The Stratford Company


Denton, Texas


Master Plan




3,500 acres

Cole Ranch

Cole Ranch encompasses what was once a thriving cattle ranch into a master planned community that honors the location’s rich history – the original homestead remains as an anchor for the development. An ideal location for living, it comprises more than 3,000 acres of commercial, civic, entertainment, and single family properties. The neighborhoods are linked together by roads, hike and bike trails, and greenways. Also incorporated into the community are an artist colony, retail and restaurant locations, and a community center.

O’Brien Architects is involved in strategy, branding, master planning, and development of architectural character, working closely with the client through all phases of the process. The Vision Book created by O’Brien pays homage to the area’s native flora and fauna – a heritage of deer and buffalo grazing the tall grass prairie along water’s edge, towering oaks and willows, and a variety of species including the peregrine falcon, black-capped vireo, and gray fox.

Client Testimonials

  • charlotte jones anderson - dallas cowboys

    Charlotte Jones Anderson

    Dallas Cowboys
    "O'Brien is about incredible architecture. They are an amazing team who works tirelessly, who burn the midnight oil. You talk about people with passion, they are a passionate team. O'Brien has lead us on an epic path of greatness. We are excited to continue with our partnership with Sean and his team."
  • shawn fulham - lincoln property company

    Shawn Fulham

    Lincoln Property Company
    "O'Brien has been a truly invaluable partner for Lincoln Property Company over the last 30 years. They have a comprehensive understanding of master planning, mixed use, and all the individual uses and components that make complex projects successful from both a design and financial standpoint. They have a long history of success, and always continue to stay on the cutting edge of design and development."
  • Lucy Billingsley, Billingsley Company

    Lucy Billingsley

    Billingsley Company
    "Sean O’Brien and team have the creativity, alacrity and flexibility to be great design partners. They listen closely and then bring all the historical architectural smarts and a fresh eye to creating places where you’d like to be. They first think through making the public realm inviting and then enrich that with great architecture."
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