Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

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About The Firm

Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects is a mid-size architecture firm dedicated to high quality design and client service. The award-winning firm is best known for its civic, university, school, and government projects. The firm’s projects also include commercial and residential work. Over the past five years, it has masterplanned and designed over $300 million in new construction and renovations.

Client Service

Providing exceptional client service is the central goal of our firm. We listen, we collaborate, we go the extra mile to ensure complete client satisfaction. Our core commitment is to a process and working relationship that proceeds smoothly for our clients at every step along the way. The firm's success in meeting this challenge is best addressed by our clients. We encourage you to visit with them.


The firm was founded as Barnes Architects in 1985, by principal Jay W. Barnes, III. Over the years the firm has experienced steady growth, taking on increasingly complex projects. Principals Carl Gromatzky and Thomas Kosarek joined the firm in 1990, and became co-owners in 1997. In 2001, the firm became Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects, Inc. to reflect the contributions of all three principals. Looking ahead, the firm has put in place a strategic plan that provides for managed growth and the continued commitment to exceptional architecture.

Design Approach

BGKA is a design firm that strives to create buildings and places of enduring beauty and timeless appeal. To create architecture that is fresh yet stands the test of time, we blend elements of modernism with regional character and materials. For design direction and inspiration, we look first to our clients, and then to the site and context. While each project looks different, the firm provides consistency by emphasizing designs that are responsive and uniquely appropriate.

Firm Of The Year Award

In 1999, The American Institute of Architects/Austin selected the firm for its Annual Achievement Award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community and the profession and the production of distinguished architecture. Cited for honor by AIA/Austin was the firm's decade of work to master plan and design a new $85 million campus for the Texas School for the Deaf.

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