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In 1981, I began my business from an apartment in Austin where my wife, Virginia, and I lived. Before that time, I attended Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco and then spent 5-years working for both a design and architectural firm.

From an early age, I wanted to design homes and emulate my hero, Frank Lloyd Wright. Like Mr. Wright, I did not get a University degree and started drafting as a teenager. The professors at TSTC tried to discourage me from a career in architectural drafting, especially in Austin because of the sheer number of graduates from the University of Texas. Luckily for myself and clients of the homes in my portfolio, I spurned their advice, applied at two firms in Austin and received offers from both. At the design firm I was designing homes within 2-years and running the production home department for the architectural firm by the age of 22.

After starting my own company, I designed custom luxury homes for Doyle Wilson Homes, Scott Felder Homes and D.R. Horton. At the same time, I designed speculative homes for home builders and custom homes for individual clients.

From 1981 to 1996, I worked from an office in Westlake Hills of Austin with a staff of 4-6 draft designers. In 1997, I moved my office to Dripping Springs, Texas and began custom home designing for home builders and individuals.

In 2000, I began designing speculative homes for Jon Luce Homes. Jon produced a superior product and allowed me maximum creativity in my designs. The relationship culminated in a 2007 Best in American Living Award, the highest award in the American home design industry. Jon and I designed this award winning Tuscan Villa home and were presented in the Parade of Homes.

I am currently designing more and more homes from my office in Dripping Springs, and serve or advise the Dripping Springs City Council in writing ordinances and securing land for parks and conservation. I am also an avid golfer with a drive for excellence and have competed in local tournaments including the Firecracker and Austin Men’s City Championship. I currently hold a 3-handicap and proud 8-time club champion at the River City Golf Association.

Please call (512) 894-0222 to discuss your dream home, I am excited to begin.


  • My Office – In Dripping Springs, Texas, 30-miles Southwest of Austin in the beautiful Texas hill country. I enjoy the hill country scenery which creative and productive.
  • My Team – Consists of highly experienced and organized individuals. Whether it be interior designers, specification writers, construction managers or landscaping specialists, I facilitate the design process all the way through construction.

award winning hill country home designerAustin, Tx, February 4, 2014 – Joseph Volpe, Designer of Austin, Texas has been awarded “Best Of Houzz in 2014 Award” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Joseph Volpe has been designing award winning Texas Hill country homes since 1981, and was chosen by the more than 16-million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. Click here to see the Joseph Volpe portfolio on Houzz.