Our name playfully alludes to the skillsets we combine under one roof. We operate as both think-tank and workshop, vaulting strong conceptual ideas and research alongside material experiments and full-scale prototyping. Attentive to the urban realm at the same time as the construction detail, we work to create a process which is engaging for clients, craftsmen, and project users alike.


We are a small operation with two managing partners who adapt roles and responsibilities according to project needs. We are supported by 5 full and part-time employees. When appropriate, we manage the build of our projects in-house. In addition, we are tightly connected to a network of craftsmen and collaborators in design, architecture, landscape, graphics, photography, and fabrication.


  • Architecture
  • Design / Build
  • Installation design / fabrication
  • Material / systems research


TB|DS, THOUGHTBARN/DELINEATE STUDIO,  is a partner business that will collaborate to produce larger architecture projects.  These projects are a joint venture collaboration with Bart Whatley, AIA and his team at Delineate Studio.  Our collective experience provides exemplory experiences in buildings and environments. 




OFFICE PHONE: 512.386.1579

THOUGHTBARN LLC is based in East Austin. Our studio is within the Red Bluff Amusement Park and Worm Farm (we are Studio A / Studio B). Visits to the studio are by Appointment only. Please contact us prior to visiting. Thank you. 



If you are interested in talking with us about featuring one of our projects, we would love to hear from you. Please send us an email with your inquiry.



Are you looking to join our team ? Are you looking for help on your project ? We would love to talk with you about your project or see your awesome work. 

Work Inquiries: Please send us a digital link to your portfolio or portfolio website.



Robert Gay / Co Director / Founder /

Orginally from Cusseta, Alabama / M.Arch from University of Texas at Austin and B.Arch from Auburn University. 

Robert received an overall excellence prize for his thesis work on digital fabrication and participatory building systems and was a lead research member for the Plastics in Architecture project conducted by current Kieran Timberlake Research Group director Billie Faircloth. Prior to founding THOUGHTBARN, Robert worked in traditional and untraditional architectural offices, including design/build firm Baldridge Architects in Austin, Adjaye Associates in London and Roth Shepard in Denver.  Robert has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios at the University of Texas at Austin and is a regular visiting critic.  Robert was also a founding partner of BBIITT, Building Integrating Technology, a digital fabrication consultancy office that works with other design firms to create products, furniture, and small scale works. Robert leads each design team to exemplorary solutions and loves to challange the everyday notion of built environment.

Lucy Begg, AIA / Co Director / Architect /

Originally from London, England / M.Arch from UC Berkeley , B. Arch from Cambridge University, UK. / Rural Studio Outreach Program 2003

Lucy joined Thoughtbarn as Co-Director in 2010.  

Her crooked architectural path has wound through Pollen Architecture and KRDB's offices in Austin, Simon Conder and Eldridge Smerin’s in London and the Rural Studio Outreach Program in Alabama. Along the way she’s worked on net-zero housing developments, private homes, hotels, retail fit-outs, a school refurbishment, a recycling facility and a screened porch addition to a mobile home (her first collaboration with Robert, in 2003).

In 2006 she was awarded the Branner Travelling Fellowship from UC Berkeley, enabling her to spend a year working with architects around the globe innovating with participatory design methods. Her travels took her to Berlin, Buenos Aires and New Orleans to take part in projects that used games and theatre to rethink a range of urban issues, from disaster relief to public transport systems.

Licensed to practice Architecture in the state of Texas #26395

Team Members

ANDREI KLYPIN / Senior Designer /

Originally from Moscow, Russia / BArch from University of Texas at Austin. 

Andrei leads the computation department of our office. An avid cyclist with a tremendous skillset for mathematics, scripting, to dialing in our various difficult technical projects.  Andrei has been helping us making easy projects 'complicated' for the past three years. Andrei grew up learning how to model the universe, he now helps THOUGHTBARN model our own universe. 

K. Alexandra Krippner / Architect /

Originally from Dallas, TX / BA from Bowdoin College / MArch from The University of Texas at Austin

Alex spent 9 formative years living on the rocky coast of Maine: she studied Visual Arts and Biology at Bowdoin College, followed by five years in Portland, Maine working in higher education, making art, and helping repair an old sailboat. During graduate school she was part of the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon team and interned at the New York City office of Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. As the Texas native on the Thoughtbarn team, Alex appreciates the opportunity to design in her home state, confronting its unique challenges and opportunities (while satisfying her passion for live music here in Austin). Licensed to practice Architecture in the State of Texas #27814.

Anna McConnall / Architect /

Originally from South Carolina /  BA in Architecture from Clemson University / MArch from University of Texas at Austin.

Anna’s design work has taken her from Barcelona to Brooklyn. Outside of her own exploration, she loves hearing about architecture and cities from the perspective of others and has helped organize community mapping projects around Austin. Anna has worked in the New York offices of ARO and has a passion for community mapping research and its potential for collaborative environments.  Licensed to practice Architecture in the state of Texas #28083

Felice Grabowksi / Studio Manager /

Felice is originally from San Antonio, TX, she studied Art History at TCU before working the attic of the Kimbell Art Musuem followed by the dungeons of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Those gigs drove her back to school for her MBA. That in hand, she bounced around the Cable TV world before making the leap in logic to work as a Business Consultant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 2-years later, she landed back in (our beloved) Austin to work as a Project Manager at Cirrus Logic. She is now helping support Thoughtbarn's office & profitability models. She enjoys art, fresh air and tennis.

Eli Ayres / Architectural Designer /

Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts / BS in Architecture from University of Massachusetts

 A recent newcomer to Austin, Eli is excited to be a part of Thoughtbarn, working on projects at all scales within the Texas context. Eli has a passion for mass timber construction methods and participatory design, focusing his school work at UMass on these topics. As an avid climber and cyclist, he spends as much free time as he can exploring the outdoors around Austin while also getting to know the live music scene with his band.

Rebecca Floyd / Resident Intern /

Becca is a B. Arch student at the University of Texas at Austin, and a resident intern at Thoughtbarn.

Born in Fort Worth, she grew up in rural Texas on a 64 acre ranch. She loves the outdoors and has interests in photography, literature, music, furniture design and construction.  As a side project, she is working to design her own line of greeting cards. She has wanted to be an architect for as long as she can remember, and is grateful to learn from Thoughtbarn team during her final year in school.

Past Team Members

John Algood  

Will Fox 

Julio Reyes 

Laine Hardy 

Kaziah Havaland  

Kyle Norman 

Margaret Saunders 

Brian Carville 

Shane Riley 

Kate Nichols 

Katrina Repman 

Brett Blackmon 

Jimmy Rittenberry 

Conner Finn 



06_15//   Colors in the Garden Texas Architect
02_14//   A Community Garden Designed as Art Austin American Statesman
11_13//   It's in the Details Tribeza
11_13//   East Austin Monocle UK
12_12//   Convertible Cool Austin Monthly Home
06_12//   Thoughtbarn's A Chromatic Confluence 2 Modern
06_12//   Escaped Infrastructure Mural Arts
05_12//   Chromatic Confluence Glows in Grand Center St. Louis Beacon
04_12//   Public art project will encourage dawdling in Grand Center St. Louis Post-Dispatch
04_12//   Thoughtbarn's Playhive NOTCOT
03_12//   DIY Playground #2: Playhive Playhouse Play-scapes
12_11//   Ghost Prairie by Thoughtbarn Tacoma Arts
12_11//   The Heavyweights of Handmade Austin Monthly Home
11_11//   Ghost Prairie is Taking Root at UW-T Space Works Tacoma
09_11//   Art Planning Rolls on for Prairie Line Train Tacoma Arts
08_11//   Furniture You'll Wish You Thought Of Thrillest
01_11//   Innovation for the New Year from Thoughtbarn Apartment Therapy
12_10//   10 to Watch: Lucy Begg Tribeza
12_10//   10 to Watch: Lucy Begg Tribeza
07_07//   Happy Median: Amid Traffic, Beacons of Beauty Washington Post
07_07//   CO2LED Solar-Powered Public Art Installation Inhabitat
07_07//   CO2LED: Zero-Carbon, Solar-Powered Public Art The Dirt
03_04//   Sweet Home Alabama Architects Journal: UK


11_15//   Preservation Merit Award for Fair Market
08_14//   SXSW Eco Finalist for YMCA Community Garden
03_14//   AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibit, Washington D.C.
12_12//   PAN Year in Review Award for Escaped Infrastructure
12_10//   ISDA Rough Cut Show, Featured Artist
12_08//   PAN Year in Review Award for CO2LED