September 16, 2014

REDinterns

Studio Red spotlights Interns in Architecture, Interior Design and High School Interns from George I. Sanchez Charter School, AAMA.

Kaitlin Chichester, is an interior design intern who made it to Studio RED from Kansas State University. Kaitlin has had the opportunity to work on current projects, with duties like, sourcing furniture, space planning and creating 3D models. “Studio RED has a wide variety of projects so I figured I could gain some insight in other areas that I didn’t know much about, that way it can lead me in the right direction for post graduation,” said Kaitlin. Studio RED tries to a variety of internship opportunities throughout the year, whether if it’s in interior design, architecture or marketing. Kaitlin chose interior design as her major because she wants to utilize evidence-based design to create environments that improve quality of life, and give people unique sensory based experiences.

Kasi Svoboda, is an architecture intern at Studio RED who is completing her second year in the Masters of Architecture program at Texas A&M University. This summer, she has brought enthusiasm, ambition, creativity and the desire to learn to Studio RED. “Throughout history a select group of people have taken on the challenge of designing structures that thrill a viewer with lasting beauty and I am driven to do just that,” said Kasi. This summer Kasi had a well-rounded experience designing for projects like schools, churches, theaters and has assisted in creating schematic design documents. She first heard of Studio RED through a project manager that had previously worked with the firm and he affirmed that the architects were some of his favorites to work with; that’s when Kasi knew it would be her ideal internship.

Ritu Ann D’cruz, is an architecture intern at Studio RED who is pursuing her Masters in Architecture from Arizona State University. After growing up in United Arab Emirates in the early 1990s, when steel and glass-laden sky scrapers were at their infant age of evolution, she began developing a strong interest towards architecture. Ritu had previously done work on schools, K-12, and she has been able to bring her previous experience to the table. “I was so thrilled to learn that Studio RED was involved with big projects like Lakewood Church and the Alley Theatre. When I heard back from one of the partners, Jared Wood, and read their project portfolio, it was without a doubt that I wanted to be a part of their exciting team,” said Ritu. When asked, she described her internship as a humbling and an unforgettable experience.

Taneesa Morris, is an architecture intern at Studio RED who is pursuing her Bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Houston. “I did a competition with three other friends and Bill Neuhaus was our mentor,” said Tanessa. “Some of the people on my team decided to become interns with Studio RED after meeting Neuhaus and later they convinced me to apply.” This has been Taneesa’s first internship and she has been at Studio RED for one year. Taneesa has had the opportunity to be part of many a full design and construction processes. Although unsure of what her plans will be after graduation, she would love an opportunity to continue to grow her career with Studio RED.

Chris Castaneda, has been a Studio RED intern for a year and a half, while pursuing his bachelors degree in architecture at the University of Houston. Aside from his talent, he brings versatility and dependability to his work at the office. Chris’ first encounter with Studio RED is when he met Bill Neuhaus, as he participated in an architecture competition. “From day one I felt I was part of the team, not just an intern,” said Chris. “I had a say in the design process and was able to significantly participate on the projects I worked on.” Because of his experience at Studio RED, Chris’ plans to continue designing theaters.

Adan Bustamante, is a high school junior at George I. Sanchez Charter School who completed his four-week summer internship at Studio RED. Trung Doan, one of Studio RED’s founding partners, is an active board member of AAMA and wanted to give these students an opportunity to experience an internship at an early stage. As a child, Adan always wondered what it would feel like seeing a building he designed standing and being put to good use. This summer, Adan was able to work with programs that the architects use to create their designs. “I work a lot on design programs, help out with administrative tasks and assist some of the architects; which all tasks, big or small, contribute to something big in the end,” said Adan.

Fernando Mijares, is a high school junior at George I. Sanchez Charter School AAMA who completed his 5-week summer internship at Studio RED. Since a child he was intrigued by structures and was always curious to see the creating process. “If anyone was offered this opportunity I would advise them to take it, because being able to work and learn from professionals is the best thing ever,” said Fernando. During his internship, he worked on research projects and used a program to design a 3D model.

About Studio RED

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architecture firm with a reputation for design excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Internship opportunities from architecture, interior design and marketing are available throughout the whole year. For more information on Studio REDinterns, email your resume and other documents to info@studioredarchitects.com

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September 10, 2014

It’s the People: Rhona Vogt

Studio RED Promotes Architect to Senior Associate

Hailing from above the Mason-Dixon line, Rhona Vogt has been involved in architecture for 14 years and relocated from Buffalo, New York in 2012 to join Studio RED.

Discovering Her Passion: You could say it was love at first sight. Rhona only discovered her talent for art by accident in an undergraduate drawing class at Ithaca College. She fell in love with architecture during her extensive postgraduate travels. Upon her return home, she embarked on her new course of architectural studies and received her Masters at the University of Buffalo.

Joining Studio RED: ”I felt I had a good fit with Studio RED, in terms of the projects I had previously worked on and what I could bring to the firm.” Rhona has been involved in a number theater projects such as, Main Street Theater, AD Players and Mt. Crested Butte Performing Arts Center along with multiple worship facilities. When asked, her most exciting project so far has been the Alley Theatre: “What was really interesting about working on that particular project was using BIM, or building information modeling, technology and being able to coordinate with all our consultants so easily during that process.”

How She Does It: Rhona describes her design process as akin to, “putting a very intricate puzzle together. Every day there’s always a new task to be solved, and that’s my favorite part.”

Right Place, Right Time: It hasn’t taken long for Rhona and her family to make themselves at home in Houston and she is especially pleased with her timing: “Moving to this dynamic city, where so much is going on in terms of construction and the changes within the city fabric; to be involved in that is very exciting for me and it’s been a real pleasure.” In her spare time, Rhona and her husband work in their vegetable garden and enjoy spending time with their two daughters, ages five and four.

Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Texas Society of Architects (TSA), Association of Preservation Technology (APT)

About Studio RED

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Alley Theatre, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

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August 22, 2014

It’s the People: Alex Nguyen

Studio RED Architects Announces Promotion of Alex Nguyen to Senior Associate

HOUSTON–Today we are highlighting one of our exciting promotions at Studio RED, Alex Nguyen is promoted to Senior Associate and IT Director. As a graduate of the Masters Program in Architecture at Ohio State University, Alex has been active in the industry for 15 years, and a part of the Studio RED family since 2009.

Here’s a closer look at Alex and his Studio RED experiences:

Joining Studio RED: Alex’s first professional experience with Studio RED came from the outside looking in. Working in partnership on a project, he was fascinated by the Studio RED approach that valued focusing on the client. “After I worked on a project with a member at Studio RED, I was intrigued by their different take on architecture and their willingness to help clients; I wanted to be part of that team.”

A Day in the Life: Alex is a fan favorite in the office, not least because he’s so willing to wade into the fray. “A good day for me is when I have the opportunity to work on multiple tasks and solve various things throughout the day. I feel accomplished at the end of the day when I’ve been able to help my co-workers and the clients.”

A Weekend Day in the Life: Alex enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and loves taking his two boys out to play sports and go fishing and hiking. In his free time, he makes spending time with his family his number one priority.

Projects that Inspire: Alex’s design portfolio at Studio RED includes a variety of noteworthy projects, including Mims Baptist Church and The Woodlands Church East Campus, and civic projects such as the Salvation Army Community Center and SEARCH Homeless Services.

One He Won’t Forget: His favorite project to date was the private home at Echo Valley Ranch, located in the Texas Hill Country. Alex and Bill Neuhaus worked together on the design: “There are several unique aspects about the project, one of which includes a lookout tower. At night, because they’re out in the Hill Country, there are no distractions from city lights, and they can really take in the beauty of the night sky.”

Professional Affiliations: LEED AP, West Pearland Toastmasters.

 

 

About Studio RED

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Alley Theatre, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning, City of Houston Permitting Center.

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July 17, 2014

Studio RED Architects Announces River Pointe Church Student Building Grand Opening

Studio RED Architects has added a new project to its worship facility portfolio, the new student building for River Pointe Church. The church moved into the new facility for student worship activities after a grand opening on Easter Weekend this past April.

Here’s a flashback look on the project:

ClientRiver Pointe Church in Richmond, Texas

Project Goal: To design a new building, representative of the existing campus design, to accommodate student worship activities.

Worship Facility Design | Studio RED Architects

Building Specs: 17,000 square foot facility with a dedicated worship space for middle and high school age students, as well as a flexible ministry area for recreation and relational interaction. The building also includes supporting administrative spaces and office areas for staff.

Studio RED Architects project designer and Partner-in-Charge, Trung Doan, collaborated with church leaders to create a space that facilitates a modern approach to student outreach. The design for the new building was only one piece of the development of River Pointe Church’s master plan, which was also completed by Studio RED.

“Their desire is to create a campus with numerous passive outdoor activities that will be used by the community,” said Trung Doan of the Master Plan design. “The new Student Building will become the focal point of the campus. It was important to the church to have a building that the young people would embrace as their own, which influenced the scale andHouston Church Architect | Studio RED design of the project.”

Studio RED held several collaborative meetings with church leaders during the design process in order to create a progressive and visionary building to serve the student ministry. The concept is unique when compared to traditional student worship facilities, which are often created to serve students’ educational needs. The River Pointe Student Building was designed to give a feeing of a welcoming environment where students can feel comfortable coming to church and interacting with other members.

“We want kids to be in a fun and safe place where they can process their doubts and find answers to life’s questions,” said Bayne Hulbert, River Pointe Church’s High School Pastor.

Used for worship, recreation, and interpersonal relationship building, the new student facility is one of the largest programmed spaces on the church’s campus, second only to the main worship center. Students enter the building through an open, flexible space that serves as relational and recreational space, as well as a pre-function gathering area for the worship rooms. This lobby space encourages students to congregate and socialize with their peers in a comfortable setting while building their faith, a key component of the church’s outreach to young adults. Studio RED has also helped the church develop exterior areas which offer diverse environments for relational and recreational opportunities.

The Student Building is a milestone in the three year collaborative design relationship that Studio RED has enjoyed with River Pointe Church. The completion of the project was met with rave reviews from church leadership, members, and students.

Worship Facility Architect | Studio RED Architects

About Studio RED

Trung Doan is a Studio RED founding partner with over 20 years of experience and a unique passion for designing complex projects with a particular emphasis on master planning, worship facilities, and assembly projects. He is consistently recognized for his achievements in design.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Alley Theatre, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

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June 10, 2014

It’s the People: Micah Simecek

From Red Raider to Studio RED Principal, Micah Simecek has established himself as a leader in the Houston architecture scene.

Originally from a south Houston suburb, Micah received his BS in Architecture, MA and MBA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. After receiving his degrees and spending a few years working as a part-time draftsperson through school, Micah and his wife, Meghan, returned to Houston to build a family and a career with the Studio RED family. While he has stayed in the great state of Texas for his education and career, Micah has over 1 million square feet of commercial and residential architecture projects under his belt; That’s a lot of drafting!

Years at Studio RED: Two

First Project: A 30,000 gsf educational building for Texas Tech University. As a graduate student, Micah was responsible for the interior drafting and construction administration. While it was a bit daunting at the time, he credits his experience in this project during his years in school as a driving force behind his success as a project manager and principal at Studio RED.

Big State, Small World: While Micah was going to school and working full time, he also spent time as a teaching assistant for an architectural history class at Texas Tech. Little did he know, Cal, another member of the Studio RED team, was a student in that very class!

Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Texas Society of Architects (TSA), Texas Association of Interior Designers (TAID), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP

A Man of Many Talents: Outside of work, Micah enjoys being a member of the Friendswood United Methodist Church Chancel Choir as both a fun pastime and a fun way to relieve stress!

A Day in the Life: As a principal at Studio RED, Micah’s day typically involves a survey of the past days’ events and the plans for the upcoming days. Working off of a constantly dynamic “to-do list”, Micah can be seen running in and out of the office for project meetings with clients, oversee progress at construction sites, and following up with his team about the current tasks for each project. Pepper in a flurry of emails, phone calls, desk crits, and banter, and you’ve got the recipe for the day!

Family Man: Micah, Meghan, and their three-year-old daughter, Macie, enjoy spending time together at home in Pearland and traveling to explore new cities. A favorite of theirs thus far has been Chicago. Why? The beautiful architecture, of course!

Painting the Town RED: When asked what sets Studio RED apart from other Houston architecture firms, Micah can’t say enough about how much fun everyone has together. “Everyone in the office is encouraged to pursue his or her own interests and passions, so coming to work everyday is thought of as less of a job,” says Micah. “It’s personally engaging and rewarding, and I’m looking forward to many more years with Studio RED.”

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February 24, 2014

Project Spotlight: Boyert Shooting Center

Studio RED Architects designs high-end urban shooting range in Houston

Construction has started for Studio RED’s latest project in the Uptown Park neighborhood of Houston. Partnered with Acumen Design, Studio RED has designed a 13,000 gsf retail, training, and education facilityCommercial Architect Houston | Studio RED for Boyert Shooting Center located at 9099 Westheimer Road.

The first indoor shooting range built in the City of Houston in the last two years, the location from Aegis Concepts of Houston is the first installment of hopefully several concept stores. A high-end shooting range, the location is designed to attract clients interested in a comprehensive training and recreational environment geared to enhancing their skills in a comfortable, engaging environment.  In addition to an 8 lane live fire range for hand guns and rifles, the facility will offer a virtual reality experience in a consumer setting-a first for the industry.

Boyert Shooting Range | Studio REDStudio RED project manager Micah Simecek says hat “Customers will have access to live simulators for education, training, and recreation, with non-fire setups that allow users to train without ammunition as well as a live fire experience where users can use their own equipment,” said Studio RED Project Manager Micah Simecek. “The one of a kind experience has created a great deal of energy and attention through social media in the local market.”

The highly anticipated opening is scheduled for late Spring 2014. In the meantime, you can follow Boyert Shooting Center on Facebook.


About Studio RED

Micah Simecek is a Project Manager at Studio RED with nearly 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects.  His practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients. Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence

in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

February 12, 2014

Project Spotlight: Faithbridge United Methodist Church Kid’s Ministry Building

After working with the church on previous campus expansion projects, Studio RED Architects is please to be working with Faithbridge United Methodist Church again on the design of a new children’s worship space. As an replacement Worship Facility Architect Houston | Studio REDfor the church’s current, temporary accommodations, the new Faithbridge Kid’s Ministry Building includes the classrooms, second-service areas, play spaces, and resource libraries.

Working with the church on the master plan for the campus’ growth goals in coming years has afforded Studio RED with a unique understanding of Faithbridge’s needs with regard to functional space and design aesthetic. ”In this project, we’ve enjoyed working with the Faithbridge community to expand the church campus and create a fun space for children of all ages to enjoy.” said Studio RED Partner and Project Lead Jared Wood. The design team from Studio RED incorporated existing architectural elements with brightly colored glass windows to offer a new space for infants, pre-schoolers, and elementary-aged children to enjoy the church community. Houston Church Design | Studio RED

Studio RED was in attendance at the recent groundbreaking of the Faithbridge Kid’s Ministry Building, which is expected to be completed later this year.

About Studio RED Architects

Jared Wood has led many successful projects throughout his architectural career. He has gained experience in many large and high-profile projects such as Lakewood Church, Moody Gardens, the renovation of the Alley Theatre and Jersey Village Baptist Church. With his passion, dedication and talent for design, Jared has moved from Associate to Principal and now, Partner of Studio RED Architects.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design excellence in entertainment, commercial, and worship facilities. Project examples include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, renovation projects such as Brennan’s Restaurant and John C. McGovern campus (formerly Nabisco Bakery), sustainable projects such as City of Houston Permitting Center (tracking LEED Gold) and Amazing Place (LEED Silver), and educational projects like University of Houston Clear Lake – Pearland Campus.

December 3, 2013

Project Spotlight: St. John Neumann Catholic Church Dedication Service

Studio RED Architects celebrated the dedication of the new worship space at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Houston on November 30, 2013 after diligently working with parish leadership for nearly three years.  Studio RED Architects | Church Architecture | HoustonDaniel Cardinal DiNardo presided over the ceremony as principal Celebrant, blessing the facility and altar to be used for many years to come.  The Studio RED team along with Arch-Con Construction were joined by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as they greeted excited parishioners at the conclusion of mass.

Pursuant to a strategic plan developed by the firm to accommodate parish growth and ministry needs, Studio RED expanded the existing worship building to accommodate nearly 1,100 seats as well as a new Narthex, new Day Chapel, new restrooms and other ministry spaces.  The project team worked closely with parish pastor Monsignor Seth Hermoso to survey parishioners and identified their priorities for meeting ministry needs.  These priorities were guiding principles for the development of a master plan and program for the renovation to the worship space.  Studio RED also integrated upgrades to liturgical provisions such as the working sacristy and full emersion baptistry to be in keeping with other parishes within the Diocese.

About Studio RED

Micah Simecek is a Project Manager at Studio RED with nearly 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects.  His practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients.Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architects

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

November 15, 2013

Project Spotlight: Mims Baptist Church

Construction has been completed for an addition for Conroe-area Mims Baptist Church after Studio RED Architects created a comprehensive campus design early last year. Serving as a complement to Studio RED Architectsthe congregation’s main worship space built over 15 years ago, the new facility includes adult educational classrooms, a children’s preschool, and a banquet hall.

The design team from Studio RED Architects, led by Project Manager Micah Simecek, collaborated with Pastor Gene Kendrick and the church planning committee to create a design that maximizes the size and function of the new building while fitting within the church’s existing budget for the project. ”After working closely with the church planning committee, we were able to present them with a range of available options based on scope and budget,” said Simecek. “From there, we devised a construction strategy that accomplished the most pressing needs immediately while maintaining the flexibility to review and adjust follow-up plans.”

With construction of the new addition complete, Studio RED and Mims Baptist Church have now begun design for a renovation of the existing fellowship building. Studio RED’s expertise in worship facility design has allowed them to create a plan for the campus to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation while incorporating the current aesthetic.

About Studio RED

Micah Simecek is a Project Manager at Studio RED with nearly 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects.  His practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients.Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence

Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architectsin entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

November 6, 2013

Project Spotlight: River Pointe Church Student Center “Paint the Walls” Party

Construction of a brand new student worship facility for River Pointe Church is nearly complete after Studio RED Architects completed a design for the campus earlier this year. Over the weekend, the church held a “Paint the Walls” social event that drew over a hundred middle school students to the Worship Facility Design | Studio RED Architects new building. During the event, the congregation’s students were encouraged to express their artistic talents and “leave their mark” on the walls of the new facility.

The construction of the student building is the first phase of the church’s planned master campus designed by Studio RED, and features a progressive scheme that breaks away from typical traditional worship facilities. It will be the largest programmed space, second only to the church’s sanctuary, and will serve as an inviting space for interpersonal recreation and relationship building. With River Pointe Church’s unique culture in mind, lead designer Trung Doan and the team from Studio RED were able to collaborate with the church to create a distinct design for the building. The building will be completed in early January 2014 and is set to be a visionary piece for young people to embrace as their own.

Take a look at a 360 degree view and photo album from Sunday’s event!

Studio RED Architects Design Houston Area Church

About Studio RED

Trung Doan is a Studio RED founding partner with over 20 years of experience and a unique passion for designing complex projects with a particular emphasis on master planning, worship facilities, and assembly projects. He is consistently recognized for his achievements in design.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architectsin entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

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