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About Item 5

We are a team of like minded builders with decades of experience in the construction industry

Who We Are

With our extensive industry expertise, we truly comprehend the significance of offering precise, transparent, and succinct information to our valued clients. At our core, we have meticulously designed our operational framework to ensure seamless access to real-time updates on project status and finances for both our team members and clients. Rest assured, our unwavering commitment guarantees that our esteemed clients will constantly stay informed about the 5 "W"s of their project. Experience our exclusive Item 5 guarantee, embodying our standing as premier luxury building contractors in Texas and esteemed luxury home builders in Colorado.


Michael Ryan Dickson

Michael has over 22 years of experience in high-end, residential design-build and experiential, hospitality concepts. Michael began his career at a young age growing up around the most talented carpenters and builders in Austin. While attending The University of Texas at Austin his class and work schedule alternated between High End custom home interiors and classes in Urban and Regional Planning. He has spent the last 13 years, in particular, developing numerous hospitality, retail and residential projects with a focus on environments that are truly unique. His development experience coupled with a deep appreciation to detail and process create truly thoughtful projects through close collaboration with the clients and design team. He is a Founding Partner of System D Architecture, Item 5 and Interni Austin.


Chris Sebilia

Chris has 15 years of experience in the construction industry on projects ranging from single family resident all the way to the tallest building in Austin. He began his career in structural engineering, designing projects of up to $30M, which were constructed of wood, CMU, cold-formed steel, and hot-rolled steel. From there he transitioned to the construction side of things working for Habitat for Humanity, Austin TX. Having volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since he was a teenager, managing 2 site managers, 3 AmeriCorps members, and up to 120 volunteers per day, to construct 38 single family felt very natural. When he outgrew that role he transitioned to Foursquare Builders, directing construction of a variety of high end residential and commercial projects ranging from $300k to $5.6M. Starting Item 5 has been the natural destination of his experience coupling the most talented people, with the most efficient processes. He’s inspired by the intellect and dedication to the client of his current team.

Senior Accountant

Monica Garcia

As a Sr. Accountant with over 18 years In the Accounting, Operations and Human Resources fields; Monica brings strong attention to detail; specializing in process and NOI improvement. Monica has successfully managed financials for companies ranging from 2M – 15M in annual revenue. She has assisted and managed numerous company start-ups and is proud to be part of System D Architecture’s present and future. Her Daily motivational quote is “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” Originally from Uvalde, Texas she has lived in Austin since 2014. In her free time, you can find Monica spending time with her son and family. As an avid pianist, Monica has used her talents to serve in the ministry of praise and worship music. She attends her local community church and believes in paying it forward by helping those in need. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and adrenaline-rush excursions.

Project Manager

Taylor Holt

Taylor has taken a circuitious route to arrive as Project Manager with Item 5 garnering an analytical mindset and strong problem solving skills along the way. Having earned a PhD in Sports Biomechanics, he worked with elite athletes to improve athletic performance and prevent injury – an experience which has translated well to a knack for modern building science principles. While living and working as a Frame-to-Finish Carpenter in Massachusetts, he fell in love with the colonial architecture and detailed craftmanship of historical homes in New England. A move to Austin, Texas afforded him the opportunity to work as an Estimator for a luxury custom home builder currating accurate construction budgets for projects up to $10M. As a Project Manager and Phius Certified Passive Home Builder (HOPEFULLY!!), he has a specialized skillset and particular interest in passive building techniques that optimize the energy efficiency of homes through thoughtful design and construction of the building envelope. In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing ice hockey and sand volleyball, skiing, listening to live music, and barbeque smoking.

Project Manager

Jayme Austin

Bio coming soon!

Project Manager

Carlos Estrada

Carlos has 9+ years of experience in construction, with 5+ years in high end custom residential and commercial projects ranging from $1M-$10M. Originally from Houston, he obtained his degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with an emphasis in Construction Management. Since 2017, he has been living and working in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado and its demanding Aspen/Snowmass market and clientele, on all types of projects from ground up custom homes, full scale home/condo remodels, and commercial buildouts.

Luxury building contractors in Texas

Unmatched Client Experiences

As one of the premier luxury building contractors in Texas, we pride ourselves on providing an unparalleled personalized client experience. Each project is assigned a dedicated and highly skilled project manager, guaranteeing that every undertaking is meticulously crafted to the highest standards. Unlike other approaches, we firmly believe in on-site project management rather than remote or drive-by oversight. This hands-on approach is essential to ensure the exceptional level of quality that both we and our esteemed clients have come to expect, manifesting in remarkable outcomes every single day.

What Makes Us Different

Innate understanding of constructability


Most financially transparent system possible 


Unparalleled personalized client experience


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