Collaboration is key

At Mackey Mitchell Architects we believe in the strength of a diverse and passionate team. Every person in our firm brings a unique perspective that enriches our culture and our work.

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Our People

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.

Mackey Mitchell's nationally recognized expertise in the area of student housing has been a home run on the project.

- Chip Yensan
Director, Housing & Residential Life, URI

Marcus Adrian

Marcus Adrian

Principal

Marcus Adrian

Principal

Marcus Adrian, AIA, LEED BD+C

Principal

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.

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Kristina Andreatta

Kristina Andreatta

Adminstrative Assistant

Kristina Andreatta

Adminstrative Assistant

Kristina Andreatta

Adminstrative Assistant

HOMETOWN: Caseyville, Illinois
PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Nature, Crafting

After more than 20 years of providing administrative assistance in the finance and medical industries, Kristina joined Mackey Mitchell in 2019, transferring her expertise to the architecture industry. With her calm and pleasant demeanor, Kristina supports the firm in many capacities, helping keep us on track and running smoothly. Outside of the office, Kristina enjoys crafting and repurposing old furniture along with spending time outdoors with her husband and son, exploring everything nature has to offer. She looks forward to the fall in St. Louis, which means football, Blues Hockey, and all things pumpkin!

Jake Banton

Jake Banton

ARCHITECT

Jake Banton

ARCHITECT

Jake Banton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED

ARCHITECT

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.

 

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Shelby Barker

Shelby Barker

Interior Designer

Shelby Barker

Interior Designer

Shelby Barker

Interior Designer

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.

Trey Bartsch

Trey Bartsch

Marketing Coordinator

Trey Bartsch

Marketing Coordinator

Trey Bartsch

Marketing Coordinator

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. Always curious, he spends his free time with his partner Hunter exploring St. Louis and learning about its storied past.

John Burse

John Burse

Principal

John Burse

Principal

John Burse, FAIA, LEED AP

Principal

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.

 

 

 

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Dima Chiriacov

Dima Chiriacov

Intern Architect

Dima Chiriacov

Intern Architect

Dima Chiriacov

Intern Architect

HOMETOWN: Chisinau, Moldova
PERSONAL PASSIONS: Tennis, Exploring, Hiking

Dima joined MMA’s Asheville office in Spring of 2019 after working in architecture in Florida on a variety of projects from hospitality to residential high rises. Originally from the Republic of Moldova, Dima’s path took him to the United States after he was recruited by colleges to play tennis, eventually landing at Savannah College of Art and Design where he also earned a Masters in Architecture. At Mackey Mitchell, Dima focuses specializes in BIM, Construction Documents and Project Coordination.

In addition to playing tennis, Dima likes to explore the outdoors and discover new places with his wife and their two daughters.

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Marina Curac

Marina Curac

INTERN ARCHITECT

Marina Curac

INTERN ARCHITECT

Marina Curac

INTERN ARCHITECT

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.

 

 

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Adam Edelbrock

Adam Edelbrock

Architect

Adam Edelbrock

Architect

Adam Edelbrock, AIA

Architect

HOMETOWN: Midland, Texas
PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Skiing, Reading, Hunting

Joining MMA in 2018, Adam brings a diverse architectural background with an emphasis on commercial housing, specifically entitlement/planning and construction. A problem solver by nature, Adam enjoys using his design skills and knowledge to contribute to something bigger than himself. He views architecture as a series of solutions that combine to solve a bigger problem – a view that became the motivator to his eventual career in this field. “To some degree, being part of something bigger is why I moved to St. Louis. When I first visited, I fell in love with the depth of the city and the pride of its residents. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else now.”

As a proud alum of the University of Notre Dame, he spends much of his free time indoctrinating his young children to one day follow in his Fighting Irish footsteps.

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Steve Emer

Steve Emer

President

Steve Emer

President

Steve Emer, AIA, LEED BD+C

President

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.

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Margie Fank

Margie Fank

Accounting

Margie Fank

Accounting

Margie Fank

Accounting

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.

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Sara Ferguson

Sara Ferguson

Architect

Sara Ferguson

Architect

Sara Ferguson, AIA, LEED GA

Architect

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 daughter 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.

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Greg Frankenfeld

Greg Frankenfeld

Architect

Greg Frankenfeld

Architect

Greg Frankenfeld, AIA

Architect

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.

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Nick Fratta

Nick Fratta

Intern Architect

Nick Fratta

Intern Architect

Nick Fratta

Intern Architect

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.

Jordan Gatewood

Jordan Gatewood

Principal

Jordan Gatewood

Principal

Jordan Gatewood, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

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.

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Andrew Gilles

Andrew Gilles

ARCHITECT

Andrew Gilles

ARCHITECT

Andrew Gilles, AIA, LEED AP

ARCHITECT

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.

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Christina Henning

Christina Henning

ARCHITECT

Christina Henning

ARCHITECT

Christina Henning

ARCHITECT

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!

 

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Merrilee Hertlein

Merrilee Hertlein

Principal

Merrilee Hertlein

Principal

Merrilee Hertlein, AIA, LEED BD+C

Principal

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.

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Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes

Human Resources

Kim Hughes

Human Resources

Kim Hughes

Human Resources

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.

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Angie Keagy

Angie Keagy

Office Manager/Project Assistant

Angie Keagy

Office Manager/Project Assistant

Angie Keagy

Office Manager/Project Assistant

HOMETOWN:  Houston, Texas
PERSONAL PASSIONS: Family, Reading

Angie joined Mackey Mitchell in 2018, supporting the firm as the Office Manager and Project Assistant. While she is new to the architectural world, construction lingo is part of her history as Angie worked for a local sunroom enclosure company for 18 years. Angie hopes to learn as much as possible about our industry and enjoys the fast-paced challenging work that is being thrown her way.

Outside of work, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband of eighteen years, her teenage son and two step sons who are in their twenties. They love being outdoors, fishing, riding bikes along the Katy Trail, and just relaxing together at home. As a winter-lover, she’s always excited to see the dog days of summer in St. Louis come to an end. For Angie and especially her Pittsburgh-loving husband, colder weather more importantly means Steelers football has arrived!

With her positive attitude, willingness to jump into any challenge, and ability to take on any new task with enthusiasm, Angie is proven to be a valuable addition to our administrative team.

Gregory Keppel

Gregory Keppel

Architect

Gregory Keppel

Architect

Gregory Keppel, AIA

Architect

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.

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Beth Kutterer-Sanchez

Beth Kutterer-Sanchez

ARCHITECT

Beth Kutterer-Sanchez

ARCHITECT

Beth Kutterer-Sanchez, AIA

ARCHITECT

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.

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Matt McKillip

Matt McKillip

Intern Architect

Matt McKillip

Intern Architect

Matt McKillip

Intern Architect

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.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore

Senior Project Architect

Thomas Moore

Senior Project Architect

Thomas Moore, AIA

Senior Project Architect

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.

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Nick Naeger

Nick Naeger

Architect

Nick Naeger

Architect

Nick Naeger, AIA

Architect

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.

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Kelly Parker

Kelly Parker

Intern Architect

Kelly Parker

Intern Architect

Kelly Parker

Intern Architect

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.

Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson

Principal

Tom Peterson

Principal

Tom Peterson, AIA, LEED BD+C

Principal

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.

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Clay Phillips

Clay Phillips

Principal

Clay Phillips

Principal

Clay Phillips, AIA

Principal

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 Kansas office. Whether acting as a 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, student 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.

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Matthew Roeder

Matthew Roeder

Architect

Matthew Roeder

Architect

Matthew Roeder, AIA, LEED BD+C

Architect

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.

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Dan Schneider

Dan Schneider

Architect

Dan Schneider

Architect

Dan Schneider, AIA

Architect

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.

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Kathy Sciranko

Kathy Sciranko

Marketing Manager

Kathy Sciranko

Marketing Manager

Kathy Sciranko

Marketing Manager

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.

Preston Scott

Preston Scott

ARCHITECT

Preston Scott

ARCHITECT

Preston Scott, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

ARCHITECT

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.

Caitlin Seim

Caitlin Seim

Intern Architect

Caitlin Seim

Intern Architect

Caitlin Seim

Intern Architect

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.

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Stephanie Shepard

Stephanie Shepard

ARCHITECT

Stephanie Shepard

ARCHITECT

Stephanie Shepard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

ARCHITECT

HOMETOWN: St. Louis, Missouri
PERSONAL PASSIONS: Travel, Hiking, Trying new foods, Volunteering

Joining Mackey Mitchell in spring 2020, Stephanie brings an impressive range of architecture experience that includes residence halls, student centers, and academic spaces. Utilizing her strong visualization skills, Stephanie enjoys creating graphic representations and renderings in tandem with design to guide the process and help determine the best solutions. Her favorite phases of a project are programming and schematic design, where she enjoys the freedom to flex her creativity combined with the challenge of designing within a set of parameters. As a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Stephanie is excited to be a part of growing group of Fighting Irish on staff.

Outside of work, Stephanie relaxes by spending time in the outdoors with her husband, Josh, and their cattle dog, Captain, hiking in the mountains and visiting U.S. national parks, hoping to make it to all 62 one day. She also likes to express her creativity through dabbling in cooking, admittedly preferring the taste-as-you-go-and-hope-for-the-best method over being a recipe-follower. “Measuring takes entirely too long,” explains Stephanie.

Kevin Symons

Kevin Symons

BIM Manager

Kevin Symons

BIM Manager

Kevin Symons

BIM Manager

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.”

Shelli Ulmer

Shelli Ulmer

ARCHITECT

Shelli Ulmer

ARCHITECT

Shelli Ulmer, AIA

ARCHITECT

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.

Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner

Principal

Kyle Wagner

Principal

Kyle Wagner, AIA, LEED BD+C

Principal

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 blowing studio 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.

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Jennifer Plocher Wilkins

Jennifer Plocher Wilkins

Principal

Jennifer Plocher Wilkins

Principal

Jennifer Plocher Wilkins, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

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.

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Gwynn Zivic

Gwynn Zivic

Principal

Gwynn Zivic

Principal

Gwynn Zivic, AIA

Principal

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.

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Our History

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Our History

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.

 

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Since '68

Foundations + achievements + designs + characters

1968

1968

In the middle of everything.

Mackey moves in to his first office in the Railway Exchange Building, downtown St. Louis

1970

First Building Commission

Ellisville City Hall

(In 2009, Money magazine ranked Ellisville, MO #25 on the annual Best Places to Live in America list.)

1972

"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.

1974

Performance repeated.

Mackey completes the Shoenberg fountain for the Missouri Botanical Garden.

1975

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.

1976
1977

Relationship Opportunity.

The design of Barry-Wehmiller’s St. Louis office marks the beginning of another long-term client relationship.

1978

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.

1979

International Work.

Jeddah Dental Clinic, Saudi Arabia,
designed for oil minister Sheik Yamani.

1980
1980

Parades & Celebrations

The Stupp Fountain at the Missouri Historical Society celebrates the Louisiana Purchase and its territory.

1982

New Digs.

The firm moves to the Pershing Arcade, a building renovated by Mackey & Associates in the DeBaliviere neighborhood.

1983

Big Bi-State

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.]

1984

Majestic Facelift

The Omni Majestic Hotel becomes an intimate concierge hotel.

1985

A New Look.

Mackey & Associates' design for the Herman Stemme building, developed by Sachs Properties, gives “highway” architecture a new look and feel.

1985

Post Office Annex Renovation, St. Louis Union Station

The first of several major projects that reinvigorated the Union Station complex.

1986

Lammert Building, St. Louis, MO

According to Commercial Renovation magazine, the Lammert Building restoration “looks better than the original.”

1987

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.

1987

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.

1988

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.

1988

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.

1989

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.

1990

Garden Facelift.

The Spink Pavilion, formerly the historic entrance to the Missouri Botanical Garden, gets an extensive renovation.

1991
1991

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.

1992

Center for Molecular Electronics

The state-of-the-art "MolecElec" is a high-tech project for University of Missouri St. Louis.

1993
1993

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.)

1994

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Mackey Mitchell designed an addition to this historic and spectacular performance space.

1994

Krey Residence

A private residence in Michigan.

1995

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.

1995

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.

1995

A Dynamic Headquarters Building

Utilizing tilt-up technology, Clayco's construction techniques are represented in their own office building.

1996

Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO

The new dining terrace for a prestigious private club.

1997

Dan Mitchell: AIA Recognition

Dan Mitchell receives AIA Missouri Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award for his legislative work.

1999

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.

2001

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.)

2002

Residential Retreat

The Beaver Creek lodge-style residence sits comfortably in the Colorado mountains.

2003

A St. Louis Institution

CBC (Christian Brothers College High School) maintains its historic identity on a brand new site.

2003

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.

2004

Prescription Fulfilled

A new master plan, green space, housing upgrades and dining pavilion establish a new identity at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

2006

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.

2006

Lakeside Living

Building on top of water, the beauty, durability and a small miracle of engineering provide an exceptional place for lakeside living in The Boathouse.

2007

Going Green!

Employees continue to achieve LEED accrediation!

2007

A Place for Food and Fellowship

Mueller Leadership Hall Westminster College is a favorite dining venue for campus and community.

2008

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 .

2010
2010

South 40 House

A major housing and dining project replaces Wohl Center, becoming a dynamic destination for students attending Washington University in St. Louis.

2010

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

2011

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.

2012

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.

2012

100-Year Sustainable Building

MMA works with Robert Stern on new East Academic Building at Webster University.

2013

Student Life Portfolio

MMA celebrates its student life portfolio with the fall opening of 10 new residence halls.

2013

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.

2013
2014

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.

2014
2015

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.