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About

Our 
Story

Your home is your sanctuary.

It's where you can be yourself, and express yourself in ways that are personal and meaningful. It's not just a space - it's an expression of who you are, and what matters to you.

And that's why we're here to help.

 

Motif provides bespoke, full-service architecture and interior design services throughout the great central Texas area. From the sleek to the statement, we create custom spaces that are beautifully balanced and connect indoor and outdoor environments effortlessly.

Our highly specialized and deep expertise in forward-thinking designs allows us to distinctively weave ideas into actualization. We are proud of our reputation for our personable approach, providing an enjoyable and stress-free experience from concept to occupation.

Our team has designed projects across the country, which has led us to develop and refine a seamless process to help our clients navigate each step. From floor plan development, interior drawings, custom cabinetry, finishes, and selections: furniture, window treatments, styling, and turn-key installation - we've got your back.

Motif specializes in designing homes that are as unique as the people who live in them. They are passionate about bringing their client’s vision of quality, innovation, and beauty to their homes, no matter how small or large the project.

 

Prior to founding Motif, Rachel and Casey honed their exceptional skills whilst working in America’s most prominent architectural and engineering firms. Their combined portfolio of work is remarkable as it includes iconic projects still considered today to be the leading designs in innovation.

During the pandemic, the couple realized that their natural passion for design far outweighed large-scale commercial projects and have since pivoted their energy into smaller projects at Motif.

Let's Design Something 
Amazing Together

We love Austin

Casey
Johnson 

Project Manager

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Education


Master of Architecture (M. Arch)
University of Texas at San Antonio


Graduate Certificate
University of Texas at San Antonio 
Historic Preservation Certificate


Graduate Certificate
University of Texas at San Antonio 
Certificate in College Teaching


Bachelor of Architecture (B.S. Arch)
University of Texas at San Antonio

Casey Johnson is a PMI Certified Project Manager, who embraces the development and management of projects through all phases of design, production, and construction. He instills hospitality in his management of teams of architectural designers and their consultants on large and small projects, while fostering an effective partnership with owners and stakeholders.

His day-to-day responsibilities include fast tracked, multi-phased project management, resource oversight, technical supervision, maintaining schedules / budgets, and collaborating with clients to pursue their ultimate goals.  He also uses his construction administration experience to provide turnkey properties.

Over the years, Casey has transitioned from primarily technical-project architect roles into more holistic management of projects and programs. He has practiced a wide variety of project types, including both single-family and multi-family residences, corporate, retail and financial institutions, mission critical projects and advanced manufacturing facilities ranging from $1 million to $12 billion in construction cost. His management techniques have proven effective and efficient both in-person and using technological interfaces with clients and consultants near and far as the pandemic waxes and wanes.

 

As a Licensed Architect and Registered Interior Designer, Casey is well respected for his attention to detail and promoting the importance of quality and true craftsmanship to make beautiful spaces. Others describe him as being bold, positive, engaging, and never without an opinion. His hands-on approach and holistic understanding of the construction processes will stand out in your project.

Casey looks forward to helping you turn your goals into a beautiful reality!

Designations

 

PMI PMP
Certified Project Management Professional


Licensed Architect
Texas Registration


Registered Interior Designer
Texas Registration


NCARB Certificate
Reciprocal Registration

TDLR RAS

Registered Accessibility Specialist (Retired)


LEED AP BDC
Accredited Professional


CSI CDT
Construction Documents Technologist

Highlighted Project Experience

Professional Experience 

Ranch Road 620 - Barndominium

New House & Garage Workspace - Austin, TX

Lakeway Lease Home - Single Family

New House & Detached Garage - Austin, TX


Big Horn - Single Family

New Lake House & Music Studio - Austin, TX

South Congress ADU - Single Family

New Auxiliary Dwelling Unit - Austin, TX

Spicewood Estate - Single Family

New House - Spicewood, TX

Cloudy Ridge - Single Family

New House & Garage Workspace - Austin, TX

Canyon Lake - Single Family

New Lake House  - Canyon Lake, TX

Canyon Lake - Expansion

New Lake House  - Canyon Lake, TX

Luxury Golf Estate - Single Family

New House  - Marble Falls, TX

Dripping Springs Refresh - Single Family

Interior and Exterior Renovation  - Drippings Springs, TX

 

Brass Buttons - Remodel

Interior and Exterior Renovation  - Lakeway, TX

His role with your project 

As a co-founder of Motif Build, Casey is the Project Manager for complex projects, including new construction and renovation works.

His collaborate approach to project management is simple: to incorporate open communication, trust and a shared vision. His meticulous attention to detail is one of his most admired attributes, ensuring that budgeting, design and the construction process is completed within a timely manner.

 

He fosters a warm, friendly relationship with his clients and believes success ultimately lies in his ability to exceed the client’s expectations.

Casey will be actively leading the initiation phase of the project, including the development and execution of proposals. As the project manager, his responsibilities include the construction documentation and construction administration. 

More than a
Weekend Warrior

Casey is an architect with a passion for all things outdoors. When he's not behind the computer, you can find him on the water, challenging himself to learn new skills and explore his creativity.

With endless energy and passion for building, you might also find Casey working on his old car late at night, or fabricating something rusty with his welder.

 

He strongly believes all architects should have the ability to design, plan, and construct a personal project with their own hands.

“Small projects are very rewarding –  our design contributes to the growth, education, and experience for the owners, who live in and learn from our projects.”

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Rachel
Paver

Freelance Designer 

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Education


Master of Architecture (M. Arch)
University of Houston


Graduate Certificate
University of Houston 
Sustainability Design Certificate


Bachelor of Architecture (B.S. Arch)
University of Texas at San Antonio

Rachel gets your project going!  

 

She has a strong sense of design principles and engineering elements, yet knows how to talk to clients and help them sort their thoughts and get them on paper.  She gets the process started with client relations, design concepts, and schematic designs as well as performing preliminary site visits.  She has a strong customer focus and will ensure your goals and needs are met.

Rachel is also quite adept with various design and imaging software.  She also serves as the Building Information Management (BIM) Specialist for Motif, a position in which she has excelled at other firms.  She will ensure that as design sketches are integrated into software, they remain up to Motif’s high standards.

Rachel brings extensive experience in the high-end residential and commercial/retail markets to Motif. Her involvement with a variety of projects has provided her experience in a range of project sizes, scopes, and budgets.  

 

She uses her know-how to help you realize your vision, whatever the scope.  Rachel will coordinate with you as well as the necessary consultants to ensure the power of collaboration gives you the best return on your investment.

Rachel looks forward to helping you get started!

Designations


Rachel is qualified and actively perusing her architectural licensure in the State of Texas.

Highlighted Project Experience

Professional Experience 

Cabo Luxury Condo*

Waterfront Condo, Cabo San Lucas, MEXICO

Woodlands Residents*

High-end Residential Design - Woodlands, TX

Ranch Road 620 - Barndominium

New House & Garage Workspace - Austin, TX

Lakeway Lease Home - Single Family

New House & Detached Garage - Austin, TX


Big Horn - Single Family

New Lake House & Music Studio - Austin, TX

South Congress ADU - Single Family

New Auxiliary Dwelling Unit - Austin, TX

Spicewood Estate - Single Family

New House - Spicewood, TX

Cloudy Ridge - Single Family

New House & Garage Workspace - Austin, TX

Canyon Lake - Single Family

New Lake House  - Canyon Lake, TX

Canyon Lake - Expansion

New Lake House  - Canyon Lake, TX

Luxury Golf Estate - Single Family

New House  - Marble Falls, TX

Dripping Springs Refresh - Single Family

Interior and Exterior Renovation  - Drippings Springs, TX

Her role with your project 

As a seasoned designer, she brings over twelve years of experience in the AEC Industry and her innate passion for quality design, friendly communication and sustainability.

Rachel’s career highlights include designing complex public and private projects, both in metropolitan and regional settings where she ensured sustainable principles were effortlessly interwoven into the design and construction process. Her education and ability to understand the unique dynamics between her clients and engineers give rise to the successful execution of projects.

 

Rachel will take the lead in the initial design steps of the project, including site formation studies, programming, schematic design, and design development documentation. Her in-depth experience in budgeting allows her to also manage the financial division and will assist with invoice processing.

Ready to
Relax and Unwind

Rachel is a spirited creative who balances her art with her love for food, wine, and all things outdoors.

When she's not designing your home, you can find Rachel cruising on the lake, getting her hands dirty in the garden, or enjoying Austin's thriving food and winery scene. There is always something creative that keeps her busy.

Rachel is energized from the hill country and you may find her enjoying her time relaxing in a hammock with a book or perhaps even doing yoga at the local park.

“I look for visionary owners to partner with, where I can help great people realize their goals in ways they never imagined”

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The all mighty
Samson

Head of Canine Development

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Hey! I'm Samson, the office dog. You might have heard of me - I'm the dog that runs around outside chasing squirrels and napping in the sun.

Samson is our loveable office dog and unofficial Motif mascot. He was born over a decade ago and has been a member of our team ever since.

A master at 'downward dog', Samson's hobbies include gaining attention from strangers, boat rides, and diving for balls in the lake. The little guy is a big fan of construction sites – though he has been known to sleep on the job!

A very clever boy will use his good looks to gain treats at lunchtime. Be sure to say hello to Samson next time you visit us.

Currently we are not hiring at this time and have no open positions.

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