Austin Humane Society, Austin, Texas
Jamie Crawley, AIA, LEED AP, Lead Designer, Project Manager
This project for the Austin Human Society demonstrates how even on a budget, designers can make a significant difference to the societies they serve through architecture as brand identity and function. Established in 1952, this organization is dedicated to finding new homes for orphaned cats and dogs. The Austin Humane Society currently adopts out over 2,600 pets each year.
The project relied on readily available materials to create an inventive, low-cost storefront space. Three communal cat “real-life” rooms were designed to provide space for felines and their prospective adopters to get to know each other, plus ample opportunities for the cats to roam and play. With plenty of climbing opportunities, high perches and hiding places, the result was a true HABITAT for cats.
Community clients such as the Austin Humane Society are often most in need of innovative design resources, in order to raise public perception for ongoing philanthropic financial support. With HABITAT acting as the catalyst for further donor support, the second phase of the project will include additional renovation of the administration portion of the adoption center.
* work completed while LEAD DESIGNER and PROJECT MANAGER with TAG