Our People

We believe in our people and how we complement each other.

We’re here to build relationships, complementing our clients on a personal and professional level.

Working closely with our clients and each other fosters a trust in partnership and opens the door to creativity. To collaborate is to create, and we believe the collaboration is key in building the most beautiful and functional environments possible. Below is a little bit more about are our key leaders.

Anne Kniffen

Anne Kniffen

Managing Principal

Respecting Our History & Vision of the Future

lauckgroup’s tradition of design excellence combined with a high level of client service has secured our position as a leading interior architecture firm in Texas. Repeat clients are an important part of our business but we are always striving for new directions and opportunities and diversification of our project base.

– Anne Kniffen

Brigitte Preston

Brigitte Preston

Principal of Design

A Culture of Curiosity and Research

It’s important for the longevity of our firm that we encourage a culture of curiosity and research. We firmly believe in applying best practices to all aspects of our work but also want to challenge the accepted thinking and work enthusiastically to bring fresh, new solutions to every client.

– Brigitte Preston

Steve Breuer

Steve Breuer

Principal

Attention to Detail & Strong Technical Skills

Designing beautiful, functional spaces that our clients love is what makes us most proud. It’s something we are passionate about, but beauty and functionality are just half the battle. The ultimate success or failure of a project depends on taking the design and delivering it to the client within budget and on time, with an emphasis on quality, completeness and attention to detail.

– Steve Breuer

Joe Gowing

Joe Gowing

Principal

Relationships, the Backbone of our Business

I like to approach every project as an opportunity for a new relationship, and we actively seek partners who have similar progressive attitudes about their business, employees and direction. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a project come to fruition for a client whose expectations have been exceeded – it keeps us coming back to work every day with a great attitude.

– Joe Gowing

Melissa Cooksey

Melissa Cooksey

Associate Principal

Collaboration and Innovation

Leading and collaborating with our remarkable designers and architects to provide innovative design solutions for our clients is invigorating. The key is to foster a work environment that follows our vision of embracing our past, challenging the present and sparking a moment-defining future. It is my privilege to cultivate this vision within our team.

– Melissa Cooksey

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Associate Principal

Leveraging the Latest Technology

Whether it’s leveraging applications on smart phones and tablets or the migration from traditional cad systems to BIM; it can be challenging to decide what technologies to buy into and which to leave by the wayside. It’s the integration of these technologies that reduces the risk of assumptions, ultimately enabling the team to make better-informed decisions.

– Matt Taylor

April Warner

April Warner

Associate Principal

Inventive Design from Fresh Ideas

To me the challenge doesn’t lie in creating beautiful spaces by design standards. Inventive design exists when fresh ideas emerge from the context of all the parties and peoples involved in the process. It is my job to distill these ideas into aesthetic and function. Its story is artistically apparent and yet wonderfully hidden in all the details at the same time.

– April Warner

Juliè Gauthier

Juliè Gauthier

Associate Principal

Interior Environments for People

Designing outstanding interior environments is truly tested when the space is activated by its users! How people utilize, congregate and enliven a space is a testament to the design’s response to the program needs – the quality of the built environment results from the thoughtfulness of a design. Every phase of a project design needs careful consideration, constant creativity and determined problem solving.

– Juliè Gauthier

Stephanie Long

Stephanie Long

Associate Principal

Achieving Design Excellence through Collaboration and Trust

lauckgroup’s collaborative culture of trust is what drives our success.  We’ve built a creative studio environment that allows each of us to take risks, to challenge each other, and to encourage our clients to think in a different way.  We believe that effective design is best delivered by a cohesive team of people  – diversely skilled, passionate individuals working side-by-side with our clients toward a common goal.

– Stephanie Long

Germame Hailu

Germame Hailu

Senior Associate

Controlling Costs to Benefit Our Clients

lauckgroup has a long-term philosophy and approach of keeping a watchful eye on its operating costs. We understand that when we keep our own costs low and on budget, we can deliver high quality design services to our clients at a competitive rate.

– Germame Hailu

Rina Burnett

Rina Burnett

Senior Associate

Innovation and Design United

I find that positive human interaction within a space is achieved when particular attention is shown to the fusion of interior design and other design disciplines. When you unite this attention to detail with the latest technology, you secure successful, thriving projects—whether it is a small renovation project or one of several thousand square feet.

– Rina Burnett

Michael Horton

Michael Horton

Senior Associate

Between the Crosshairs of Culture and Vision

We thrive in a firm which celebrates its strong cultural heritage of never settling; always pushing the expectations and boundaries abound. It’s in between the cross hairs of our culture and the creative vision for our clients that successful projects are truly born. Through a targeted and strategic process, we seek to deliver a holistically designed space, tailored to each and every one of our clients. A process, I feel is strongly represented in our diverse portfolio and continued success to expand our portfolio of project types.

– Michael Horton

 

 

Matthew LoPresto

Matthew LoPresto

Senior Associate

Freedom in Restriction

The constraints of each of our projects create unique challenges, which necessitate creative solutions that manifest themselves through broad strokes and clever details. I attribute much of our success to the fact that we truly enjoy, and thrive in, the challenge of identifying these opportunities, and the process of creating beauty in places that others may overlook.

– Matthew LoPresto

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Associate

Thoughtfully Shaping the Future

Design that centers on supporting life – keeping people and resources central – is what we strive to foster at lauckgroup. Technology and continual idea generation frame this conversation while considering how we can, not just plan for, but thoughtfully shape what is next for buildings and communities.

– Sara Barnes

Lina Murillo

Lina Murillo

Associate

Process: Connecting the Pieces to Tell a Story

Delivering creative, well-planned spaces comes from a deep understanding of the fundamental elements of our clients’ organization. We deeply connect with our clients and strive to assimilate their culture and values. This results in a streamlined design process that is tailored to the vision and goals they pursue. Consequentially, our clients take pride on the spaces we envision and deliver, but more importantly on the story those spaces tell about their organization.

– Lina Murillo

Caro Wilbanks

Caro Wilbanks

Associate

COMING SOON!

Raul Baeza

Raul Baeza

Associate

Storytelling through Design and Spatial Experience

As storytellers, we use architectural massing, spatial sequencing, light, materials, and textures to create a complete experience. We work with our clients to develop a design that communicates and nurtures the cultural fabric of their company and community. They entrust us to be responsible stewards and  to usher their functional, aesthetic, and budgetary goals throughout the design process.