move to a new location on Lamar Boulevard in mid-2016.