Event CRAN Tour

April 1, 2021 - 11:30am

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images courtesy of coXist Studio


Beneath the Trees with coXist Studio & FIA Homes- How to embrace Heritage Trees on your site

In Austin we love our trees, but how do we build around them, permit them and embrace them into our designs? We will be looking at the Live Oaks Residence, a roughly 5,500 square foot new build that is also home to NINE heritage Live Oaks. We will discuss the design strategies we employed to best highlight this spectacular property and go through the hurdles that were presented during permitting and construction along the way. Our client / developer will speak to the special construction techniques he had to use in protecting these majestic trees.

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess the existing site conditions and study the buildable area available between the trees and canopies of this project and how this impacted our design decisions.
  2. Recognize the strategies that were implemented to work with the City of Austin Tree Department and our arborist for this project.
  3. Analyze the design and layout strategies utilized to highlight the trees throughout the site.
  4. Describe how all these strategies play out in the field with a discussion with the contractor on the challenges and rewards of working within the Heritage trees.


CoXist is a contemporary Austin-based architecture firm dedicated to making an impact on our client’s way of living through thoughtful and human-inspired design. At coXist, we design with a conscience effort to understand and integrate site context, human experience, and rich contextual materials. We believe architecture is a series of moments that when strung together, tell a story that can enhance the connections between people and spaces to better your everyday life. We strive to create architecture that reflects humanity, structures that invite nature, and materials that live in harmony with design. 

While we are still practicing social distancing due to the pandemic, all tours will be virtual, conducted via Zoom. To receive reminders, please sign up for the CRAN Committee mailings in the footer of our website.

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is a resource for those that practice residential architecture. Monthly meetings usually consist of a project tour or presentation providing continuing education credits. Our meetings and events are open to everyone, and we invite you to become more involved with CRAN.

2021 Chair: Mari Russ
2021 Chair-Elect: Megan Lin, AIA
AIA Austin staff liaison: Julia Brown

Meeting: 1st Thursday of each month at 11:30am