Long-standing Cypress firm, INsite Architecture, brings unique formula to each design

Antonio Flamenco, founder of INsite Architecture, has been designing projects in Cypress for just under 20 years. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Antonio Flamenco, founder of INsite Architecture, has been designing projects in Cypress for just under 20 years. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Antonio Flamenco, founder of INsite Architecture, has been designing projects in Cypress for just under 20 years. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A Biergarten Sketch from 2018 (Courtesy INsite Architecture)
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The Boardwalk at Towne Lake opened in Cypress 2016. (Courtesy INsite Architecture)
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The Portico at West 8 opened in the Energy Corridor in 2010. (Courtesy INsite Architecture)
The headquarters for INsite Architecture can be found about 100 feet set back from Telge Road, nestled among trees and bushes in Cypress.

Founder Antonio Flamenco said he aimed to keep as many of the trees on-site as possible when laying the foundation back in 2001. With 38 years of experience in the architecture industry, Flamenco said having consideration for the environment has always been a priority.

“The land is in the flood plain, so it was important that we develop something that was responsible,” he said. “Whenever we plan something out, we think about ways to make sure it has a positive change for the people around it.”

The projects designed by INsite over the years include the Boardwalk at Towne Lake, a waterfront mixed-use center that Flamenco said aims to combine retail with recreational activities, such as outdoor concerts and paddle boating. Outside of Cy-Fair, INsite provided services to developers with communities such as Cross Creek Ranch and Lakes of Bella Terra. Flamenco said he has also worked with clients overseas, including in China and Switzerland.

Flamenco said he believes his firm differs from others in the dedication to approaching each project as a unique entity. He said he keeps his staff deliberately small at 12 people and operates the firm under a horizontal structure, meaning each employee is on the same level.


The team of 12 can be working on anywhere from eight to 16 projects at a time, 99% of which come from referrals, Flamenco said.

The firm designs for a wide variety of project types, including office, retail, hospitality, parks and residential, both at the community level and at the individual custom home level, Flamenco said. He said his team makes use of a number of “ingredients” when coming up with a design, including demographics, market need and the cultural character of the surrounding area.

“We’re always adding another note to the formula,” he said. “The challenge of never allowing yourself to do the same thing is what brings ingenuity.”

Prior to launching his own company, Flamenco said he was a partner in another architecture firm, but he wanted to venture out at his own. As he was looking for places to launch his own business, he said he saw the growth potential in the Cypress area, a potential he said would end up exceeding his own expectations.

“There are so many exciting things in the future of this community, and it’s a great feeling to be able to play a role in designing the places where people spend their time,” Flamenco said. “When each day is over, I am already ready to start over again the next day.”

INsite Architecture

11800 Telge Road, Cypress

281-955-5504

www.insitearchitecture.net

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.
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By Shawn Arrajj

Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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