Zachary Verhulst

Founder + Managing Principal

AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Zach is a licensed architect and extremely passionate about people and how they engage with space. He believes, through design, we have the ability to work smarter, learn better, connect deeper, and live healthier while creating a robust future for our communities. Zach was the 2019 Young Architect of the Year for AIA Grand Rapids, a member of the 2019 Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and a recent graduate of Harvard Business School with a focus on finance. He sits on multiple non-profit boards and mentors students interested in architecture. Zach earned both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Zach is a proud product of Grand Rapids Public Schools and die-hard Westsider. You can find him, his wife, and their three girls singing Frozen songs or playing outside. He also loves to golf and listen to books, usually while golfing.

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Andrew Queenan

ARCHITECT + BUILDING SCIENTIST

AIA, NCARB, LFA, LEED GA, CDT

Andrew believes passionately in the ability of architects to lead our world toward a brighter, environmentally sound future. He seeks to apply the fundamentals of building science to all of his projects. After ten years of successful practice and commitment to the industry, Andrew was awarded the 2020 Young Architect of the Year for AIA Grand Rapids. He also achieved the Living Future Accreditation through the International Living Future Institute and started a two-year term co-chairing the Committee on the Environment. Andrew earned both his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Andrew enjoys life with his wife and three daughters, seven chickens, two beehives, one dog, and one cat. When he is not working to improve our built environment, or reading about it, he is likely watching Star Wars.

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Blaine Westerlund

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
ASSOCIATE AIA

Blaine is a master of deep conversation. He believes it can better help us understand the contexts of our everyday life. He is constantly in pursuit of understanding the story of how we live each day and how it is distinctly influenced by the spaces we inhabit. Clients trust him to develop design strategies through this process and, in-turn, he becomes increasingly intentional, conscious, and reflective. Over the last eight years, including time abroad practicing internationally, he developed a strong understanding of how cultural, social, and economic conditions create opportunities for architects to be thoughtful in their work. Blaine received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and is on the path to Licensure.

Blaine enjoys traveling, specifically around Europe, which is where he also met his wife Vesna. For him, sitting still is not an option! When he is in the States, he enjoys river kayaking trips, hiking, camping, and watching Manchester United.

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Nick
Wallis

PROJECT MANAGER + ARCHITECT

AIA, NCARB

As a Licensed Architect and Project Manager, Nick creates an environment for belonging and authentic exploration, marrying beauty and building science to best capture the true expression of a community and its people. His career spans multiple continents, design typologies, and scales, giving him a unique lens through which to observe and ask questions. Nick takes an empathetic approach to design excellence, guiding the project team to deeply understand our client’s aspirations and how they define successful outcomes. He then aligns design ideals, expectations, schedules, and budgets so everyone feels heard and has an opportunity to contribute.

Nick is rooted in the Grand Rapids community serving on the Board of Directors for the Heartside Business Association, the Community Engagement Committee for the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and is a recent participant of the Emerging Leaders Cohort through the Center for Community Leadership. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Nick, his wife, and their three sons are very close and spend much of their time together on adventures. They love to cook, travel, and be outside. In addition to family activities, Nick spends time centering himself meditating, playing sports, and birdwatching when exploring Michigan’s great outdoors!

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