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 Advisory Council for Women in Design+Construction and recently became one of the first 30 Fitwel 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.
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.
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.
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.
Becky joined Trivers in 2019, bringing with her over 18 years of experience in various aspects of accounting. She is proficient in staff management, financial reporting, auditing, and project management. Throughout her career, Becky has created policies and procedures that have helped businesses streamline operations while increasing both savings and revenue. She has experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, healthcare, and design. Becky’s multi-faceted role at Trivers includes accounting, human resources, and operations management.
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.
Daniela Grushevska joined Trivers in 2018 with nearly 20 years of experience in all facets of interior design. She has great strengths in the hospitality market, and has built a strong reputation with several major hotel brands throughout her career. In 2015, she was named as one of Boutique Magazine’s up-and-coming designers reshaping the hospitality industry. Daniela has additional extensive experience with multi-family housing, higher education and historic renovation design. She excels in FF+E purchasing, space planning, branding and concept development . She was selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2016 and is a member of the Leadership St. Louis Class of 2018.
Emily Hagy is a licensed architect with over 10 years of experience in educational and institutional projects. Throughout her career, she has focused on creating better spaces for users through elevated and thoughtful design. She believes the collaborative design process is the key to creating compelling spaces that exceed client expectations and will be impactful for years to come.
Emily has experience in the renovation of historic buildings and recently received historic tax credits for the renovation of her 106-year old house in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis. A LEED Accredited Professional, she has a passion for sustainable design and works to incorporate it into all projects. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Leif Hauser joined Trivers in 2019 with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, multi-family housing, corporate and commercial projects. He is experienced in all aspects of architectural design, including programming, planning, code analysis, accessibility surveys, design, document production, specification editing and construction administration. Leif was a key team member for the Olin Library Transformation at Washington University, which received an AIA St. Louis Merit Award in 2018. He previously was a Lecturer for Building Systems at his alma mater, Washington University, and was elected as a “Citizen Architect” by the American Institute of Architects Board of Directors Advocacy Committee. Leif is a former City Councilperson and served on the Facilities Task Force and Economic Development Commission for the City of Olivette. He is a registered architect in the State of Missouri and NCARB certified.
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.
Kirsten is an Interior Designer with experience in project types ranging from corporate workplace to hospitality. She is a NCIDQ certified Interior Designer, a SEED Certified Professional, and a LEED Green Associate. She currently teaches in the Interior Design Program at her alma mater, Maryville University. In 2015, Kirsten was recognized as a FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leader. Kirsten has special interest in projects that advance the missions of non-profits, community and youth organizations, and creating spaces that promote well-being for all. Outside of Interior Design, she is a volunteer with Girls on the Run and loves to stay active in her local community.
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.
Hallie joined Trivers after receiving her Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design from Washington University in December of 2018. While at Washington University, she served as Graduate Architecture Council President and Vice President of Student Engagement and held several research and teaching assistant positions. She was awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Award by the Association of Women Faculty, which recognizes academic excellence and leadership potential among women students. Hallie is also the 2019 recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, which is awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated their ability for leadership and service and what they offer the future of the profession. As a graduate student, she had opportunities to study abroad in Italy, Spain, Denmark, South Africa and Rwanda. Hallie is a contributor to an ongoing exhibition and publication titled “Segregation by Design” sponsored by The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation. It has been on display at Creative Exchange Lab, St. Louis History Museum and Washington University. She is a Lead Youth Counselor for CMC Soccer Camp and a volunteer for Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
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.
Luke is a Senior Project Architect with 12 years of experience in residential and educational projects. His background in both art and architecture drives his passion to add value to the community through design. Before moving to St. Louis in 2016, Luke spent nine years in Seattle working at E. Cobb Architects and Mahlum, where he played a key role on the award-winning North Transfer Station. He is a registered architect and serves on the Board of Directors for Family Advocacy and Community Training (FACT).
Amy rejoined Trivers as Marketing Assistant in 2018 after previously serving in an administrative capacity in years prior. From preparing proposals and presentations to conducting market research and managing brand standards and social media, she is involved in a wide range of marketing activities. Amy utilizes her experience in marketing and event planning to coordinate a year-round calendar of company events and activities. She recently participated in the Coordinators’ Club, a Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) pilot program for young A/E/C marketing professionals. Amy is a proud member of Friends of St. Louis Public Schools.
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.
Jenna joined Trivers as an Architectural Designer after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in May. As a student, she served as the editor for Armour Magazine, as well as a tour guide within the Sam Fox School of Architecture and Design. In 2016, Jenna participated in the Missouri Botanical Garden + Mahabo Partnership, where she led a team of undergraduate students through research, design, and construction of a cyclone-resistant home for the midwife of a rural village in southern Madagascar. Throughout her college career, Jenna received numerous scholarships and won both the Fitzgibbon and Laskey Charrette Design Competitions.
Karl is a newly licensed architect and the most recent addition to the Trivers team. Having most recently served as Job Captain at Kaas Wilson Architects in the Minneapolis area, he has experience in team management and consultant coordination for multi-family, senior living, and adaptive reuse projects. Karl is skilled in rendering and modeling, code research, and project design. He attended the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York, where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship and the Benjamin Menschel Research Fellowship. Karl is a cyclist and marathon runner and volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity.
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.”