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.
Paola Badea, Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, Fitwel Ambassador
HOMETOWN: San Juan, Puerto Rico PERSONAL PASSIONS: Organizing, Interdisciplinary Learning, Coffee, Collaborative Community Engagement, Family
Joining MMA’s St. Louis office in 2022, Paola brings architecture experience in project design and project management on a variety of building types, including commercial, multi-family mixed-use, and higher education. Viewing each new project as an opportunity to meet and learn from new people, Paola is most passionate about design that is informed by deeply understanding the communities and people who use them. She is especially drawn to projects with specialized programs or ones with challenging design problems that require creative solutions, and she enjoys exploring new workflows and learning new skills to improve both efficiency and quality of her work.
Outside of her career, Paola is very involved in initiatives to improve communities having collaborated and led several organizations that are advocating for women in the profession, inclusion, and equitable design, including Hawthorn Leadership School of Girls, COCA, Rung for Women, and Litshop. She is currently an active leader of the AIA St. Louis Women in Architecture Forum, AIA J.E.D.I and Community Engagement Committees.
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: Mattoon, IL PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Hiking, Yoga, Live Music
Shelby was drawn toward the design world through her childhood spent making art and moving from place to place. She became fascinated by space planning, adaptive reuse, and applying her art to something bigger than paper. She joined the Mackey Mitchell team after graduating in 2018 and is excited to help design interior spaces that truly benefit the end user they are serving and the environment they are inhabiting.
During her time at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Shelby obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design with minors in History and Environmental Studies. She was passionate about sustainability on her campus, becoming a member of the Green Action Team and receiving funding for a Green Fund proposal to create a School of Architecture studio recycling program. Her studies also enabled her to take a 2-week “Little Grand Tour” through the ancient architecture of Italy and Greece, and she hopes to participate in volunteer build programs elsewhere around the world.
In her free time, Shelby loves to be outdoors, go on road trips, explore the St. Louis music scene, and spend time with her cat, Penelope.
HOMETOWN: Rockne, Texas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Photography, Painting, Nature, Music
Hailing from Houston, Trey joined Mackey Mitchell in May 2018 after working in marketing in the architecture industry in Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
From art to architecture, Trey is fascinated by design and is passionate about using communications to connect people to the built environments they inhabit. By combining his love of creating with his knack for problem solving, he develops creative solutions to achieving marketing goals. Aside from his career in architecture marketing, Trey lends his talents to environmental and community causes.
Trey enjoys the outdoors, live music, and trying new foods, especially when you can combine all three. He spends his free time with his partner Hunter exploring St. Louis and learning about its storied past.
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: 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: 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: Napoleon, Ohio PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Skiing, Fitness, Cooking & Baking & Eating, All Things DIY
Joining Mackey Mitchell in 2019, Sara brings experience that includes all stages of a project, from initial planning through the end of construction. While she enjoys the creative aspects of architecture, she understands the importance of practicality and finding that balance to deliver a successful project. “How can you responsibly utilize existing programs and infrastructure without sacrificing the new functionality your client needs? How do you achieve that necessary ‘wow’ factor but stay loyal to your budget? These are the puzzles I love solving,” Sara explains.
Following her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis and graduate school at the University of Colorado-Denver, Sara returned to St. Louis in 2015. Outside the office, Sara and her husband spend much of their time keeping their adorable daughters and two rescue pups out of their extensive DIY projects that tend to take over the house. Her latest undertakings are learning to pour GFRC table tops and tinkering with the proper chemical mixtures to grow synthetic geodes and crystals. In addition to her home projects, Sara and her little family enjoy any time spent together, including family hobbies of skiing and cooking.
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: St. Louis, MO PERSONAL PASSIONS: Songwriting, Performing, Cooking with friends
Joining MMA in the Lawrence, KS office in 2019, Nick brings a background ranging in experience from architectural design, coordination, and construction management, to master planning and marketing support. His background serving in many roles across a variety of project types allows him to design with anticipation of construction and see the projects through with care for design objectives.
Outside of work, Nick enjoys creating music, a hobby which he feels creates a unique balance with his love for architecture. “The more I exercise design thinking, the more I see parallels in music composition. Both in architecture and in music; patterns, exceptions to patterns, resulting focus and movement are the foundation to the experience,” Nick explains. Being an alumni of the University of Kansas, Nick feels at home with an ever-growing group of Jayhawks at Mackey Mitchell.
HOMETOWN: Overland Park, Kansas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Fatherhood, Home Renovation, Music
Led by a passion to elevate the human experience through design, Jordan works with clients to plan and design environments focused on community, sustainability, and the user experience. As a Higher Ed Student Life market leader at Mackey Mitchell, Jordan collaborates with colleges and universities to shape the student experience on campuses across the country. His projects include campus master plans, new and renovated residence halls, housing master plans, campus dining, student health and other student life facilities. Jordan’s deep experience in residential life design has provided the basis for articles on housing trends and several presentations at ACUHO-I conferences where he has presented on topics such as designing for well-being, living-learning communities, and housing master planning.
Jordan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. His love for campus life carries over to the classroom having taught courses at Washington University in St. Louis and sitting on student design reviews whenever possible. In the community he has been an Associate Board member at COCA and provided pro bono services to many local non-profits. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, traveling, renovating his house, and playing his bass guitar.
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: St. Louis, MO PERSONAL PASSIONS: Drawing, Storytelling, Fitness
Joining MMA in 2022, Alex brings a diverse architectural background that includes multi-family residential, civic, and education markets. What Alex most enjoys about architecture is design and detailing, and discovering where they intersect to create meaningful places. Outside of architecture, Alex enjoys reading and drawing comics–a hobby that blends his creative interests of art and storytelling–along with exploring St. Louis, fitness, and being involved in his church.
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
With an extensive background in interior design and space planning, Merrilee finds innovative solutions to create award-winning spaces that are both inviting and infused with identity. Merrilee’s engaging personality allows her to develop close relationships with clients to fully understand their needs and make well-informed project decisions. Her experience has placed her at the speaker’s podium of many prominent national industry events, often presenting on transforming spaces and creative problem solving through design. Leading MMA’s Dallas office, Merrilee oversees the firm’s projects in Texas.
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 1997 as a Project Assistant; she is currently the Human Resources Director and has been a Senior Associate since 2005.
Kim studied to be a nurse, but lucky for us she ended up here. She transitioned into the role of Human Resources in 2018. With her gentle, soft-spoken, and nurturing spirit, she is an advocate for our employees on benefits, engagement, and growth. She also helps organize 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 where she lives with her husband and two sons.
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. After returning to her hometown from living in South Florida, she joined Mackey Mitchell in 2012 and quickly embraced the challenges of designing and constructing for higher education. Her varied experience and easygoing personality have helped her become an integral part of many successful projects while at Mackey Mitchell. Some of her favorite projects have been working on new student housing for Coastal Carolina University, creating a new home for the Physician Assistant Program at Stephens College, and working closely alongside SIUE’s School of Nursing to envision their new spaces.
Beth is a mother to two adorable boys who constantly keep her on her toes, which helps explain her ability to be so nimble on projects. Her interests include baking, antiquing, home restoration, and she considers herself quite the foodie! She chairs the Columbia (Illinois) Historic Preservation Commission and is a member of the Columbia (Illinois) Architectural Review Board.
HOMETOWN: Garden City, Kansas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Urban Design, and Health and Wellness
Matty joined Mackey Mitchell in 2022 in the Lawrence, Kansas office and is now contributing to the firm’s higher education projects. Matty is passionate about how architecture directly and indirectly influences our health and how the built environment leads to life-long health related choices. “I am most interested in how the built environment (both the buildings and the overall urban design) can impact our lives in ways that we will never truly be able to comprehend,” Matty explained. To further support his expertise, Matty is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at New York University following obtaining a Master of Architecture degree and Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness from the University of Kansas.
Outside of architecture, Matty enjoys vocal and instrumental music, technology, film and television, and taking care of his beloved houseplants.
HOMETOWN: Kansas City, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Designing, Making, Teaching, Traveling
Matt joined MMA’s Lawrence office as a project architect after having worked for roughly 20 years in the construction industry, with 9 of those years in a superintendent role on commercial projects all over the country.
Originally from South Carolina and raised in Kansas City, Matt and his wife moved to Lawrence in 1991 and they have been there ever since. He then returned to the University of Kansas to finish his master’s degree in architecture and while in school, Matt interned for design firms near and far from Kansas City to across the globe where he gained international architecture experience working in Beijing. Following graduation, he taught architecture at the University of Kansas as an adjunct professor while also practicing architecture for a Kansas City based firm.
Outside of MMA, Matt can be found unwinding in his shop in Kansas City where he designs and fabricates custom furniture and architectural metal works. He also enjoys dining out and attending live music events with his wife, and being a dad to their Siamese cat who is constantly training them to be better cat owners.
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: Jonesboro, Arkansas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Family, New Experiences, Learning
Already well-known to many at Mackey Mitchell, Halie first joined the firm as a summer intern in 2019, after which she finished her master’s degree programs in Architecture and Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis following her undergraduate studies in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design. Always eager to learn from other cultures and places, Halie’s path included invaluable academic experience abroad, from France to Hong Kong and Argentina to Cambodia. In 2021 she rejoined the firm in MMA’s Asheville office and was eager to reunite with her former colleagues and hit the ground running on exciting new projects.
A natural problem solver, Halie loves discovering new solutions through relationship building and seeing things through the lens of other cultures and people. She’s especially interested in exploring new ways of communicating design through renderings and graphics, understanding the importance of identity and representation in architecture.
Outside of work, she enjoys exploring coffee shops and eateries in Asheville, hiking, building things, and spending time with her friends and family, including her labradoodle Aspen!
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: Ft. Worth, Texas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Reading, Drawing, Hiking, Gaming
Kelly joined MMA’s Dallas office in 2019 following her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and graduate school at the University of Virginia, including a study abroad program in Italy. First drawn to architecture through her early interest in art, Kelly most enjoys site planning, compositional aspects, and the human connection of architecture. “The ability to use buildings as a medium to create unique and exciting experiences that improve the lives of people is something that I love about my career,” Kelly explained.
Outside of architecture, Kelly enjoys reading, playing video games, and hiking and camping with her husband. Being adventurers and lovers of the outdoors, they have set a goal to visit as many US National Parks as possible. Already checked off the list: Big Bend, Bryce, Gateway Arch, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, and Zion National Park.
HOMETOWN: Ferrisburgh, Vermont PERSONAL PASSIONS: Home Remodeling, Woodworking, Baseball/Softball, Speedskating
Chris joined Mackey Mitchell in 2022 bringing a depth of experience in project management and architecture across several market sectors ranging from senior living to hospitality and retail to medical spaces. When asked about his favorite parts of architecture, his answers share a common thread: the details. “A lot of my interests lie in how things go together. I like to pride myself in putting together a good set of construction documents that a contractor can pick up and build successfully,” he explained.
Outside of Mackey Mitchell, you can find Chris utilizing his creative mind and skillset through woodworking and home remodeling.
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: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Community Involvement, Personal Finance, and 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.
Leading design teams through both small and large-scale student housing projects, including several P3 projects, has allowed Matthew the opportunity to work with clients and associate architects all over the country, including on major campuses in the Big 10, Big 12, and SEC. In addition to his expertise in student housing, Matthew is also an expert in early childcare centers, having designed projects for corporate and not-for-profit clients.
With a passion for architecture that has been with him since he was a child and continues today, Matthew dedicates his time and skills to serving the local community. He is in charge of the Facilities Ministry at his church where he leads volunteer and professional teams through the ongoing renovation of a 100-year-old facility. His biggest passion is serving his wife, Lynette, and raising their four young daughters.
HOMETOWN: Glen Carbon, Illinois PERSONAL PASSIONS: Yoga, Traveling, Mountains, Thrifting
A current student at Maryville University, Kennedy joined Mackey Mitchell as an Interior Design Intern in the summer of 2022, now contributing to interior components on the firm’s many projects. Kennedy most enjoys space planning, creating renderings, and selecting finishes and materials. She is most fascinated by discovering the ways that spaces can affect human behavior and perspectives, and pushing for sustainable solutions whenever possible.
Outside of interior design, Kennedy enjoys traveling, hiking, vegetarian cuisine, and spending time outdoors with her dogs Roxi and Remi.
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 residence 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.
Most of Dan’s time outside of the office is spent with his family, traveling, hiking, biking, and watching movies. As a soccer fan, Dan is excited and ready for St. Louis SC and what the future holds for soccer in St. Louis!
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: Louisville, Kentucky PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Video Games, Ping Pong, Trivia
Preston joined Mackey Mitchell in the spring of 2020, bringing project experience that includes a range of building types on K-12 and college campuses across the country.
Following graduation from University of Notre Dame, Preston’s interest in the technical aspects of architecture steered his focus to graphic renderings and modeling, then moving into the production and detailing roles after quickly becoming a licensed architect. Preston serves in the Project Architect role at Mackey Mitchell, utilizing his technical expertise to find creative solutions to design challenges.
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: 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: Lawrence, Kansas PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Adventuring, Volunteering
Shelli joined Mackey Mitchell as a Project Manager in spring of 2020, bringing a background that spans more than 20 years of experience focused on higher education and affordable housing architecture. Shelli’s education and training includes degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and University of California-Berkeley.
Outside of work, Shelli most enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling, and rooting on her two kids, Cole and Maya, in their endeavors. She is passionate about supporting and improving communities through architecture by volunteering for various causes, including the AIA Women in Design and the Girl Scouts Cookie Construction program.
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: 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: Jefferson City, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Travel, Music
As Sustainable Design Coordinator for Mackey Mitchell Architects, Chris informs project development to maximize social, economic, and environmental benefit for clients, occupants, and the community. Chris brings his interest in design, education, and sustainability from years of working in various design fields on a wide range of projects around the globe.
After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Chris returned to the University of Missouri to serve as a lecturer for the School of Architectural Studies, then as Sustainable Design Program Manager. In this role, Chris was responsible for sustainability efforts in planning, design, construction and facility operations at the University. This work included the development of a campus framework of sustainable design guidelines, as well as monitoring campus development and acting as LEED project administrator on over 20 campus building projects.
Outside of MMA, Chris enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and two children, making furniture and tinkering with small projects.
HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Art, Home Renovation
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 Principal in 2017.
As a lead designer, Gwynn has over twenty 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.
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. Gwynn is an advocate for elevating design in the office and regularly facilitates the Design Think Tank as well as organizing the firm’s in house design critiques.
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.
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.
Revival of St. Louis's Oldest Religious Landmark
MMA completes a meticulous restoration of the Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, one of the few buildings remaining in the city that has essentially witnessed the evolution of St. Louis.
Principal John Burse is elevated to the 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.
Preserving a St. Louis Treasure
Soldiers Memorial and the Court of Honor opens, bringing new life and accessibility to a local gem that remembers and honors our veterans.
MMA Celebrates 50 Years of Creativity
MMA celebrated the firm's 50th anniversary with a party and celebration of founder Gene Mackey’s legacy.
Innovation in Design with Mass Timber
America's largest mass-timber residence hall opens at University of Arkansas, showcasing the benefits of this innovative and sustainable structural solution.
MMA Joins to Commitment to a Sustainable World
MMA joins the AIA 2030 Commitment to help reverse the role buildings play in contributing to climate change by committing to achieving carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030