Partners

Tim T. Franke
Texas Landscape Architect No. 2060, LEED Green Associate

Tim has been a practicing professional Landscape Architect for 30 years, during which time he has held licenses in California, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas.  As a founding partner of Franke : Franke with Architect Elizabeth Franke, Tim is directly involved with all aspects of each project in the studio.  His intense interest in the integration of architecture with each set of unique site conditions drives the studio to explore new ways to fold, layer, and integrate buildings and landscapes together so that the firm’s design work is contextually seamless and site specific.  Moreover, Tim believes that combining contemporary form and materials with the creation or amplification of active landscape processes such as rainwater harvesting are important aspects of the firm’s design thinking process for any site. 

Tim received a BS in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University in 1985, and a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995, at which time he was also awarded the Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship.  The Eliot Fellowship provided a pivotal opportunity to research community form, landscape use, integration of building and site, and issues of sustainability by comparing and contrasting the Mid-Century Modern suburban masterwork of Luis Barragán’s El Pedregal Colonia, outside of Mexico City, with the early Anasazi Indian communities of New Mexico, in what is now part of El Morro National Monument.  Additional fellowships allowed Tim to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage in Versailles, France, where he continued to develop a strong interest and curiosity in the ideals expressed in landscapes of the Renaissance period.  His professional practice has ranged widely from urban design, development, and preservation plans for multi-thousand acre projects, to mixed-use development master landscape plans, including one of the first comprehensive water management plans for large-scale development in Southern California, to discrete and intimate residential gardens and landscapes.  Although he has worked across a wide spectrum of project scales and types, his ultimate professional focus for F:F, lies in site-specific planning and design work. 

In addition to private practice, Tim held the position of Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Architecture and was the Co-Director of the school’s Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree program from 1996 to 2003. 

Tim and Elizabeth relocated their family and offices to Austin in 2001 to live and work in what they believe is the most vibrant community culture and environment in the country.   Tim is involved in a number of community groups, including the Coastal Conservation Association where he serves as a member of the Austin Chapter Advisory Board, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas as a member of the Community Advisory Boards for both the Austin House and the Brazos Valley House.  Tim has an unquenchable love for all things related to saltwater and marine environments, where he pursues the art, science, and luck of sport fishing and underwater photography, which he knows can never be perfected, although he continues to try.  He is passionate about conservation, restoration, and preservation actions related to coastal marine and Gulf fisheries, and he often translates those passions into citizen political action efforts at the State and Federal levels.  This lifelong interest in marine environments has led Tim to be named as a Board Member of the Marine Science Advisory Council at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.  Along with his wife and children who have become avid SCUBA divers, Tim is an experienced Open Water sport diver, from the always mysterious low-visibility offshore waters of the Texas Gulf where he began diving as a teen, to more recent adventures in the azure waters of the Caribbean and South Pacific.  When he is not working or involved in community affairs, he is usually planning, or on a trek to the South Texas coast to kayak the shallows, or press offshore in search of blue water.

 

Elizabeth C. Franke
Texas Architect License No. 17450

Elizabeth has been a practicing professional Architect for 25 years and has held licenses in California, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas.  As a founding partner of Franke : Franke, she is the lead Architect directly involved with all aspects of each project in the office.  Her interests and expertise span both design and construction, and she is particularly intrigued by and knowledgeable about materials, means, and methods used throughout the construction trades.  Elizabeth believes that her curiosity and interest in construction techniques, and the application of traditional and contemporary materials and technologies, enriches and informs her approach to each project and design process. 

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1983, and her Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987.  She has worked in various regions of the country on projects ranging in scale and complexity from single-family residences to parks, new town centers and corporate headquarters.  When time permits, Elizabeth is an avid cyclist, open water SCUBA diver with over 100 dives throughout the Caribbean and South Pacific, and outdoor sports enthusiast.  As the mother of three grown children, she has held positions in numerous community and non-profit organizations, including Scout leader, PTO board member, and Chairperson of Project Graduation.  Today, her free moments are spent outside learning new skills on the road, on the water, on the slopes, and on the golf course.