At amoARCH, we aspire to create places that serve our clients’ vision with an intentional awareness of essential human, urban, and environmental contexts. We believe it is our responsibility to treat our clients’ interests as our own and be stewards of sustainable design practices. Our design process integrates the art and science of architecture to enrich how people experience their world and create meaning from it. We strive to balance the use of advanced, innovative design techniques with a cost-conscious approach to meet the unique requirements of each project.
amoARCH is certified as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) in the state of Texas.
CAVEH MASUM, AIA, NCARB
Senior Principal | Design Director
Caveh Masum has 15 years of architectural design experience, and throughout his career has successfully completed projects of many types with construction costs that total over $500 million. As Senior Principal and Design Director at amoARCH, he leads the firm’s client development efforts and ensures the design quality of pre-planning, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration activities for projects of every size and scope.
Caveh’s commitment to design excellence and collaborative client service have earned him a strong reputation as an innovative, trusted advisor. Caveh is passionate about staying abreast of the latest architectural and urban design trends and infuses this knowledge into his work with each client. At the same time, his expertise is rooted in an astute understanding of architectural fundamentals, which ensures each project vision can be accomplished by meeting its functional and aesthetic requirements.
Caveh graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and studied French urban design at the Centre d'Etude d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme in Saintes, France.
Design services for new greenfield and brownfield facilities. Existing facilities can also be utilized and efficiently expanded upon.
Planning for access to public streets, walks and surrounding site context along with proper public fire service access.
Development of space requirements and needs for new and existing facilities. Space adjacency studies can also be provided.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Full virtual design integration with clash detection to provide up front knowledge of all building systems before they are purchased and constructed.
Restoration of historic facilities per standard predefined legal definitions within the project's jurisdiction.
Design projects within existing buildings or portions of buildings. Furniture, fixtures and equipment can also be coordinated.
Large scale planning for urban scale projects. Transportation studies, infrastructure studies and zoning by-law studies can be provided.
Development of requirements to help determine potential needs for new design and existing site adaptations.
Oversight during the construction phase of the project to ensure compliance with approved design intent of the drawings.
Energy efficient designs and conscious solutions that have less impact on the environment. Health and wellness standards can be integrated into the design.
Clients are co-designers throughout the process
Clients and users of each space are invited to be members of the design team. It is important for us to listen and closely understand the motivation for and purpose behind the project, as well as the optimal ways it will be used. Every project begins with a collaborative kick-off meeting to learn about our clients’ perspective. Shared check-in meetings continue throughout the design and implementation processes to gather client input and approval along the way.
We share architectural knowledge to foster better decisions
Our clients are experts about their design vision. We are experts on how to bring that vision to life. It’s our job to share various design options with pros and cons of each to help our clients decide which choice best meets their needs in terms of materials, layout, cost, and use. We think it’s valuable for clients to be knowledgeable about the architectural design decisions.
Transparent quality control leads to cost and time savings
We are committed to providing a technology-enabled clash detection report for every project. By using Building Information Modeling (BIM), we problem solve any structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing issue before a single shovel is put into the ground. amoARCH is more capable of mitigating major errors and omissions than most other architecture firms. Our highly-skilled use of BIM on every project translates to cost and time savings for us and our clients.
Dr. Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry & Art — Ponca City, Oklahoma
The Dr. Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry & Art is designed for the private turquoise jewelry, art and sculpture collection of the Pickens family. The museum blends into the open Oklahoma prairie on the 160-acre site located just outside the Ponca City limits.
The long-grass landscape anchors the metal panel and glass-window building, enclosed with a laminated wood and heavy timber roof form. The wood brings warmth to the interior and backdrops the largest collection of Native American turquoise jewelry in North America. From the reception through the three galleries the relationship with the prairie is distinctly reinforced by the section, orientation of light and scale of display. It is paramount the craft of architecture is noticeably apparent in the design, through the exposed structural assembly celebrated on the outside of the metal mass museum building.
The museum aims to attract new commerce and integrate with an existing circuit of attractions in northern Oklahoma to revitalize Ponca City.
amoARCH is located in Houston's burgeoning east downtown neighborhood. While we primarily serve clients in Houston, we do support clients throughout the state of Texas and across the United States.
If you would like to inquire about our services and how we might partner together on your architectural design project, you can reach us through the following avenues: