Runa Workshop
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THE RUNA STORY

IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU |

meet your collaborative team

 
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A workshop is a place for creativity, where ideas and solutions rise, and where a craft is developed.


PHILOSOPHY

Runa Workshop is a sharp, energetic design practice focused on architecture and interior design. A common desire to live and work creatively is what brought founding principals Jean Pierre Trou and Aaron Vollmer together. They bring this passion into all aspects of a project. Runa’s combination of owner-centric design, an enthusiasm for innovation, technical mastery, and a spirit of collaboration provides their clients lasting, innovative designs with a competitive edge.

Jean Pierre and Aaron met in 2005 while working at one of the largest local architectural firms in Austin, Texas. It would be here that they would first collaborate. In 2009, Jean Pierre and Aaron decided to create a different kind of architecture firm: one that inspires design collaboration, encourages practice and fosters creativity. The name, Runa Workshop summarizes the concept. “Runa” in Quechua - the native language of the Incas - means “people.” A workshop is a place for creativity, where ideas and solutions rise, and where a craft is developed. Together, Runa Workshop means “people exchanging ideas.”


RUNA
[roo-nuh] - noun

man, people, humanity

Origin:
Quechua (Native language of the Incas)

 

WORKSHOP
[wurk-shop] - noun

1.     A room, group of rooms, or building in which creative work is carried on

2.     A seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.

Origin:
1555-65; work + shop

 

Runa Workshop = people exchanging ideas.
Design Collaborative


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If you really want to think outside the box, first learn everything you can from it and then break it.
— Jean Pierre Trou

OUR EXPERIENCE

Design is all around us; in the objects we touch, the buildings we occupy, and the environments we inhabit. This constant interaction is of great significance as it impacts our quality of life. The importance of design places a responsibility on the architect, the client, the building user, and the community to employ and demand projects that enhance human health and productivity. This is why we, at Runa Workshop, believe design matters - good design makes a difference. A sincere desire for collaboration is often the source of great design and project success. This is why we strive to bring a collaborative spirit to all that we do. This approach begins by listening to the client and their vision then continues with the team throughout the project. We apply this approach to all aspects of service including architecture, interiors, FFE, graphics and furniture design.

Runa’s combination of design sense, a passion for innovation, technical mastery, and a spirit of collaboration is what equips us to give our clients lasting, innovative designs with a competitive edge.