T H E F I R M
Sentient Architecture, LLC is a full service architecture firm with offices in Austin and Round Top, Texas that tailors its designs to each client's unique goals and values. It is led by its Managing Partner, award-winning designer Christopher K. Travis. Its projects have been published in many national publications including Country Living, Builder Magazine and the New York Times. Its approach to design has been covered by publications in Greece, Germany, Australia, Spain, the U.S. and in South America. Additional projects can be viewed on Pinterest and Facebook as well as in our portfolio.
Sentient Architecture employs a unique design process developed by Mr. Travis over his long career. It is known as Truehome®. Truehome is a systematic approach for creating homes that are suited to the unique psychology, lifestyle, tastes, values and life goals of their inhabitants. It arose from a simple insight.
When people seek to change their living space, their true goal is to change their lives for the better. Sentient empowers its clients to reliably accomplish that goal. The process is patent-pending as a software product.
The Truehome approach is scientific and based in neuroscience, psychology and systems theory. It calls for the designer to think of designing a living space as an ecosystem that is fitting for its inhabitants. Truehome is related to the view within health care architecture called Evidence Based Design – which proposes that evidence from the sciences should be considered by architects in the design of structures. Both views propose that such methods lead to buildings that support well being – or said another way – to therapeutic architecture.
Mr. Travis has taken that approach even further. Using a variety of techniques, he helps clients discover their unique "experience of home" – and working together as a team – to create a home that fits the life they want to live. Truehome® is multi-disciplinary approach that also borrows techniques from human factors disciplines like user experience, user interface studies, ergonomics, environmental psychology, design anthropology and decision science.
The process is well established. For over a decade, many real world projects have been designed and built using it to good effect. In addition to delivering what people truly want more reliably, it helps consumers identify and prioritize their goals more effectively, thereby saving time and money.
Sentient Architecture is also committed to green, sustainable design and a pragmatic approach that considers managing a budget and value engineering to be a central responsibility of a designer. The firm has the experience to accomplish this because for most of his career Mr. Travis and his companies designed and built most of their projects.
Together with Shiloh Travis, Sentient serves the Austin environs and the South Central Texas counties of Fayette, Colorado, Lee, Bastrop, Austin and Washington counties as a design-build team.
Sentient works in a wide variety of architectural styles and on a wide variety of projects – from high end estates and custom homes to religious,historic and commercial projects. With all their clients, whatever the project,the goal remains the same - to identify the vision of their clients and deliver it in a way that is sustainable, beautiful and fitting.