4 Evanston St
Houston, TX 77015
‘‘Ben Brewer Young Architect Award’’, American Institute of Architects - Houston Chapter
‘‘Top 20 Under 40’’ Professional, Engineering-News Record Magazine
‘‘Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs’’, Mile One Chrysalis Award Nominee, Success in the City
Karen Lantz graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture in 2000. The AIA Houston chapter has recognized her with their 2013 Ben Brewer Young Architect Award for her design skills, public activism and environmental advocacy work in Houston. Karen founded her own firm, Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture, which performs design/build services for both commercial and residential projects. Her design skills, innovative use of local materials and responsible deconstruction have all gained local and national attention. Her projects have been featured on HGTV, on the Austin, Texas CBS affiliate KEYE, as well as in the New York Times, Architect Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Atomic Ranch, Texas Architect, PaperCity, Buildings of Texas and the Houston Architectural Guide.
Karen has been an active participant in AIA Houston having served as chair of the AIA Houston Young Architects Forum and on the Rice Design Alliance boards of directors.
Her firm's mission-based practice centers on three main principles of preservation, sustainable construction and support of local manufacturing.
HOUSTON MOD: promote knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Texas
DECONSTRUCTION: advocate building material reuse and recycling to divert from landfills in order to build sustainably
MADE IN USA: specify domestic building materials and raise demand for American manufacturing
As the founding president of Houston Mod, a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s mid-century modern structures, Karen created programs like "Mod of the Month" to save homes on a scale she felt was feasible. It worked. The group was founded to create awareness and in the same way and scale, she continues to educate others about deconstruction when the battle of preservation is lost.