Unlike its natural wonders, Austin’s built surroundings have always been a mixed bag – but when you look at it carefully, everything is adorable. Fortunately, there are some great people out there who know these exact angles, and many of them have been busy photographing and archiving the city for quite some time.
Whether you’re just looking for a feast for the eyes, want to learn more about Austin’s landmarks past and present, or looking for design inspiration, real estate, or both, there are plenty of knowledgeable and talented locals whose social media accounts you should follow. Below are 10 of the best you can look for on Instagram to get you started.
Mid Tex Mod
Mid Tex Mod is a kind of one-stop-shop for modernism in central Texas and the regional chapter of the Docomomo organization for the preservation of the modernist movement. The Instagram is filled with local mid-century wonders – residential, commercial, and public spaces – including a mix of preserved and lost spaces.
Calo (who works with Curbed from time to time) is one of Austin’s premier interior and architecture photographers. Her IG report reflects the breadth of both her talent and local Austin design.
The Austin, Fitch real estate agent and modernist lover is a bit of a traveler, so you’ll see lots of far-flung places in his feed. He also frequently posts photos of his new home / ongoing home project. The good news is that he has a keen eye for inspirational design – in his home, in Austin, and everywhere. He specializes in Austin modernism with an eye on local furniture and decorating stores. He’s also an avid camper van. If you’re looking for more hardcore real estate, his website filters out the modern and contemporary-inspired homes in the market in a calming environment that’s a nice change from hectic listing sites.
Like Fitch, interior designer Scheer is also a traveler, or at least her Instagram indicates it and has an eye for inspiration from multiple places. Not only does her report include posts from her travels, beautiful shots of Austin buildings and public spaces, and her own great work, but it’s a great way to follow Austin’s numerous home tours where some of the best local designers (including Scheer) are featured will ).
We’ve shown @ tempel_plaza’s fantastic photography in pieces that focus on both the University of Texas and the St. Edward campus, but these stories only offer a glimpse into the skills and fine eye of the semi-mysterious photographer . The photos here focus on the architecture, both in Austin in different locations, but they’re all about light, framing, detail, and wonder alike. This is one of those reports that makes it difficult not to go down that rabbit hole.
The longtime nonprofit focused on “saving the good” in Austin’s built environment has a good mix of residences, iconic buildings and historic photos on their IG account. This is another one that will take you deep into the past and future of a number of key Austin locations.
The Renner project
Legendary local designer Kimberly Renner restored historic Austin homes for more than 20 years and now owns and operates a 5,000-square-foot shop and studio curating and showcasing a range of cutting-edge, contemporary, vintage and antiques from the 20th century of “spatial landscapes” that show both her excellent eye and the many beautiful pieces she has for sale. The Renner Project Instagram offers an insight into their inspired and inspiring world.
Michael Hsu architecture office
It’s impossible to pick one or two or twelve of Austin’s deep banks of great architects, but it’s a little easier if you limit it to architects who have had a massive and lasting impact on the city. Such is the case with Hsu’s company, which has an IG feed light for marketing and heavy for well-shot buildings and interiors, as well as nifty renderings.
Austin History Shreds
Although the built environment is not strictly limited, there are many buildings and nothing to see in the background, front and center. True to its motto, “How Y’all Made It Weird,” it focuses on many of the smaller spaces in Austin, past and present, that have their own style.
Elite 25 Austin
This account shows offers from 25 Austin agents (selected annually), mostly in the luxury segment. It’s a mixed bag, but there are fewer McMansions out there than you’d expect, and many are homes that Curbed Austin introduced, at least in part, to a unique aspect. If you are looking for Tony Real Estate Eye Candy from Austin, this is the feed to follow.