We are a boutique practice -- allowing us to work directly with our clients from start to finish and provide attention to detail at every step of the project. Our design approach seamlessly integrates the architecture with the interiors creating a cohesive vision for the space.
We are not married to specific architectural style or period. Our team works with the client and the project context to determine the overall design aesthetic.
Mindy is the managing partner. She is a licensed Architect and Chicago Self-Certification Professional with 19 years of experience and is intimately involved in all phases of design including both architecture and interiors. Mindy served as the 2023 President of the AIA Chicago Board of Directors and is a Past President of Chicago Women in Architecture.
Mindy graduated from Kansas State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture. She became a partner at MVA in 2021 after spending 16 years in the commercial and public sectors. Mindy led many high-profile civic projects including the award-winning CTA Washington / Wabash Station and the CTA 95th Terminal. In 2019 she was recognized as "40 under 40" by Building Design + Construction.
Michael leads the architectural practice with a strong focus on design and technical execution. He is a licensed architect with 19 years of experience in high-end residential and hospitality design including some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country. With intimate experience throughout construction of dozens of highly complex projects, Michael has a passion for problem solving. Throughout the years, he has built lasting relationships with countless contractors and vendors.
Mike graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He founded M Viamontes Architects LLC in 2020. He has experience with a wide range of project types and budgets including historic renovations, pre-war apartments, new construction and additions.
Jennifer leads the interiors practice and is fully involved in all phases of projects from early sketches through construction. She is experienced in a wide variety of styles, aesthetics and budgets. Throughout the design community, Jenny is known for interiors that embody both sophistication and practicality. The interiors she creates are timeless, livable spaces with thoughtful connections to the surrounding architecture and outdoor spaces.
Jenny graduated from Harrington College of Design. She orchestrated high profile projects at Jessica Lagrange Interiors for 13 years where she served as Design Director. Her work has been recognized in numerous national publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and Luxe Magazine.
Thomas graduated in 2023 with a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University. He is involved in all phases of a project and assists the team throughout the process. A master at rendering, he creates beautiful visuals that illustrate the design intent.
Thomas joined MVA in January 2022 as a full-time intern as part of the 4th year internship program and continued to work part-time throughout his final year. He is currently pursuing licensure and enjoys exploring Chicago with his fiancé Maly.
Sandy brings over 40 years of Project and Program Management experience to MVA. She provides accounting and bookkeeping support and manages the purchasing and expediting of interior furnishings and products.
Since her retirement from Georgia Institute of Technology, she has helped a number of small to medium sized businesses in creating back-office processes and infrastructure that enable them to operate with efficiency.
Biki is a retired racer who spends his days dreaming of squirrels and running free along the Chicago lakefront. He is living the greyt life and is often spotted prancing through the Gold Coast with his architect parents (Mindy + Mike) by his side.
As the newest barkitect at the MVA office, Oliver brings a great deal of enthusiasm to everything he does. Always ready to lend a paw, he is adept at testing textiles for their durability and coziness. In his spare time, Oliver loves taking a trip to the park, playing fetch, or grabbing the occasional pup cup.