Happy Holidays from all of us at CONTENT! Our office will be closed December 25-January 1st. 


Molly Glentzer, Arts & Culture Writer and Critic for the Houston Chronicle, recently caught up with artist Karin Broker on her curated home - the CONTENT designed Delz Residence.

Read the full article here.


AIA Annual Meeting Awards + Honors

Last week, AIA Houston held it's annual meeting and Affiliate Appreciation Party. AIA Houston President, Catherine Callaway, presented four Presential Citations. CONTENT's Heather Rowell recieved a citation for her "leadership and dedication as 2017 chair of AIA Houston's Women in Architecture." 

Below is a list of all the evening's awards and honors: 

Civic Vision Award
Hon. David W. Robinson, AIA, Houston City Council

Citation of Honor
Emancipation Park Conservancy

Educator of the Year
Sonia Greiner, Guthrie Center, Spring Branch ISD

Associate Member of the Year
Anthony Furino, Assoc. AIA, Kendall Heaton Associates

Presidential Citations: 

Whitney Fuessel - Committee on Architecture for Health

Dan Hassebroek - Interior Architecture Committee

Kristin Schuster - Small Firm Roundtable

Heather Rowell - Women in Architecture




THIS: The Houston Innovation Summit

CONTENT is joining Houston's tech and innovation community on October 27th at 11:30a for "How to Design Disaster-Resilient Communities." The panel discussion, curated by AIA Houston and ArCH, will examine case studies of environmentally sustainable and resilient solutions, and discuss best practices and ideas for flood mitigation and prevention in residential design. Eric Hughes will present one of CONTENT's exciting new projects that addresses housing in Houston's flood plain. 

Throughout the week, Station Houston is hosting THIS, The Houston Innovation Summit, launched as an annual event for Houstonians to connect, ideate, create and celebrate together. #THIS17 will address local challenges that were magnified by Hurricane Harvey, and identify how to turn them into opportunities for insight, innovation, and impact.

The Houston Innovation Summit (THIS) takes place October 23-27. Find the daily themes and programs at and click on the sessions you're interested in to RSVP.

To make THIS accessible to all, attendance is FREE!




AIA Fort Worth Design Awards

The AIA Fort Worth Design Awards will be announced October 24th at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

This year's jurors include Sheila Kennedy, David Richter and C O N T E N T Architecture's Jesse Hager!

For more information visit 


2017 AIA Houston Home Tour


It's October! That means the AIA Houston Home Tour is just around the corner. This year, ten architect designed homes were selected including CONTENT's Waverly Residence!

Open to the public, the AIA Houston Home Tour showcases the finest residential architecture in the Houston area. Houses are chosen to showcase a variety of design styles demonstrating that excellence in design is not limited by size or dollars.

October 21-22, 2017, Sat/Sun, 12-6 p.m. each day.

Advance tickets can be purchased here. The Full-Tour and Single House Tickets can also be purchased at any of the participating houses during tour hours and are good both days of the tour.



Paloma wins 2017 AIA Houston Design Award 


We're excited to announce that Paloma Nail Salon was awarded a 2017 AIA Houston Design Award for Interior Architecture. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Design Awards recognize works that exemplify excellence in Architectural Design. This year's jury included Betsy Williamson (Williamson Williamson) and Catherine Bird (Deborah Berke Partners)

Paloma was completed in 2016. The inspiration for the non-toxic nail salon was a response to the client's slogan "Escape to Beautiful". We were given the exciting opportunity to engage in developing a brand identity for this flagship store. Natural, non-toxic materials and textures combine with refined accents to create an atmosphere that prioritizes both a healthy escape and a luxurious experience. The details of the project are choreographed to render the hygienic components invisible and re-envision the salon as a retreat. This begins at the storefront, where signage is engineered to conceal the robust venting requirements imposed on nail salons. Instead, focus is directed to a floating bench that pulls from interior to exterior and inlaid entry tile with text clearly staging the intention of the brand.

Once inside, the reception and waiting area is designed to capture light and maintain connection to the vibrant shopping center.  Custom steel shelves with polishes minimally displayed for customer selection are the only indication of activities occurring beyond. A delicate, brass and wood dowel veil stages the physical transition for the retreat, separating the entry and reception from the manicure and pedicure stations. Passing under the veil, the light dims and the colors warm to stage a new scene, revealing only glimpses of the outside world. The traditional salon booths and floor sinks are replaced by beautiful and comfortable chairs on raised wood platforms. The platform provides the ergonomic offset between technician and customer while celebrating the individual. 

Paloma is organized around a central circulatory lane that draws customers in from the front of house back towards the workstations and separates one long communal platform from individually paired stations. Varying platform configurations provides unique orientations to focal points within the room while also offering conversational opportunities at facing chairs. Hidden platform storage, a minimal material palette, and custom, non-toxic furniture enforce escape from the busy urban life beyond.


Thanks to Paloma Founder Maryam Naderi for trusting us to create an architectural solution for her amazing brand, the great team at Dunhill Development and Construction, Gandy² Lighting Design - G2LD, and Pete Molick and Benjamin Hill Photography for making us look good.


CONTENT closed August 28th - September 4th

Due to the historic and catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, CONTENT will be closed for the remainder of the week. We plan to reopen next Tuesday, September 5th. 

The citizens of Houston and nearby towns have shown amazing resilience in the face of catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. In the coming days, the floods will end and waters will recede, but Houston faces a long road to recovery. Here are a few ways you can support our great city:  

Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation to provide tax-deductible flood relief donations for those affected by the historic flooding. 
America’s largest food bank is prepared to mobilize resources across Houston, asking for volunteers, donations, and monetary contributions. Their donation page reminds that every $1 donated provides 3 meals.
If you need a place to stay or have extra space or property that you could make available for a temporary housing solution - AirBnB has created a great, simple platform for this. Houston properties are needed as we try to pull folks out of shelters and into better living conditions. 
The Red Cross is managing many of our shelters for immediate relief and support of victims. You can donate online or text REDCROSS to 90999 to contribute $10 to disaster relief.
Our blood banks are in critical need. If you're in Texas, check for local blood drives in your area. 



Jesse Hager Receives Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA

CONTENT is pleased to announce that our own Jesse Hager has been named the 2017 recipient of the Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA. The award is given annually, recognizing a member for professional achievement in leadership development during the early years of practice. It is a great honor and recognition for our team as well as his parallel efforts with the University of Houston and the AIA. Jesse is pleased to be awarded alongside many mentors and friends.

See the full roster of 2017 Texas Society of Architects Honor Award winners here.


CONTENT Hires Seasoned Veteran

Marcel Merwin has joined the CONTENT team! 

Marcel has worked in architecture both in the office and on the job site. He began working in construction when he was 18 months old, then continued on to receive his Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University, where he was nominated for the Margaret Everson-Fossi Travel Fellowship. He has always been surrounded by architects, and is the fifth from his family in the field. He is interested in connecting communities to the development of their neighborhoods through contextually relevant and publicly driven design. Bridging the disconnect between individuals and their greater community development can create public advocacy for good design.

Previously, Marcel worked for Ennead Architects and Gensler. His design experience includes hospital master planning, flood mitigation planning, scientific laboratories, and high-rises. He also works as an archivist and preparator for artists including Sol LeWitt, Ben Butler, Bow Wow Atelier, and Elinor Evans.



2017 Houston PaperCity Design Awards

The annual Houston PaperCity Design Awards were announced last night. There were 291 entries, judged for design 18 categories. Judges included designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard from New York, architect Peter Pennoyer from New York, designer Katie Ridder from New York, and designer Mark D. Sikes from Los Angeles.

CONTENT's design for Paloma Nails, led by Eric Hughes and Gail Chen, was recognized as runner-up in the Retail Interior Design or Architectural Design Category! 

Look for the October 2017 issue of PaperCity magazine for more on the winning projects.


Jesse Hager recieves 2017 AIA Ben Brewer Award for Young Architects

This weekend, at AIA Houston's annual gala, Jesse Hager of CONTENT Architecture was awarded the Ben Brewer Award for Young Architects. Named in honor of Ben Brewer, FAIA, for distinguished service to the profession and his significant influence on young professionals - this award recognizes excellence in ability, exceptional work, and significant contributions in the practice of architecture by architects who are in their first 10 years of practice. 

Since founding the firm in 2009, Jesse and the CONTENT team have completed over 50 architectural projects in three states. He currently serves on the AIA Houston Board of Directors and is Chair of the Small Firm Roundtable. With a passion for critical architectural exploration and thought, Jesse is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston and has taught design studios at UT-Austin and Prairie View A&M. He is a contributor to Texas Architects Magazine and serves on the TxA Publications Committee. All that, while being a fantastic father to two cute munchkins, we couldn't be more proud here at CONTENT. 

The AIA Houston Young Architect's forum will hold a mixer in honor of Jesse's achievements Tuesday, August 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at The Honeymoon. The event is open to all young architects and interns. Appetizers and 2 drink tickets will be provided to each RSVP. RSVP to


Best Designed Nail Salons in the US

Lonny recently listed the six best designed nail salons in the country and Houston's Paloma made the cut! 

"When we think of beautiful modern interiors, images of Paloma instantly pop into our head. The Houston salon's womb chairs and pretty palette are just what we need for design inspiration. While the salon's design is tops, we also love founder Maryam Naderi’s commitment to creating a healthy non-toxic nail space."

You can check out the full list here! 


Working from Home in Independence Heights

This month, Houstonia features the Delz Residence, describing the process the owners took to transform aging metal buildings into a light filled live-work abode. 

You can read the online version of the article here. Or view a PDF of the magazine spreads here


Happy Holidays




Happy holidays from all of us at CONTENT Architecture!

Our studio will be closed December 26 - January 2.