Forsite Studio is an integrated design/build practice dedicated to modern sustainable design solutions. The firm’s practice encompasses architectural design, building construction and renovation, project management and consulting, and custom furniture and cabinetry. The firm also specializes in franchise development and standardization for commercial enterprises. As a design/build firm, Forsite Studio is involved in all aspects of our projects, allowing us to deliver products and design solutions that are both innovative and cost-effective.
The work of Forsite Studio reflects a clean, modern sensibility infused with handcrafted custom details and a sensitivity to local vernacular. We are particularly interested in promoting sustainable design and construction, which starts with educating our clients on the positive impact to both the environment and the health of the end user. We believe that good design, sustainability, and economy are intrinsically linked. We salvage and reuse materials and structures wherever possible, incorporating and celebrating them in our designs, resulting in buildings of character and personality. Our varied backgrounds in architecture and sculpture inform our designs and shape our approach to each project. With completed work in the United States and abroad, we produce distinctive projects uniquely adapted to their local climate, culture, and context.
Mr. Smith founded Forsite Studio in 2007 as a sustainably-minded design/build company. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture in 2002 and a Master of Architecture in 2006 from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to building design and construction, he also has a passion for woodworking; designing many custom furniture pieces and co-founded Wager Sustainable Millworks. He is a certified LEED Accredited Professional and is a licensed contractor with the Texas Residential Construction Commission.
Mr. Fryer is a registered architect with more than eight years of experience in both new construction and renovations. He is a leader in the use of Building Information Modeling and has helped create Revit standards for enhanced collaboration.
Mr. Loe oversees a talented team of architects and designers as the Sr. Architect of a busy design-build firm in Austin, TX. Experience working in NYC and MN on a wide assortment of projects in nearly every climatic zone makes him uniquely qualified for this role. Most recently, he’s been the lead designer and project manager overseeing construction of various commercial and multifamily projects in the Central Texas region. Dan is intimately involved with the construction logistics including financing, scheduling and development - roles typically outside the scope of traditional architectural firms.
Mr. Ponce is a leader in both the design and build aspects of the firm often taking a project from schematic design through permitting and construction. As a leader in the use of computer rendering and digital fabrication, his efforts have provided designers and clients the ability to conceptualize elements in space. He’s worked on large mixed use projects in the Southwest typically overseeing the work of younger designers.
Saul Jerome San Juan ‘
Born in the Philippines, Saul Jerome San Juan came to Austin in 2007 to study architecture at the University of Texas after studying music and studio art at Loyola University Chicago. Trained and practicing as a multidisciplinary artist, San Juan specializes in overall architectonic concepts, the art of space, and visualization. San Juan's built work includes residential projects in the Austin area as well as a five-screen art-house cinema in Bentonville, Arkansas. San Juan organizes and curates critically acclaimed exhibitions showcasing Texas contemporary artists at the Gallery at Atelier 1205.