Austin still has a long career ahead of him, but in the eyes of his three and six year-old daughters, he may never top his work on the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo.
He was just a little kid himself when his parents built a new house in the small southwestern Kansas town of Cimarron. He followed the builder around, wearing his own tool belt.
The son of a K-State alumnus, he enjoyed taking trips to visit the campus in Manhattan with his family while growing up. The university’s excellent architecture program clinched his career choice.
As a working architect, he loves being involved in a wide range of projects and taking on diverse assignments, from programming and design through construction. Before the ribbon is finally cut, his goal is always the same: to apply his knowledge and disciplined attention to detail in order to make the built environment better for everyone (even the penguins, much to his kids’ delight).