Installations + Objects


ONDA - meaning electromagnetic wave in Spanish - is a digitally fabricated installation centered around the new era of technology at the School of Architecture, and will showcase inventive design and building techniques.

Project Manager, in collaboration w/ Kory Bieg’s Spring 2018 Advanced Studio


Paper Trails


Paper Trails is Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s temporary public installation on First Avenue in downtown Seattle, Washington for Parking Day 2018.

Project Manager, while interning with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle



Supraficial is an exploration of form, surface effect, and animation - both as communication medium and as form-finding. Glitches are introduced as a device to break rhythms and explore individual frames within an ongoing evolution.


Dancing Crane

Dancing Crane is a temporary shade structure installation studying the possibilities of knot-tying in architecture. It ismade out of PVC pipes almost entirely in tension


Community First! Porch

The Community First Porch enclosure is a cedar slat wall which doubles the usable square footage of a resident in a tiny house at the homeless village outside Austin. Custom-fabricated steel and wood sliding doors allow the resident to create greater privacy as desired.



“Kinetohaus” translated simply means “moving house;” in designing and building a
tiny house on wheels in which to live while I attend graduate architecture school at
the University of Texas at Austin, I was inspired by the flexibility and dynamism of
lifestyle that comes with tiny houses.

Going Tiny: Failure + Opportunity in the Future of Affordable Housing [2018]
UT Live @ SXSW [March 2017]
CNN en Marcha  [March 2017]
Austin Home Magazine [Spring 2017]
“Tiny House, Big Living,” HGTV [January 2017]
The Bison, Harding University [January 2017]
UTSOA E-News [October 2016]


Inverted House

Inverted House offers a new take on an affordable urban home as a backyard accessory dwelling unit on a typical Austin single family lot. Rather than deferring to the "main house," the home encourages multiplicity and emergent effects which promote dignity, legitimacy, and autonomy.


West Texas Monastery

The West Texas Monastery explores the intersection of the sacred and profane, where living cells and social spaces run east and west along this desert-mountain site in light steel frameworks; spiritual spaces - an underground chapel and a central baptistery - run north and south. The living units are punctuated by concrete communal prayer cores with unexpected organic interiors, which serve to connect back to the church as a reminder that the sacred and profane are not, in fact, separate and distinct, but the sacred informs and integrates into the everyday. 

Integrative Studio, UTSOA, Fall 2017 in collaboration with David Burns, M.Arch I Candidate


Blackland Village

Project in conjunction with UTSOA colleague Joey Rocha. In developing the design
for new housing units at Blackland Village, we identified three driving concepts, in
order of importance: affordability, sustainability, + neighborhood character.


Niles Union
[2018 HUD IAH Finalist]


Niles Union is a 213-unit affordable senior housing community in Dover, New Hampshire, a small but growing city along the New England seacoast.  Our primary aims were to increase connection to the city of Dover, create social connection opportunities, and help create sustainable, quality lifestyles for the residents.  

In collaboration w/ John Halverson, MSUD + MSUP Candidate + Brendan Scher, MBA Candidate, McCombs School of Business


Brentwood Residence

When asked to design a significant renovation on an existing middle Tennessee farmhouse, an idea about utilizing typical farmhouse narratives - metal roofing, board and batten siding, large porches, dormers - translated into a more contemporary, if subdued, approach.



The goal of the project was to provide shelter, protection, privacy,
and identity to these youth ages 16-24 who have been formerly homeless
or aged out of the foster system, while fostering a sense of community.


Sustainable Habitat House


As a freshman in undergraduate design studies, our first project was to hand-draft a single-family home based on Habitat for Humanity guideline. Rather than offer the banal 1000-sf hipped-roof and vinyl siding version, I took the project as an opportunity to offer an alternative - a modern, sustainable version based on Habitat's standards that utilized passive solar heating, thermal mass, and sustainable materials and finishes. 


Austin Energy
Green Building Program

It is no longer good enough to be “sustainable,” more efficient and less bad; buildings must become regenerative, living, breathing organisms that are diverse and produce more than they consume. They must be dynamic and responsive, beautiful and full of light, and should use mass customization and computational design to create more human-scaled, organic spaces over exclusively orthogonal ones built in the past for economy and lack of technology.

Lady Bird Living Bridge


The idea of a “living bridge” calls into question two distinct definitions: “living” and “bridge;” what exactly about this structure is alive or for the living, and what is it bridging over?  This project creates a pedestrian connection from the peninsula at the outlet of Shoal Creek to Riverside Park, but also envisions a place to be for others who are often seen as inconvenient  – the homeless.



ATL_2075 envisions Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the year 2075, in a post-security and post-vehicle-centric society. ATL today is the busiest airport in the world, and in order to maintain that, it must adapt to an ever-changing world and create an optimal user experience while maintaining a sense of place.


Pan Pacific Park

We see Pan Pacific Park as a natural and organic escape from the larger urban sprawl.
We see Pan Pacific Park as a seamless piece of the fabric of Los Angeles.
We see Pan Pacific Park as an urban icon.
This Corgan Design Competition
submission was led by me, design
team intern, in collaboration with Aaron Bisch and Luke Brohmer.

@davisrichardsondesign on Instagram


"Tiny Houses + Alternative Affordable Housing Typologies" 

Goldsmith Talk, UTSOA [2017]

UT Live at SXSW [2017]

Corgan Friday Forum [2017]

Mensa Conference, Round Rock [2017]

AIAS National Confernce, Austin [2017]



Davis Richardson
M.Arch Fellow, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
B.A., Interior Design, Harding University '16


Davis Richardson is an M.Arch I candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, pursuing a career as an architect. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Harding University which taught him about the power of empathetic design and design thinking. At Harding, Richardson also excelled as an athlete, playing baseball for the Bisons. He was named a 1st-Team Capital One Academic All-American in 2015, the first baseball player to achieve that honor in 60+ years of Harding baseball history. He was also named the Great American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015, an honor given to one athlete from all sports in the conference.

Richardson is most notable in the design community for building his innovative Tiny House on Wheels, known as "Kinetohaus," right out of college before moving to Austin for graduate studies. A hands-on design-build experiment with affordable, alternative housing, the tiny house would be featured on HGTV's show, "Tiny House, Big Living," and as part of UT Live at SXSW Interactive 2017. Moving forward, he intends to explore the overlap of innovative design, advanced digital design theory and technology, and affordable housing by offering alternatives to the status quo. He is always interested in collaborating on exciting projects.