Senior Designer | Owner
Photo: January, 2019
Ernesto, a Texas native, moved to Austin, TX after serving in the United States Army. After receiving his BS in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, he returned to civilian life and ambitiously pursued a career in architecture. Ernesto is a Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) candidate actively pursuing licensure in the state of Texas.
In his youth, Ernesto worked extensively as a carpenter's apprentice in residential construction under the guidance of his grandfather, the late Prajedes Salazar. As a Master Builder, his grandfather was responsible for the construction of numerous private residences, ranches, and barns throughout South Texas.
In 1999, Ernesto began his internship at Kelly Grossman Architects (formally Chiles Architects), an award-winning architecture firm specializing in multi-family apartments, condominiums, senior housing, student housing, and mixed-use developments.
In 2003, a lengthy collaboration between Ernesto and Nick Deaver Architect, AIA was initiated. Nick Deaver, also a Texas native, has received national and regional awards and recognition for innovative architectural designs. Nick’s work has been published in numerous books. As a Project Manager at NDA, Ernesto contributed to the majority of the firm's projects. Some notable recognitions include:
2016 AIA Austin Homes Tour
2016 Preservation Austin Merit Award for Contemporary Addition
2015 Preservation Austin Homes Tour
2015 AIA Austin Homes Tour
2013 AIA Austin Homes Tour
2010 AIA Austin Homes Tour
2010 Austin Modern Homes Tour
Ernesto is a recognized martial arts instructor who holds the rank of black belt in multiple disciplines. He regularly performs volunteer work for Texas veterans. Ernesto commutes primarily by motorcycle, doing his small part in helping reduce vehicle carbon emissions. On the weekends, Ernesto is an avid competitive shooter and kayak fisherman. His dog, Piper (right), acts as his skipper on his 12-foot fishing kayak. His other two furry friends, Baby Girl (left) and JD (middle), instead prefer fetching tennis balls on the shores of Lake Travis.