Plural Office is an architecture firm in Austin, Texas that designs structures nationwide.
Across our areas of expertise, we offer services in architecture, interior design, and sustainability consulting.
Alongside our construction projects, we research issues that affect and are affected by the built environment.
Plural’s built work stands as a testament to care and attention to detail. It’s also a reflection of our team's experience.
Partner, Director of Architecture
Josh Carel is a licensed architect in Texas, Arkansas, Idaho and Washington State and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Prior to founding Plural Office, he lived and practiced in Tulsa, Seattle, and Boston and has a wide range of experience in context and project type. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability from Harvard University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. Josh co-taught Construction Methods and Materials at the University of Washington for several years and has been an invited design critic at the University of Texas, the University of Washington, Boston Architectural College and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a partner and leads the architecture division at Plural Office.
Partner, Director of Design
Adelle York is an urban researcher and architect licensed in Texas and Missouri. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she focused on the relationship between large-scale ecological systems and cultural dynamics. Her approach to sustainability is holistic, understanding that creating healthy communities is just as vital as reducing carbon emissions. In more than one arena, her eye for design has won acclaim. She has guest lectured at the City University of New York (CUNY) on the history and practice of sustainability; won local and national awards for Low Impact Design and community empowerment proposals; taught design studios with the Harvard Design Discovery Program and the Art Institute of Seattle; and been an invited design critic at universities across the nation. At Plural Office, she is a partner and the leader of the research division.
Director of Constructability
Scott McDonald joins us from Northwest Arkansas where he practices and runs Deft Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Fay Jones School Of Architecture, where he focused on furniture design and steel fabrication. He has managed the Fay Jones School of Architecture wood shop and led the construction division of the University of Arkansas design-build program. Prior to joining Plural Office, he was a design associate at Marlon Blackwell Architects and Brya Architecture, then transitioned into building custom homes for Insite Construction. Scott bridges the gap between functional design and construction; he finds his niche in producing constructable solutions to sophisticated architectural challenges. Scott is the Director of Constructability at Plural Office and leads our projects in Northwest Arkansas.
Director of Communications
Alex Daniel is a retransplant to Austin. After studying English Writing and Rhetoric at St. Edward's University in ATX, he spent three years writing and designing software and hardware manuals before moving to Busan, South Korea to teach English as a Second Language. After two years in Busan, he earned his English 6-12 teaching certification and moved to Seoul to teach middle and high school English Language Arts. The music and fiction he wrote through all of those endeavors eventually led him to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he taught writing courses while pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing. Now back in Austin, he's helping to establish Plural's office and crafting the firm's voice while continuing to write and teach writing at St. Edward's University.