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John West Stoddard Associates is a residential design studio in Austin, Texas specializing in creating exceptional custom homes for discerning clients.

Our Philosophy

Committed to creating a collaborative process and site-specific designs, we strive to create homes that embody three beliefs: a simple approach, practical planning, and beauty.  Our goal is to create timeless spaces that merge our client’s wishes with the unique qualities of their site. 

Front elevation of the modern classic style of the Bulian Residence

The Approach

Design is rarely a linear and straightforward process, which is why listening to your needs, goals, and wishes is a key component to the design process. The strong respectful relationship we build with our clients provides the framework as we work together to develop a one-of-a-kind design that maximizes your home site’s potential. 

Design, at its core, needs to be practical. We believe homes should be just that – a comfortable and livable place to showcase your lifestyle. Our designs are tailored to maximize livability, with special emphasis placed on developing functional and efficient floor plans.

We work within a variety of styles by embracing the core principles of design: timeless details, balanced proportion, and unified design. Whether it’s a sprawling rustic ranch or a mid-century bungalow, all of our designs reflect a common goal: to create a home that is beautiful, harmonious, and reflective of our collaborative vision.

Vertical wood slats cover a modern casita with an asymmetrical roof line

John West Stoddard


Hailing from a small coastal town in Connecticut, John traded his snow boots for cowboy boots in 2011 with a move to Austin, TX.  Before founding John West Stoddard Inc., he gained invaluable experience as a project manager at Shiflet Group Architects and LaRue Architects in Austin, TX.  Prior to that, he worked for award winning architecture firms Centerbrook Architects in Connecticut and Appleton Partners in Santa Monica, CA.  He also taught art and design studios in Florence, Italy in 2006-2007.   In 2003, he and his brother went on a year-long backpacking  adventure throughout Europe,  Asia,  Australia, and New Zealand which had a very profound impact on his design sense and philosophy.  


John holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture degrees from Northeastern University.  He is an associate member of the AIA, a member of AIBD, and is a nationally certified professional building designer (CPBD) through NCBDC.  


In addition to his passion for design, John finds inspiration and creativity through painting, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife, two daughters, and dog. 

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Image of sketchbook featuring hand-drawn floorplans and elevations by John West Stoddard
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