After a thorough assessment revealed that the Dougherty Arts Community Center building had surpassed its useful life and posed various health and safety concerns, Studio8 collaborated with RVi and Overland Partners to spearhead masterplanning, visioning, and programming for its replacement. Engaging in community stakeholder meetings, Studio8 contributed to the development process. Upon the completion of RVi’s Feasibility Study in 2019, the City of Austin initiated plans for a new home for the cherished Dougherty Arts Center. Set against Austin’s scenic waterfront at Butler Shores Park, the forthcoming two-story facility promises to be a cutting-edge venue, aligning with the Center’s mission of supporting artists at every stage of their careers. Furthermore, it aims to meet the city’s growing demand for accessible art services at affordable rates.

Location, Austin, Texas

Scope, Community Arts Center, 50,000 s.f.
Services, Masterplanning, Architecture, Programming, Interior Design, Sustainability 

Client, City of Austin Parks & Rec. Dept. & Dougherty Arts Center
Team, Milton Hime, Robert Byrnes, Julie Petri

In collaboration with Overland Partners