Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

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Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects  -  Sustainable Architecture and Planning  -

Range of Services

Our practice provides a full range of architectural services – planning and urban design, feasibility studies, architectural programming, architectural design, sustainable design, and interior design. The firm has worked with civic, government, corporate and private clients to plan major public spaces, performance centers, academic facilities, office and mixed-use developments as well as private residences.

History of BGKA
The firm was founded as Barnes Architects in 1985, by Principal Jay Barnes, III. Carl Gromatzky and Thomas Kosarek joined the firm in 1990, which became Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects in 2001. BGKA consisists of principal, associate, project manager and intern level employees all working toward a strategic plan of managed growth and a shared commitment to excellence in design. BGKA is a State of Texas certified Historically Underultilized Business ( HUB ), and is registered with the City of Austin as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise ( MBE ).

Commitment to Quality
Providing exceptional client services is the central goal of our firm. The number of projects the firm accepts is carefully considered to assure a high degree of personal involvement by the Principals. We have built a strong reputation of quality and service and have been rewarded by our clients with a history of repeat commissions and the forming of life long relationships.

Socially Responsible Design Practices
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects has always been motivated by opportunities to positively contribute to the lives of people, especially in large numbers. Projects like The University of Texas' Almetris Duren Residence Hall, City of Austin's Palmer Events Center, Texas A&M University's 50-Year Campus Master Plan, and over 20 buildings for the Texas School for the Deaf attest to the firm's commitment to people and the broader social context. From sustainable architecture and master planning to award-winning civic and academic projects, BGKA continually strives to improve the world we live in through high-quality, well-crafted buildings and master plans.

Collaboration and Stakeholder Participation
Through decades of experience with publicly-funded civic, government, and academic projects, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects has developed a wide variety of techniques for encouraging and guiding stakeholder participation. Our inclusive approach ensures that ideas from all parties receive ample consideration in an open forum, and that the best ideas can be identified and explored. Participants engaged in this collaborative activity gain appreciation for the design process, an understanding for how the project will look and function, and a sense of their own personal contribution.

Contextually Appropriate Architecture
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects prefers to be known for projects that fit in exceptionally well with their surroundings rather than any specific "style" of design. For example, while Almetris Duren Residence Hall is entirely appropriate to The University of Texas at Austin campus, it bears no resemblance to Bay Hall Classroom Building, which looks like it belongs on the Texas A&M Corpus Christi campus. BGKA works with clients and stakeholders to design in ways that reflect the broader
physical, historical, and cultural context of each individual project. This process helps ensure that buildings and master plans are as remarkable and appropriate decades later as they are upon completion.


Academic Campus Master Planning


Academic Architecture Projects 


Civic & Government Projects 



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Civic and Cultural
Historic Preservation
Planning and Urban Design
Residential Single-Family
Residential Multi-Family


Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
1508 West 5th Street, Suite 200
78703 Austin , TX
Phone: (512) 476-7133
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