Lured by Austin’s cultural vitality, proximity to the Hill Country’s natural beauty and wonderful weather and the promise of endless breakfast tacos, Asakura Robinson opened its Austin office in August of 2013. Led by principals Margaret Robinson and Zakcq Lockrem, and centrally located blocks from the Capitol, our office offers full planning, urban design and landscape architecture services throughout Central Texas, with specialties in Low Impact Development, community planning, pedestrian and bicyclist planning and urban design. In addition, the Austin office serves as our primary planning studio and is a launchpad from which we offer services in community and transportation planning to clients throughout the country. In 2016, our urban ecology studio, led by Eric Leshinsky, also relocated to Austin. Asakura Robinson is a State of Texas, South Central Region and North Central Region DBE and City of Austin MBE certified firm.
Our staff in Austin are active in the AIA’s Design Voice, the City of Austin’s Green Infrastructure Working Group and as mentors for University of Texas Planning students through their Participatory Methods coursework.
Austin Office Projects
South Central Waterfront Small Area Plan, Austin, TX
The South Central Waterfront Small Area Plan establish a vision and provide a cohesive set of recommendations to guide public and private development over the next 20-plus years on an 118 acre site located south of Downtown Austin. The plan will ensure that, as redevelopment occurs, every increment of change will contribute to making a great new district that will establish a lively, attractive pedestrian environment, expand open space and create great public spaces, enhance connections to and along the waterfront, and include 10-20% new housing units as affordable.
Little Stacy Park Improvements, Austin, Texas
As a part of the City of Austin’s first Landscape Architecture Rotation List, Asakura Robinson is leading design improvements park areas like the tennis courts, wading pool, and playground. With significant public input the project will create a design for improvements to correct erosion issues, comply with contemporary accessibility standards, address ongoing maintenance, and provide a more enjoyable and inclusive play experience.
Landa Park Master Plan, New Braunfels, Texas
The Landa Park & Arboretum Master Plan is an 8-month community visioning process in New Braunfels, TX, for one of the state’s oldest and most beloved city parks. Situated close to downtown New Braunfels and on the Comal River, Landa Park & Arboretum combines an impressive array of features from a natural swimming pool fed by the Comal Springs – the largest springs in Texas – to walking paths, picnic areas, play areas, historic sites, a lake and boathouse, many historic sites and of course the arboretum itself which includes 54 species of trees dispersed throughout the park. To address the park’s age and heavy use, our master planning work will focus on several core themes including improving accessibility, circulation, wayfinding, programming, parking, and site management, as well as a facilities assessment – all driven by a rigorous community-led process.