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We share a vision to create enduring work that enriches lives and the environment. And we share the pleasure of doing important work together.

  • Jeryl Aman
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    AIA

    Associate

    An architect and associate with MSR Design, Jeryl has over 15 years’ experience integrating the complex interests that go into making a built environment evolve from a set of collective values and aspirations. After spending 12 years in New York adapting existing building stock for new uses and programs, he now works on MSR project teams toward the firm’s strategic goal to lead a generative architectural practice. As project architect, he has shepherded the client’s vision for Mill 19 to transform a noble monument of the 20th-century steel industry into a facility focused on sustainable, ecological growth, which has become the vanguard project for the emerging Hazelwood Green neighborhood district. Jeryl practices architecture holistically to provide meaningful spaces that contribute positively to the environment. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture.

  • Eric Amel
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    AIA

    Associate

    A registered architect and associate with MSR Design, Eric thrives on design projects that require careful analysis, creative thinking, and exquisite execution. With more than 25 years of professional experience, Eric consistently practices the full range of design skills and is invigorated by architecture’s capacity to affect the built environment, from whole cities to the smallest detail. Eric has earned numerous honors and awards, including AIA Minnesota Honor Awards for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, University of Minnesota Wall of Discovery, Busan Convention Center, and Sexton Commons at Saint John’s University. In 2005, he received the prestigious Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. Eric is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, where he earned a Master of Architecture. Eric also holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Saint John’s University.

  • Elma

    Born in the midst of spring, Elma is a young Pug who occasionally visits the MSR office. She loves to eat her meat treats and eggs and especially enjoys peanuts and peanut butter. Elma’s more unconventional tastes include gnawing on smelly socks. A rare specimen, she snores while both awake and asleep. She finds that following larger dogs around the park, followed by a relaxing car ride, is the best way to prepare herself for a dreaded bath.

  • Simona Fischer
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    AIA

    Associate

    A sustainable design specialist, registered architect, and associate with MSR, Simona offers deep knowledge in sustainable materials and the building products industry. Her experience includes construction documentation, coordination with consultants, sustainable materials selection, and strategic planning related to sustainability goals. She has consulted for the Healthy Building Network HomeFree initiative, a program that helps developers use collective buying power to select healthier materials for affordable housing. Simona received a Master of Science in Sustainable Design in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Iowa. In addition to her professional experience, Simona has served as a guest lecturer on sustainability and research fellow at the University of Minnesota, as well as a speaker at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Living Building Collaborative.

  • Doug Franzwa
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    CPA

    Senior Associate

    The firm’s chief financial officer and a senior associate, Doug joined MSR Design in 2012. His responsibilities include leading the office’s finance and accounting functions. A licensed certified public accountant, Doug has more than 15 years of professional experience, including four years in public accounting. His prior experience includes serving as vice president in charge of finance, human resources, IT, and office administration at Little, a privately-owned, insight-driven design firm located in Minneapolis. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. An avid runner, Doug has completed numerous marathons, ultramarathons, and 200-mile team relay races.

  • Finn

    Finn is two years old and has a lineage tinged with mystery. A recent blood test showed that in addition to Great Pyrenees and Lhasa Apso, 12.5% of his DNA comes from an unknown breed. An enthusiastic carnivore, Finn enjoys overcooked hot dogs, thinly-sliced turkey, and rawhides. Despite his stubborn nature, he can be persuaded to venture to the local dog park for some socializing. Finn also enjoys wrestling with young humans.

  • Lauren Gardner

    Interior Designer

    Lauren joined MSR Design after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a Minor in Art His­tory from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Con­ceptual thinking about culture, diversity within a space, and local historical details inform her work. Lauren keeps client and end-user demographics in mind when selecting furniture and finishes to ensure that spaces are accessible to people of all generations and abilities. She finds inspiration in engaging with community members to understand their values and what matters to them for their space and future generations. Along with her design work, Lauren is responsible for managing and maintaining the materials, finishes, and re­sources library. She researches sustainable products and healthy materials as part of the firm’s initiative to design spaces that benefit the overall health of the people who use them, as well as the environment.

  • Emily Gross

    Interior Designer

    Emily joined MSR Design after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is passionate about creativity, conceptual design, and the exploratory design process. Emily finds inspiration in travel, learning about new perspectives, and understanding human interaction with the built environment. Prior to joining MSR Design, Emily gained restaurant and corporate design experience as an intern at Shea Design. She received an Eaton SOURCE Student Award of Recognition in 2016.

  • Tom Haller

    Associate

    An associate with MSR Design, Tom has contributed to a vast array of projects and design initiatives and has served numerous project roles. His passion for creative challenges and deep exploration has guided his involvement in the design of affordable housing, libraries, museums, cultural centers, and work place environments. Tom provides a holistic view of the conceptual planning process, a thorough understanding of building information modeling (BIM), and careful attention to communicating with all team members dedicated to the success of each individual project. On all his work, he offers a sensitivity for consistent details and design craft. Prior to joining MSR Design, Tom developed connections in Austin, Texas, through the construction trade and earned a Master of Architecture, with a focus on urban renewal, passive design systems, and mixed-use developments, from Kansas State University. A finalist for the Heintzelman Award, his graduate-level project reimagines a vulnerable, industrial Norwegian city as a vibrant, interconnected community and cultural center. Tom has experience with the Living Building Challenge and has participated in the AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee Search for Shelter Design Charrette and other volunteer design initiatives focused on improving housing options in the local community.

  • Alyssa Jensen

    Interior Designer

    Alyssa is passionate about sustainable and responsible design. She has experience in space planning, furniture specifications, selection of finishes, and documentation for a variety of projects. In 2018, Alyssa received an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota Chapter Award for a Model Home in Minneapolis. Her interest in the built environment and its impact on the living environment fuels her passion for traveling to new places. While studying at the University of Missouri, she was part of a research team that examined collaborative environments and the effect technology has on the natural design process. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies with an emphasis in Interior Design from the University of Missouri.

  • Mitch Karr
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    AIA

    Associate

    A registered architect and associate with MSR Design, Mitch holds a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University and has been with the firm since 2013. He believes that, as humans, we expect good architecture to address and facilitate our basic requirements for it (e.g., movement, interaction, and shelter) with an efficiency that renders its use unconscious. Mitch believes that exemplary architecture, when informed by a conceptual clarity and pursuit of intent across all scales of realization, fulfills these pragmatic requirements but, through its rigor, also affords opportunities to selectively subvert established norms and challenge rationality in ways that fulfill our more profound needs—joy, wonder, and wellness. Through a collaborative and iterative process, informed by robust dialogue and understanding of priorities, outstanding outcomes can always be achieved, and Mitch enjoys working and building relationships with clients who expect that the inherent constraints and limitations in a project do not preclude the ability of this process to deliver exemplary results.

  • Dawon Kim

    Interior Designer

    Dawon is an interior designer who joined MSR Design in 2016. Her areas of focus include design development, furniture design, furniture and finishes selection, and construction documentation. Dawon values customized interactions with clients, using detailed, hand-drawn sketches. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Ferris State University Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan. Dawon also studied at the Dongduk Women’s University in South Korea. In 2015, she placed first in the Downtown Grand Rapids Window Wonderland Competition, creating window displays for local businesses.

  • Emilie Kopp
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    Associate AIA

    Designer

    Emilie has professional experience with a wide range of project types, including cultural and civic spaces, office environments, and affordable housing. She finds inspiration in the iterative design process and integrating user experience, program, and site. A natural storyteller, Emilie explores narrative in design to create meaning and engaging connections for the people who occupy and inhabit the spaces she designs.

    Emilie holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Nebraska. As a student, she received numerous honors and awards, including the Richard Morrill Master’s Final Project Award, May Ohrbeck Painter Fellowship, and American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor Award. When not at work, she enjoys taking long walks with her pup Copper, traveling, and reading a good book.

  • Copper

    Copper is a red and white Irish Setter who loves to spend time outdoors, whether hiking in the fields of North Dakota or roaming around Lake of the Isles on her nightly walk. Her favorite places in the world are her yellow chair and the Minnehaha Dog Park. When hungry, Copper enjoys anything and everything, but has a special preference for salmon sticks and freshly baked bread she steals from the cooling rack.

  • Matthew Kruntorad
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Principal

    Principal architect and partner with MSR Design, Matt passionately believes that architecture can have a transformative relationship with the sun, in practice and results. His focus on making deliberate, fundamental decisions concerning daylight and solar access has resulted in places that enrich client experiences and provide communities with engaging spaces for gathering and working. Philosophical by nature, Matt most enjoys testing ideas through an academic approach to design. He believes designers should always revisit the essentials in order to keep an open mind and remove blinders that can come from relying too heavily on expertise. Matt has been with MSR Design since 2003 and has worked on a wide variety of project types, including municipal buildings, private residences, cultural facilities, park buildings, office space, higher education facilities, and libraries. In addition to his professional practice, Matt was adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design from 2003-2010 and assistant professor at the Oklahoma State University School of Architecture from 2000–2003. A registered architect, Matt holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His work has won several awards, including an AIA/ALA Library Building Award, two AIA Kentucky Honor Awards, and an AIA Nebraska Design Award.

  • Dagmara Larsen
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Principal

    Offering a truly international perspective, Dagmara is a native of Poland and has worked in Europe, South America, and the United States. A principal with MSR, she has served as project manager and lead project designer for a wide range of projects, including public and academic libraries, higher education facilities, office buildings, and private residences. Dagmara’s ability to simultaneously balance a project’s programmatic needs, aesthetics, and sustainable drivers has been recognized by the clients she works with and by her peers through various awards, including an AIA/ALA Library Building Award, an AIA CAE Education Facility Design Award of Excellence, an ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award, multiple AIA Minnesota Honor Awards, an AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award, and a Young Architect Award from the Association of Polish Architects. Dagmara taught a design studio at the University of Minnesota College of Design from 2005–2007. She is currently chair of the Articulture Board of Directors, a nonprofit visual arts organization. Dagmara holds a Master of Architecture from the Polytechnical University of Gdansk in Poland.

  • Byoungjin Lee
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Associate

    A registered architect and associate with MSR Design, Byoungjin holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design. He focuses on integrating energy modeling and site design into the early design process to maximize energy efficiency and human comfort, as well as to reduce impacts on the environment. Byoungjin’s deep understanding of library functions and service models enables him to address multiple program issues from different perspectives to discover the best solutions and integrate them into the overall design. His previous experience with Shinhan Construction & Engineering Company as a construction manager in Seoul, Korea, gives him a balanced understanding of design and construction. Byoungjin participated in the 2015 Library Journal Design Institute in Nashville.

  • Traci Engel Lesneski
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    CID, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA

    CEO | Principal

    CEO and principal of MSR Design, Traci focuses on design for learning. She promotes an integrated design approach—equally valuing human well-being, building performance, aesthetics, and delight. Recent building projects Traci has led include the award-winning VCAM building—a 24/7 visual culture, arts, and media creative hub for Haverford College in Pennsylvania—and Missoula’s new library and culture house in Montana. Traci regularly contributes articles to publications and lectures nationally and internationally about the built environment’s role in fostering well-being, promoting learning, and creating inclusive and cohesive communities. Traci is chair of the American Library Association (ALA) Architecture for Public Libraries Committee and a member of the International Federation of Libraries and Associations (IFLA) Library Buildings and Equipment Section Standing Committee.

  • Ben Lewis
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    AIA, LEED Green Associate

    Associate

    Ben values visceral hands on learning through physical model making and being on site to witness contemporary construction methods. He believes in the importance of craft in architecture and chasing a design concept all the way to the details. Ben is continually motivated by seeing a building become reality and appreciates collaborating with skilled contractors to better understand how design ideas and drawings translate into built space.

  • Patrick Lynch
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    RA, LEED AP

    Associate

    As associate with MSR Design and registered architect, Patrick is driven by the unique possibilities that arise from each project’s complexity and the opportunities for tailored design investigations. With practice experience in California and Minnesota on a range of project types, including commercial tenant improvements, residential renovations, furniture design, and outdoor pavilions, Patrick advocates for design on all project types and sizes. He holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Design Research from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design. Energized by creative dialogue, Patrick has experience teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, and University of Minnesota.

  • Rhys MacPherson
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    LEED AP BD+C

    Senior Associate

    A senior associate with MSR Design, Rhys joined the firm in 1992 as a student intern and as a full-time staff member in 1993. Rhys has touched a broad range of projects, including libraries, cultural facilities, spaces for nonprofit organizations, and affordable housing. With others in the office over the past 10 years, he has sought to establish a strong and vibrant design language for affordable housing. He has built trust and a rapport with clients over the years working on these projects. For Rhys, design goes much deeper than just a building. He has a deep interest in data driven design, which focuses on the art and science of design. Rhys also has a passion for exploring the balance between equity distribution within the affordable housing industry and critical thinking. His work has received several awards, including an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award for the Rose, a mixed-income housing project developed by Aeon and Hope Community. Rhys has also been a guest lecturer at numerous national and international conferences.

  • Veronica McCracken
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    CID

    Associate

    As a passionate and innovative designer, Veronica has made her mark in many areas of the design world in the seven years of her professional career. Working in a broad spectrum of areas, including furniture, product, fashion, graphic, and interior design, she believes that the most successful projects arise from a cross-disciplinary approach. Her love of being in nature and fascination with biophilic design bring a fresh edge to all of her work. Inspired by travel, Veronica regularly explores new places to experience other cultures. In the office, Veronica’s loyal dog Riley regularly shadows her. Outside the office, she enjoys playing games with friends, doing yoga, and hiking on trails.

  • Riley

    Riley is a fixture around the MSR Design office, typically seen wearing her signature black neckerchief. She is a Belgian Malinois Shepherd mix and hails from a small town outside Minneapolis. Riley’s favorite pastimes include camping, chasing squirrels, cuddling, and eating avocados. A sporty dog with an active lifestyle, Riley loves to play hockey and practices her favorite yoga poses, upward and (naturally) downward facing dog.

  • Paul C.N. Mellblom
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    AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Principal

    Paul’s interests focus primarily on designing affordable housing, facilities for nonprofit and for-profit corporate clients, and high-end condo renovations. He actively donates his time, including currently serving on the Tulane University Center for Public Service Board and recently serving as president of the East Town Business Partnership and president of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. As a registered architect and MSR principal, Paul shares leadership of the firm’s focus on creating highly sustainable, healthy, living and work environments. His design work has achieved notable recognition, including an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award for the Trolley Quarter Flats project and an AIA Minnesota Honor Award and Environmental Initiative Award for the Rose mixed-income housing project with Aeon. Paul received the 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his exemplary volunteerism. He has spoken about various aspects of sustainable design, including copresenting a talk on cold-climate, high-performance affordable housing at the 2015 GreenBuild EuroMed conference in Italy. Paul has more than 25 years of professional experience and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.

  • Tom Meyer
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    FAIA

    Founding Principal Emeritus

    A founding principal of MSR Design, Tom is well-known regionally and nationally for his work with historic preservation and the Mill City Museum complex (recognized with an AIA Honor Award for Architecture, National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, and The Waterfront Center’s Excellence on the Waterfront Top Honors). His career is threaded with a strong interest in the correlation between old and new that has resulted in work with historic district planning, building rehabilitation and restoration, adaptive reuse projects, new construction in historic districts, and museum and interpretive center design. Tom taught design at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture for 25 years and was the first recipient of the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has served as a member of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design Advisory Board, cochair of the University’s School of Architecture 2013 Centennial Committee, a trustee of the Mississippi River Fund, a member of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, and a member of the Viking Stadium Implementation Committee. Tom was elected into the AIA College of Fellows in 2006 and is past president of AIA Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

  • Kate Michaud
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    A senior associate with MSR, Kate has worked on a diverse mix of projects, including public libraries, market rate and affordable multifamily housing, single-family residences, and corporate offices. She believes that everyone can benefit from good design and that a project should have a positive impact on the occupants as well as the surrounding community. As the recipient of the 2016 Scherer Travel Scholarship, Kate traveled to Bogota and Medellin, Colombia, to see firsthand how urban design has brought hope and increased opportunities to residents. Kate’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago Distinguished Building Award, AIA Iowa Honor Award, two Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, and the AIA School Medal for the top ranked graduating student. Kate holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.

  • Amy Nash

    Associate

    Communications manager and firm associate, Amy has been with MSR Design for more than 20 years. She has written for Architecture Minnesota and currently serves on the magazine’s publications committee. Amy has cochaired several Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) seminars on writing and preparing proposals and related topics. Prior to joining MSR, Amy worked in book publishing for 12 years, including for Oxford University Press and Yale University Press, among other presses. In addition to her career in marketing professional services and book publishing, Amy has sustained a passion for writing poetry. Her poems have appeared in a range of journals and several anthologies, including If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, edited by James Lenfestey (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Amy has given readings on Minnesota Public Radio and at a variety of venues and events regionally and nationally, including Bowery Poetry in New York City. She maintains a blog of original poetry (arambler.com) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

  • Lisa Nelson

    Accountant

    Lisa is the firm’s go-to person for day-to-day accounting and billing issues and questions. Self-taught with 30 years’ experience, she calmly handles staff concerns with grace and ease. Her responsibilities include billing, accounts payable, expense reports, and project management support, plus all the steps that help MSR Design remain financially stable. As a transplant from Illinois, Lisa enjoys exploring all that Minnesota has to offer. A dedicated mother of three children, she keeps her days very full and busy.

  • Jack Poling
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    FAIA, LEED AP

    Principal

    Jack has led MSR Design teams on over five dozen library projects. Principal of MSR Design, he joined the firm in 1991. Jack received a national AIA Honor Award for the conversion of a Walmart store into the new McAllen Main Library in Texas and AIA Minnesota Honor Awards for the renovation and expansion of the Ramsey County Library Roseville Library, new Dallas Public Library Lochwood Branch, Denton Public Library’s new North Branch in a converted grocery store, and the McAllen Main Library. The Denton project served as a case study in a presentation Jack gave at the 2008 Public Library Association conference entitled “Rethinking the Big Box: Restocking the Shelves with Books.” He has led workshops at Library Journal Design Institute seminars and conferences for the Minnesota Library Association and Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians. Jack holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2019.

  • Garth Rockcastle
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    FAIA

    Founding Principal Emeritus

    A founding principal of MSR Design, Garth has 39 years of professional experience. While maintaining an active role with the firm and launching MSR Design’s Maryland/DC office, Garth served as dean of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation from 2004–2010. He taught at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for more than 25 years and was head of the Architecture Department from 1990­–1997. Garth was elected into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 1998 for his contributions to education and professional practice. Garth has a particular interest in designing facilities for nonprofit organizations and academic institutions and has served on dozens of boards for cultural and arts organizations. Garth has led several highly sustainable projects, in academia and professional practice, involving advanced research and pioneering applications, including the 2017 University of Maryland International Solar Decathlon Project, which received the top ranking for all American entries.

  • Beth Roloff
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    AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Associate

    A registered architect and associate with MSR, Beth has experience working across many complex building typologies, global locations, and architectural scales. Her design work includes higher education, office, healthcare, science and technology, and mixed-use development projects in the United States and Middle East. Beth focuses on creating architecture that is sustainably integrated into the urban fabric. She holds a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with high honors, from the University of Virginia, where she won the Faculty Design Award of Excellence. Beth also won an American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowship, and she has been involved in a variety of professional organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region Emerging Professionals Committee, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Women in Design, and Washington Architectural Foundation Architecture in the Schools program.

  • Brendan Sapienza
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    AIA, CDT, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    Brendan joined MSR Design in 2005 and has been practicing professionally for nearly 20 years. His diverse project experience includes cultural facilities, public libraries, corporate offices, academic buildings, and research laboratories. Brendan has developed exceptional design, technical, and management skills, which enable him to clearly communicate design solutions with team members and shepherd those designs through construction. A registered architect and MSR Design senior associate, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. Brendan designs smart, high-performance buildings that emphasize architectural expression down to the finest detail.

  • Jeffrey Scherer
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    FAIA

    Founding Principal Emeritus

    One of MSR Design’s three founding principals, Jeff practiced architecture for 45 years in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. During that time, he led more than 350 projects. He was actively involved in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), American Library Association (ALA), and Public Library Association (PLA) and regularly gave talks at those organizations’ conferences.  He has written numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to libraries and the workplace. Jeff’s design work has received more than 50 design awards, including a national AIA Honor Award and an AIA/ALA Library Building Award. He was elected into the AIA College of Fellows in 1998. Jeff retired from full-time work in September 2016 and now focuses on studying and doing his artwork—which he gives to anyone who wishes to donate to their local library or literacy cause. You can see his work at www.schererworks.com.

  • Kelle Lang Staats

    Director of Marketing & Business Development

    Kelle Lang Staats

    Leading MSR Design’s marketing and business development initiatives, Kelle finds inspiration in weaving together building client relationships, showcasing beautiful design, and the partners’ strategic goals. Whether you are interested in discussing architecture that positively impacts communities and the environment, partnering on a new project, or would like to touch base on how MSR Design can enhance your world, please reach out to kelle@msrdesign.com or 612 470 2931.  If she happens to be out paddle boarding, curled up with a good book, or cooking for friends and family, it won’t be long before she responds to your reach out. Kelle adheres to Henry David Thoreau’s adage that “We are constantly invited to be who we are.”

  • Lindsy Tomski

    Interior Designer

    Lindsy joined MSR Design in 2018. She initially studied product design and creative advertising before switching focus to interior design and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Her educational background also includes study abroad in Florence, Italy, Ormskirk, United Kingdom, and Saint-Etienne, France. Lindsy finds inspiration in people and exploring the psychology of how space influences human behavior. She believes good design has the power to change the world.

  • Mishael Uwadiae

    HR and Office Manager

    Mishael joined MSR Design in 2018 after moving to Minnesota from England. In his role, he ensures administrative tasks are fulfilled with decisiveness and accuracy to assist business performance. With a background in computer science and business administration, Mishael has over 15 years’ experience managing business systems and administrative processes. He enjoys traveling and has visited many countries in Europe, Africa, and North America. When Mishael isn’t reading, he’s either playing football (soccer) or raising his scarf to Chelsea Football Club and cheering his favorite Premier League team to victory at the top of his lungs.

  • Dan Vercruysse
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    As a senior associate and registered architect, Dan has filled a variety of roles within teams, ranging from project designer to project manager. This breadth of experience is paired with a working knowledge of a diverse mix of project types including arts and education facilities, libraries, and multi-facility corporate campus efforts. Much of Dan’s professional experience is grounded in adaptive reuse projects that balance the unique conditions of combining the old with the new for transformative outcomes. Dan’s interests in design focus on the maintenance of design concepts throughout the creative process, producing work that clearly exemplifies its original vision. His creative collaboration and dedication to addressing clients’ needs has resulted in projects that have received such honors as a national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award, AIA Central States Region Honor Award, AIA Minnesota Honor Award, and a Business Week /Architectural Record Award.

  • Brody

    Rescued off the mean streets of Houston, Texas, Brody was spirited away to Minneapolis by the incredible Secondhand Hounds rescue organization. He became part of the Vercruysse family in September 2019. At home, Brody plays numerous roles, from quirky and funny companion and A+ puppy rodeo performer to top-notch gardener and champion running buddy. To outsiders and office mates, he appears quiet and lazy, which is also true. Brody’s favorite things include tennis balls, soft toys with squeakers, the dog park, watching cars and trains pass by the window, and running into the office to grab his bone and enjoy it on one of the rugs.

  • Kristilyn Vercruysse
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Associate

    A registered architect and MSR Design associate, Kristilyn has been with the firm for more than 15 years. Her strengths include close project coordination, from design development through construction administration. She works closely with consultants and clients to ensure well-integrated building and construction documentation sets. Kristilyn focuses on rehabilitating existing buildings and creating designs that support and anticipate the needs of the ever-evolving library. For her, the best projects combine these two passions. She enjoys the challenge of understanding existing conditions and transforming design ideas into reality. Kristilyn has also worked on several residential projects, ranging from the restoration of a private rural estate to the renovation of an urban condominium.

  • Jacklyn Vollema
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    AIA

    Associate

    A registered architect and associate with MSR, Jacklyn creates thoughtful designs derived from the interaction between each project’s particular surroundings and place in time. Before joining the firm, she worked on various recreational event centers, multifamily housing projects, restaurants, and higher education labs and classrooms. Jacklyn holds a Master of Architecture from North Dakota State University and received the North Dakota State University Alpha Rho Chi Award. She also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from North Dakota State University and is past president of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society.

  • Jetse Vollema

    Designer

    Jetse has six years of design experience and received a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from North Dakota State University. As a student, he was a laser cutter supervisor, gaining experience in 3D printing and experimenting with graphical algorithm editor programs such as Grasshopper. Born in Holland, Jetse has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and he’s currently working on obtaining dual citizenship. He has experience with a large variety of project types, including multifamily residential, educational, civic, retail, hospitality, commercial, corporate, and aviation facilities. Jetse led the effort for the East Grand Forks High School addition and renovation and played a role in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport HVAC penthouse and mezzanine improvement project.

  • Daniel Winden

    Associate

    Dan has 14 years of professional experience. He is interested in the design process and how computer modeling can be leveraged throughout all phases of the design process, using multiple software tools to study different qualities of a building from sunlight and heat to massing and materiality. He is also interested in how computer modeling can transfer beyond construction and become the foundation for building performance tracking. Prior to joining MSR Design, Dan worked for Julie Snow Architects (now Snow Kreilich Architects) for seven years. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion from Saint Olaf College.

  • Christopher Wingate
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    LEED AP, Certified Passive Building Consultant (CPHC)

    Associate

    Chris joined MSR Design after receiving his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design in 2013. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Chris is passionate about developing and applying a design-centric approach to sustainability that focuses on clarity of concept, design rigor, and inspiring visualization. He leads MSR’s research and development of new design tools and processes and oversees a student research partnership with the University of Minnesota. Chris has received numerous awards for his research and design work, including the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Mississippi Headwaters National Talent Design Competition First Prize in 2010 and 2011, Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship for his graduate work, and Dean’s Choice Best in Senior Design Show for his undergraduate work. Chris also has a strong interest in adaptive reuse, winning the Design Democracy Fellowship for his 1st and 1st Music Center proposal to reuse Minneapolis’s first mini-storage warehouse and the China Design Fellowship that funded travel, study, and collaboration with Chinese students in Chongqing to envision converting an abandoned steel blast furnace into a public landmark and cinema.