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 Gateway Arch Museum, Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Woodward Lofts, 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.
Brian is a Senior Project Designer with nine years of experience in higher education, multi-family housing, office and cultural projects. He has worked at a variety of firms across the country, most recently at HOK in St. Louis. His latest projects include 4210 Duncan in the Cortex District and the Centene Plaza C Tower. Brian received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. He received several awards while at the University of Cincinnati, including the Distinguished Thesis Award from the School of Architecture and Interior Design.
Neil is an Associate and Project Manager who enhances Trivers’ dedication to thoughtful design solutions that positively impact end-users and the community at large. Neil has experience ranging from education to multi-family development. He has led American Cancer Society Hope Lodge projects in several cities from inception to completion. Neil is the Co-founder & past board President of ModernSTL, a non-profit organization striving for the identification, education, preservation and celebration of St. Louis Modernism. He also serves on the board of the Hospitality Healthcare Network, an association of nonprofit organizations and professionals who provide lodging and support services to patients and families receiving medical treatment away from home. Neil recently became a WELL Accredited Professional and a LEED Green Associate.
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. Since joining Trivers, Mikhail has worked on several multi-family housing developments, including Woodward Lofts, which received a 2019 AIA-St. Louis Honor Award in the Architecture category. He is a member of the Young Architects Forum St. Louis and Venture Café, and is a Construction Leader Trainee for Habitat for Humanity. Mikhail recently became a LEED Green Associate.
Shaun received his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in 2011 and has returned there for multiple semesters as a Design Thinking and Building Systems instructor. He has experience across a broad range of project types and scales; from an art gallery to urban interventions. As a Project Architect with the office, he was a key team member on the expansion of the award-winning Gateway Arch Museum and has been involved with multiple urban infill projects across St. Louis. Shaun has a special interest in the convergence between architecture and fabrication. He is a registered architect in the state of Missouri and a LEED Green Associate.
Carie has 19 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 licensed architect and a LEED Green Associate. Sam has experience with education and multi-family housing projects, and held a key role on projects including the award-winning Woodward Lofts, The Euclid, Steelcote Lofts, and 1400 Russell apartments. She is also spearheading the Trivers internal BIM Coordinator role. In addition to her project focus, Sam is leading the firm in managing templates and standards for accessibility and sustainability. 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. Daniela 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. She is a LEED Green Associate.
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 Green Associate, 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 and the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter.
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, NCARB certified and a LEED Green Associate.
Maggie is a Project Architect with experience in 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 registered architect, a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. Maggie is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter.
Ashley is a Project Architect and Associate and has been part of the Trivers team since 2011. She holds Master of Architecture and Master of Construction Management degrees, both from Washington University, where she previously taught Design Thinking and Building Systems. Ashley’s focus has been on higher education design and has completed projects at Washington University, Webster University, Central Methodist University, Southeast Missouri State University and Northwest Missouri State University. She also led the Construction Administration efforts for the $41M Health Professions Education Building at the University of Pikeville, which received multiple AIA design awards.
She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for College and University Planning. Ashley co-presented “Turning Barriers into Opportunities: Women in Construction Administration” at the AIA Convention on Architecture 2018 in New York City.
Marcellus joined Trivers in 2019 after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and dual minors in American Culture Studies and Urban Design. While at Washington University, he developed a particular interest in contributing to St. Louis and the region. Marcellus completed an independent research project featuring the historic Kinloch suburb of St. Louis as part of the Gephardt Institute’s Civic Scholars program. The project, “A Kinloch Story”, included conversations with former residents and their hopes for the town’s future. In addition, he served as Secretary and Project Manager for ArchEngage, a student group that connects students with faculty, professionals and community members to collaborate on pro-bono design-build projects in St. Louis. As a student, Marcellus took first prize in the Laskey Charrette, a yearly design competition honoring Professor Emeritus Leslie Laskey.
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 a Project Architect with extensive experience in civic and historic/adaptive reuse design. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and recently passed her last exam to become a licensed architect in the state of Missouri. Amanda is currently working on the renovation of several historic buildings including the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. She was recently named the firm’s Sustainability Coordinator. In addition to leading our Green Team for in-office sustainability efforts, she is serving as a sustainability consultant for projects throughout the firm.
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 LEED Green Associate.
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 also serves as the Assistant Director for Career Services in Architecture at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. He is a LEED Green Associate.
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.
Drawing on over 40 years of professional experience in the science of building construction and materials, Frank serves as Trivers’ Senior Technical Director. As such, he consults on projects throughout the firm lending his expertise on technical detailing and specification on all stages of project development. His diverse experience includes new, renovation and adaptive re-use projects for corporate, institutional, and multi-family occupancies. He has special interest in and is a published author and speaker on the preservation and restoration of historic masonry. Frank excels in pencil sketching and photography and enjoys serving on the Meetings Planning committee of the St Louis Chapter of AIA. He is a registered architect in the State of Missouri and a LEED Green Associate.
James has great strengths in historic renovation and adaptive reuse, as well as an expertise in technical spaces, although his 20 years’ experience involves many of the firm’s project types. As an Associate and Project Manager, he has served a key role on many impactful projects in the St. Louis area. As a member of Trivers’ Green Team, he manages the firm’s 2030 commitment and is drafting Trivers’ sustainable action plan. He has contributed to a number of Trivers’ sustainable projects, including the recently completed renovation of January Hall at Washington University, which is received LEED Gold certification. He was recently selected to join the Planning Group of the BuildingGreen Small Firm Sustainable Design Leaders Peer Network. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter.
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, completing projects at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southeast Missouri State University and Washington University, where she previously taught Architectural Representation and Digital Modeling. She is an Illinois Capital Development Board Project Manager and 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 2019. 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. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Karl is a newly licensed architect and a 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 a variety of project types including multi-family housing, higher education and civic. Charity has a strong interest in adaptive reuse and preservation projects due to the innate potential in the St. Louis area for this type of development. She is a SEED Certified Professional and a LEED Green Associate. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and AIA St. Louis Women in Architecture.
Amanda is a Project Manager with nearly 20 years of experience, specializing in corporate workplace design and branded environments paired with a passion for historic and adaptive reuse. Throughout her career she has worked on projects in the hospitality, mixed-use and multi-family, retail, education, and mission-driven sectors while contributing to business development and strategic management initiatives. Her reputation for excellence is based on her creative vision, which she pairs with strong project coordination, clear communication, savvy decision making, and thoughtful mentorship. Amanda’s work has been honored with awards from the AIA, IIDA Gateway Chapter, Illuminating Engineering Society, and Landmarks Association of St. Louis. She is a Registered Architect, holds a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern and is a Certified SEED Member of the Public Interest Design Institute.
Ross is a Project Architect and Associate with higher education, residential and master planning project experience. He has extensive experience with developer multi-family housing projects and has been a key team member on multiple developments in the St. Louis area since joining Trivers in 2015, including the award-winning Woodward Lofts renovation. 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 the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute-St. Louis and the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. Ross is a Registered Architect, a LEED Green Associate, a Construction Documents Technologist and a Fitwel Ambassador.
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. John’s current focus is on large-scale historic civic renovations. He is a LEED Green Associate, Construction Documents Technologist and an Illinois Capital Development Board Project Manager.
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.”