With nearly twenty years of experience in architecture, Louis has developed a vast portfolio of impressive architectural projects varying greatly in size and type. He has successfully been involved in all phases of design and construction administration including management of design coordination, programming, code research and contract documentation. As an owner and lead Architect for GMA, Louis is responsible for overseeing all facets of the business. His team management approach and client focused mentality has been a powerful catalyst for growth of the company. In his free time, Louis enjoys brewing delicious beer and spending time with his wife Francine and their three daughters.
If you weren’t an Architect/Interior Designer, what would you be? Brewmaster.
What is your dream vacation? Wandering through old churches exploring how the architecture and the art of the space defined the spiritual. I'm a sucker for old churches.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Beer. Cheese. Salami. BBQ sauce. Milk.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Mash paddle. Kind of a kitchen utensil…
What is a quote you live by? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Dan joined the GMA team in 2014. A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, he has nearly seventeen years of experience in the industry. Dan has participated in essentially all project types and all phases of the project development process including design, construction documentation and construction administration. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, gardening and tackling any home renovation project that presents itself.
What is your dream vacation? A month traveling through New Zealand exploring "Middle Earth"…I’m a huge Tolkien & Peter Jackson fan.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Beer, cheese, olives, Diet Pepsi and yogurt.
What is a quote you live by? "If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it." "With patience you can even cook a stone."
If you weren’t an Architect/Interior Designer, what would you be? A custom furniture maker or a Chef.
Jennifer has been an associate of GMA Architects since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior and Environmental Design from Illinois State University. Jennifer is NCIDQ certified and is an active participant in the local St. Louis Design community. From programming through final installation, Jennifer creates well thought out floor plans that are unique to each and every client, including preparation of space plans, design development, finish selections and furniture specifications.
Which cartoon character do you resemble most? Wonder Woman!
What is your dream vacation? The Four Seasons in Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow.
What is a quote you live by? "I drink coffee because I need it and wine because I deserve it."
If you weren't an Interior Designer, what would you be? I would be an event planner. I love to throw a party!
A graduate of Washington University School of Architecture, Frank began working with ARCO in 1995 while employed by the Henderson Group of Architects. In 2002, he joined the GMA team. At GMA, Frank works on large scale distribution centers, manufacturing and production facilities, large cooler and freezer buildings for food and beverage wholesalers and various retail developments. With an understanding of the various physical and regulatory requirements to maximize investment, site development is one of Frank’s core skills. In his free time, Frank enjoys spending time with his family, including his three grandchildren, regularly vacationing to the Oregon coast for fishing, hiking and relaxing on the beach. He is a member of the Webster Groves Architectural Review Board and supports his community through Habitat for Humanity and serving on his local subdivision committee.
What is your favorite word? Evolution: Nothing is created in a vacuum - design responds to its environment.
What is your dream vacation? Two weeks away with my wife in an over-the-water bungalow on Bora Bora.*Frank is not married to Jennifer Otta.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Chef’s Knife – durable, versatile and sharp.
What is a quote you live by. “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” George MacDonald
Bob has been a member of the GMA team since 2010 and has over 17 years of experience in the field, with a very diverse and broad array of projects in his portfolio. At work, he enjoys the challenge of meeting tight deadlines, providing the best service possible and challenging others to succeed when they think they can’t. In his free time, Bob enjoys being with his family and friends, watching movies, coaching youth sports, technology and cooking.
What is a quote you live by? "I can do all things through Christ who is my strength." Philippians 4:13
"Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top."
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Mike Rowe.
What is your favorite word? No... which is also, my kids' least favorite word.
You’ve been given access to a time machine. Where and when would you travel? 5,000 years into the future, Antarctica... curious to see if there would still be ice there.
Mike joined the GMA team in 2011 and has more than 14 years of experience in design, technical documentation and contract administration. His project experience ranges from heavy industrial to healthcare and retail. With a strong attention to detail and efficiency, Mike is a great asset to the GMA team.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Jack Black.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Spork.
What is a quote you live by? "If you can't have fun at work, go home."
"Today is a good day to have a good day."
If you weren't an Architect, what would you be? Home re-modeler.
Mariel joined the GMA team in 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design. Mariel derives immense satisfaction from meeting challenging design constraints and enjoys designing spaces to suit each client’s unique needs. In her free time, Mariel dabbles in multiple hobbies including cooking and photography.
Which cartoon character do you resemble most? Tweety Bird.
What is your dream vacation? Anywhere with sand, good food and friendly locals.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? A whisk.
What is a quote you live by? “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Vince joined the GMA team in December 2013. With a strong background in accessibility and three-dimensional modeling/rendering capabilities, Vince brings a diverse set of knowledge and skills to GMA. Graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Technology degree, Vince gained an understanding in both design and the technical aspects of construction early on. His interest in design is not limited to architecture, as he also enjoys performing and composing original music, as well as painting and drawing.
What cartoon character do you resemble the most? Probably Raphael (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
What is your dream vacation? Arconate, Italy (near Milan - I have many relatives that live there and this is where my father's grandparents immigrated from).
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Milk, cream cheese, bagels, bacon and Reese's.
If you weren't an Architect/Interior Designer, what would you be? A musician, a structural engineer or an art teacher.
Grant joined the GMA team in 2015. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. With more than 10 years of professional experience, Grant is familiar with all project phases from marketing and procurement through contract administration and project close-out. With experience across several sectors including hospitality, industrial, commercial and retail, Grant brings a wide range of project experience across several sectors. In his free time, Grant enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He is also an avid guitar player and a life-long performing musician.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? A fork - reliable and easy to work with.
What is your favorite word? Done.
What is a quote you live by? “People often miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
If you weren’t an Architect, what would you be? A guitar maker.
Lani joined the GMA team in 2015. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University and in 2018 became a Licensed Architect in the State of Missouri. Her prior experience includes commercial and retail design projects ranging from 4,000 SF to 250,000 SF throughout the United States. At work, she enjoys creating exciting, efficient and well-organized designs that not only meet the client’s needs, but also inspire the client. At GMA, Lani is responsible for the design and creation of floor plans, exterior building elevations, 3D building models and photo-realistic renderings. In her free time, Lani enjoys spending time with family, drawing, hiking and traveling.
What is your favorite word? Trivet.
What is your dream vacation? Anywhere with charming old buildings to explore and a great place to hike.
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Reese Witherspoon.
What are five things in your refrigerator? Apples, grapes, cheese, a snickers bar and Diet Coke.
If you weren't an Architect, what would you be? Journalist.
Michael joined the GMA team in 2015 after graduating with a Master of Architecture degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. As a Project Architect, Michael is responsible for overseeing design, providing initiatives for LEED certification, as well as supporting the contractors by reviewing shop drawings and preparing and issuing site instructions. Working in an industry that is constantly evolving, combined with realizing a passion for design at a young age, drew Michael to architecture. In his free time, Michael can be found watching anything related to sports. He also enjoys trips to Colorado to go snowboarding.
If you weren't an Architect, what would you be? If I didn't have such a strong passion for design, I believe my career choice would've been in Sports Medicine.
What is your dream vacation? My dream vacation is to travel to Europe for two weeks experiencing famous pieces of architecture.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Beer, pizza, chicken, fresh vegetables and ice cream.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? A measuring cup because I contain all the information I hear.
What is a quote you live by? "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
Adam joined the GMA team with more than seven years of professional experience in the architectural field. Utilizing his experience, skills and education, Adam maximizes the overall success of each project’s design, schedule and budget. Adam has participated in essentially all project types including healthcare, government, entertainment, industrial and even theme parks. In his free time, Adam enjoys photography, running, snowboarding and playing guitar.
If you weren't an Architect, what would you be? Photographer.
What is your dream vacation? Backpacking across Europe.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Steak, beer, frozen pizza, apples and chicken.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Spatula (because I love to grill).
What is a quote you live by? "You can't have a better tomorrow if you are always thinking about yesterday." - Author Unknown
Jay joined the GMA team in 2016. Earning his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jay has gained extensive experience working as an intern, consultant and designer. Jay has gained insight and hands-on experience working within a wide-array of project phases including, preliminary drawings, schematic drawings, construction documents, addenda and shop drawings. In his free time, Jay enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, fishing and having fun with friends.
What is your dream vacation? Warm weather, clean ocean, soft white sand and many drinks!
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Beer, milk, pop, eggs and meat.
You've been given access to a time machine. Where and when would you travel? I would travel to the year 3000. I would like to see the architecture and how we have shaped our environment.
What is a quote you live by? "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."
Nick joined the GMA team in 2016. With more than six years of professional experience in the architectural field, Nick offers a background in surveying, design and project coordination. With an extensive education and on-the-job experience, Nick brings a special skill-set to the projects in which is a part of. Nick’s ultimate mission is to provide an approach to his designs that will not only help save time, but also increase the quality in the final product. In his free time, Nick enjoys renovating old homes, woodworking, urban farming, Ultimate Frisbee, cycling and rock climbing.
What is your hometown? Webster Groves, Missouri.
Favorite Hobby? Ultimate Frisbee.
Things you can learn from me? How to bake bagels.
Fun Fact- I rock climbed 3,300 vertical feet for 24 hours at the Horseshoe Hell Competition in 2012.
If you weren’t an Architect/Interior Designer, what would you be? Artist or Detective.
What is your dream vacation? Backpacking across the globe and learning the native languages.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Smoked gouda cheese, wine, chocolate, milk and fruit.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Chopsticks - surprisingly useful in a lot of situations.
What is a quote you live by? "Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien "When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." Viktor E. Frankl
Matt Meives joined the GMA team in 2018 as the Director of Architectural Design with more than 21 years of experience in the architectural industry. His deep knowledge and understanding of the construction industry enables him to enhance design concepts and provide innovative solutions for clients.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be? Home Remodeler.
What is your dream vacation? A great ski trip with ski-in/ski-out accommodations.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Lunch meat. Eggs. Milk. Bacon. Hot sauces.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Whisk.
What is a quote you live by? “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”
Victor Smith joined the GMA team in 2018 with nearly 10 years of experience in the architectural industry. Victor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s Degree from IIT.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be? Virtual (movie or video game) Set Designer.
What is your dream vacation? Three months traveling around the world.
What 5 things are in your refrigerator? Cheese. Milk. Eggs. Chicken. BBQ Sauce.
What kind of kitchen utensil are you? Pasta Ladle.
What is a quote you live by? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”