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


  • New Architectural Design
  • Renovation & Rehabilitation Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Code Analysis
  • Consultation Services

About Cate
Cate Black is the principal and founder of RISE Architecture & Design. A Houston native, Cate has been practicing architecture on Galveston Island since early 2011. She has 10 year 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 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 received her Master in Architecture from the University of Houston. She serves 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.