We are synergists, and our synergy is defined by the successful interaction of individual sets of talent. Our fellow synergists first include our excellent clients and extend to associated engineers, artists, contractors, or carpenters. As architects, we gladly acknowledge our responsibility to combine these various talents for a project’s success. The diverse contribution from each member of our team drives our emphasis on informed collaboration.


Becky Jeanes, LEED AP, AIA

Principal Architect

Originally from Houston, Becky arrived in Austin by way of New Orleans, where she earned both her B.S. in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Her extensive background in detail-oriented design underscores her accomplished aesthetic sense. Attributing her success to investment in client relationships, Becky works intently to understand our client’s vision and realize their goals with an unmatched level of attention. However, because she devotes so much energy to our clients, movie night with Becky can become one expensive nap.


Tray Toungate, LEED AP

Principal Architect

Tray holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed strong technical, yet imaginative, design ability. As a native Austinite, Tray offers a rich understanding of the city’s recent urban development. His localized design perspective simultaneously engages our clients and our community with a sensitivity to local development, awareness of place, and site-specific architecture. Although Tray is a founding Principal at our firm, he still finds time to preside over our office’s various playlists.


Katy Sielen

Project Architect

Katy has gained an understanding of individual client needs by working on a variety of project types in various settings.  Understanding their needs informs her overall design process allows for a greater attention to detail.   Katy has worked in architectural offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, Sydney Australia, Oakland, and Austin.  Her project experience includes large scale residential and office towers, transportation, education, with a focus on hospitality.


Brianna Nixon

Project Designer

After completing her Master of Architecture at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Brianna joined Designtrait in 2014. Her interest in creating innovative connections between the natural and built worlds attracted her to Austin’s esteemed design industry and hill country landscape. Together with her sharp, decisive design style, her superior software ability provides our clients with custom architectural renderings. As a new resident of Austin, Brianna dedicates her free time to exploring the city’s various outdoor activities, live music scene, and extensive taco cuisine. Most importantly, Brianna is Designtrait’s 2016 March Madness Bracket Champion.


Chase Freeman

Project Designer