Wendy Dunnam Tita AIA, LEED AP
Principal / Interior Architecture Director
Wendy Dunnam Tita’s work with Page began in 1995 when she returned to Austin, Texas after working in New York for several years. Until 2002, she managed the Interior Architecture Studio at Page before leaving to head Dunnam Tita, PLLC, her own successful Austin-based design firm. However, she continued to collaborate with her former colleagues at Page on several high-profile, award-winning projects. After proving her success, she rejoined Page as a Principal with responsibility for interior architecture and design.
Wendy’s success as an architect derives from a process rooted in listening. She seeks inspiration in the core of the client’s needs and project goals. Designs are built upon creative, elegant solutions that explore and expand opportunities appropriate to budget, scope and schedule. Building upon the foundations of interior architecture, her other areas of expertise include space planning, design, furniture and art selection.
Additionally, she is experienced in the integration of sustainable design strategies on projects ranging from intimate residential spaces to large and complex public works. Wendy has conducted original research and collaborated with Page engineers on a white paper on lighting standards for work environments that led to the State of Texas updating its standards for workplace lighting in all state office buildings. The standards were subsequently adopted by many corporate clients. She has led and managed both interiors teams and full-service design studios with clients from corporate, institutional, hospitality, and residential sectors.
While principal of Dunnam Tita, her firm experienced strong growth despite the economic downturn while gaining a reputation for exceptional client focus, design quality, and execution.
Wendy also created a healthy team environment with an emphasis on mentoring and staff development. Her management style blends with Page’s core values of collaboration and commitment. She also extends her commitment to education through a continued relationship with the University of Texas School of Architecture. Beginning in 1999 Wendy assisted in curriculum development for the Interior Design program, she taught design studios and a lecture course from 1999-2005 and continues as a visiting critic and adjunct lecturer.
One of her successful collaborations with Page is the residential tower AMLI on 2nd in downtown Austin, along with improvements to the 2nd Street District that have coalesced into a lively shopping and entertainment area in the heart of the city. AMLI on 2nd has received several awards, including the 2007 Austin Business Journal Best Mixed-Use Project, the 2007 Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction, a 2008 Texas Society of Architecture Design Award, and the 2009 Dream Home Award for Best Mixed-Use.
Another collaborative effort with Page is the Torcasso Residence in Santa Fe, its design inspired by the spectacular landscape of northern New Mexico and the prospect of living in constant and memorable connection to nature. The project, recognized with a 2013 Collaboration of Art + Design Residential Award from The Art Commission, was designed by Page Senior Principal Larry Speck, with interior architecture and design by Wendy.
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She is registered to practice architecture in Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional. As a member of the American Institute of Architects, Wendy has served at the state level and is a local chapter Executive Board Member.
She actively supports her profession outside the office by serving as an Executive Board member for the American Institute of Architects. Previously, Wenddy was a member of the Speakers Bureau Committee for the Texas Society of Architects.
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
2006 AIA Austin Design Award
OSU Alumni Center
2007 Brick Industry Association. Brick in Architecture Bronze Award
AMLI on 2nd
2007 Austin Business Journal Best Mixed-Use Project
2007 Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction
2008 Texas Society of Architecture Design Award
2008 Austin Energy Green Building Four Star Rating
2009 Dream Home Award Best Mixed-use
Greater Texas Foundation
2011 U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold
2012 Arch Daily Selected Works
2012 Austin Energy Green Building Five Star Rating
2012 AIA Austin Homes Tour 2012
2012 Green Builder Home of the Year Awards - Best Healthy House Design
2012 EcoHome Award
Torcasso Residence, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Collaboration of Art + Design Residential Award - The Art Commission
Torcasso Residence, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Design Award of Excellence and Best in Class in the Residential category.
2nd Street District Master Plan
2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Austin Impact Award "Influence Award"
2015 Multi-Housing News (MHN) Excellence Awards Gold Award for Low-rise Developments