Company Visionaries


Hometta was founded by Mark Johnson, a Houston-based real estate developer and home builder, and his frequent collaborator Andrew McFarland, a Houston architect.

Founder and publisher Johnson owns Area 16, a Houston real estate and construction company that specializes in small, green residential homes. McFarland is a Columbia and University of Texas-educated architect who, together with his wife Gretchen, operates a small design firm, d>mcf.

Core architects
Johnson and McFarland recruited the four core architects whose vision has guided Hometta's development.

James M. Evans, AIA, is the founder and principal architect of Collaborative Designworks in Houston. The firm, established in 2004, has earned numerous regional and national design awards for its distinctive modern houses. Jim received his professional degree from Rice University and worked at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, France.

Dawn Finley is an assistant professor at Rice School of Architecture and a cofounder and principal of Interloop—Architecture. Interloop served as Associate Architects for the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Dawn's writings and design work have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ID Magazine, Architectural Record and Architect.

Blair Satterfield is a principal at Houston- and Minneapolis-based HouMinn Practice, which won a 2007 ID Award and the 2008 Architect magazine R & D Award for its design work. Satterfield is a visiting critic at Rice University and a research assistant professor at the University of Houston.

Brett Zamore received national attention for his Master’s thesis on the renovation of a 1920’s Houston house, House 00. After seven years with the renowned architectural designer Carlos Jimenez in Houston, Brett established Brett Zamore Design LLC and Zamore Homes, a company that supplies and builds ready-to-assemble kit homes with off-the-shelf components. editors

The editors of are Jenny Staff Johnson, a journalist with a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and Ann Chou, who received her B.A. and B.Arch. from Rice University, where she also helped found the literary magazine The Rice Review.

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From left: Mark Johnson, Brett Zamore, Quyen Ma, Dawn Finley and Jim Evans