The Descendant House has been featured on AIA Austin's CRAN Tour. CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) is a resource for those who practice residential architecture, and it hosts a monthly public construction tour providing special programs and continuing education to interested parties.
During the walkthrough, a talk on “Crafting Architecture with [IN]VISIBLE Site Constraints” was given by Matt Fajkus and Sarah Johnson.
“Site constraints are often a valuable part of the design process, interjecting richness and meaning in ways that feel real and necessary for a project to exist within its unique context. The design process for the Descendant House project had to factor in many site constraints that were both visible, and invisible. These constrains include; navigating historical context of the original mid-century modern home that was deemed unsalvageable due to extreme site conditions; addressing extreme site conditions, such as the Erosion Hazard Zone and deep site cuts, in order to construct a new home that would not be subject to the same distress over time; and utilizing a sloping site to provide private zones for a multi-generational family.”