About MSR Design

MSR Design creates transformative and human-centric, award-winning architecture and interior design. Since 1981, our firm has produced work of enduring value: buildings that are expressly right for their time and place and that culturally and physically age gracefully. We tailor our design solutions to each client, resulting in a diverse mix of sustainable, equitable, healthy, beautiful projects.

Our history

Since 1981, our firm has produced work of enduring value: buildings that are expressly right for their specific time and place and that culturally and physically age well. Thomas Meyer, FAIA, Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA, and Garth Rockcastle, FAIA, established MSR in 1981 with a determination to create innovative, responsible, and enduring work. MSR’s pursuit of self-renewal continues today. The current firm leaders are committed to carrying forward MSR’s values and to bringing new energy, ideas, and skills to meet complex, interconnected challenges related to the built and natural environments for our clients and communities.

Our culture

MSR Design nurtures a creative culture. Generating ideas collaboratively in a healthy environment, we challenge, support, and empower each other to push our work forward for our clients and engage each other in lifelong learning.

Women led

WBENC or Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification Logo for MSR Design

In order to qualify for WBENC certification, women owners must have at least 51% ownership, unrestricted control of the business, a demonstrated management of day-to-day operations, and a proportionate investment of capital or expertise. Through the certification process, the WBENC validated that MSR design is 62% owned, controlled, managed, and led by women. We also gain access to a vast network of support through our connection to the WBENC.

“According to the AIA Firm Survey Report 2020, only 21% of firm leaders in the architecture profession in the United States are women,” says Traci Engel Lesneski, CEO of MSR Design, CID, LEED AP, Associate AIA. “As a practice focused on creating inspiring, sustainable, human-centric places, we understand that incorporating diverse perspectives into our projects brings value to our clients and their communities. This certification demonstrates our full commitment to this approach.”

Our awards

American Institute of Architects (AIA) national recognition

Other national and international recognition

AIA chapter awards

Work with us

We’re always looking for talented, passionate people.