Plural Office LLC is a full-service architecture firm located in Austin, Texas, focused on sustainable design and socially progressive ideas. As a group of architects and researchers, we are committed to helping shift paradigms to create more environmentally sensitive and equitable places, spaces, and cities. The office is currently working on projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota, and New York State. Alongside our construction projects, we engage in critical research focused on issues that affect and are affected by the built environment.
Plural Office works across several market sectors with specialties in single-family residential, multi-family/mixed use residential, restaurants/retail, office design, and tech spaces.
Plural Office works with non-profit and governmental organizations on a range of projects including Grant Applications, GIS mapping, and urban planning.
Partner, Director of Architecture
Josh Carel is a licensed architect in Texas, 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 architectural designer. Her research is at the intersection of sovereignty, resource extraction, and urbanization, examining the ways in which territory is expressed as it relates to global oil capital. Adelle received her Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture with Special Distinction from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked as a designer in Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington, and has taught design studios with the Harvard Design Discovery Program and the Art Institute of Seattle. She has been an invited design critic at Boston Architectural College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, the University of Texas, and the University of Oklahoma. She is a partner and leads the research division of Plural Office.
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 here 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 M.F.A. 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.