John Grable's award-winning work is inspired by his intimate relationship with the environment, which stems from his love and respect for the land and a keen understanding of how buildings can gently co-exist with nature. After 18 years as a project manager and partner at Lake|Flato Architects, John returned to his roots in 2004 and founded John Grable Architects, where his more than 30 years of experience as a designer, builder, developer and teacher converge.
John created a middle school lesson plan that helped to raise students' awareness about the importance of design and the architectural profession. The lesson plan was made available on the Internet and distributed to the Texas School Teachers Association.
John contributed to this PBS film in conjunction with the Witte Museum in San Antonio. The documentary, which is geared toward grade school-age children, discusses the five elements of a habitat, both for humans and animals.
Matthew joined John Grable Architects in 2007 upon completing his Master of Architecture degree at UTSA. Matthew worked as a Graduate Assistant and was a member of UtenSAils, an undergraduate topic studio that concentrated on the design and logistics of construction of two permanent fabric tensile structures at UTSA's downtown campus, which have received several local and national awards. He also participated in a semester long study abroad program in Tuscany, where he visited many Italian cities and worked with graduate students from a university in Florence on competition entry concepts.
Javier joined John Grable Architects after completing his Masters of Architecture degree at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University he participated in study abroad programs in Barcelona, Spain as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina. These experiences allowed him to explore a variety of urban typologies and gain a broader understanding of conditional requirements and vernacular architecture. Within architecture Javier's focus is in developing projects that promote a minimal ecological impact and responsible standards of living. Additional interest include cooking,photography, carpentry, graphic design, and web design.
Xavier joins John Grable after five years experience in the Architectural Field, including experience on many award winning projects. His lifelong interest in design includes the ongoing evolution of architecture design vernacular through technology and attention to detail, but never losing sight of the tectonic simplicity perfected by the many great architects of Central Texas. During his education at The University of Texas at Austin, he studied at the Santa Chiara Study Abroad program in Italy, was a multiple design award nominee, and completed multiple internships. Outside of architecture, Xavier enjoys painting, basketball, and exploring new places by foot.
Krystal joined John Grable Architects after graduating from the University of Houston. She is a Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelors of Architecture and Environmental Design and a minor in Spanish. While at the University of Houston, she was handpicked to participate in the inaugural Pan American Studio to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This gave her the opportunity to be exposed to the various housing typologies as well as having the opportunity to meet with and gain input from many of the local architects. Krystal has a passion for culture, community and the built environment. Additional interests include adaptive reuse, graphic design, cooking and recreational activities.