Big-name Austin architecture firm announces not-so-little changes

A very large Texas architecture firm makes a “small” change. Clayton & Little Architects, based in Austin and San Antonio, is renamed Clayton Korte after 15 years.

During their tenure together, architects Emily Little and Paul Clayton worked on some of the largest hotel projects in Central and South Texas, such as the Hotel Saint Cecilia, Eberly, the Commodore Perry Estate, and the Pearl Bottling Department’s food hall in San Antonio.

Little, who founded her first company, Emily Little Architects, in 1983 before joining Clayton in 2005, is now a partner emeritus at the newly minted Clayton Korte. She will continue to work on limited projects, notes a publication.

In addition to commercial design, the couple’s high-end residential work has garnered points on the prestigious AIA Austin Homes Tour almost every year, ending up on the pages of Interior Design and Architectural Digest, among others. The company’s presence has expanded beyond Texas to include California wineries, Maryland homes, and even a Hawaiian ranch in recent years.

The new Clayton Korte company adds Brian Korte as a partner after five years with Clayton & Little. Before joining the company, Korte worked at Lake Flato in San Antonio for 15 years.

With a new name and partner, this will also be a new direction for the cult company.

“With the name change, we are signaling new leadership and driving a new design direction,” said Clayton. “As we continue to build on the company’s solid foundations, we remain committed to delivering world-class architecture, design and service.”

What is unlikely to change is the demand for the company’s distinct design eye and aesthetic. Clayton Korte’s upcoming projects include Veramendi House, an expected hotel and mixed-use property on the San Antonio River Walk; a hotel in Honolulu; the town square for Leander’s expected mixed use development in Northline; and several California wineries led by Korte.

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