Who we are...
Our office of nine staff are all architects and architecture interns, from a variety of education and experience backgrounds, prior office experience, and project and client types. We each provide personal and engaging involvement directly with your design teams on a regular basis throughout the design and documentation phases. We strive to build confidence through experience in our intern staff, with all staff participating in the specifications process at each level of development.
"The construction process begins with people who are not aware of your vision; they gain insight and understand your design intent only through the quality of your documentation. Clear and precise communication is the means to ensure your design intent is known, understood and executed to completion."
"I believe design is more than the creation of an idea; it is the realization of that idea through clear and concise communication, and ultimately measured by the beauty and functionality of the final building for the users."
Detailing the interconnections between surfaces, components and materials is the essence of good design thinking: (top banner) Houston, (above from top) Montevideo, Rome, Helsingborg, Miami, Tacoma, Berlin, Montevideo, Miami, Seattle, Cabo Polonio
Michael is a licensed architect in Oregon and Florida, with 26 years of professional experience working in architecture practices on both the east and west coasts. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a Certified Documents Technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute, and a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council. Michael was an invited participant at the AIA Young Architects Forum's Practice Innovation Lab in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017, working in a group of 60 emerging professionals, architecture leaders and entrepreneurs to envision the design practice of tomorrow. [website]
(Started the firm November 2014)
David is an experienced project architect, architectural detailer, and construction administrator, with 12 years working in architecture practices. He worked for several years drafting, detailing, documenting and providing construction administration at Yost Grube Hall Architecture, including working with Michael as a specifications coordinator there. David came to m.thrailkill.architects following design, detailing and construction administration roles at TVA Architects. David is a licensed architect in Oregon.
(Joined the firm March 2016)
Dennet is a senior specifier who joined our firm to provide his career-long experience with specification writing, as well as helping incorporate our past project information, products and systems into our baseline specifications database. Previously, Dennet practiced architecture at CH2M (now Jacobs) and SRG Partnership. Dennet is a licensed architect in Oregon.
(Joined the firm September 2016)
McKenzie is an architect intern with a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University's School of Architecture. She is currently pursuing a Certified Documents Technologist (CDT) certification from CSI, and has started in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) for architecture licensure. McKenzie provides documentation and editing support for our specifications work, collaborating closely with several of our regular clients' design teams, and gaining a broader knowledge of the architectural design process along the way.
(Joined the firm October 2015)
Adam is an architect intern and a Bachelor of Arts graduate from the Portland State University School of Architecture. He provides documentation and editing support for our specifications work as well as supporting our administrative needs, providing project and educational scheduling and logistic support.
(Joined the firm August 2017)
Austin is a Bachelor of Arts student in his third year at Portland State University's School of Architecture. Austin has been working in our office part-time through the school year and full-time during summer and winter breaks, providing documentation and editing support for our specifications work.
(Joined the firm April 2019)
Karen is excited to be working at an architectural firm after many years of professional experience with the federal government and in the nonprofit sector. With degrees in administration and finance, her expertise is helping organizations run smoothly and effectively.
(Joined the firm June 2019)
Molly is a Master of Architecture student at Portland State University's School of Architecture. Since a collaborative experience with our office and a client during a school project to improve materials transparency in a real-world situation, Molly has been working part-time in our office part-time to research and incorporate materials transparency products, materials and standards into our baseline specifications. She is improving our capabilities to incorporate Declare, HPD, EPD and Red List requirements into our specifications.
(Seasonal, since December 2018)
Please consider our firm for your career growth, for collaboration with some of the best local and national architecture firms, and involvement in a wide range of project types here in the Pacific Northwest and in multiple markets across the country.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to equal treatment of all employees without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other basis protected by law and guided by equitable practices. Our wages and salaries are transparent and updated annually based on the latest AIA Small Firm Compensation Report and our benefits exceed industry standards.
If you are interested in working with us, please take some time to explore our website, especially the Process page, and read the document below, Who we are..., to learn more about the firm.
Please consider including our firm's proposal along with those
of your other consultants in responses to your client's proposal requests and to owner's RFPs.
M.Thrailkill.Architect LLC is a certified Oregon Tier 1
Emerging Small Business (ESB), certification number 9859