KNOWLEDGE + AFFILIATION

Unintentionally I think, my grandmother and father inspired me to become an architect. She was a drapery and upholstery saleswoman for Sears and Roebuck with impeccable taste in interiors and he worked as a steel factory engineer whose relentless high standards and driving energy influenced me greatly.

Architecture introduced me to the cultures and diversities of the world. My eyes are open to live well and help others do the same. I am a sustainable lifestyle architect. As Frank Lloyd Wright said, “The mother art is architecture.” It is the impetus to create, connected to soul, passion, adventure, and creativity. Architects make spaces where life happens.

Our team brings projects full circle by developing architecture, interiors, and site design. We are a mission-based development firm, driven by principles that set high standards of practice, resist low expectations and forego careless market trends.

We create forward-thinking designs that make real-world sense while fully embracing the notion that the ideal design wholly integrates a building with its environment. For us, sustainable design is not a checklist item, it is a way of living healthy and happy everyday. 

Karen Lantz, AIA | LEED AP
Principal Architect

Architecture introduced me to the cultures and diversities of the world. My eyes are open to live well and help others do the same. I am a sustainable lifestyle architect.

Professional Registration

Registered Architect (Number 19000) in the State of Texas / Since 2005 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, 2000


Philosophy

I support American jobs by specifying high-quality goods manufactured domestically. Raise demand: Look at the label. Each time I drive by a building fenced and prepped for the wrecking ball (aka Komatsu), I sing the song, "Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust, hey, hey." And, I distinctly remember the personal pain I felt as I rushed to my grandmother's 1945 ranch house to rescue its glass doorknobs when it was fenced, slated for demolition and to be replaced by a McMansion.

I dedicated three years of my life as founding president of the non-profit preservation group Houston Mod, creating programs like "Mod of the Month" to save homes on a scale I felt was feasible. It worked. The group increased awareness about Houston’s vanishing architectural legacy. Now, in the same way and on the same scale, we need to educate people – civic leaders, architects, builders, developers, and homeowners —about the power deconstruction—not demolition —when the battle for preservation is lost.

What could possibly make me, along with my fellow preservationists feel better when we lose buildings we care about? Total deconstruction: the reincarnation of buildings. It can happen.



Professional Service

TEXAS SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS
∙ Convention Committee, 2014
∙ Design Committee, 2014

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, Houston Chapter
∙ Board of Directors, 2011
∙ Young Architects Forum Chair, 2010

MENIL CONTEMPORARIES
Steering Committee, 2012–2014

HOUSTON MOD
∙ Master Mod Board Member, 2006–Present
∙ Founding President, 2003–2006

LAWNDALE ART CENTER  
Board of Directors, 2005–2008

RICE DESIGN ALLIANCE
Board of Directors, 2002–2005 


Future

Landscape design is my new frontier; I am working to become a very competent gardener, like my Dad.