'Little' Moves

Big-name Texas architecture firm builds new future in San Antonio

Big-name Texas architecture firm builds new future in San Antonio

Pearl Bottling Department food hall exterior
Clayton & Little have worked on some of San Antonio's most iconic projects, including the Pearl Bottling Department food hall. Pearl Bottling Department/Facebook

One very big Texas architecture firm is making a "little" change. Clayton & Little Architects, which is based in San Antonio and Austin, is rebranding as Clayton Korte after 15 years.

The new firm adds Brian Korte as partner after five years working at Clayton & Little. Prior to joining the company, Korte worked at San Antonio-based Lake Flato for 17 years and will remain based in the Alamo City. 

During their tenure together, architects Emily Little and Paul Clayton worked on some of the biggest hospitality projects in Central and South Texas, such as the San Antonio's Pearl Bottling Department food hall. 

Little, who founded her first firm, Emily Little Architects, in 1983 before joining with Clayton in 2005, is now partner emeritus at the newly minted Clayton Korte. While she will continue to work, Little says she will focus on community-oriented and historically significant projects, calling it a "sheer luxury" to be able to choose her work moving forward. 

"It's a real graceful way to have a wonderful career taper," she says. 

Along with commercial design, Clayton and Little's high-end residential work has landed on the pages of Interior Design and Architectural Digest, among others. The firm's footprint expanded beyond Texas in recent years to include California wineries, Maryland homes, and even a Hawaiian ranch. 

With a new name and new partner based in the Alamo City, it will also be a new direction for the iconic firm, including expanding its San Antonio presence. "San Antonio is one the truly old cities in Texas," says Clayton, who calls Korte "a wizard" before adding: "The projects he does are really special. He drives a lot of business to the firm."

Among Clayton Korte's upcoming projects are Veramendi House, an anticipated hotel and mixed-use development on the River Walk; a Honolulu hotel; and multiple wineries in California, which are also being spearheaded by Korte.