Our team

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.

  • Andie Burkholder

    Marketing Graphic Specialist

    Andie recently joined MSR Design as the firm’s new marketing graphic specialist. She has taught several graphic design courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota College of Design and instructor at Wayzata High School. Through her experience in design education, she has received several awards, including the Mary Hoover Award for Teaching Excellence, the College of Design Student Design and Scholarship Excellence Award, and two Thank a Teacher Initiative Certificates. Andie believes that design should be inclusive, functional, and clever. She is very inspired by neurodiverse design and its emergence within society to create positive experiences for all individuals. She also has a passion for historical design where preservation and education collide to promote storytelling and appreciation that can be passed down for generations. Outside of MSR Design, Andie illustrates through her personal platform, Kitsch Co. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Design from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

  • Jeffery L. Davis
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    AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SEED AP

    Senior Associate

    A 23-year architecture veteran, Jeffery recently joined MSR Design as the firm’s newest senior associate. He has been involved in the planning and design of more than five million square feet of public building space and more than six million square feet of higher educational facility space, with an emphasis on libraries and cultural arts centers. Jeff’s mantra “remember people” has led him to focus on expanding the positive impact buildings have on communities and the environment. As a SEED accredited professional, he has deep experience in public engagement, positively impacting underserved and culturally diverse communities across the western United States. Based in Utah, Jeff will help the firm build momentum in providing design services to the western states through his experience guiding public participatory processes, creating equitable design, and realizing ambitious sustainability goals. His sustainable design experience includes working on nine LEED certified projects (including a LEED Double Platinum certified project), Living Building Challenge planning for four projects, and serving as project manager for the design of California’s first Living Building Challenge certified project. His project work has won more than 25 design and sustainability awards, including five AIA Utah Honor Awards and a national ENR Green Project of the Year Award.

  • Simona Fischer
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    AIA, CPHC

    Director of Sustainable Practice | Associate

    As MSR Design’s director of sustainable practice and a firm associate, Simona is passionate about developing and implementing processes to integrate sustainable design seamlessly into the workflow of architectural practice and sharing what she learns. Her experience includes project management, construction documentation, master planning, Living Building Challenge documentation, and strategic planning related to firmwide sustainability goals. In addition to her professional experience, Simona has given presentations at national conferences and served as a guest lecturer on sustainability and research fellow at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Healthy Building Network HomeFree Champions advisory group, which works to build momentum in selecting healthier materials for affordable housing, and cochair of the AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment (COTE). Metropolis editor in chief Avinash Rajagopal interviewed Simona as part of the Metropolis ProductLIVE! marathon broadcast, during which she outlined MSR Design’s “Sustainable Materials Action Packet” and “Sustainability Tracker.” Simona recently received an AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award.

  • Doug Franzwa
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    CPA

    CFO | Director of Operations | Senior Associate

    The firm’s chief financial officer, director of operations, and a senior associate, Doug joined MSR Design in 2012. His responsibilities include leading the office’s financial, operations, 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
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    CID, IIDA

    Associate

    Lauren finds inspiration in projects that bring people together to share their community aspirations, which design teams can create innovative solutions around. An associate and certified interior designer with MSR Design, she actively considers the intersectionality of end users within individual spaces and how these spaces can support shared experiences that build community. She wants all users to feel welcome and supported in community environments and have barrier-free experiences in all the spaces they use. Lauren also 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. An active member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Lauren recently joined the national IIDA office’s newly created Equity Council, focused on developing initiatives to increase the representation of historically underrepresented design professionals; creating anti-racist and anti-bias policies, goals, and objectives; and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also vice president of advocacy for the IIDA Northland Chapter.

  • Emily Gross
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    CID

    Associate

    A certified interior designer and associate with MSR Design, Emily is passionate about creativity, conceptual design, and the exploratory design process. She finds inspiration in travel, learning about new perspectives, and understanding human interaction with the built environment. Prior to joining the firm, Emily gained restaurant and corporate design experience as an intern at Shea Design. She received an Eaton SOURCE Student Award of Recognition in 2016. Emily participated in the Metropolis Sustainability Hackathon workshops over the summer, which culminated in the Metropolis Climate Toolkit for Interior Design, launched in 2021.

  • Sean Higgins
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    AIA

    Architect

    A registered architect, Sean recently joined MSR Design. He has professional experience with a wide range of project types, including K-12 educational facilities, corporate offices, spaces for arts and cultural institutions, and projects involving community engagement. Passionate about humanistic architecture, Sean believes the best projects are cocreated with their communities. His approach aims to uncover the many layers of ecology, history, economics, and sociocultural contexts that exist in our world. This approach—blended with a strong understanding of site, context, light/shadow, materiality, and spatial characteristics—can result in truly meaningful architecture. Sean is a member of the AIA Minnesota Community of Practice for Culture Change Core Team and a regular guest juror for the University of Minnesota College of Design School of Architecture.

  • Tom Haller
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    RA

    Architecture Discipline Lead | Associate

    As MSR Design’s architecture discipline lead and a firm associate, 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 workplace 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. Tom has experience with the Living Building Challenge and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ariel Kuchta
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    WELL AP

    Designer

    Ariel believes that design should be socially equitable, ecologically benign, and economically viable. Through designed spaces, objects, and messages, she seeks to inspire meaningful behavioral changes that promote a climate-friendly society. Ariel focuses on creating unity between people and the planet, emphasizing sustainability and cultural responsiveness. Her comprehensive approach involves integrating interdisciplinary methods, resulting in unique interiors that travel. In 2022, she received the BWBR Prize for her design of an Arabic themed coffee house inspired by the healing properties of honey, and her work has been featured in the Best of Design student art exhibition at Furlong Gallery. Ariel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She spent her final semester of college in Florence, Italy, where she gained valuable experience as an intern with Arcabi Associates. A WELL accredited professional, Ariel is committed to advancing human health in buildings and communities around the world.

  • Dagmara Larsen
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    AIA, NCARB, 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 Design, 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 a national AIA Young Architects Award, 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 Gdansk University of Technology in Poland.

  • Byoungjin Lee
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    A registered architect and senior associate with MSR Design, Byoungjin 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. His 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. She is also a member of the AIA Minnesota Community of Practice for Culture Change Core Team.

  • Ben Lewis
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    AIA, LEED Green Associate

    Associate

    An associate with MSR Design and registered architect, 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, IIDA

    Interior Design Discipline Lead | Associate

    As MSR Design’s interior design discipline lead and a firm associate, Veronica believes that the most successful projects arise from an inter-disciplinary approach. Working in a broad spectrum of areas, including furniture, product, fashion, graphic, and interior design, she is constantly toggling between the big picture concept and the fine details that, together, make a project remarkable. Veronica creates spaces that not only tread lightly on our environment and bodies, but also are generative and promote the well-being of those experiencing them. She currently serves as cochair of Carbon Leadership Forum Minnesota Regional Hub and a member of the University of Wisconsin–Stout School of Art and Design Professional Advisory Committee. Veronica participated in the Metropolis Sustainability Hackathon workshops over the summer, which culminated in the Metropolis Climate Toolkit for Interior Design, launched in 2021.

  • 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.

  • Connor McManus

    Designer

    With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and visual art, Connor thrives on multidisciplinary approaches to design thinking and visual communication. He has nine years of experience as a planner and architectural designer, with a particular focus on projects with a high degree of community engagement. Connor’s past work includes regional adaptation planning for future sea level rise in coastal Louisiana and master planning for community centers. He enjoys integrating rigorous analysis with creative ideation to craft compelling visual arguments for possible design solutions. Connor has a passion for artfully handling light and rainfall to integrate building and landscape systems with heightened experiential qualities.

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

    Principal

    A registered architect and MSR Design principal, Paul leads the firm’s multi-family housing practice. He regularly designs buildings for nonprofit, mission-driven clients; workplaces; and affordable and luxury housing. Paul’s passion is designing healthy, highly sustainable projects that enhance the human condition for public and charitable organizations. He actively donates his time, including currently being part of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Americas’ Health Leaders Network and the ULI Minnesota’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Paul is also on Tulane University’s Center for Public Service Advisory Board. Paul has led a wide mix of design teams on projects that have received notable recognition, including an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award for the Trolley Quarter Flats and a national ULI Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award, an AIA Minnesota Honor Award, and an Environmental Initiative Award for The Rose. He received the 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his exemplary volunteerism and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2021 for his life’s work focused on supporting historically underserved people and as a citizen architect who consistently improves lives through design excellence and by saying yes when asked to help a good cause.

  • Kathryn Merta

    Designer

    Kathryn recently joined MSR Design after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota. Her drive to design sustainable, biophilic, and healthy spaces was honored with a 2022 Metropolis Future 100 Award. Kathryn focuses on changing lives for the better through design. This recognition of how space impacts the quality of human life motivates her to think deeply about the well-being of building occupants from a holistic perspective. She enjoys traveling and exploring opportunities to expand her global perspective. Kathryn is excited to be part of a team so focused on sustainable design and positively impacting the world and climate.

  • Kate Michaud
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Director of Project Delivery | Senior Associate

    As MSR Design’s director of project delivery and a firm senior associate, 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.

  • Amy Nash

    Marketing & Communications Manager | Associate

    Marketing and communications manager and a firm associate, Amy has been with MSR Design for 25 years. She has written for Architecture MN and currently serves as cochair of the AIA Minnesota ENTER 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 Design, 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.

  • Java Nyamjav

    Designer

    Java combines design, research, and innovation to discover innovative solutions to environmental and social equality concerns. She approaches design by looking at things as parts of a larger whole and finds connections between them. She holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture Research Practices from the University of Minnesota and received the Thomas F. Ellerbe and Thomas Meyer MSRP Program Award. Java’s graduate school thesis focused on providing more resources to Mongolian nomadic farmers and revitalizing land degradation caused by key economic drivers, such as mining and cashmere production. She also worked as a researcher at the Minnesota Design Center on several community-based projects in the Twin Cities. As a research intern with MSR Design, Java explored the impact of embodied carbon on architecture and interior design projects. Her collaborative research on early phase embodied carbon study was honored with the King Medal Award from University of Minnesota. Java is excited to continue pushing for carbon reductions in the built environment through design and research.

  • 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.

  • Bjorn Olson
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Architect

    A creative professional with a passion for humanity and the environment, Bjorn leverages a diverse background to develop innovative ideas and design in collaboration with colleagues, consultants, and clients. As a registered architect and sustainable design professional with an undergraduate degree in economic analysis, he is committed to non-extractive architecture, a design practice focused on achieving sustainable design through the lens of equity. In addition to his professional work, Bjorn is treasurer of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council and chair of the organization’s Zoning and Housing Committee.

  • Charlie Roskens

    Intern Designer

    Charlie, a fifth-year architecture student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has joined MSR Design as an intern designer. With experience developing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) immersive experiences and an interest in adaptive reuse design, he is a devout, collaborative jack-of-all-trades with an interdisciplinary background. Charlie has a passion for narrative-driven design as a means of generating comprehensive, inventive, and functional products. Having grown up in the Midwest, attending school in California, and completing a yearlong exchange program at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Charlie has had the opportunity to experience life across the country. He is eager to bring this experience to a firm with such a rich history and vibrant culture.

     

  • 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 G. Sapienza
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    AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP

    Director of Technical Practice | Senior Associate

    Brendan has been practicing professionally for more than 20 years. As the firm’s director of technical practice and a senior associate, 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. His diverse project experience includes cultural facilities, public libraries, corporate offices, academic buildings, and research laboratories. Brendan designs smart, high-performance buildings that emphasize architectural expression down to the finest detail, and he has helped in the formulation of an office-wide design process for low-energy buildings. He is a certified construction documents technologist through the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification, Standards (36 CFR Part 61) in Historic Architecture.

  • Archie Tyagi
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    LEED Green Associate

    Designer

    Archie recently joined MSR Design. Born in New Delhi, India, she came to the United States to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in interior design at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from Amity University in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in India. Collaborating with various designers and working on different design platforms, she focuses her talents on space design. For Archie, designs that engage all five senses have the greatest impact. She creates innovative, experiential design solutions driven by strong narratives. As an artist and a designer, Archie seeks to create aesthetic compositions that generate visceral reactions to positively impact the people who use the spaces, as well as the environment.

  • Kristilyn Vercruysse
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    AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    A registered architect and MSR Design senior 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.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Wingate
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    LEED AP, CPHC

    Associate

    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 Design’s research and development of new design tools and processes and oversees a student research partnership with the University of Minnesota. A certified passive house consultant and LEED accredited professional, Chris has given numerous talks for AIA and the USGBC focused on energy modeling and other sustainable design measures. He has also taught design at the University of Minnesota College of Design. He 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 and Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship for his graduate work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.