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St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Campus

Austin, TX

Over the course of 15 years, we worked with St. Stephens Episcopal School to design seven buildings that today define their Hill Country site. We knit together a series of interior and exterior spaces making a campus that honors the temperate climate.
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It was a bleak, wintry St. Stephen’s Day, Dec. 26, 1949, in the sparsely populated Hill Country west of the state capital. A pilgrim caravan pulled up at a remote plateau, and from the cars issued a stream of ladies in calf-length coats and furs, gentlemen in suits and wool overcoats, and clergy in bright vestments.

That memorable afternoon the group witnessed a ground-breaking ceremony in which Bishop John E. Hines, headmaster William Brewster, Trustees, and other participants turned spadefuls of rocky soil on a spot that would come to be known simply as the “Hill.” Biting winds did not cool the enthusiasm of Hines, Brewster, the Trustees, their families, and other dedicated folk, who saw their dream of an Episcopal school in Central Texas finally realized.

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History Continued...

“This is a happy day for all of us,” the Rev. Brewster said. “We promise to dedicate ourselves to education that concerns the whole person: body, mind and spirit.” - sstx.org

The Vision

A delicately proportioned layout of buildings thread between native existing live oak trees to create public courtyards benched into this steeply sloping terrain.

  • General Contractor

    Rogers - O'Brien Construction Company

  • Structural Engineer

    Architectural Engineers Collaborative

  • Landscape Architect

    Resource Design

  • MEP Engineer

    Energy Engineering Associates

  • Civil Engineer

    Carlson Brigance and Doering, Inc., Thompson Land Engineering

  • Acoustic Engineer


  • Photographer

    Andrew Pogue

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Temple Upper School

To manage the steep rock bluffs and numerous live oak trees, the building was broken into an upper layer for the main classrooms, which projects over a layer of smaller rooms tucked below. Native limestone walls support a generous roof canopy that defines both indoor and outdoor spaces for this classroom building.

Temple Dining Hall & Booth Student Center

The dining room is the culmination of this project's elegant assembly of parts, with solid concrete, stucco, and stone walls supporting a reflective steel frame. These materials appear to glow together as one in the natural light that washes in from the exterior window walls, creating a calming air to the interior spaces.

Wycliff-Freeman House

As one of the most recent additions to the campus master plan, this residence hall provides students with generous views of the outdoors along with bright, shared spaces for living and working. The main building, combined with smaller faculty residence structures, form a number of small courtyard spaces, which are a private counterpoint to the large expanse of green to the east and west.

“From day one, the study hall was filled with students and faculty, and by the fourth week, the students created an unexpected use for the courtyard by holding their first dance there.”

Christine Aubry, St. Stephen's director of advancement

“AWA has transformed the campus with five new buildings that channel the oeuvre of Fehr and Granger while artfully adapting the school for the 21st Century.”

Brett Koenig Greig, Completing the Circle. Texas Architect November / December 2013

Project Team
  • Arthur W. Andersson, FAIA

  • F. Christian Wise, AIA

  • Travis Greig, AIA

  • Leah Davis, AIA

  • Matthew Lewis, AIA

  • Laine Hardy

  • Kailen Ko

  • Anita Chumnanvech

  • Kristen Heaney

  • Becky Joye

  • Wenny Hsu

  • Excellence in Construction Award - Associated Builders and Contractors - St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Campus

    Associated Builders and Contractors

  • Best Construction Project - Associated Builders and Contractors - St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Campus

    Associated Builders and Contractors

  • Excellence in Construction - Associated Builders and Contractors - St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Campus

    Associated Builders and Contractors

  • Three Star Rating - Austin Energy Green Building Program - St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Campus

    Austin Energy Green Building Program