Sinclair Black has many talents: as an architect, educator, author, and urban designer. His design work stems from years of study of the vernacular architecture of Central Texas with design intentions that celebrate and preserve the particulars of the region. He is deeply involved in the community affairs of Austin and has achieved widespread recognition for his efforts on behalf of Austin’s natural and man-made environments. His talents have earned him hundreds of awards and distinctions, including recognition from the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
Stephi Motal has been with Black + Vernooy since 1996. She began as a young intern and continued to work while pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which she received in 2004.
Ms. Motal wears many hats and serves as the key institutional memory of the firm. She has contributed her design expertise, superior graphic skills, and marketing know-how to many of the firm’s projects and has served as project manager for several custom residences.
Heyden Black Walker (MSCRP '87) is continuing the Black + Vernooy family legacy of local urban design and community advocacy. Together with her father, Sinclair Black, she created Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower the main lanes of I-35 through downtown Austin, creating a vision of the highway rebuild that reconnects neighborhoods while providing multi-modal access to jobs, medical facilities, transit, and civic resources.
With the goal of equity in transportation and increased access for all, Heyden also donates her time and advocacy efforts to the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council (member), the Congress for the New Urbanism – Central Texas Chapter (secretary, Board of Directors), Vision Zero ATX (member), and the City of Austin Design Commission (former commissioner). Heyden is a 2016 fellow of the national Walking College.