Christopher K. Travis

Christopher K. Travis is the Managing Partner and lead residential designer for Sentient Architecture, LLC. He is not a registered architect, but has served as a consultant and designer for major residential and historic commercial projects in Texas since 1975.

In early 2010, after fifteen years of managing Sentient Architecture, LLC and Round Top Architecture and serving as the firms’ lead designer, Mr. Travis returned to his roots, forming a new firm called Truehome Design.Build that is aligned with the philosophy and patent-pending Truehome approach. He now does both design and construction in that firm. Sentient Architecture LLC still offers design services in cases in which Truehome Design.Build is not serving as construction manager.

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Short Biography

Travis is an expert in historic design and the restoration of indigenous Texas historic structures as well as for high-end residential projects in a variety of styles, including but not limited to: Victorian, Rustic & Primitive, Colonial, Arts and Crafts, Gothic, Mediterranean, Balinesian, Contemporary, Craftsman and Ranch styles.

One of his projects was awarded a T. C. Jester award for excellence in historic design in the historic Houston Heights. Mr. Travis’ company was named Remodeler of the Year by the Greater Houston Builder’s Association. His work has appeared in Builder Magazine, twice in both the New York Times and Country Living; and in Cowboys and Indians; Houston Home and Garden, Home Companion, Sun Coast Magazine, Texas Highways; Texas Monthly and before user groups at Google and Microsoft.  His work and his methods were featured in the two hour PBS documentary, Digital Nation, in which Mr. Travis played a significant on-screen role.

For a full biography of Christopher K. Travis, visit the Truehome Design.Build website biography page.

Web Portfolios

Mr. Travis’s design projects can be found at numerous locations on the web.

Truehome Projects on Facebook

Truehome Design Build Projects on Pinterest

Truehome on Houzz

Truehome Design Build on Zillow

International Media Attention for the Truehome Approach

Christopher K. Travis’ Truehome approach has received considerable attention in national and international media. For more on that visit the Rave Reviews page on the Truehome Design.Build website.

Background and Approach:

Unlike most designers, Travis determines the style of the architecture he will use for a client by using a systematic interview process called the Truehome Workshop. This patent-pending approach has been the subject of considerable Media attention including a major article in the New York Times and allows him to tailor his designs exactly to the psychology, lifestyle and values of his clients.

Travis’s experience in the construction and design industries is unusual as he began as a carpenter in the field who had a flare for design. He progressed to become a restoration builder, then a custom home builder working for name architects, on to become a highly recognized designer and the Managing Partner of a design/build architecture firm.

His work has been primarily high-end residential, but he has also completed a variety of non-residential structures, including schools, day-care centers, offices, retail spaces, recording studios, medical facilities, audio-visual presentation centers and other specialized commercial projects. While his construction company is focused on Fayette, Washington, Lee, Austin, Colorado and Bastrop counties – he designs projects all over the state of Texas and beyond.

Writing and Public Speaking

Travis spoke for several years at the national convention of the National Association of Home Builders. His humorous and insightful look into the psychology of client relationships has made him a popular speaker as well as a thought leader. He presented at the annual convention of the American Anthropological Association about psychologically fitting design. He has lectured repeatedly at Texas A & M University architecture school’s Center for Health Systems and Design.

Mr. Travis is a writer and the publisher of the regional humor and commentary newspaper, the Round Top Register, which also had its “ten minutes of fame” with articles in the New York Times, Editor and Publisher Magazine, and other national and regional publications. The Register’s website was named one of the Top Ten Media Websites in Texas by Texas Monthly.  He was interviewed by the BBC and fooled a variety of Texas newspapers and TV stations, and the Daily Show with his mythical characters. The Arts at Large reporter for the New York Times called the Register “the Prairie Home Companion of the Lone Star State”.