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. 



2016 Jury Week 


This week, area Architecture schools wrapped up their semesters and held final studio reviews. CONTENT was honored to be guest critics at all three local institutions: Prairie View A&M, Rice University, and the University of Houston.

Jesse Hager was a juror on Donna Kacmar's UH studio review. Heather Rowell visited the RSA for Jesús Vassallo and Ian Searcy's studio final pinup. Eric Hughes and Gail Chen were invited to attend PVAMU's reviews for John Okello and Falon Mihalic's studio reviews.




To Dwell: An Architectural Film Festival

To Dwell: An Architectural Film Festival 

From the earliest days of human civilization, dwelling has been an elemental condition of architectural design and construction. As spaces are inhabited to shelter our lives and everyday objects, residential design continues to evolve within contemporary architectural practices. Through a curated selection of films addressing our relationships with intimate spaces, we are proud to present the 2016 Architecture Film Festival. Please join us as we explore the practice of dwelling-its poetry, theory, satire, romance, and experience-through the following films:

The Architect 11/11 - At Sundance

Provenance 11/12 - Menil Collection

Gray Matters 11/14 - At ArCH

It Was Not My Dream (short) 11/16 - At ArCH

The Land of Many Palaces 11/16 - At ArCH

The Infinite Happiness 11/17 - At ArCH

Tickets may be purchased online via the AIA Houston website. 


Following the Screening of The Infinite Happiness on Nov. 17th, there will be a small residential panel discussion featuring:

discussion featuring:

  • Carrie Glassman Shoemake, FAIA (GSMA)
  • David Bucek, FAIA (Stern and Bucek Architects)
  • Michael Morrow, AIA (kinneymorrow architecture)
  • Jesse Hager, AIA (CONTENT Architecture)

Sugar Creek Residence

The Sugar Creek Residence is featured in the October issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Texas. The original 1970s patio home was transformed by clearing the interior of isolating partitions and providing a generous and bright entertaining area. 

Read the full article here


Delz Warehouse Residence wins 2016 AIA Design Award

We're proud to announce that the Delz Warehouse Residence was awarded a 2016 AIA Houston Design Award for Renovation/Restoration! 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston announced August 25th the recipients of the 2016 AIA Houston Design Awards, recognizing works that exemplify excellence in Architectural Design. This year's jury included Neil Denari (Neil M Denari Architects), Rand Elliot (Elliot + Associates Architecture), and Susan Szenasy (Metropolis Magazine).

Learn more CONTENT's winning project here.


Paloma Houston

We've begun construction on Paloma, a chemical free nail salon set to open this fall at BLVD Place in Houston.

“The inspiration for Paloma comes from my time spent in various beauty spaces around the world during my years in the corporate world,” founder Maryam Naderi explains. “Paloma is founded on the belief that beauty and wellness can and should coexist.”

We're also excited for our partnership with HTX Made, who will be building custom, non-toxic furniture pieces here in Houston for the space.

Check out the Paper City write up!


Texas Architect: Studio RED brings Ulrich Franzen’s Alley Theatre Into the 21st Century

Jesse Hager, AIA writes about Studio Red's renovation to Houston's Alley Theatre for Texas ArchitectRead the full article here.


Dwell Photo of the Week

The Delz Residence has been selected as Dwell's Photo of the Week

"Photographer Peter Molick took this photo of a former auto body shop in Houston that’s been converted into a modern residence and studio for an artist and engineer. Working with two aging metal warehouses,Content Architecture replaced the former garage doors with large windows and protected them with a steel canopy. A light well in the center of the residence helps brighten the deep interior and divides the public and private spaces. The smaller neighboring structure—which is connected by a shared patio space—was turned into a guesthouse and studio."


The 15 Best Architects in Houston

BuildDirect, an online marketplace for home improvement products, has compiled a list of whom they believe to be the 15 best Architects in Houston. "Whether a mentor or an up-and-coming designer, these architects are shaping the built community and bright future of the city," writes Amanda Miller. 

We're honored that CONTENT's Jesse Hager is recognized amongst such great company. 

At the end of their blog post, you're able to chime in and vote for your favorite! 


Welcome Gail Chen!

We're excited to announce that our office got a little bigger this month. The talented Gail Chen is now part of our team!


Houston Lifestyles and Homes Feature

The Kipling Residence is featured in the March issue of Houston Lifestyles and Homes. 

Completed in 2015, the residence was open to the public on the AIA Houston Home Tour. The article candidly describes how the homeowners navigated the design and build processes to create a home that fits their family. 

You can read the article in its entirety here


Emerging Voices Exhibition: March 3 - April 29, 2016

Come say hello Thursday, March 3 at the Architecture Center! We'll be toasting to CONTENT's Jesse Hager for being featured in the AIA Houston Young Architects Forum's Emerging Voices Exhibition.

The exhibit features AIA Houston members within the first 10 years of their licensure. Built and unbuilt architectural projects are exhibited along with sketches, models, photography, painting, sculpture, design and community efforts in all forms. The exhibit offers a wholistic portrait of our local emerging voices and what is both now and next in Houston.


Featured Architects include:

Luis Ayala, AIA
Ned Dodington, AIA
Lulu Fang, AIA
Jesse Hager, AIA
Paul Kweton, AIA
Michelle Old, AIA
Christian Sheridan, AIA

Architecture Center Houston

315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, Texas

Opening Reception
Thursday March 3
5:30 - 7:00pm

Gallery hours:
M-TH, 9:00 - 5:30
F, 9:00 - 3:00