Our Studio

Collaboration is Key

Since 1999, our team has designed and executed dozens of luxury residences for various clients. We welcome all scopes of work and pour as much attention and care into renovations and additions as we do for new construction. We relish the opportunity to work across a range of styles, from local vernaculars, to historical and cultural references, to the minimalist abstraction of modern homes. Our long standing in the Austin architectural community allows us to surround ourselves with the highest-quality consultants and contractors and we welcome the opportunity to help assemble the right team for your project.

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A Tight-Knit Team

We are a small architecture firm in Austin, Texas that ensures every client gets our company-wide attention. We are capable problem solvers with decades of experience. Every day we come together in our open studio to bring our clients’ homes to life.

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    Charles Travis, AIA

    Founder & Principal Architect

    With more than 35 years in the field of residential architecture, Charles has built one of the most respected firms in the Austin area. A University of Texas graduate and an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Charles founded the firm in 1999. Since then he has assembled a team of uniquely talented design professionals who are driven by a passion to maintain fresh insight into the way their designs respond to site, context and lifestyle.

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    Alice Travis

    Managing Partner

    After receiving her degree from North Texas State University, Alice pursued a 20 year career in Education, then joined the firm in 1999. Outside the studio Alice volunteers her time at Next to New, a consignment shop that benefits non-profits in Austin, as well as Warm Heart International, which raises funds and awareness for fresh water access and sanitation in Malawi. In addition to organizing an annual summer camp for grandkids, Alice enjoys long walks, golfing and photography.


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    Darin Biediger, AIA

    Project Architect

    Darin joined chas architects in 2019. He is a registered architect with over twenty years of experience in high-end residential design. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects. Darin believes it is the architect's responsibility to truly connect with clients and understand their vision, then hone those ideas into a home design which exceeds their expectations. In his free time, Darin is an avid reader, loves art and design, and enjoys exploring the hike and bike trails of Austin.

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    Kyle Wyatt

    Project Manager

    Kyle is a Detroit native and a graduate of The University of Michigan, and joined the team in the fall of 2019. He has over 6 years experience in residential, healthcare, and retail architecture. Kyle enjoys diving into the small details of a project, and believes that residences are the most personal of buildings and therefore deserve the most careful and considered attention. He has over a decade of experience in 3D modeling and graphic design. In his free time he enjoys sand volleyball, photography, and hiking, and he participates in amateur wrestling as a hobby.

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    Miranda Grieder

    Project Manager

    Miranda is a native Austinite and a University of Texas graduate. She joined chas architects in the summer of 2019. For the last twenty years she has practiced architecture in different cities in the U.S. and abroad, has taught for five years as a university professor, and has owned her own firm. She is also a licensed interior designer and a LEED AP. Miranda believes a well-designed home is essential to human wellbeing, and it is a privilege to play a role in the creative process unique to each client.

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    Purvi Thakkar

    Jr. Designer

    Purvi received her Bachelors in Interior Design from Gujart University, India and a Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Suffolk University in Boston. After moving to Texas in 2006, she has been involved in designing outdoor spaces and pools. She believes no work is too small or too big when it comes to creating. Purvi joined the team in early 2020 and enjoys every phase of design. Her favorite part is space planning, as she believes that well designed spaces not only reflect the personal style of its dwellers, but should also promote their well-being. Outside the office, Purvi enjoys travelling, exploring new places and spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters.