Our History


PLACE designers inc., the name of the Firm, may be modern, however, its history is long and decorated.

When combining strength, stability, and vast experience with eagerness and innovation, what you create is an award earning Firm that meets and exceedsthe demands of our valued clients. That is what took place in 2014. LZT Architects and BWM Group each had strengths to offer each other. LZTA was a multi-disciplined architectural, interior design, and planning firm that has operated continuously since its creation in Peoria, Illinois in 1932. In 1987, along with partners Val Fuger and John Merritt, Herman Thun brought the firm to Austin and built an award-winning practice with notable clients which include AISD, The Salvation Army and the Housing Authority of Austin. BWM Group wasfounded in Round Rock, Texasin 1998 as a planning and landscape design firm. After participating in acclaimed projects, including Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Brushy Creek Regional Trail, Settlers Park Ball fields, and Dell Diamond, BWM Group added architecture in 2009 and civil engineering in 2010.

The three disciplines quickly demonstrated the effectiveness of collaboration in the Summit at Rivery Park, a wildly successful mixed-use development. LZT Architects is identified with innovative and sensitive boutique architectural projects. BWM Group has a strong history in planning and a unique ability to support developers and builders from conception through construction, both in land development and building design. Completely complimentary, the two firms offer the full breadth of experience to projects, both public and private. Unique to PLACE designers is the increased collaboration, efficiency, and accountability of combining Planning, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Architecture in one firm.


Our past is rich and extensive in scope. The present glows with strength and innovation.
Our future will rewrite what superior means. And the future is now.


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