ABOUT AUSTIN ARCHITECT JAY CORDER
I didn’t stumble into architecture.
In fact, I don’t think there was a time when I didn’t know this is exactly what I wanted to do. I started down the path to becoming an architect early when my only-child life spurred me to be creative and imaginative. My mother had a designer's eye and fostered that creativity with toys and tools that allowed my thoughts and skills to flourish, and she taught me to see the beauty in even the smallest things. Those formative experiences helped me develop a lens on the world that allows me to dream big, see solutions first, and find joy in the creative process.
Today, being an architect is an innate part of my personality that is completely entwined with my personal life. I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s sort of a selfish passion because it is a pretty cool thing to help people bring their dreams to life. But the privilege of doing that comes with responsibility, and it’s on me to develop a trustworthy partnership with each of my clients by making sure I understand their desires, dreams, and goals. To get there, I developed a design process that sets clear expectations, establishes optimal momentum, prioritizes value, and generates predictable outcomes while providing beauty, joy, confidence, and peace.
As long as I can remember, I’ve been walking purposefully into my career as an architect. It's my life's work, both personally and professionally to bring your vision to a reality with efficiency, joy, and advocacy through attention to detail.
I’m a busy architect, husband, Dad, and sports enthusiast, so I understand how crazy life can be. But, I also know that coming home to a space that feels like a refuge can be one of life’s greatest pleasures for you and your family. I’ve been married to my wife Daphne for eighteen years and we have two beautiful daughters Jennifer & Lauren. We recently adopted a Weiner dog named Beau. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and could not bring myself to leave this great city. We currently live in North Austin and when I’m not busy with family, work, or watching the Longhorns, I love to spend time outdoors running & cycling.
ABOUT THE FIRM
We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!
Whether it’s a custom-designed home or mid-sized commercial venture, Jay Corder Architect brings a modernist approach, aesthetic sensibility and personal commitment to every project.
Jay and his team attract clients seeking modern home design for new construction, remodels and additions.
We believe a modernistic approach means of this century and decade and it acknowledging that we live in our homes differently than we did 15 years ago. There is a beautiful and useful manipulation between the interior and exterior space, with a clear connection to the outdoors, flow and natural light are important to our personal enjoyment and well-being.
A custom home is much more than a shelter. As the shell that protects your dearest people and the treasures you’ve collected over time, it should be beautiful, well-designed, made of quality materials and expertly crafted. This is the place that adds up to your life experience, and its design and construction should reflect that.
We believe in a reciprocal client relationship and want to be listening as much as we are talking. The team’s goal is to get to know you well enough to understand and interpret your very particular needs—then design a beautiful home that meets every single one of them.
We are proud to showcase the numerous awards we have won over the last decade. But, our greatest honor is creating a space that makes you happy to call home.
HGTV Faces of Design Award
We were honored to be chosen as one of the Finalists in the Waterside Retreats category.
Best Architects in Austin
Jay Corder Architect was voted one of the Best Architects in Austin by Expertise. 171 Austin architects were evaluated on selection criteria that included reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.
The HGTV network show “Bang for Your Buck” not only featured Jay in this episode, but he also won the challenge. The experts looked at three $55,000 great room redos in Austin.
Best of Houzz
We are proud to have won this award numerous times. Each year the Houzz community selects professionals for Best of Houzz in the categories of Design. This award is based on the popularity of images across all categories.
2014 AIA Austin Home Tour
Designed by Jay Corder, this 2500 SF Home (Renovation/Addition) located on the Pedernales was featured on the 2014 Homes Tour. The home was designed as a vacation home for a young family with children. The owners requested a low maintenance shell with functional beauty to enjoy their location on the river. The house is a blend of casual living with honest materials and a contemporary aesthetic which creates a beautiful, yet practical vacation home.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Architects are licensed professionals, they have completed university programs and lengthy internships, and have passed a series of rigorous exams. Their training covers many areas, ranging from landscape design to structural engineering. This diversity means that architects can see many possibilities, they can take your visions and desires and find appropriate solutions for your new home.
An architect is a professional who is specifically trained and licensed to work on the planning and design of buildings. The facets of an architect’s role are as varied and fascinating as their work; these are professionals who lead the process of creating functional spaces, from concept and design to a full realization of those designs.
There are many places to find architects, but the most important thing is to find an architect that you feel can be a collaborative partner, building a home is a process between you and your architect. You will want to enjoy this, so make sure you like the person you will be working with, every architect has a unique personality, individual style, and approach. If you find the right architect, building a home can be one of the great joys in life. It is critical to find an architect who makes you feel comfortable, and with whom you can have open communication. It’s also important to find an architect with experience in your project type. The design website Houzz has an architect finder that can serve as an important first step in your search; you should also seek recommendations from those you know who’ve worked with an architect previously.
You’ll often see the initials “AIA” after an architect’s name. This indicates membership in the American Institute of Architects. The AIA has a long history of requiring that its members adhere to the highest ethical standards.
While it’s true that architects’ fees are an additional project cost, hiring an architect can actually save you money in many ways. Architects can monitor your budget and negotiate to get the best materials and workmanship at a good price. An architect’s design can reduce energy and maintenance costs, and provide an efficient layout so that you don’t overbuild what you really need. They can turn a difficult lot into a successful building site. And they spend time planning and fully developing your ideas to avoid changes once construction is underway.