About Us


Connolly Architects is a multi-disciplinary practice with a national reputation for excellence in animal shelter design. Our firm’s reputation is built on a keen understanding of animal control and humane issues, application of progressive ideas about shelter design, and a commitment to improving conditions for shelter staff and the animals in their care.
Connolly’s national practice includes more than 80 projects in 25 states. Each of these projects represents an evolving progression in designing animal care facilities. Our expertise in material selection, facilities programming, and shelter design has allowed us to help our clients improve their standard of care, increase adoption rates, reduce euthanasia rates, and create shelters that are a friendly, welcoming part of the community
Connolly is a business member of the National Animal Control Association and the US Green Building Council. The firm also provides professional support to the Texas Federation of Humane Societies, the Humane Society of the United States, and the ASPCA. Larry Connolly is a frequent speaker on animal shelter design issues at HSUS, AHA, NACA and TACA. In 2004, Connolly’s work on the SPCA of Bexar County (now San Antonio Humane Society) was recognized with a Business Week/Architectural Record Award.
Connolly Architects was established in 1979 in Midland, Texas. The firm moved to Austin in 2000 to be more centrally-located in the state of Texas and to facilitate travel to a growing national practice. In 2006, the firm became Connolly Architects & Consultants to acknowledge the addition of nationally-recognized animal care consulting services.


Our Team


Larry Connolly, FAIA - Principal

Larry Connolly is a nationally-recognized authority on shelter design who regularly presents workshops at conferences for the American Humane Association (AHA), Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the National Animal Control Association (NACA), and the Texas Federation of Humane Societies. In 2004 HSUS sponsored tours of three of Larry Connolly’s Dallas area projects
as part of its national conference. He has also contributed articles to Animal Watch and NACA News magazines.
He served as the architect member of the HSUS Evaluation Team on two shelters and completed one shelter design consultation for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Larry Connolly has been in private practice in Texas since 1979. He received his architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and completed his internship with Wilson Crain Anderson Reynolds in Houston and
Frank Welch Associates in Midland. He is active in local state and national AIA activities, as well a variety of community organizations. He is a contributing editor to Texas Architect magazine and his project work has appeared in NACA
News, The Line, Architecture, Redwood News, Southern Living and Texas Architect. He currently holds Texas architectural license number 10189 and NCARB registration number 31236. He resides in Austin, Texas.


Creighton Hoover - Project Manager

Creighton Hoover joined Connolly as Project Manager in 2012. An honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he previously worked with several firms in Austin and San Antonio on both residential and commercial projects.
At Connolly he is responsible for design and drawing production through all phases of a project. Creigton works directly with clients to ensure that the design meets the facility’s needs and that the project exceeds expectations from schematic drawings all the way through construction documents.


Chris Erickson, LEED AP BD+C - Project Manager

Chris Erickson joined Connolly Architects as a Project Manager in 2014. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he is a LEED accredited professional, and will soon be a licensed architect. He previously worked with
several firms in Austin, Port Arthur TX, and Jackson MS. Chris’ experience includes commercial, educational, health care, hospitality, and all types of municipal facilities. At Connolly, Chris has applied his multi-faceted experience to new animal care facilities in Denton TX and Longview TX.


Hunter Powell - Production Assistant

Hunter Powell joined Connolly as a Production Assistant in 2014. He is a Fine Arts graduate of Texas State University. Skilled in graphics, Hunter is a CAD, BIM, and Adobe InDesign expert.

Larry has dedicated more than 24 years to designing animal shelters and habitats.

Larry has dedicated more than 24 years to designing animal shelters and habitats.