RESTAURANT DESIGN AWARDS JURY 2021

Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA
Founder and Principal, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a fully integrated architecture and interior design firm. MHOA was founded in 2005 and has studios in Austin and Houston. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Hsu worked at OMA in the Netherlands before returning to Austin where he has practiced since 1998. Hsu is currently the Texas Society of Architects 2021 Austin Chapter Director, as well as a member of the University of Texas School of Architecture’s Advisory Council. He is a Past President of AIA Austin and was elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows in 2021. His firm has received numerous design awards from the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Los Angeles, IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter, Heritage Society of Austin and AIA Austin – including Firm of the Year in 2016. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was formed with the goal of producing locally engaged, design-driven architecture and interiors. The firm advocates a simple, edited design palette, using creative materials and techniques to create unexpected results. Notable hospitality projects include the Uchi family of restaurants, Loro, South Congress Hotel, ATX Cocina, P. Terry’s and the LINE Austin Hotel.

Sarah Kuta
Writer and Editor

Sarah Kuta is a Colorado-based writer and editor with bylines in Condé Nast Traveler, The Denver Post, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Smithsonianmag.com, AllRecipes, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, NBC News, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Atlas Obscura and other publications. Reach her at sarahkuta@gmail.com.

Timothy Hollingsworth
Restauranteur / Chef

Chef Timothy Hollingsworth is an award-winning chef and restaurateur in Los Angeles. In 2015, he opened Otium, an ambitious all-day restaurant next to The Broad. A longtime LA favorite, Otium’s sophisticated, yet accessible menu features eclectic, vibrant, and seasonal flavors. In 2018, he opened C.J. Boyd’s at The Fields LA, a fried chicken stand that pays homage to Chef Tim’s grandfather Cecil Boyd and his southern roots. In October 2018, Hollingsworth opened restaurant and bar Free Play, also at The Fields LA. Before he moved to Los Angeles in 2012, Hollingsworth started his career at The French Laundry where he worked for 13 years including four years as the Chef de Cuisine. Hollingsworth has won multiple awards throughout his career, including the Rising Star Chef Award from The San Francisco Chronicle and the Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, presented by the James Beard Foundation. In 2018, he competed on Netflix’s The Final Table, a global culinary competition series. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids, two dogs, and an urban farm.