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Studio8 announces five new principals

Ethan describes his work as doing a ‘little bit of everything’ on a variety of projects. For the last thirty years, Ethan has been drawing and dreaming up solutions with his team, putting the puzzle pieces of a project together. This is what Ethan enjoys most about being an architect. His breadth of knowledge paired with his humbleness and inclusivity is what the team enjoys most about working with Ethan.

A Houston native, but an Austinite at heart, Ethan moved to Austin after graduating from Texas A&M University. Drawn to Austin’s sustainability initiatives, Ethan has lived here for the last 25 years. Being a part of this community is the heart of his daily life, and he brings the unique experience of living in Austin – it’s connections to nature and its’ creative spirit – to his work at Studio8.

Licensed Interior Designer, Lee Ann McClanahan describes herself as ‘obsessively organized’, both at home and at the office. This skill is very useful in her 20 years of practice and as Studio8’s Director of Furniture. Lee Ann guides the client and the design team on selecting the best furniture solutions, finishes and material combinations for a range of projects, from universities to corporations, to tech companies and community-centered organizations.  Lee Ann’ favorite days at Studio8 are installation days, when she gets to meet the delivery trucks and see her work literally come to life as people bring their own energy to the spaces she has designed.

Lee Ann is a rare breed – a third generation Austinite – with deep roots in the city. Drawn to Austin’s outdoor spaces and parks, Lee Ann often finds herself heading outside for a walk at some point most every day to be her best self.

Megan Moshier is a Registered Interior Designer and the Director of Studio8’s San Antonio office. Since 2006, Megan has been an integral part of the Studio8 family and culture and when the time came to lay roots for a second office in San Antonio in 2011, Megan was the most qualified candidate for the challenge. Megan has worked vigorously to build a presence in San Antonio and cultivate a culture for employees to learn and grow and share a joke in between.

As one of Studio8’s most senior designers, she brings a great level of skill to her practice and has made significant strides to the design industry. The most gratifying part of the practice is providing her clients with innovative design solutions that encourage company growth, inspire employees and are reflective of the company’s mission and values.

A ‘cheerleader’ for San Antonio’s future development, she is active in several organizations, most notably in ULI, where she was chair of the mentor program for five years. She is now focused on ULI NEXT, which promotes and supports the next generation of leaders in the design, construction and development industries to help make SA the best city it can be.

When she is not designing construction details or walking a job site, Megan can often be found hanging out with her kids at the Alamo Heights baseball fields or working on her next home renovation project with the family.

Deanna is the Marketing Director and a Principal at Studio8. As one of the firm’s most outward-facing members, Deanna stewards Studio8’s brand and shepherds projects from first contact through completion to final photography. Deanna’s genuine approach to business initiatives and development has led to long lasting friendships with clients and the community, which she actively continues to foster.

Having once taken a break from her career to work on an Alaskan fishing boat, she is undaunted in the face of any challenge and enjoys tackling opportunities to contribute to Studio8’s growth and recognition. Often the first to break the ice and the last to leave a networking event, she is an active member of ULI Austin and a past president of SMPS, where she served as a mentor. Deanna is an advocate for educating our younger generations about the architectural and interior design profession and spearheads the firm’s participation in youth initiatives including the City of Austin’s Get Ready! Summer Internship Program and AIA Austin’s Architecture in Schools.

An Austin native, Deanna enjoys spending time with her family of five at her old stomping grounds including Scholz Beer Garden, the High Road on Dawson and at Butler Park with their pooch, June.

Megan Slattery is a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design for Studio8. Megan brings over 20 years of experience to the firm, including owning and managing her practice Office for Local Architecture (OLA) which merged with Studio8 in January of 2019. OLA was created as a dual practice, sustainability consulting and architecture. Megan saw an opportunity in a developer driven market where projects were beginning to see the marketability of LEED rated buildings.

Megan approaches her work as a problem solver. One of her favorite parts of her job is embracing each project’s unique complexities and working with her team to maneuver through their challenges and create solutions. Having worked closely with AEGB for many years, she was recently invited by the City of Austin to serve as an advisory board member for their Climate Action Plan Building Committee to help our city curb community-wide emissions and increase equity.

An Austinite since 2005, Megan can often be found at one of Austin’s Hike and Bike trails with her pup, Petey or  hanging out on a patio with a Topo Chico in hand at one of her favorite east Austin neighborhood restaurants.