It goes without saying that this holiday season will feel a bit different than years past. The pandemic has wrought challenges none of us could have imagined this time last year. As we prepare to gather around screens, swap stories about the many ways in which our lives have been upended, and remark on the topsy-turviness of it all, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on the opportunities and silver linings this unprecedented year has gifted us.

Despite being easily annoyed by the technical limitations of Zoom interactions, we are grateful for meetings that last just a little longer so we can check in one another and share a laugh.

We have fortified our appreciation for our clients and their unwavering support, developed a deeper understanding for what is important to them, and are better able than ever to relate to their needs.

We are grateful for the opportunity to stretch our creative muscles in order to find ways to effectively communicate design intent virtually.

Time spent at home has allowed us to become reacquainted with the impact our surroundings have on our wellbeing and we have honed our ability to transfer that knowledge to our work of creating spaces for our clients to enjoy.

The pandemic has taught us to embrace discomfort and challenge the status quo. In this spirit, we took advantage of an opportunity to restructure our team a bit to allow us to focus on multifamily, commercial, and development projects in addition to our custom residential work.

And, finally, our new (albeit forced) remote reality has afforded us the opportunity to expand our team to include international staff and tap into talents beyond our downtown Austin home. Some of us have even learned to speak Spanish (un poquito)!

Despite its many tests, 2020 has really been a year of growth here at Webber + Studio. Pandemic or not, we look forward to continuing that trajectory into the new year and beyond.