Stephen Coulston

Principal, Urban Design, Austin

Stephen is a fifth generation Texan whose parents were among the first in their families to transition from their farming-ranching heritage, earn a college degree, and become educators.  With a deep appreciation for the impact of a quality education, he graduated with an architecture degree, and moved to the east coast where he was first exposed to educational design.

After returning to Texas in 2000, Stephen settled in his adopted home of Austin. Here, an intense respect of both the natural and built environment combined with his background in higher education design, helped him recognize the profound positive influence that education, placemaking and design could have on both a person’s quality of life and the economy.

With a passion for working within the innovation economy, Stephen has developed an expertise in strategizing, planning and designing projects that lie at the intersection between higher education, research, healthcare, private industry, and government. As an architect, urban designer, and campus planner, he has led projects ranging from long-range strategic master plans to complex, multi-million dollar building projects.

As an architect, Stephen sees a responsibility to build consensus for a shared vision among a broad range of stakeholders that results in design that has lasting positive impact on society and a high likelihood of implementation.

Design focuses with Stephen

Bumpability is the intentional design of spaces and places to promote ‘accidental’ interaction.

Creating Successful Innovation Communities

Stephen is joined by experts across our firm to discuss designers’ ability to set the stage for successful innovation communities through urban design, higher education, and science and technology.

Joining Stephen are Vandana Nayak, Principal, Higher Education, Adana Johns, Principal, Science and Technology, Peter Baird, Senior Associate, Urban Design

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Stephen's Featured Work

West Texas A&M University Master Plan
Canyon, Texas
NeoCity District Master Plan
Kissimmee, Florida
Our Austin Studio
Austin, Texas
Oklahoma City Innovation District and Capitol Environs Land Use and Strategic Development Plan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
University of Utah Research Park Strategic Vision
Salt Lake City, Utah
Collin College Technical Campus
Allen, Texas