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MAD WORKS believes in the creation of subtly distinct, thoughtful spaces. With each project, we aim to balance the artistic impact of architecture with the technical realities of construction. Our approach to design is one that strives to embrace our clients' objectives while offering meticulous architectural analysis and innovative, sustainable vision. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond creatively to a variety of sites, programs, and budgets. With 24 years in the practice of architecture, we continue to vigorously present compelling solutions to each and every project.

Primary areas of practice include:

  • Mixed-used: Residential / Commercial

  • Multi-family: Urban Developments / Infill housing

  • Renovations: Adaptive reuse and additions

  • Residential: Custom Homes; Spec Homes

Principal Michael Diani is licensed to practice architecture in NY, NJ, and TX.


We offer:

  • Pro-bono work to low-income families,

  • Reduced fees to people in the arts and 

  • Low-Cost Consultations, to see if we are the right fit for you and your potential project.



Prior to focusing on single-family residential and small-scale commercial projects in Austin TX, principal Michael Diani worked on a diverse range of projects in New York City and New Jersey. The bulk of Michael’s experience outside of Austin lies in small to mid-size mixed-use projects in Asbury Park NJ, and multiple gut renovation and addition projects in and around NYC. Michael’s areas of expertise lie in schematic design, budget management, value engineering, construction management, building code review, and he particularly thrives when working on complex projects that present multiple opportunities for problem-solving. Over the course of his career, Michael has carefully and intentionally chosen to work at smaller sized firms so that he is able to be highly involved in each project he works on from start to finish. High levels of diverse responsibility early on and since have helped him add to his overall experience.

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