Mackey Mitchell isn’t just about award-winning buildings. It’s about our people, too. Our approach to design is enriched by the personal passions and interests of these people, giving life to the spaces we create and energizing those who use them. Check out our bios below.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Travel, Early Childhood Development
Marcus graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1994, joined MMA in 1997, and became a firm principal in 2005.
A committed father of three, Marcus is fascinated by the development of raw human potential. This passion motivates and informs his work as an architect, especially in design of learning environments for children with special needs. Recognized nationally as an expert in classroom acoustics, Marcus has been published widely, lectured at four national conferences, and brought leadership to national public policy initiatives in support of new classroom codes and standards. He has contributed to the design of hundreds of classrooms, spanning from early childhood through graduate education, and for populations ranging in ability from developmentally challenged to the highest performing.
Marcus finds the connection between his loves of drawing, architecture, woodworking, and even parenting, to be a love of the process of shaping something truly meaningful to be enjoyed by future generations.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Trumpet, Politics, Urban Design
Jake graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 and recently joined Mackey Mitchell. At KU he participated in Studio 804, a nationally recognized design-build program where students design and construct a building within a single school year. Jake’s project was a house in Lawrence, Kansas, designed as a LEED Platinum passive home with net-zero energy standards.
A St. Louis native, Jake loves jazz and plays the trumpet. With a keen interest in local politics, and a passion for the city and its neighborhoods, he has volunteered his time to the Old North St. Louis Neighborhood. Returning to his home town, he hopes to work with organizations engaged in tackling some of the city’s toughest problems.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Volunteering, Music, Running
Erik graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Kansas in 2009 and previously received a Bachelors in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri. While at KU, Erik was a member of the 2009 Studio 804 Masters program.
Since joining Mackey Mitchell in 2014, Erik has been an active part in various facets of design development and schematic programming. His ability to graphically represent ideas is a valued asset in communication with clients and his peers.
As a St. Louis native, he is passionate about the revitalization of the city. He is the past chair of the Young Architects Forum St. Louis, a committee of the AIA, and currently serves on their steering committee in an advisory role. He volunteers often for Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, and Home First. Outside of work, Erik enjoys making and re-purposing furniture, listening to indie-electronica-hiphop, and running.
HOMETOWN: Mandeville, Louisiana PERSONAL PASSIONS:Baseball, Beaches and Being a Good Mom
Laura graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in English and Journalism in 1995. After working for newspapers for the last 22 years, including the last 12 at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she is now integrating all of her experiences with media and communications as our Communications Coordinator.
Laura has been married to Jeff since 1996, and they have two young adult children, Randy and Rachel. She has been involved with sports her entire life, playing softball, soccer, and basketball, so she loves being a spectator to her son playing baseball and her daughter cheering.
Having lived near two coasts, one of her favorite leisure activities is spending time at the ocean, with Cabo, Corpus Christi and Hilton Head as some of her favorite beaches. And if you can’t find her on a beach, she’ll likely be at a party at the pool.
HOMETOWN: Mansfield, Massachusetts PERSONAL PASSIONS: History, NASCAR, Habitat for Humanity
John graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design in 2009, and then from Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters of Architecture in 2012. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2012.
John is primarily involved with the design development and construction document phases, both for new construction and renovation projects. He has experience working on academic buildings and student centers, including the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, new residence halls at Miami University, and the Boy Scouts S-F Dining Hall. Aside from architecture, his professional interests center on developing smart construction details and working with others to create office-wide BIM standards to improve the firm’s workflow.
Growing up in a small town outside Boston, John grew up to love NASCAR and has attended more races than he can remember. Aside from “watching cars drive fast around a circle for three hours at a time,” John loves all things history-related, spending his time reading & visiting historical sites.
HOMETOWN: Canterbury, Connecticut PERSONAL PASSIONS: An avid fly fisherman, John’s current dream trip would be to stalk king salmon in the Alaskan wilderness.
John’s passion is design which fosters community. He oversees the design for many higher-ed student life projects, including dining, residential halls, academic spaces and student centers. His particular area of expertise is student centers, where he applies his love for creating community. John’s leadership style is engaging, thoughtful and enjoyable and emphasizes design as a collaborative journey.
His work creates vibrant campus social hearts that are achievable, efficient, welcoming, comfortable and inspiring. His designs for student centers have been recognized by the Association of College Unions International’s Facility Design Award of Excellence. John is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences for ACUI, ACUHO-I, and SCUP. His experience includes planning and design of residence halls, dining centers, performing arts facilities, academic facilities, and campuses.
John enjoys giving back to the community – helping to lead community development efforts of the nationally recognized Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, past chairmanship of the City’s Preservation Board. His leadership was recognized with a national AIA Young Architect’s Award, as well as a Focus St. Louis “What’s Right with the Region Award.” He has been featured in Architectural Record, Competitions, Marketplace, and Metropolis.
John Burse joined Mackey Mitchell Architects in 1997, and was named a Principal in 2005.
HOMETOWN: Korcula, Croatia PERSONAL PASSIONS: Food, Swimming, Ukulele, Traveling
After interning at Mackey Mitchell in the summer 2016, Marina is very excited to be back on the ship – this time in Asheville, NC!
Marina’s educational experience includes studying and living in five different countries – her native Croatia, Italy, United States, and semesters abroad in Finland and Argentina. Having graduated in December 2016 with a Masters degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Marina is thrilled to jump into the professional field of architecture.
An avid experience collector, Marina’s passions include social work, volunteering, and generally helping others. At Washington University, she served as an architectural design studio teaching assistant, woodshop and computer lab monitor, and curator of students’ work exhibition. As a recent graduate with rich international and social experience, she thinks in terms of multiple observers, contexts, interpretations, and impressions.
Always open to new spaces and involvements, Marina is exploring what the gorgeous region of North Carolina has to offer, making new friends, trying out new activities and hobbies… When in Croatia, she usually explores the island’s hidden gems with her family.
HOMETOWN: Ridgewood, New Jersey PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, History, Food
Steve graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 1986 and a Masters of Architecture from Rice University in 1989. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 1996, was named Principal in 2008, and in 2013 was unanimously elected President of the company.
With a primary focus on student housing projects for higher education clients, Steve’s depth and breadth of experience in all phases of project development enables him to lead teams with confidence and a well honed ability to listen. He has a steady and deliberate nature coupled with a witty sense of humor, and is dedicated to working with the team and client to find solutions that are uniquely appropriate and specifically tailored to their needs.
As an architect with a passion for history, Steve relishes in digging deep to better understand the key attributes that contribute to the culture and sense of a place unique to each institution. He is a former Kirkwood Landmarks Commissioner and volunteer advisor to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Renovation Committee in Old North St Louis.
Steve enjoys traveling, especially to the beach. Favorite destinations include San Francisco, New Orleans, Charleston, and Key West. He is also an avid Rock music fan and loves reading biographies and military histories.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Gourmet Cupcakes, Baking
Nicole graduated magna cum laude with honors from Tulane University in 2016 with her Bachelor and Masters of Architecture and is thrilled to be returning to Mackey Mitchell after previously interning. While at Tulane, Nicole was president of their student chapters of AIA and USGBC, as well as sitting on several AIA New Orleans and Tulane committees. This developed her passion for professional engagement and volunteering. She also participated in the Tulane UrbanBuild studio, in which students design and build a house that re-envisions typical New Orleans housing types for modern needs of affordable housing.
In her professional career, Nicole has worked on projects including Sampson Hall at Stephens College, and has been involved in program planning and interior design at firms in St. Louis and New Orleans. She is looking forward to an infinite amount of future learning opportunities. Her background as a freelance graphic designer means she always brings a keen eye for details to any project.
As a native of the St. Louis area, Nicole is enjoying getting to rediscover her city. Her motley of interests include paddleboarding, baking, refinishing furniture for her eventual apartment, and spending time with her family. In any additional spare time she is busy planning her upcoming wedding and her next big trip.
HOMETOWN: Florissant, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Outdoors, Home Renovation
Margie joined the firm in 1990 and became a senior associate in 2007.
Margie has performed several important roles at Mackey Mitchell, including Project Administrator and most recently Accounting. Margie is passionate about her work and is on a mission to make sure every architect understands his/her project budget, helping to break down the number of billable hours per project phase. Margie ensures that MMA pays our bills promptly, and she’s willing to provide invoices that meet clients’ preferences when it comes to timing and the way they want to see time and details displayed.
No matter how busy her job, Margie always makes time to listen to people’s problems and to assist them whenever she can. Margie is the very proud mother of two sons – one of whom is a U.S. Army paratrooper and the other is a junior at Truman State University.
HOMETOWN: Washington, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Family, Triathlon Competition
Greg graduated from Drury University in 1991, with both a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Architecture. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2008 and became a Senior Associate in 2010.
Greg prides himself on being a truly well-rounded professional architect, having served in various capacities on a wide range of projects. Throughout his 20-year career, he has valued developing positive and supportive relationships with all clients, consulting team members, and internal project teammates, and leaves his ego at the door, believing that these alliances help foster successful project development and ultimate project success.
Outside of work, Greg trains for triathlons, having completed one full Ironman and 6 Half-Ironman competitions, as well as full marathons around the country. Greg is also a proud resident of one of St. Louis’ beautiful historic neighborhoods, having spent the last 13 years living in the Central West End.
HOMETOWN: Kansas City, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Fatherhood, Home Renovation, Teaching
Jordan graduated from the University of Kansas in 2003 with his Bachelor of Architecture and from the University of Pennsylvania with his Master of Architecture in 2006. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2007 and became a Senior Associate in 2013.
For the past eight years, Jordan has been exclusively involved in the planning and design of student life projects across the country that include Greek housing, student dining, new residence halls and student housing master plans. Jordan’s deep experience in residential life design has provided the basis for several presentations at recent ACUHO-I conferences where he has presented on topics such as living/learning communities and facility planning.
He has been involved in several award-winning projects including Mackey Mitchell’s 2008 entry in the ACUHO-I 21st Century Project.
Jordan has taught in the graduate architecture program at Washington University and has a keen interest in the St. Louis community, being an active member of Urban Land Institute’s St. Louis chapter and having provided pro bono design services for local non-profits.
HOMETOWN: Columbia, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Hiking, camping and his dog
Andrew is an architect with an emphasis on Design and 3D visualization. He uses 3D technology to inform his design process and assist clients through important decisions. His 16 years of experience includes numerous healthcare, research and education projects of varying scales.
He has always assumed many different roles, from master planner to interior designer to 3D illustrator to construction administrator. He approaches each task with an emphasis on finding creative, practical and elegant solutions to complex problems.
In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Missouri parks with his deaf dog, Tilly. He also enjoys learning to play guitar, working on a never-ending list of home improvements on his 110-year-old home, planning his next back-country adventure and exploring local restaurants and breweries.
HOMETOWN: Trenton, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Outdoors, Home Improvement
Christopher graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and in 2013 with a Masters of Architecture. While at SIUC, he was actively involved in the USGBC Student Chapter as their Graduate Representative.
Christopher began working with Mackey Mitchell in March 2015. Having prior experience in Higher Education work, he has quickly contributed to the design and development of Student Housing projects at Mackey Mitchell. Christopher is also interested in the development and progression of BIM technology at the office.
Growing up in the St. Louis area, Christopher is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan. Aside from watching baseball, he enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities with his family.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Community Involvement, Plants, Biking, Travel
During her time at the University of Kansas, Christina participated in a rammed earth design/build studio, spent a semester studying abroad in Copenhagen, and discovered ways in which architecture could have a positive impact on communities through adaptive reuse and urban design. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Architecture. Since then, her curiosity about the details of buildings and how they come together physically, economically and socially fuel her passion for architecture.
In the professional realm, Christina has gained a variety of experience in the corporate, government, civic and higher education sectors. From these past projects, she brings with her construction detailing knowledge as well as a research driven approach to programming and conceptual design. She’s driven by the desire to create beautiful, sustainable places that truly enrich people’s lives.
Outside of work you’ll find her riding her bike, planting things, cooking and getting involved in the community. Born and raised in St. Louis, Christina is excited to be back in the area and part of the Mackey Mitchell team!
HOMETOWN: Kansas City, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Church, Running
As a student life designer, Merrilee enjoys engaging clients during the programming process to understand the goals and aspirations for their project. Overseeing all aspects of Interior Design at Mackey Mitchell has provided her with a strong background in space planning and Interior design as well as branded environments. She is well versed in the essential elements of branded environments and enjoys working with clients to create spaces that are a reflection of their unique brand. As an interior design expert with experience on award-winning projects, Merrilee is a frequent presenter at ACUI conferences across the country.
Service to others is at the core of how Merrilee lives her life. She appreciates every opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of other people which is why she enjoys creating spaces for others to enjoy. She is the mother of two daughters and the wife of a teacher. When she has an opportunity, she enjoys running and endurance racing.
HOMETOWN: Waterloo, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Music, Photography
Kim joined Mackey Mitchell in 1998 as a Project Assistant; she is currently the Office Manager and has been a Senior Associate since 2005.
Kim studied to be a nurse, but lucky for us she ended up here. She’s responsible for organizing all facets of daily actions in the office. With her gentle, soft-spoken, and nurturing spirit, she helps the architects with project documentation, tracks LEED points, and assists with organizing project documentation and making sure deadlines are met. She also organizes the firm’s social events, helping make it a great place to work.
A self-described book nerd and music enthusiast, she also enjoys hiking and taking photographs around her small town in Southern Illinois. Kim also manages the schedules of two sports-minded teenage boys – a job almost as demanding as her role at Mackey Mitchell.
HOMETOWN: Chesterfield, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Music, Reading
Gregory graduated from the University of Kansas-Lawrence with his Master of Architecture in 2004. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2008 and became a Senior Associate in 2013.
From K-12 work, Higher-Ed Academic and Student Life Buildings, Auditorium renovations, and High-End Residential projects, Gregory’s broad experience speaks to his strengths as someone who really enjoys focusing on the complex challenges of each individual project. If asked to list his favorite projects, his answers all share a common thread: that he enjoyed the challenge each presented, from extremely fast construction schedules to managing complex consultant teams. Gregory is known by his project team members as a critical thinker who will never shy away from questioning details he feels are critical to a project’s success.
Outside of work, Gregory is an active new father, and avid music fan. Five years ago, as a new homeowner, Gregory began tackling the full rehab of a 130-year-old house in one of St. Louis’ most historic neighborhoods.
HOMETOWN: Ottumwa, Iowa PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Canoeing, Hiking, Art
Jim graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974 and then Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Architecture in 1978.
With a career spanning over 40 years, Jim’s experience encompasses a broad range of project types including higher education, elementary and secondary education, entertainment, and sports and recreation centers. Always a calm and reassuring presence, Jim especially enjoys collaborating with clients, coworkers and engineering consultants to solve complex issues.
Jim has served as a past director of AIA Missouri and is an active member in the AIA St. Louis Mentor Group, where he shares experiences and observations about his career and our profession. Jim enjoys traveling with his wife of 39 years, camping with his four brothers on the Iowa River, and canoeing in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
HOMETOWN: Waterloo, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Home Renovation, Historic Preservation
Beth graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2005. She joined Mackey Mitchell in 2012.
Recently relocated back to her hometown from South Florida, Beth has quickly embraced the challenges of Student Housing design and construction at Mackey Mitchell. While working in South Florida, she gained great expertise in coastal design and construction practices. Some of her favorite projects while at Mackey Mitchell have been working on the beautiful Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the construction of new student housing at Coastal Carolina University.
Mother to an adorable new baby, Beth is loving this new phase in her life. Her interests include baking, antique shopping, and home restoration. She chairs the Columbia (Illinois) Historic Preservation Commission and is a member of the Columbia (Illinois) Architectural Review Board.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Sketching, Travel, Architectural History
After working for Murphy & Mackey (his father’s firm), Gene founded our company in 1968. Gene graduated from Washington University in 1962, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1963.
The son of one of St. Louis’ most accomplished architects (Eugene Mackey, Jr.), Gene was granted Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects for his architectural design achievements. Gene has strongly influenced our work with his ability to view situations from “30,000 feet.” In 2008, he received the AIA St. Louis Chapter Gold Honor Award. Gene recently published a book documenting a 1958 trip he took with his father to Europe during which Gene left as an English major and returned as an architecture student. The rest is history – or as Gene would say, “No, it’s architecture.”
Sadly, Gene passed away on November 27, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer.
HOMETOWN: Iowa City, Iowa PERSONAL PASSIONS: Volunteering, Outdoor Adventures, Traveling
Lea graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2005. She joined Mackey Mitchell in 2012.
Lea brings 10 years of experience to MMA in both Architecture and Interiors. She is skilled at developing interior finish palettes within clients’ budgets, educating clients about new finish material options, and creating detailed renderings to effectively communicate proposed design solutions.
She is active in AIASTL and has served as Associate Director; is a past Chair for Young Architects StL; served as a mentor for Art in Schools, a program to promote art, architecture, and design in local schools; lead architectural tours for elementary students; and has helped organize CANstruction events as well. Lea is passionate about becoming a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and in her down time she enjoys traveling, photography, horseback riding, sewing, backpacking, and jogs in the park with her pup, Izzie.
HOMETOWN: Rantoul, Illinois (Chanute Air Force Base) PERSONAL PASSIONS: Fly Fishing & Tying, the Great Outdoors
Dan graduated from the University of Florida in 1974 with a Bachelor of Design, and then Washington University in 1977 with a Masters of Architecture. He joined the firm in 1978 and was made principal in 1981.
Because of his “can-do” attitude and sharp business acumen, Dan’s name was added to the firm’s masthead in 1992. His ability to manage the financial and business side of architecture has played a key role in the firm’s success. He led the charge for integrating technology into the firm’s practice, resulting in national recognition as one of “America’s Best Managed Firms.” His Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the AIA’s College of Fellows, and most recently receiving the St. Louis AIA Gold Award, were a result of his focus on legislative issues concerning architects and their practice.
Dan has a particularly strong love for fly fishing and fly tying, and spends as much time as possible outdoors.
HOMETOWN: Fort Smith, Arkansas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Golf, Reading, Running, Woodworking
Tom graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1976. He joined the firm in 1991 and became a principal in 1998.
Over his 38-year career, Tom has developed expertise in many building types, from call centers, office buildings, historic restorations and renovations, as well as managing most of our private residential and country club work. In addition to his project duties, he acts as the office’s technical advisor and provides quality control and specification writing. As a result, Mackey Mitchell enjoys a reputation of high-quality documents respected by contractors and owners alike. Tom has served on the AIA Craftmanship Jury and built projects for Habitat for Humanity. He is proud of his small-town heritage. He has been avidly playing golf since high school, and is quick to point out his belief that longevity makes you play better. Tom also enjoys running, sketching, reading science non-fiction, and working in his extensive home woodworking shop.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Baseball, Friends, Outdoors
Nick graduated from Kansas State University with his Bachelor of Architecture in 2005. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2008 and became a Senior Associate in 2013.
Nick’s diverse portfolio of work has seamlessly developed at Mackey Mitchell Architects, and he is a sought-after team member by our clients. He is often referred to as the “technical guru” and speaks passionately about topics such as building code(s), energy code(s), ADA, and building envelope design. His “no excuses” approach to detailing buildings is complemented by his in-depth understanding of project management and construction administration.
Nick counters his intensity at work with spending time around a bonfire or barbeque discussing St. Louis Cardinals baseball with friends. In the office, he uses his unique sense of humor and positive attitude to keep fellow employees, consultants, and clients interested in the conversation at hand.
HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Georgia PERSONAL PASSIONS: Music, Traveling, Being a Good Mom
When you call Mackey Mitchell, chances are you’ll be greeted with Office Assistant Jill Patterson’s enthusiastic voice. A St. Louisan since the age of 13, Jill is very close to her family and can’t wait to hear what hilarious comment her 4-year old son will make every day. As a music lover, she watches live bands any chance she gets, and especially enjoys listening to the local talent over some amazing food. In May 2017, Jill graduated with a bachelors degree in Business Administration through Lindenwood University.
Jill’s past work experience has taught her two important things: first, she loves meeting new people and interacting with all of them. (The phrase, “never met a stranger” definitely applies to Jill!) Secondly, she finds herself consistently drawn to the world of design and construction. Aspiring to become a well-rounded professional in all aspects of that world, Jill believes MMA will help guide her to that goal.
HOMETOWN: New York Mills, New York PERSONAL PASSIONS: Photography, Painting, Renovation
Tom graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1990. He joined the firm in 1995 and became a principal in 2006.
Tom divides his work at Mackey Mitchell between designing and managing renovation projects and leading the firm’s technology research, development, and implementation. Tom’s intense and genuine curiosity encourages him to examine all aspects of a project, helping clients understand abstract design ideas as well as collaborating with field workers about construction details.
Tom’s personal passion is to instill the “why” habit into young people and teach them how to make things with their hands. He brings all of this together in his personal home & studio project, a 13,000sf renovation of a 100+ year old Southwestern Bell Telephone building he is undertaking with his significant other, Sue. (Follow their blog here.) Tom also spends time on his award-winning photography and paintings, as well as training their two border collies, Lucy and Lily.
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, Ohio PERSONAL PASSIONS: Disney, Dementia Care, Travel, Volunteering
Cindy graduated magna cum laude from Missouri State University with her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1977, and summa cum laude with her MBA from Maryville University in 2006. She joined the firm in 1988, becoming a Senior Associate in 1996.
In Cindy’s HR role, she administers payroll and benefits, peruses resumes and sets up interviews. During her 26+ years with the firm, Cindy’s passions about benefit research have led to expertise in Long Term Care Insurance, 401(k) investing, and Qualified High Deductible Health Plans. She enjoys fielding questions from employees and assisting them in reaching their professional and financial goals.
Cindy loves exploring the positive impact of music therapy on elderly individuals with dementia at Sunrise Senior Living.
One of Cindy’s biggest passions is Disney. She is involved with many Disney enthusiast groups, and travels to the park several times a year, for personal enjoyment and to volunteer with groups providing trips for disabled children.
HOMETOWN: St. Charles, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Farming/Gardening, Running
Clay graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1994. He worked at Mackey Mitchell from 1999-2007 and rejoined in 2012.
Clay heads up Mackey Mitchell’s newly established Kansas office. Whether acting as project manager, designer, or architect, he’s able to navigate the complexity of his projects to create the most elegant and functional design possible for the client. He has worked on office buildings, warehouses, classroom buildings, performing arts facilities, student centers, student housing and dining, parking garages, business schools and laboratories.
Clay has been a soccer, basketball and track coach, a school board member and a member of Rotary International. Clay is also an avid reader, chess player and runner. When he’s not solving architectural problems he is busy working on his historic home. Raised in St. Louis, Clay now resides with his wife and four children on their small farm in eastern Kansas.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Carpentry, Motorcycling
Erik completed his bachelor degree in 2010 from the University of Detroit Mercy, staying on to complete his Masters of Architecture in 2013. During this time, he was actively involved in the local AIA student chapter and served as the university’s Student Alumni Association chapter president.
Since his career began, Erik has been involved in a broad range of practice areas including Retail, Automotive, Corporate Interiors, Health and Wellness, Hospitality, and Higher Education. Being actively involved in all phases of projects, his attention to detail is a valued asset with clients and peers.
A St. Louis native, Erik graduated from Parkway Central High School. After graduation he spent 10 years in the city of Detroit. Witnessing the city’s turnaround from bankruptcy and seeing the exciting future it has in store, Erik is passionate about urban revitalization and the unique design challenges that process brings. Outside of work, he is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers (he swears you can be both!) and is looking forward to re-discovering the state of Missouri from the comfort and safety of his Harley-Davidson.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Community Involvement, Home Renovation
Matthew graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2007 and became a Senior Associate in 2010.
Matthew has conducted design teams through both small and large scale student housing projects including the Williams Village North Hall at University of Colorado – Boulder, which is the first LEED Platinum residence hall in the country. In addition to his expertise with student housing, he has also worked on several business schools and custom residences.
Matthew’s passion for architecture has been with him since he was child and continues today as he dedicates his time and skills to the local community. He has developed Construction Documents for Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis, participated in CANstruction and is the liaison for his church, August Gate, as they renovate several newly acquired buildings.
HOMETOWN: Morton Grove, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Animals, Family
Caitlin graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Certificate of Planning, and continued her education at Washington University in St. Louis where she received her Master’s degree in Architecture. Her education involved summer projects in Paris (2009) and Barcelona (2014). She served as a teaching assistant at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, and helped design layout spaces for display of exhibits. She joined Mackey Mitchell in 2015.
With an interest in the St. Louis community, her goal is to join or volunteer for local organizations. In the meantime, keeping company with her cats Kaleeshi and Nimeria, with plans to adopt a dog into her pet family, keeps her busy and entertained outside the workplace. She also enjoys spending time with friends and cheering for her much loved Chicago sports teams.
HOMETOWN: Kansas City, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Hiking, Craft Beer, Bhangra
Jasmin graduated with a Master of Architecture in 2017 from the University of Kansas. During and since her studies, she has valued the capabilities that computer-aided 3D modeling brings to the design process, making complex building interactions easier to envision. Jasmin also studied abroad in Japan and Singapore.
While born in the United States, Jasmin moved to India at an early age, and spent more than 10 years living in Dalhousie, Amritsar and New Dehli. Returning to the US, Jasmin initially studied Chemistry and Biology, but wanted a career that was more creative and artistic. Architecture proved to be a better path, which she felt was more practical and functional. Having been an intern at other architecture firms, Jasmin is excited to develop her architectural and marketing skills as a professional in our Lawrence office.
Jasmin spends a lot of her free time hiking, and recently trekked to the top of Mt. Elbert, which at 14,440’, is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains. She also volunteers for the India Association of Kansas City, which holds many public cultural events including dance competitions, fashion shows and food festivals.
HOMETOWN: Webster Groves, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Fatherhood, Travel
Dan graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2000. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2004 and became a Senior Associate in 2009.
Known for his dependable and easy-going personality, Dan has had the opportunity to lead several of our high-profile student life projects; from resident halls to student centers to academic buildings. Along with his exceptional team leadership skills, Dan brings strength to the project team with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of creating a balance between design and constructability.
Dan has coached the Mackey Mitchell softball team for the last several years, leading them to one of their best records in 2013. A St. Louis native, Dan is a devoted Cardinals baseball fan and loves going on adventures throughout St. Louis with his kids.
HOMETOWN: Mansfield, Ohio
PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Fitness, Animals, TV
Kathy graduated with Honor from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Advertising, but due to life’s twists and turns has spent the last 12+ years in the nonprofit sector writing grant proposals for community arts, K-12 education, higher education, and human services. Now managing proposals for Mackey Mitchell, she loves the opportunity to combine writing and layout/design into every project.
Kathy has lived in Ballwin for 15 years raising her two daughters, one finishing 4th grade and the other her freshman year of college. She also currently has three fur kids, two dogs and a cat, and is perpetually covered in pet hair. She loves to work out, and her current favorite is boxing and kickboxing classes at Title Boxing Club – she extends an open invitation to anyone who wants to come and try a class.
Kathy is a devoted “cheer mom” and lover of all things Cookie Monster. If she’s not at the gym or spotting cheer stunts, you will most likely find her on the couch watching cheesy Lifetime made-for-TV movies or American Ninja Warrior… in her Cookie Monster pajama pants.
HOMETOWN: Jacksonville, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Baseball, Maps
Kevin is a graduate of the Illinois School for the Deaf and studied at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf before earning his degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002. He joined Mackey Mitchell in 2009, becoming our BIM expert, and was named an Associate in 2011.
Having grown up at the Illinois School for the Deaf, and with undergraduate work at NTID/RIT, Kevin brings powerful insight into Mackey Mitchell’s design work in deaf education: most recently in a design competition for a new living/learning residence hall for Gallaudet University – the nation’s only university designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.
As a busy father of two young daughters and an avid Cardinals baseball fan, he enjoys Mackey Mitchell’s office being next to Busch Stadium, part of the lively atmosphere with fellow co-workers and fans. With his sense of humor, he’s not afraid to share his American Sign Language knowledge by teaching coworkers sign language, whether “good” or “bad.”
HOMETOWN: Southhaven, Mississippi PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Marathons, Yoga
Kyle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1996, and then with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2000. He joined the firm in 2002, and was named a principal in 2012.
After 10 years in the Mackey Mitchell St. Louis office, Kyle moved to Asheville, NC to launch a new branch office to better serve the southeast region. As Principal in Charge of the North Carolina office, Kyle continues to work with universities and colleges across the south, and he enjoys promoting Asheville’s celebrated artisans—most recently through the design of a new glass blowingstudio and gallery. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Kyle also promotes environmentally responsible architecture for good health and happiness.
Outside of work, Kyle has been a Habitat volunteer, led a number of award-winning CANstruction teams, and was a long time contributor to the ACE Mentoring program in St. Louis. Husband, marathon runner and yoga enthusiast, Kyle attributes his daily happiness to a loving wife and dog, frequent exercise, healthy eating, and a passion for good design.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Hiking, Camping, Baking blueberry pies
Hannah received her Master of Architecture in May 2017 from the University of Kansas. She was initially drawn to architecture by seeing her father build and flip homes during her childhood, watching new homes spring from the ground up and seeing new life breathed into old. Her thesis project focused on population health technology, which integrated sensor technology and smart materials into housing for the aging population, allowing them to stay longer in their homes independently.
Combining two of her passions, Hannah spent a summer studying abroad where she walked or hiked at least 15 miles every day across cities in Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. “A passion for travel has also allowed me exposure to cities of strength, and a motivation to empower urbanites to take ownership of their communities.”
Hannah’s strong connection to family started with a childhood spent at her grandparents’ property along the Meramec River, where she explored caves and hiked with family in all seasons. Her most memorable excursion was a midnight candle-lit walk with her father to Petra, the historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan.
HOMETOWN: Highland, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, the Outdoors, Making stuff, History & Preservation
Jennifer graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Architecture degree in 2001. She then moved to North Carolina where she first worked for a historic preservation specialist for six years and then focused on higher education for seven years. She joined Mackey Mitchell in 2016.
Jennifer has experienced higher education from many facets, including a jobs as an RA and in the Facilities department at Illinois, and as an adjunct instructor in historic interiors and furniture at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. As an architect, she is adept at understanding the culture and goals of each institution, and facilitating project development with those goals in mind. Her past project experience includes new campus buildings and building renovations that respect the historic context of campus while promoting the university’s values and aspirations. She has worked at Wake Forest University, Salem College, Duke University, Elon University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
She lives with her husband and two children in an old house in Edwardsville, Illinois, where she also serves on the Historic Preservation Commission. With her family she enjoys being outdoors, working on their house, and making things.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Art, Health & Wellness
Gwynn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury University with both her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts (Digital Imagery) in 1999, receiving the AIA Henry Adams Medal. She joined the firm in 2005 and was named a senior associate in 2009.
As a lead designer, Gwynn has over fifteen years of experience with a passion for creating the whole building environment, seamlessly integrating interior and exterior. Responsible for developing the design concept and carrying its essence through to the finish materials, she has led design teams across the country on award-winning campus life projects including student housing, student centers, and academic buildings. Gwynn incorporates digital visualization throughout her design process and is often the “go-to” in the office for artistic architectural renderings for presentations and competitions.
An artist at heart, Gwynn chose to practice architecture because the field encompasses all scales of design — from a piece of furniture to a campus master plan. She furthers her love of aesthetics by working in a glass studio weekly, creating functional fused glass art pieces (gwynn-zivic.squarespace.com) and regularly drawing and sketching in classes throughout St. Louis and while traveling.
In October, 1968, Gene Mackey – with a passion for architecture and a will to succeed – took a risk. He opened a one-man office on the 20th floor of the Railway Exchange Building in downtown St. Louis with 800 square feet and a view of the Mississippi River.
Early years were highlighted by interesting small projects such as the Ellisville City Hall, offices for the law firm of Thompson Walther and Shewmaker, planning projects at the Washington University Medical Center, and a few house additions for friends.
Mackey quickly discovered that architecture is about “finding the opportunity to make relationships exist, then refining them so that design excellence is possible.” Over time, the firm’s intellectual vitality has evolved into a “think-tank” where each architectural endeavor becomes a process that stimulates an even broader idea, supporting the firm’s philosophy of life-long learning.
Mackey moves in to his first office in the Railway Exchange Building, downtown St. Louis
First Building Commission
Ellisville City Hall
(In 2009, Money magazine ranked Ellisville, MO #25 on the annual Best Places to Live in America list.)
"There's something very magical about it." –Gene Mackey
Mackey completes Shapleigh Fountain at Missouri Botanical Garden, the beginning a 30-year relationship of projects.
Mackey completes the Shoenberg fountain for the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Zen at the Garden.
From the inkbrush sketches of Koichi Kawana, one of Japan's premier landscape designers, Mackey Mitchell interpreted each design concept bringing the Japanese Garden to life. Seiwa En - garden of pure, clear harmony and peace - is the largest traditional Japanese garden in North America.
The design of Barry-Wehmiller’s St. Louis office marks the beginning of another long-term client relationship.
Dan Mitchell is named Partner
Dan Mitchell joined Gene Mackey with plans to work for only a couple of years before returning to his home state of Florida. He immersed himself in major neighborhood revitalization projects and had the business savvy to capably manage the firm’s rapid growth.
Jeddah Dental Clinic, Saudi Arabia,
designed for oil minister Sheik Yamani.
Parades & Celebrations
The Stupp Fountain at the Missouri Historical Society celebrates the Louisiana Purchase and its territory.
The firm moves to the Pershing Arcade, a building renovated by Mackey & Associates in the DeBaliviere neighborhood.
Mackey's design for the Bi-State Bus Garage covers an entire city block and is praised for blending seamlessly into the urban context.
[Bi-State is now dba Metro.]
The Omni Majestic Hotel becomes an intimate concierge hotel.
A New Look.
Mackey & Associates' design for the Herman Stemme building, developed by Sachs Properties, gives “highway” architecture a new look and feel.
Post Office Annex Renovation, St. Louis Union Station
The first of several major projects that reinvigorated the Union Station complex.
Lammert Building, St. Louis, MO
According to Commercial Renovation magazine, the Lammert Building restoration “looks better than the original.”
CPI Renovation, St. Louis
Though federal laws reduced tax incentives for urban development, Mackey & Associates' renovation of the CPI building brought a significant boost to the early redevelopment of Washington Avenue.
Sallie Mae Office Building, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
A long-term relationship with Sallie Mae begins with this new office building, expanding the firm's work beyond the region.
The Power House.
The award-winning “Power House,” one of three new buildings in the Union Station office complex designed by Mackey & Associates, becomes the firm’s new home.
Urban Offices + More.
Two additional projects complete the office complex at the southern end of Union Station: the Grand Central office building (far left) and Union Station Cinema (under the highway!) with a lush plaza and fountain in the center.
The YMCA Campaign.
The Mid-County YMCA is so successful that it marks the beginning of a 10-year relationship of new and renovated buildings around the St. Louis area.
The Spink Pavilion, formerly the historic entrance to the Missouri Botanical Garden, gets an extensive renovation.
Gene Mackey inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member.
Center for Molecular Electronics
The state-of-the-art "MolecElec" is a high-tech project for University of Missouri St. Louis.
Addition to Spencer T. Olin Hall
At Washington University School of Medicine, this modern addition included a bright and open dining center. (Photo is detail of the light monitor.)
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Mackey Mitchell designed an addition to this historic and spectacular performance space.
A private residence in Michigan.
New Student Housing - Washington University in St. Louis
We begin our decades-long relationship with Washington University with the completion of "Phase I" — the first 250 of 3000+ beds we would design for them.
Principia College, Elsah, IL
University work expands to The Principia with Watson Science Center Teaching Labs, with its design and details paying respect to Bernard Maybeck's original buildings.
A Dynamic Headquarters Building
Utilizing tilt-up technology, Clayco's construction techniques are represented in their own office building.
Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO
The new dining terrace for a prestigious private club.
Dan Mitchell: AIA Recognition
Dan Mitchell receives AIA Missouri Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award for his legislative work.
Dan Mitchell Recieves AIA Fellowship
The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member.
Visitors Center Revisited
Serving millions of visitors in Forest Park, the Lindell Pavilion takes on a new purpose after renovation. (Now named the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.)
The Beaver Creek lodge-style residence sits comfortably in the Colorado mountains.
A St. Louis Institution
CBC (Christian Brothers College High School) maintains its historic identity on a brand new site.
Alberici Corporate Headquarters
Alberici Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis is completed, receiving more points for LEED Platinum certification than any other building in the world.
A new master plan, green space, housing upgrades and dining pavilion establish a new identity at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Changing the Cultural Landscape
Host to nationally recognized performances, the Hett Center at McKendree University offers students and the community a top-notch concert hall.
Building on top of water, the beauty, durability and a small miracle of engineering provide an exceptional place for lakeside living in The Boathouse.
Employees continue to achieve LEED accrediation!
A Place for Food and Fellowship
Mueller Leadership Hall Westminster College is a favorite dining venue for campus and community.
Gene Mackey is the 13th recipient of the AIA St. Louis Chapter Gold Honor Award
This is the chapter’s highest honor and presented to an architect of high character for years of dedication and service .
South 40 House
A major housing and dining project replaces Wohl Center, becoming a dynamic destination for students attending Washington University in St. Louis.
Architect Magazine ranks MMA as one of the nation’s Top 100 Firms
“In this survey we were compared with firms from all over the country…giants in Chicago with revenues of $300 million, and employees numbering a thousand. We feel we held our own by making the magazine’s coveted list.” –Dan Mitchell
21st Century Project Comes Full Circle
Indiana University's Rose Avenue Residence Hall is one of only three universities constructed in the US designed to adopt the principles outlined in ACUHO-I's 21st Century project - with the goal of creating the residence hall of the future.
MMA Moves to Cupples Warehouse District
Listed on the National Park Service Historic Registry, Cupples 9 was built in 1894 as a warehouse. Slated for demolition in 1989, Mackey Mitchell helped lead an urban development study that eventually saved the historic landmark.
100-Year Sustainable Building
MMA works with Robert Stern on new East Academic Building at Webster University.
Student Life Portfolio
MMA celebrates its student life portfolio with the fall opening of 10 new residence halls.
Steve Emer named President of MMA
The first elected president in the firm’s 46-year history, Emer was voted in unanimously by the firm’s shareholders, which noted his “all-encompassing range of skills” that made him “an obvious choice to take on the challenges of being President.” Emer joined MMA in 1996 and became principal in 2008.
Beechwoods, Stonebridge and Hillcrest residence halls make their debut on the north end of the Western Campus at Miama University of Ohio
The featured pond is part of a geothermal heating and cooling system that will save the university approximately $1 million annually in operating and maintenance costs. The three buildings provide the university with a total of 720 beds, with each building having its own exterior and interior identity.
Dan Mitchell is the 15th recipient of the AIA St. Louis Chapter Gold Honor Award
The chapter’s highest honor and presented to an architect of high character for years of dedication and service to the profession.