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

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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Libby Slaski

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

ASSOCIATE AIA, NOMA

Libby is a Designer and Visualizer driven to contribute to the creation of spaces and places that promote social equity through intentional and thoughtful architectural outcomes. She is passionate about sustainable, beautiful, and walkable experiences for everyone and feels compelled to deliver long-lasting, contextually relevant projects. Libby’s empathetic approach to design deeply resonates with clients as it is rooted in her lived perspective and unique ability to communicate with clients through powerful visuals.

Libby earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architectural Design and Urbanism from Notre Dame. She studied in Rome, Italy, prior to practicing in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. These experiences have made her a life-long student of the industry, and it is very important to her to create opportunities to bring others along.

Outside of the office, you can find her, her husband, and their dog Banjo out on a hike, reading, mostly comic books, knitting, and enjoying a craft brew while laughing too hard together.

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Heather Harrington

INTERIOR EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

Heather believes that Interior Designers are responsible for creating environments that not only influence positive human experiences, but work to sustain environments that consistently allow people to engage in healthy behaviors and relationships. These types of inclusive spaces build equity in organizations, maintain open-minds, prioritize accessibility and a dignified experience for everyone. The human experience and how we facilitate and cultivate a sense of belonging is at the center of her approach to her work. Outside of the office, Heather engages with emerging professionals and community organizations to share her passion for the work. For fun, can find Heather whipping up the best vegetarian soup, on the golf course with her hubby, Al, or rolling out the red carpet for Charlie, their cat who is the light of their lives.

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Aaron Taylor

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Aaron is a passionate problem solver, creative thinker, and skilled communicator that develops highly innovative, effective, and integrated design solutions for our clients. As an empathetic leader, with many years of major project responsibility, he translates complex design ideas into simple, elegant, and effective architectural outcomes that center people and place. Aaron cultivates our design staff and our design standards, ensuring our projects are consistently excellent for those we serve. Aaron and his family love to be outside doing active things and taking in the beautiful Michigan seasons. They love to travel and share new experiences together.

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Kirk Welsh

PROJECT MANAGER + DESIGNER

Kirk is a Detroit native and manages our projects in the Detroit area. He brings a robust and culturally competent perspective to our team. His educational and professional experiences abroad afforded him opportunities to infuse those insights into the design process. He is fluent in Spanish, creating space for us to meet clients and communities where they are. Kirk believes that architects serve a larger purpose in the design and construction process and he constantly pushes everyone to be their best self. Kirk is a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy bringing his passion to connect and inspire young people to his everyday experiences.

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