RISE Architecture & Design is a full service architecture practice located on Galveston Island.  We work with clients from concept to completion of their projects, and have experience in the residential, commercial, and civic sectors. Founded by architect Cate Black, RISE provides responsible, effective, and efficient architectural services and design solutions. This applies to both our products (plans, consultations, etc) as well as the product's delivery & creation process. Though we primarily work  in Galveston, we are available for projects in the surrounding Galveston County and Houston areas as well.


RISE values:

site-specific design / creative solutions / 

community engagement / client collaboration / 

 a general enthusiasm for enhancing our surroundings

with thoughtful + appropriate buildings


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Cate Black, AIA, NCARB, FORTIFIED Wise, SEED l

Principal & Founder

A Houston native, Cate has been practicing architecture on Galveston Island since early 2011. She has over 10 years of professional experience in residential, commercial, civic, and education architecture throughout Galveston and Houston. She has worked in both architecture and construction offices, where her responsibilities ranged from acting as Director of Architecture to Project Manager.

Cate Black is a registered architect with the state of Texas, a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, and the SEED Network (Social Economic Environmental Design). She is a registered FORTIFIED Wise Professional, having received training for designing homes to a more hurricane resilient standard. She received her Master in Architecture from the University of Houston. She serves as Vice Chair on the City of Galveston Planning Commission, sits on the Texas Society of Architects Convention Futures Committee, co-founded Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, and volunteers with a variety of local organizations. She believes in making architecture accessible to the masses, and that good design holds immeasurable value.