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Our studio is led by John Grable, FAIA, who is supported by a staff of passionate and talented architects and project managers. John Grable Architects is a collaborative workspace located in San Antonio, TX and serves an expanding roster of regional and national clients. Our studio, founded in 2004, provides a full range of services, including concept design development, historic preservation research, material selection, and construction administration. We are dedicated to artfully integrating mankind with the built environment.

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“The most powerful impression is to make people feel good.”

– John Grable, FAIA

History

A passion for the stories of people’s lives and the role of buildings in them drives John’s design. By building on existing traditions and historic vernacular, his work not only contributes to the continuum of the human experience, but also keeps the history of a place alive and evolving.

Community

John’s keen understanding of community as a living and changing organism has led him to focus on projects that enhance the communal experience and expand the role of architecture in public life.

Restraint

His designs resonate a quiet strength that results from a controlled hand and disciplined eye. A taut yet gentle interaction between expression and subtraction is a recurring theme in his work.

Materials

He engages his acute understanding of materials and their potential. He strives to use each material – whether natural or man-made – in the best way possible, both in craft and detail.

Reclamation & Continuity

Coming full circle and connecting physically to what came before, John feels an obligation to re-use and recycle materials. His work is enlivened by a creative blend of old materials often playfully adapted to new applications. By embracing time-tested building techniques that complement nature and taking care to rehabilitate materials whenever possible, his work is a joyous convergence of past and present.

People

 

John Grable Architects is a team of collaborative, innovative thinkers who enjoy contributing to our dynamic, rewarding studio culture.

Team

 

We’ve come together from many different backgrounds, united by our passion for working critically—and with curiosity, integrity and camaraderie.

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John Grable, FAIA

Founder

John Grable’s award-winning work is inspired by his intimate relationship with the environment, which stems from his love and respect for the land and a keen understanding of how buildings can gently co-exist with nature. After 18 years as a project manager and partner at Lake|Flato Architects, John returned to his roots in 2004 and founded John Grable Architects, where his more than 40 years of experience as a designer, builder, developer and teacher converge.

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Matthew Martinez

Project Manager

Matthew joined John Grable Architects in 2007 upon completing his Master of Architecture degree at UTSA. Matthew worked as a Graduate Assistant and was a member of UtenSAils, an undergraduate topic studio that concentrated on the design and logistics of construction of two permanent fabric tensile structures at UTSA’s downtown campus, which have received several local and national awards. He also participated in a semester long study abroad program in Tuscany, where he visited many Italian cities and worked with graduate students from a university in Florence on competition entry concepts.

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Javier D. Alonso RA

Architect

Javier joined John Grable Architects after completing his Masters of Architecture degree at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University he participated in study abroad programs in Barcelona, Spain as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina. These experiences allowed him to explore a variety of urban typologies and gain a broader understanding of conditional requirements and vernacular architecture. Within architecture Javier’s focus is in developing projects that promote a minimal ecological impact and responsible standards of living. In 2019 Javier recieved his Architectural Registration and became a licensed Architect. Additional interest include cooking,photography, carpentry, graphic design, and web design

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Krystal Sepulveda

Architect

Krystal joined John Grable Architects after graduating from the University of Houston. She is a Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelors of Architecture and Environmental Design and a minor in Spanish. While at the University of Houston, she was handpicked to participate in the inaugural Pan American Studio to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This gave her the opportunity to be exposed to the various housing typologies as well as having the opportunity to meet with and gain input from many of the local architects. Krystal has a passion for culture, community and the built environment. Additional interests include adaptive reuse, graphic design, cooking and recreational activities.

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Awards

Luxe RED Design Awards

Regional Winner, Restoration Or Renovation

2021

 

Luxe RED Design Awards

Green Lantern – National Winner, Major Renovation

Green Lantern – Regional Winner, Major Renovation

2018

 

Custom Home Design Awards

Green Lantern – Green Merit Award

2014

 

Texas Society of Architects

Green Lantern

2014

 

Residential Architect Design Awards

Garden Gateway – Outbuilding Merit Award

2013

 

San Antonio Business Journal

Green Lantern – Going Green Award

2012

AIA San Antonio

Green Lantern – Honorable Mention

2017

Equipment Sombrilla – Special Recognition Award

2016

South Texas Guesthouse – Honor Award

2007

222 Austin Highway – Honor Award

2006

Lake LBJ Residence

1987

 

Texas Downtown Association

Portal San Fernando – Best Public Improvement Project

2002

 

San Antonio Downtown Alliance

Portal San Fernando – Best Public Space

2002

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