After an extensive exhaustive process researching and interviewing architects from across the country, mostly architects from southern and northern California and Austin Texas I hired Horst.
From the initial phone conversation I could sense his enthusiasm and excitement for contemporary architecture but it was not until the site visit in Dallas, which was attended by myself and many of the neighbors and HOA board members, that I witnessed his true passion and dedication to his trade. He literally went across the street, knocked on my neighbors door, asked her something and then proceeded to climb up onto her balcony and started taking pictures of the view corridor while spouting off various ideas and concepts for the project. It was quite an experience for everyone involved. Needless to say, the neighborhood had a new favorite architect.
The project has been under construction for almost a year and I have found Horst and his colleague, Mitch to be reliable, honest, knowledgeable, creative and engaged in the project. They listened to my initial desires and really tried to understand my must haves so they could deliver on what I had envisioned. Mitch does the day to day detailing on the project but Horst is fully involved, up to speed and readily available except for his occasional meditation sessions, swims at the YMCA and of course his annual hiatus/sabbatical to some foreign location.
Dont get me wrong, the project is quite complex and it has been far from smooth sailing. We have had many problems, setback and delays mostly from the structural engineers but Horst and his team have worked with them to come up with feasible cost effective solutions. During the project, I had a dispute with another designer involved in the project and he stepped in, helped resolve the dispute and agreed to take over that aspect of the project which was outside the scope of his responsibility.
If you have a unique property or vision, Horst and his team are the ones that will bring that vison reality. Overall, I would highly recommended his firm.