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Hi.


Welcome to HiWorks.

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Hi.


Welcome to HiWorks.

 

We believe that good design should be accessible to everyone.

We are an architecture firm dedicated to the proposition that an innovative, functional and beautiful built environment can improve individual lives and make the world a better place. We work hard to make good design happen. Luckily this work can also be a lot of fun.

 
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Who We Are


With offices in both Texas and Colorado we are able to execute a variety of project types including homes, offices, schools and shops. We help clients develop innovative architectural solutions that meet their functional needs as well as their emotional aspirations.

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Who We Are


With offices in both Texas and Colorado we are able to execute a variety of project types including homes, offices, schools and shops. We help clients develop innovative architectural solutions that meet their functional needs as well as their emotional aspirations.

BRANTLEY HIGHTOWER

AIA, LEED AP

Brantley-HiWorks

founding partner

Brantley grew up near Fort Worth, Texas and earned Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Texas at Austin where he also volunteered as Skippy the Kangaroo at a children’s hospital. He later earned a Masters of Architecture degree from Princeton University.

Brantley worked for Perkins & Will in Chicago, Max Levy Architect in Dallas and Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University and Trinity University. His first book, The Courthouses of Central Texas, was published in 2015 when he also was given the Young Professional Achievement Honor Award.

Brantley is the father of two daughters, Sammy and Darcy. His wife is also an architect and bakes a mean cookie.

...or call him at 210.364.8139

BETSY JOHNSON

AIA

Betsy DoSeum

associate

Betsy is a native of Denton, Texas where she served as the Viking mascot for Strickland Middle School. She went on to study architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans where she earned a Masters of Architecture Degree along with a Certificate of Preservation Studies and a minor in Spanish. Ella habla Español.

Although she has worked for architecture offices in both Atlanta and Denver, Betsy spent her formative years with Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio. She also teaches design at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Environmental Design Program. Go Buffs.

Betsy is the mother of two daughters, Molly and Heidi, and has a dog named Schilo. Her Husband has skiing superpowers which he can take advantage of in Colorado.

...or call her at 940.367.8099

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What We Believe


Buildings have functional needs to be sure, but good architecture always is about something more. We feel architecture should be an expression of a client’s aspirations and values so it’s important that we understand what those are. It’s also worth acknowledging the values we feel are important to every building and what we are always thinking about as we work with you to develop an idea into architecture.

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What We Believe


Buildings have functional needs to be sure, but good architecture always is about something more. We feel architecture should be an expression of a client’s aspirations and values so it’s important that we understand what those are. It’s also worth acknowledging the values we feel are important to every building and what we are always thinking about as we work with you to develop an idea into architecture.

We believe that good design should be accessible to everyone. I think we might have mentioned this already but it's worth mentioning again.

We believe architecture is a frame for our lives and so has the power to make the things we do everyday – the living, the learning and the working – better and more meaningful. 

We believe architecture should act as a lens to better understand and appreciate the built and natural landscape around it.

We believe the built environment should partner with the natural environment to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

We believe architecture inherently belongs to the era in which it was created while learning from and being respectful of what came before it. 

We believe in magic. We try to create it when we can.

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How We Work


We have had great success in developing a process that guides both architect and client through the thousands of decisions that need to be made when designing a building. That said, every project is different and we will work with you to engineer the most appropriate path to get from an initial idea to a building that is functional, inspirational, and perhaps most importantly, is on budget.

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How We Work


We have had great success in developing a process that guides both architect and client through the thousands of decisions that need to be made when designing a building. That said, every project is different and we will work with you to engineer the most appropriate path to get from an initial idea to a building that is functional, inspirational, and perhaps most importantly, is on budget.

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Over the years we've developed a streamlined process to help turn the vision you have for your home into a reality. First and foremost, it requires us to listen to make sure we design something that is a good fit for you and your family.

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Larger projects with more complicated user groups often require a unique process to ensure everyone is properly served. Clearly outlining that process is key to a successful project. Our goal is to take the guesswork out of the process.

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What We Do


We view everything we do as an opportunity to create something remarkable. Each project is an interaction between the architect and the client, the building and the landscape, our collective aspirations and constraining realities. From time to time we will also execute a hypothetical project. These projects allow us to explore ideas beyond the scale and scope of our “real” projects. 

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What We Do


We view everything we do as an opportunity to create something remarkable. Each project is an interaction between the architect and the client, the building and the landscape, our collective aspirations and constraining realities. From time to time we will also execute a hypothetical project. These projects allow us to explore ideas beyond the scale and scope of our “real” projects. 

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What We Blog


When we’re not designing things, we’re thinking about designing things or else thinking about things that have already been designed by other people. Sometimes what’s in our head seems interesting and worth sharing. That’s why we created HiLights, a blog to share observations about our world and news about what’s going on in our office.

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What We Blog


When we’re not designing things, we’re thinking about designing things or else thinking about things that have already been designed by other people. Sometimes what’s in our head seems interesting and worth sharing. That’s why we created HiLights, a blog to share observations about our world and news about what’s going on in our office.

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What We Podcast


Although architecture is something that is usually communicated through photographs and drawings, the narrative of how a building came to exist is something that is best shared through storytelling. That’s why we created a podcast called The Works. Each episode focuses on some aspect of the built environment by telling stories about those who create architecture as well as those who inhabit it.

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What We Podcast


Although architecture is something that is usually communicated through photographs and drawings, the narrative of how a building came to exist is something that is best shared through storytelling. That’s why we created a podcast called The Works. Each episode focuses on some aspect of the built environment by telling stories about those who create architecture as well as those who inhabit it.

RECENT EPISODES:

EPISODE 18: THE ARCHITECT PLAYS HIMSELF

Although movies rarely show what it is architects actually do, movies often feature characters who are architects. So what does it mean when a character is identified as an architect? The answer may surprise you.

EPISODE 17: TAMING THE MIGHTY SAN ANTONIO

For three hundred years San Antonio has sought to tame the river that runs through it, but for those same three hundred years the river has tamed the city it runs through. This is that story.

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Where We Work


HiWorks is based in San Antonio but as Betsy works in Boulder that means we technically have a second office there as well. That may sound a little bit pretentious but it looks really cool on our business cards so we’re going to run with it for now. So come by for a visit, or give us a call, or send us an email - we’d love to chat.

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Where We Work


HiWorks is based in San Antonio but as Betsy works in Boulder that means we technically have a second office there as well. That may sound a little bit pretentious but it looks really cool on our business cards so we’re going to run with it for now. So come by for a visit, or give us a call, or send us an email - we’d love to chat.

Texas

8546 Broadway, Suite 232

San Antonio, TX 78217 

 

Click here for detailed directions to the San Antonio office.

Colorado

240 Cimmaron Way

Boulder, CO 80303