Able City is a family of mostly bilingual professional architects, urbanists, economic developers, communication specialists, and designers, committed to community health, history, and wellbeing.




Our story

Frank Architects and Hickey Peña Architects had been competing architecture firms in Texas for over forty years. Sharing core values of community and placemaking, the two formed Able City as a practice of common ground.

Since its founding in 2018, Able City has formalized new services in 'city-making' and economic development, integrating all its specialties with a shared value initiative.

CityMakery is Able City’s non-profit affiliate. The core expertise of CityMakery is to help communities develop quality of life from the ground up, empowering citizens to advocate for their own diverse, equitable, accessible, livable, and sustainable cities.

CityMakery is the solution-builder for citizens — through a methodical path of discovery and definition, we help them assemble a community of like-minded individuals driven toward a common goal. CityMakery works from either end, helping city governments and other public entities implement the policy and programs the citizens have defined for their city.

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