How We Think

We are interested in work that impacts people’s lives and contributes to communities in ways that are often overlooked. Our research and work strives to promote communities, while acknowledging their culture and needs. Our goal is to engage thoughtful design approaches that contribute to their surroundings and reimagines the way we think about public, domestic and work environments.

how we work

Our working method develops concepts through an iterative process. We resist the sole dependency on digital design technologies by exploring spatial qualities, material, light and scale through physical model making and collage techniques. Our design process is driven by how people use space.

Where We Work

Houston plays a prominent role in our work. An urban sprawl with no official zoning ordinance enables a dynamic and complex building climate. This environment allows us to produce hybrid works, including: a golf plus church program, a church without light, or a school housed in the backyard of an inner city apartment complex. This agglomeration produces a working condition that inspires a unique understanding of our work.

Celeste Ponce Woodfill,

Celeste Ponce Woodfill, founding principal of Ponce Woodfill Architecture, earned a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with Honors for Excellence in Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Houston College of Architecture. She is LEED AP certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and registered with the State of Texas.

She considers research and teaching an integral part of her architectural practice. She is a faculty member at Wonderworks Houston, a scholarship driven and competitive pre-college summer enrichment program in architecture at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design. She received recognition for her research of the Texas/Mexico border, including a solo exhibition at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. Ponce Woodfill lectured at Texas Tech College of Architecture in El Paso and the University of New Mexico’s Department of Landscape Architecture. She received an AIA Houston Design Award in 2017 and 2019. The American Institute of Architects Houston recognizes winners for work that exemplifies excellence in architectural design.


During her undergraduate studies, she was a recipient of the International Education Fee Scholarship for a study abroad program at the Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme in Saintes, France. She received an architectural internship with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston during the pre-construction phase of the Audrey Jones Beck Building by Rafael Moneo. Prior to establishing Ponce Woodfill Architecture LLC, she worked for Kendall/Heaton Associates.

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