A real interest in improving people’s lives through the built environment drew Joe to the profession of architecture and continues to be his compass as a principal of the firm.
Joe’s experience in a broad range of roles from Construction Administrator to firm President pays dividends for clients from initial vision to creative problem solving. As someone who began his career designing passive solar homes, Joe has also demonstrated a career-long commitment to incorporating sustainability into design. His deep experience in higher education and civic projects includes the new Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville and the historic renovation of the Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio, the first LEED Platinum building for the U.S. General Services Administration.
Joe serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown St. Louis, Inc., and the Open Space Council. He is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning.
Joel believes that as members of our communities, we should never take more than we give. This mindset is the basis of Joel’s approach to architectural design and practice and his drive to improve our world and built environment.
In his leadership role at Trivers, Joel consistently champions thoughtful, creative design solutions throughout every phase of the project. He has been pivotal in some of the firm’s most visible, complex projects including the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center at Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Euclid mixed-use development in St. Louis’ Central West End, the Flance Early Learning Center, the Art & Design Building Expansion and Renovation at Southern Illinois University and the University of Pikeville Health Professions Education Building in Kentucky, all of which were recognized with design awards from the American Institute of Architects.
Joel is an advisor to the board of directors for St. Louis ArtWorks. He has also dedicated time as an instructor and a visiting critic at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Architecture.
Amy bases her leadership on the conviction that successful projects begin with building great relationships.
She brings a focus on creative problem solving to every aspect of the work from developing a vibrant project team to ensuring building systems are fully integrated and supportive of design intent.
Among her key projects are the Old Post Office renovation, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Ranger Station and the Old Courthouse renovation in St. Louis, as well as American Cancer Society Hope Lodge projects throughout the United States.
Amy completed the CORO Women in Leadership, Class 64 program in 2015 and remains a respected mentor for women in architecture. She has had the opportunity to speak at many conferences on topics related to architectural practice as well as her design work in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Amy serves on the Board of Directors for Healthcare Hospitality Network and recently became one of the first 30 Fitwell Ambassadors in the country. As an adjunct faculty instructor at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Architecture, Amy pushes students to think about relationships as
a catalyst and the broader impact and potential of architecture and design.
Melisa is an Architectural Designer committed to the research, testing and design of sustainable and functional spaces. While pursuing her Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree at Washington University, she served as a Research Assistant investigating sustainable methods in community design. Her global experience includes studying post-divided Berlin under the Divided Cities Grant, as well as divisional architecture and infrastructure in post-apartheid South Africa. She is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and is the Vice President of the Landmarks Association Urbanites.
Neil is a Project Manager that enhances Trivers’ dedication to thoughtful design solutions that positively impact end-users and the community at large. He is currently working on the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi, restoring the historic urban fabric with a new multi-family development in Soulard, and making education a priority with the Lift for Life Academy Master Plan. Neil is the Co-founder & President of Modern-STL, a non-profit organization striving for the identification, education, preservation and celebration of St. Louis Modernism.
Rylie joined Trivers as a Fellow from Washington University the summer after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2017. Immediately following the conclusion of her fellowship, she joined the firm full time as an Architectural Designer. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Rylie served as a student teacher in the ALBERTI program, which introduces third through twelfth graders to the fundamentals of architecture and landscape design. Rylie is currently working on the Jonas Hubbard Jr. Community Center and the St. Louis Transitional Hope House.
Mikhail Digman received his Master of Architecture degree from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University in 2015. He received numerous honors at Drury, including the prestigious Librarium Prize for the most distinguished at-large nominated studio project of the 2014-2015 school year. Mikhail is a member of the Young Architects Forum St. Louis and Venture Café, and is a Construction Leader Trainee for Habitat for Humanity.
Shaun is a former Design Thinking instructor at Washington University, where he also received his Master of Architecture degree in 2011. He is a Project Architect with experience in residential, commercial and educational projects and is currently working on the Gateway Arch Museum, 4101 Manchester, and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi. Shaun has a special interest in the convergence between architecture and fabrication.
As Trivers’ Operations Administrator, Alisa (Ali) is responsible for all accounting, human resources and office management activities for the firm. She has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis, including history at two A/E/C firms. She is active in the community, serving on the United Way of Greater St. Louis Allocations Panel for Senior Support Services. She also previously served the United Way as a cabinet member for the Young Leaders Society. Ali also serves on The Gathering United Methodist Church Finance Committee. She is a certified Master BBQ Judge with over 100 competitions judged including the American Royal World Series of Barbecue and Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
Carie has 18 years of experience in marketing professional services and has been with Trivers since 2003. She is the point of contact for consultant teaming with the firm and is involved in all aspects of marketing, including strategic planning, proposals, presentations, public relations, award submissions and conference planning. Carie served eight consecutive years on the Society for Marketing Professional Services-St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors, including roles as President and Treasurer. She has presented on the topic of proposal best practices to multiple SMPS chapters, as well as to the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. Carie has been a Certified Professional Services Marketer since 2008 and was the SMPS St. Louis Chapter’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year.
Jonas Gassmann received his Master of Architecture degree from Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture in 2017. At Drury he served as the President of both Tau Sigma Delta and Art of Space, a group that creates temporary, highly interactive environmental art installations on the campus. In addition, Jonas played varsity soccer and participated in the Drury University Solar Decathlon. He is interested in post-colonial architectural responses, which inspired his graduate thesis and has led him on two trips to the mountains of Honduras, where he built latrines for communities in need.
Sam is a Project Architect who received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas, where she studied abroad in Southeast Asia. She is a LEED Green Associate and recently became a licensed architect. She has experience with education and housing projects, and is currently working on the 4101 Laclede and 1400 Russell Apartments projects. She is a Habitat for Humanity Young Professional and a member of AIA St. Louis.
Maggie is a Project Architect with experience in aviation, higher education, civic and healthcare projects. She received her Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree from Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design + Visual Arts, where she also served as a Research Assistant and an International Summer Studio Coordinator. While working on her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Maggie received a number of scholarships and awards, and also participated in study abroad programs in Shanghai, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Prague. She is a LEED Green Associate and recently became a licensed architect.
Ashley was recently named Associate at Trivers and became a licensed Architect in July 2016. With just over 6 years’ experience, Ashley has taken on a leadership role in the firm and has become an integral team member on some of the firm’s most difficult projects, including the $42M Health Professions Education Building at the University of Pikeville for which she led Construction Administration efforts. Ashley has a continued focus on higher education design with ongoing projects at Washington University, Webster University, University of Illinois, and Central Methodist University.
Ashley holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Construction Management, both from Washington University. She previously taught Design Thinking and Building Systems at Washington University and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for College and University Planning.
Serving as a Project Architect and Associate for the firm, David’s passion for St. Louis is distinct as he believes our urban area’s future success is predicated on the preservation of its historic fabric.
Since joining Trivers in 2008, his desire for research and technical detailing have been well-suited for the complexities inherent in many of the historic projects that required David’s involvement. He has been an integral team member in some of Trivers largest projects including the adaptive reuse of the former Grand Leader Department Store, the renovation and addition of the Museum at the Gateway Arch, and the exterior stone renovation of the Missouri State Capitol Building.
David serves on the Board of Directors for both Landmarks Association of St. Louis and the Association for Preservation Technology Central Plains Division.
Amanda is an Architectural Designer with extensive experience in hospitality, adaptive reuse and higher education design. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and is working towards becoming a licensed architect. Amanda is currently working on the renovation of the LaSalle Building in downtown St. Louis. She is also a volunteer for Stray Rescue and Recycling on the Go.
After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, Martin served as a Project Designer at Trivers early in his career. He spent the remaining recent years at a variety of firms gaining experience in diverse building types, working on projects such as the Jesuit Archive and Research Center, various projects at Washington University and the University City Master Plan that resulted in several addition and renovation projects throughout the district. He returned to Trivers in 2017 with a focus on civic and higher education projects. Martin teaches a Revit Crash Course at Washington University and also serves as the Assistant Director for Career Services in Architecture at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts.
Frank is a Project Manager with over 35 years of professional work in the science of building construction and materials. His diverse experience includes new, renovation and adaptive re-use projects for corporate and institutional occupancies. Frank’s skills at leadership, mentoring and communication underlie his consistently successful outcomes in support of extraordinary designs. Frank excels in pencil sketching and photography, and enjoys serving on the Meetings Planning committee of the St Louis Chapter of AIA.
James has an expertise in historic higher education projects and laboratory spaces although his 20 years’ experience involves many of the firm’s project types. As Associate and Project Manager, he has served a key role on many impactful projects including the Washington University Ann W. Olin Women’s Building, Washington University January Hall, and the Biochemistry and Cell Biology labs at the Washington University School of Medicine.
James’ passion and leadership in sustainability supports our team’s efforts to meet the AIA 2030 Commitment. He has served on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Chapter AIA and the Leadership Circle/Program Committee Chair of the Missouri Gateway Chapter USGBC.
After receiving her Master of Architecture degree in 2008 from Washington University, Emily joined Trivers where she served four years as a Project Designer, working on projects such as the AIA-award winning Flance Early Learning Center. In 2012 she relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked on a variety of projects for Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. She returned to Trivers in 2014, a licensed architect, with a focus on education projects. In recent years she has operated as the Project Architect for the Art & Design East Envelope Replacement project at SIUE and other ongoing projects at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University, where she previously taught Architectural Representation and Digital Modeling. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Charity is an Architectural Designer who received her Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in 2011. She has experience in both residential and educational projects and is currently working on Stedman Hall at Central Methodist University. She is interested in learning more about adaptive reuse and preservation projects due to the innate potential in the St. Louis area for this type of development. Outside of architecture, Charity is currently taking a course in Human-Centered Design through IDEO.org, which focuses on tackling issues through creative problem solving techniques, while involving the end user throughout all stages.
Ross is a Project Architect with higher education, housing and master planning project experience. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University where he currently teaches a Building Systems course as a Faculty Assistant. He is a member of AIA St. Louis and serves on the Young Professionals Board of Rise Community Development, and is also involved with the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter and ULI St. Louis.
John is a Project Manager with more than 25 years of experience with higher education, healthcare and governmental projects. He is a licensed Architect with a unique work history in three related areas: Architecture, General Contracting and Real Estate/Retail Development. He has managed every aspect of building project delivery from conceptual design development through project close-out and has participated in a wide variety of delivery methods.
Since transitioning ownership of the firm in 2015, Andy continues his commitment to the St. Louis community through involvement with numerous civic, cultural, and educational organizations. Andy structured the foundation of the firm around St. Louis’ rich architectural history – focusing on adaptive reuse, historic rehabilitation, contextual infill work and new construction projects that improve the urban condition.
“We get that lines sketched on paper have a real impact in the world, so we think about consequence a lot. It’s more than the tangible building. It’s what the project does for the people we’re working for. It’s the ability for them to achieve their vision.”
“If you line up the buildings Trivers has executed, they’re all very different in a positive way. All our projects are rooted in ideas and context. It’s very apparent that we’re thinking about a specific project, for a specific client, in a specific location.”
“We’re passionate about design and practice. Our experience is that great design comes from being able to create great relationships among people from diverse skillsets and backgrounds.”