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. 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; he has designed 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. Torres has been affiliated with Forsite Studio since its inception. He earned an A.B. from Harvard University in 2002 and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He has worked with SHoP Architects and Soluri Architecture in New York City, Estudio Carme Pinós in Barcelona, and Miró Rivera Architects in Austin. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology - Bahrain in the School of Architecture and Design and is an active collaborator with Forsite Studio.
Justin M. Sabatini
Mr. Sabatini joined Forsite Studio in 2009 after a year abroad working for Tzannes Associates in Sydney, Australia. Prior to that, he worked for several years at Page Southerland Page in Austin. In 2003, he received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. While at UT, he was a member of the UT Solar-Decathlon Team, which designed and built an off-the-grid housing prototype for the Solar-Decathlon national competition in Washington, DC.