Bret Hirsch

Bret Hirsch

Austin, TX, US



I’ve been lucky to work for great firms throughout my career. Our headcounts in the office may have been small-to-medium, but the ambition and opportunity to acquire experience have been huge.

While working in San Francisco and New York City, I was fortunate to contribute to many types of projects throughout all phases of design and construction. I’ve been a part of corporate interiors and apartment renovations on Park Avenue - and worked equally as hard stretching the budget for nonprofit organizations trying to do good work with very little resources.

There have been public safety and essential services facilities that called for certain processes while using public funds. Governmental buildings that required adherence to strict design guidelines (and a bureaucratic process for implementation). Commercial projects to satisfy the Board AND the users, with a balanced focus on quality, budget and schedule. Municipal planning to identify the larger goals, then create standards and guidelines. Residential design that afforded the opportunity to form smaller environments and help to shape a Client’s very personal dreams.

I look forward to delivering great work in the Austin office at STG Design.

Licensed architect in Texas & California.



STG Design, Austin, TX, US, Architect

Mar 2017 - current

PLAN architecture|design|strategy, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Served as Building Architect for multiple co-op boards, which included the review of tenant alteration applications, plans and site inspections. Managed roll-outs across the country for a national nonprofit while serving in different roles as local jurisdiction required: AOR, tenant’s designer, furniture consultant and project manager. Worked on all phases of tenant improvements within Class A, B and C buildings in New York City and beyond. Performed site investigations and drafted feasibility reports, as well as zoning analyses for speculative projects. Assisted principal in business operations including: invoicing, creating proposals and fees, strategizing growth and maintaining client relations.

Aug 2012 - Sep 2016

Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc., San Francisco, CA, US, Project Coordinator

Coordinated with multiple agencies and consultants through all phases of design and construction to effectively drive projects to completion. Managed 17 simultaneous energy upgrade projects to maximize facility efficiency and increase client utility savings. Evaluated the performance of site and building systems for potential upgrades. Guided A/E service assignments in accordance with governmental design standards. Served as in-house Sustainability Coordinator for SF Studio.

Jan 2010 - Apr 2012

C3 Design Alliance, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Delivered successful public safety and municipal projects on time and on budget. Managed design team while sustaining communications with clients and owners. Implemented spatial improvements and maintained lease records for multiple building tenants. Contributed to all phases of project development – SD, DD, CD’s and CA, including finishes and color selection. Performed independent constructability reviews for public safety facilities. Developed office standards and CAD detail library.

Oct 2005 - Dec 2009

Wilson Engineering Company, Sealy, TX, US, Project Manager

Platted subdivisions in accordance with various jurisdiction regulations and graphic standards for different land uses. Involved in all aspects of land surveying; this included deed research, collection of field data and translation of CAD points into multiple types of surveys. Civil engineering construction documents and SWPPP’s. Assessed sites for septic design and layout of system components.

Apr 2004 - Sep 2005

SI Group, College Station, TX, US, Staff Scientist / CAD Technician

Created topographic maps, 3D models and site plans using USGS quandrangles and aerial photography; including contaminant levels and remediation techniques. Generated geologic cross-sections from bore-hole and well log data. Litigation support through research and fact checking.

Jun 2002 - Feb 2003

Hawthorne Architects, Dickinson, TX, US, Draftsman

Produced construction drawings from rough sketches for residential and commercial design. Coordinated building construction with all members of design team; day-to-day office operations.

Jun 1997 - Aug 1999


Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, BArch, Environmental Design

Semester Abroad at Santa Chiara in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Sep 1997 - Jul 2002

Areas of Specialization