Profile

Chioco Design is an award winning architecture firm formed in 2005 by Principal, Jamie Chioco.

Our firm’s work ranges from the intimate, a private residence, to the massive, an industrial adaptive reuse project, and everything in between. We have designed restaurants, bars, retail stores, multi-use facilities and public spaces. By having a diverse client base with various project types we believe this to be an effective way to experience and contribute to a community.

We strive to exceed our clients’ expectations in process and result, through active listening, collaboration and innovative design. We believe in a contextual design that fits into its built, natural and cultural environment. Our projects are functional, engaging and honest.

All this is to say, we believe elevated design elevates lives, for the individual and the collective

Jamie Chioco

Principal

Jamie Chioco is the founding principal at Chioco Design LLC with over twenty-five years designing and managing commercial, residential and institutional projects.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture with top honors in 1995. As a longtime resident of Austin, Jamie is deeply connected to and concerned with the city’s quality of growth and design. Jamie is integrally involved in every aspect of the design process from conception to completion and is motivated by his clients goals and opportunity to learn something new, adding to the diversity of his firms experiences.

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Vanessa Francis

Project Designer | Project Manager

Vanessa joined Chioco Design in 2010 after receiving both a Bachelor in Anthropology and Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas.

Born and raised in South Texas, with parents from Ireland and Mexico, Vanessa was exposed to the art and architecture of diverse cultures from an early age. Vanessa is especially drawn to reflecting the client’s individuality through the interior finishes, materials and textures that create warmth and define sense of home.

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Ben Dimmitt

Project Designer | Project Manager

Ben holds a Bachelors of Architecture from The University of Texas and joined Chioco Design in 2011 after working for Elemental in Santiago, Chile and Olson Kundig in Seattle, Washington.

At Chioco Design Ben has worked on projects in both residential and commercial spaces, as well as, repurposing industrial buildings into mixed use developments and parks. He views architecture as a means to improve a community’s present and future and is an advocate for integral landscape design in all projects. He is a both a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas.

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Mikel Bennett

Project Designer | Project Manager

Mikel received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 and joined Chioco Design in 2014

She has international experience working at firms in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London, including Zaha Hadid Architects. While in New York, Mikel attended Parsons at The New School for Design where she studied and worked in the fashion industry. This experience provided her with a deeper knowledge of materiality and processes of design at any scale. In addition to residential and commercial work, Mikel's experience includes museums and educational facilities.

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Michael Chaveriat

Project Designer | Project Manager

Mike joined Chioco Design in 2016 after moving from New York City, where he pursued his intersecting interests in architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

He studied architecture at the University of Florida and went on to graduate with an Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Mike has led development and production of numerous award-winning submissions for international design competitions and was on the team that designed the the Xiamen China Concert Hall during his tenure at Ennead Architects. Mike’s work is informed, in part, by a life long interest in drawing and is inspired by the potential of architecture to express values and positively impact people’s daily lives.

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Christy Taylor

Project Designer | Project Manager

Originally from South Louisiana, Christy moved to Austin in 2009.  She holds a Masters in Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Architectural History from the University of Texas.

Her academic research has given her opportunities all over the world, from studying in Brazil to teaching at Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India.  Christy joined Chioco Design in 2018 and brings a broad range of experience in commercial projects, from larger educational and mixed use buildings that emphasize program and efficiency, to more elevated design projects that focus on crafted details and the creation of dynamic spaces. Christy is excited to currently be chairing the Women in Architecture committee.

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Irela Casanova

Project Designer

Irela received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas in 2015 and joined Chioco Design in 2018.

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Irela’s design sense is inspired by her travels around the world and her professional tenure working at FIARK Architects in San Sebastian, Spain. Additionally, she designed her own line of ethical women’s wear clothing. Her approach to architecture seeks to integrate those elements learned abroad through her native lens of Mexican expression and artistry. Irela is especially drawn to projects that allow for social areas, from offices to parks, creating space for interactions is always a beautiful challenge.

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