Architect Michael Hsu’s homey approach to design
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Architect Michael Hsu’s homey approach to design

1of19Michael Hsu, has been designing some of Houston’s most innovative retail and mixed-use developments Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Houston.Photo: Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer Michael Hsu was born in Taiwan, grew up near the legendary Pasadena honky-tonk Gilley’s, and is now one of the most sought-after architects in the state — known especially for his urban restaurant designs. “Art, food, architecture, design — those aren’t necessarily what you think of as first-generation immigrant trades, but that’s what the family was,” Hsu said, noting that his grandfather was an architect and his mother is a chef and artist. He studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, and after job stints in the Netherlands and Dallas, Hsu came back to Austin and spent about 11 years working for the late architect Dick Clark. There he cut his teeth on high-end residential and restaurant designs. In 2005, he started his own shop. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture is based in Austin, but with a growing roster of Houston projects underway, he’s is opening an office here in a simple 1,500-square-foot midcentury building just off 19th Street in the Heights. The firm’s Houston projects have included the Uchi […]

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