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Our role is not to impose, but to cultivate.

We believe architecture resonates when we can identify the patterns intrinsic to the land, and to the life that will be lived there, and weave them together in such a way that yields something else entirely:

architecture that is as much a portrait of a place as of the people within.

Based in Austin, Texas, Ryan Street Architects has served select residential and commercial clients since 2001, designing celebrated spaces that span from the chiseled landscapes of the Hill Country to the intimate courtyards of coastal Spain.

At the heart of our approach is a desire to elevate the human experience through richly contextual spaces that bridge the natural vernacular of an environment with the wisdom of the past and the serendipity of the present, that respond fully to the needs and desires of those who will reside there, and that resonate with an elegance, permanence, and authenticity that is testament to an inclusive process and an exacting standard.

Ryan Street

President

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

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Ryan Street

President

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2001

School

Texas Tech University, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

I love spending time with my family and traveling to places that inspire me.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

Growing up, my mother Shanny Lott attended the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas and her passion for creativity in every form was woven into the fabric of our family, so early on I was frequently occupied designing forts and gathering the materials to build them. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t busy designing something or taking some complex object apart just to figure out how to put it back together.

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

 

Start Date at RSA

January 2020

School

University of Illinois, 1986

Degree

Bachelor of Science, Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Everything!

When did your passion for architecture begin?

When I realized I was terrible at computer science.

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2004

School

Rice University, 1995

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

The world around us.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Contemplating. Exploring. Fixing things.

Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

Zach Moss, AIA

Project Manager

John Burgess, AIA

Project Manager

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Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

November 2004

School

Texas A&M University, 2000

Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Coffee. Tomfoolery.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping people turn the home of their dreams into a reality. Seeing their excitement build as we work through the design, and having it culminate with walking through the completed project makes each experience unique and enjoyable.

Zach Moss, AIA

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

April 2008

School

Lousiana Tech University, 2005

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Crawfish boils. Southern Mexico. Fishing. Traveling with family.

What are you curious about right now?

I have always been interested in things of quality, whether that is everyday items, furniture, arts/crafts or architecture. At RSA we are afforded the opportunity to help clients strive to achieve high quality, timeless architecture. Working as a team with the client, design team and skilled trades, it’s exciting to see these projects come to fruition.

John Burgess, AIA

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

April 2013

School

Tulane University, 1996

Degree

Master of Architecture

Projects

Austonian

Interests & Inspiration

Live music. New restaurants. Photography.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Planning my next vacation. I enjoy travelling to France to practice my French, or hitting the ski slopes to practice not falling.

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

Chrissy Short, AIA

Project Manager

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

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Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

June 2014

School

Andrews University, 2008

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

My children. Traveling with family. Coaching Little League.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

I grew up in a family of tradesmen, so at a young age I had already learned about framing, hanging drywall, and flooring. In high school I took a drafting class and was hooked. I have always enjoyed thinking about all the possibilities in home design and all the different aspects of bringing that design to life. How a home comes together is truly something.

Chrissy Short, AIA

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

August 2015

School

Lousiana Tech University, 2013

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Traveling. My dogs. Wine. Exercise.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

I’m outside if the weather is nice and probably doing something active with family or friends. I can’t sit still long and like a challenge, so running is always an option, but I also thoroughly enjoy kicking your butt in a game of cornhole.

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

June 2018

School

University of Texas at Arlington, 2015

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Music. Reading. Gym time.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Taking part in helping someone realize their vision, and the further knowledge gained from the process each project entails.

Robert Ward

Project Manager

Jennifer Sissom

Interior Designer

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

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Robert Ward

Project Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

October 2018

School

University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Performing with other musicians. Road trips. Cats.

What’s something you’d like people to know about your field?

Being an architect is not as glamorous as Mike Brady makes it look, but it’s 1000 times more rewarding.

Jennifer Sissom

Interior Designer

 

Start Date at RSA

February 2019

School

Oklahoma State University, 2016

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Interests & Inspiration

Rainy days & coffee. Painting. Jazz music. Switzerland. Milieu Magazine. My big fluffy puppy.

What are you curious about right now?

I’m curious about the individual aspects that make a house unique and special, and how they come together to create a home. The quaint, quiet spaces, the small personal touches, and the distinct pieces that bring joy. I strive to have an understanding of those who will occupy the space and how all of these things will come together and reflect them, because a home is more than just a space- it is a place of comfort and renewal.

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

 

Start Date at RSA

February 2013

School

Southeast Missouri State University, 2010

Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Interests & Inspiration

Podcasts. My little one. The perfect latte. Binging TV.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Being surrounded by so much creativity on a daily basis and watching a home go from pen and paper to brick and mortar. I love being involved in photographing a home—it feels like the final step and brings the whole process full circle.

Linnea Olofsson

Office Manager

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Linnea Olofsson

Office Manager

 

Start Date at RSA

July 2019

School

University of Arizona, 2013

Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minor in Education

Interests & Inspiration

Photography. Concerts. Tacos. Traveling.

When you aren’t working, what are you doing?

I’m trying a new restaurant, exploring downtown, or attending a concert at Stubbs.

Ryan Street

President

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

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Ryan Street

President

Start Date at RSA

August 2001

School

Texas Tech University, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

I love spending time with my family and traveling to places that inspire me.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

Growing up, my mother Shanny Lott attended the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas and her passion for creativity in every form was woven into the fabric of our family, so early on I was frequently occupied designing forts and gathering the materials to build them. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t busy designing something or taking some complex object apart just to figure out how to put it back together.

Melinda Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

Start Date at RSA

January 2020

School

University of Illinois, 1986

Degree

Bachelor of Science, Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Everything!

When did your passion for architecture begin?

When I realized I was terrible at computer science.

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

close

Eran Montoya, AIA

Associate

Start Date at RSA

August 2004

School

Rice University, 1995

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

The world around us.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Contemplating. Exploring. Fixing things.

Jeremy Ristau

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

November 2004

School

Texas A&M University, 2000

Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Interests & Inspiration

Family. Coffee. Tomfoolery.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping people turn the home of their dreams into a reality. Seeing their excitement build as we work through the design, and having it culminate with walking through the completed project makes each experience unique and enjoyable.

Zach Moss, AIA

Project Manager

John Burgess, AIA

Project Manager

close

Zach Moss, AIA

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

April 2008

School

Lousiana Tech University, 2005

Degree

Bachelor of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Crawfish boils. Southern Mexico. Fishing. Traveling with family.

What are you curious about right now?

I have always been interested in things of quality, whether that is everyday items, furniture, arts/crafts or architecture. At RSA we are afforded the opportunity to help clients strive to achieve high quality, timeless architecture. Working as a team with the client, design team and skilled trades, it’s exciting to see these projects come to fruition.

John Burgess, AIA

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

April 2013

School

Tulane University, 1996

Degree

Master of Architecture

Projects

Austonian

Interests & Inspiration

Live music. New restaurants. Photography.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

Planning my next vacation. I enjoy travelling to France to practice my French, or hitting the ski slopes to practice not falling.

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

Chrissy Short, AIA

Project Manager

close

Randy Abernathy

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

June 2014

School

Andrews University, 2008

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

My children. Traveling with family. Coaching Little League.

When did your passion for architecture begin?

I grew up in a family of tradesmen, so at a young age I had already learned about framing, hanging drywall, and flooring. In high school I took a drafting class and was hooked. I have always enjoyed thinking about all the possibilities in home design and all the different aspects of bringing that design to life. How a home comes together is truly something.

Chrissy Short, AIA

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

August 2015

School

Lousiana Tech University, 2013

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Traveling. My dogs. Wine. Exercise.

When you aren’t designing, what are you doing?

I’m outside if the weather is nice and probably doing something active with family or friends. I can’t sit still long and like a challenge, so running is always an option, but I also thoroughly enjoy kicking your butt in a game of cornhole.

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

Robert Ward

Project Manager

close

Jacob Narvaez

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

June 2018

School

University of Texas at Arlington, 2015

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Music. Reading. Gym time.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Taking part in helping someone realize their vision, and the further knowledge gained from the process each project entails.

Robert Ward

Project Manager

Start Date at RSA

October 2018

School

University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Degree

Master of Architecture

Interests & Inspiration

Performing with other musicians. Road trips. Cats.

What’s something you’d like people to know about your field?

Being an architect is not as glamorous as Mike Brady makes it look, but it’s 1000 times more rewarding.

Jennifer Sissom

Interior Designer

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

close

Jennifer Sissom

Interior Designer

Start Date at RSA

February 2019

School

Oklahoma State University, 2016

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Interests & Inspiration

Rainy days & coffee. Painting. Jazz music. Switzerland. Milieu Magazine. My big fluffy puppy.

What are you curious about right now?

I’m curious about the individual aspects that make a house unique and special, and how they come together to create a home. The quaint, quiet spaces, the small personal touches, and the distinct pieces that bring joy. I strive to have an understanding of those who will occupy the space and how all of these things will come together and reflect them, because a home is more than just a space- it is a place of comfort and renewal.

Ashley Lohmann

Director of Marketing

Start Date at RSA

February 2013

School

Southeast Missouri State University, 2010

Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Interests & Inspiration

Podcasts. My little one. The perfect latte. Binging TV.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Being surrounded by so much creativity on a daily basis and watching a home go from pen and paper to brick and mortar. I love being involved in photographing a home—it feels like the final step and brings the whole process full circle.

Linnea Olofsson

Office Manager

close

Linnea Olofsson

Office Manager

Start Date at RSA

July 2019

School

University of Arizona, 2013

Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Minor in Education

Interests & Inspiration

Photography. Concerts. Tacos. Traveling.

When you aren’t working, what are you doing?

I’m trying a new restaurant, exploring downtown, or attending a concert at Stubbs.

Open positions

Please send résumés and references to rsacareers@rsassoc.com.

No phone calls, please.

Senior Project Manager

Ryan Street Architects is seeking a Senior Project Manager who is task oriented and is skilled at overseeing day to day project development and delivery. The successful candidate will manage multiple residential projects on a daily basis, provide oversight and coordination of the project team to ensure task completion, and that our high standards of service are consistently delivered.

Key strengths of the ideal candidate:  communication, organization, planning, creative problem solving, confidence.

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Project Architect / Designer

Ryan Street Architects is seeking an experienced candidate to join our design team in Austin, Texas. We are looking for a candidate with a strong design sensibility who is motivated, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize tasks, with the ability to work in an open and dynamic studio environment. Our current work includes high-end residential and hospitality projects. This is a full-time salary position where pay is commensurate with experience, ability, and performance.

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