COTERA+REED ARCHITECTS is an Austin-based architectural practice, begun in 2003 by Juan Cotera and Phillip Reed. Each was previously a principal in a larger partnership in Austin and has a long history of work in Texas and beyond. The firm has traditionally focused its interest on the public sector, but has broad experience with private projects as well. A concern for the built and un-built environments, social consciousness and resource stewardship direct it architecturally. We consider a well designed building to be the best use of materials and funds for any client. Because of our belief in the place-making value of sustainable cities, most of the firm’s recent projects have been in urban centers.

COTERA+REED ARCHITECTS is also a local leader in sustainability, with several in-house LEED Accredited sustainability officers. Our efforts on the New Austin City Hall received a LEED Gold rating for the project. We have also developed in-house capabilities in computer daylight analysis, used both for design of light quality and energy optimization.

We choose to explore and embrace the wide range of concerns and goals operating on every design project, distilling them into a clear driving idea. Understanding and enhancing what is specific to a design requires new exploration for each building never presupposing a solution. It means that each building is special, and also that few stylistic consistencies can be drawn between them.

Many of our projects have also required significant public input and coordination. Our experience includes working with many government agencies, institutions as well as private developers.

COTERA+REED ARCHITECTS is certified with the City of Austin as a Minority Owned Business and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and with the State of Texas as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).

Due to its complexity and constantly changing parameters, architecture is increasingly a discipline of collaboration, where differing areas of expertise are combined into a team specifically for a single project. Our firm has led many collaborations, and has also worked successfully as design and production partners with recognized designers on large local projects. Some of our recent collaborations include the New Austin City Hall with Antoine Predock, and a new 300 bed dormitory at St Edwards University with Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena.

Juan Cotera, FAIA

Partner, Cotera+Reed Architects

Juan Cotera founded Cotera+Reed Architects with Phillip Reed after twenty-seven years as the founding partner of Cotera, Kolar, Negrete & Reed. He completed three years of study in Civil Engineering at Texas Western College (now The University of Texas, El Paso), received an undergraduate, professional degree in Architecture from The University of Texas in 1968 and completed the coursework at UT, Austin, Graduate program in Community and Regional Planning. He served on the faculty of the Antioch College, University Without Walls program (Mercedes, Texas Campus) from 1969-1970. Juan Cotera has been a member of the Austin Design Commission since 1992, and served as Project Principal on the New Austin City Hall.

Academic Experience:
Undergraduate Studies in Civil Engineering
Texas Western College (UTEP) 1960-1962

Bachelor of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin 1968

Graduate Studies in Urban & Regional Planning
University of Texas at Austin 1968-1969

Phillip A. Reed, AIA

Partner, Cotera+Reed Architects

Phillip Reed is an Architect with 30 years experience working on a wide range of projects throughout central Texas. He has been a partner and design director at Cotera+Reed since 2003 where he oversees the design and production of multiple projects and works with multiple project teams. Mr. Reed was an appointee to the Austin Design Commission for ten years. He received a 2012 TSA award for the I-35 Makeover Project located under I-35 at Seventh Street.

Academic Experience:
Bachelor of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin 1983

Masters of Science in Architectural Theory
University of Texas at Austin 1995

Mebane Traveling Fellowship 1992

Matt Catterall

Partner, Cotera+Reed Architects

Matthew Catterall served as Project Manager for the Southwest Key project, a $5 million mixed use project in East Austin. Projects which Matthew has worked on include the Austin Convention Center Addition, the Austin Convention Center Hilton Hotel, Austin City Hall, and the Deck House with Juan Miro Architects. Matthew is IDP certified and is in the process of completing the Architect Registration Exams.

Academic Experience:
Bachelor of Arts
Latin American History
University of Florida 1993

Master of Architecture
University of Florida 1998

Mary Franzosa


Mary Franzosa is a licensed architect in the state of Texas and a LEED accredited professional with a wide variety of project design and sustainability experience. Mary has served as project architect, manager and designer on numerous commercial construction projects with unique design goals. She has worked on projects that have achieved up to a LEED gold rating. During her time as a member of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Sustainability & Daylighting Consultant Team with ACR Engineering, she worked extensively with design teams to achieve five-star, four-star and three-star green building ratings through the Austin Energy Green Building Program. She received her undergraduate professional degree in Architecture from Rice University in 2005.

Academic Experience:
Bachelor of Architecture
Rice University, 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Sociology
Rice University, 2003

Wagoner Foreign Studies Scholarship, 2000