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The Founders

Mark Johnson, Publisher publisher@

Mark Johnson is an entrepreneur and a teacher. As the founder of, he conceived a new delivery system for modern housing, introducing modernism to the stock house plan market, and introducing local construction to a modern housing market dominated by prefab. This concept was recently recognized by Treehugger, which awarded Hometta it's 2010 Best of Green Award for Best Architecture idea. Mark likes to think big thoughts about developing local resources, whether they are architectural, social, educational or human. In 2010, Mark was honored to be a featured speaker at TedxHouston. In his previous life as a local real estate developer, his projects have been recognized with a Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Good Brick Award, a Houston Heights Association Community Improvement Award, and a Houston Business Journal Special Recognition Award.


Jenny Staff Johnson, Editor-in-Chief editor@

Jenny's interest in housing developed via a background in public policy. After receiving her master's degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas, she covered Austin City Hall for two years for The Austin Chronicle, where she learned the ins and outs of building codes, neighborhood planning strategies, and most importantly, the built environment's impact on the quality of life of a place. She possesses a love of design and interiors that has survived the collapse of the shelter magazine industry, and is exploring new ways to build a community of modern housing and design lovers that will be helpful, enlightening and fun for all. Jenny is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications from Texas Music Magazine to Christianity Today.


Andrew McFarlandandrew@

Andrew received a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He and his wife, Gretchen, have a small design firm, d>mcf. His obsessions and addictions include: style, sailing, swimming with sharks, modern art, suburbia, California, Scotland, bagpipe recordings and the Grateful Dead.

The Core Architects

James Evans, AIA, jim@

Collaborative Designworks


Dawn Finley, Founding Partner dawn@



Blair Satterfieldblair@

HouMinn Practice


Brett Zamore, LEED AP,  brett@

Brett Zamore Design