Conn Architects is an established Tallahassee-based firm with a focus on design with lasting value. Serving the Southeast United States for over 30 years, we have experience with retail, workplace, medical, hospitality, and residential projects that showcase our commitment to fulfilling our client’s objectives and goals.
Our designers work closely with clients to combine their vision with our years of technical expertise. We strive to collaborate with the design team to create the project that culminates in a functional, attractive, flexible space for generations of use.
As a member of the first graduating class of Florida A&M University’s School of Architecture, coupled with over 30 years’ experience, Michael is knowledgeable in all phases of the architectural design process. He has been the Architect of choice among both private and public entities for many signature buildings in Tallahassee and throughout the State of Florida. His seasoned expertise has successfully guided our team through all phases of the design and construction processes, resulting in attractive and enduring buildings for both owners and users to appreciate. Mike enjoys spending his personal time with family and friends, they can usually be found on a nearby boat or on the sandy beaches of Alligator Point.
Gina is a graduate of Florida State University with a double major in Finance and Real Estate, as well as a Masters of Architecture from Florida A&M University. She originally joined Conn Architects in 2008, but left to pursue real estate development in Houston, Texas. In 2017, she returned to Tallahassee to re-join Conn Architects as a full-time Architect. Her experience in real estate development allows her to assist her clients with both a design perspective and an understanding of project feasibility. She enjoys commercial projects, especially adaptive reuse and incremental development. She is a registered Architect, a member of AIA Florida, Secretary of AIA Tallahassee, a member of NCARB, and President of Grow Tallahassee, a local non-profit focused on smart growth.
As a licensed Florida Architect with 19 years experience in a broad project collection, Shane is a valued resource for many scopes of work. Shane joined the Conn Architects team in January 2011 and quickly became a vital asset to the design process. His responsibilities include design, project management, production of construction documents, facilitation of information between clients and consultants, construction administration, and field inspections. Shane volunteered his services for the 2009 Extreme Home Makeover, located in Tallahassee, FL. He has also won the following awards in architecture: Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Infill Design Award, Willis Barn at the Historic Willis Dairy (2009), ARCC King Medal (2004), AIA Certificate of Merit (2004), 1st Place Design Award for AIA Sponsored Oldsmar Cultural Arts Center Design Competition (2001), and 3rd Place Digital Graphics Award for AIA Sponsored Oldsmar Cultural Arts Center Design Competition (2001).
Ben has over 16 years of experience in the architectural field, with over ten of those years specifically dedicated to project management. Specializing in commercial kitchen design and large office design, he has managed projects both large and small, ranging from small residential projects to multimillion-dollar commercial developments. He has been on staff at Conn Architects since May of 2005. He is a graduate of Flagler College with a Bachelor’s in Accounting, which allows him to closely monitor project budgets and schedules for accuracy to avoid potential errors in design and construction. He has also participated in Mechanical Code Training as well as ISDA Storage and Workplace Optimization Methods learning. This allows him to both produce efficient designs and workplace conscious floor plans that suit client needs.
David has been a part of the Conn Architects team for over 7 years and has been an important source of architectural knowledge and expertise. David has worked on projects of all sizes and has been involved in all phases of the architectural process, including design, project management, construction documentation and construction administration. His understanding of how things go together reaches beyond the office with his love of cars and working on them.
As an employee of Conn Architects for over 20 years, Brad brings years of valued experience for many different phases of work. Brad’s responsibilities include design, project management, and project documentation, as well as putting together the firm’s renderings for clients. Having taken architecture classes at both UNLV and FAMU, Brad brings his love of design to the firm dating back to grade school where he would draw perspective cityscapes. In his spare time, Brad enjoys watching college and professional football and basketball and occasionally taking time to go golfing.
After joining the Conn Architects team in 2015, Andrea has proven to be a valuable team member due to her family background in the construction industry in Key West. Andrea has experience in all aspects of the architectural field ranging from design to documentation, but also is involved in selections of interior finishes for many clients. She is also an active member of the AIA and is currently serving on the local Tallahassee Board of Directors as the Historian. When she is not in the office, Andrea enjoys traveling with her two boys, Liam and Nolan, and her husband Paul, which helps her write her own family travel blog documenting their trips.
Michael joined the Conn Architects team out of graduation from FAMU with a Master of Architecture in 2019. Michael brings not only an architectural background to the firm, but also has a degree from Florida State in Business Management that translates well to project and team management in the architectural field. Michael is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional with years of experience in the field, dealing mostly with construction documentation and project design. In his spare time he enjoys going to Florida State football games to cheer on his favorite team to victory.
Denise has been an integral member of the Conn Architects family as our Comptroller and manager of our day-to-day activities. If you need something done, she is the person who can make it happen. Denise comes to us with over 20 years of office management experience. She is lovingly married to her husband Ben and they have just welcomed two grandsons into their family. She is a diehard Florida State football fan and you can catch her at the beach almost every weekend.
Taylor joined our team after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. She currently works with our Project Architects and Project Managers through the various stages of the design process. Taylor specializes in AutoCAD, Revit, and other design software and has been trained in construction documents, design development and other related disciplines. She enjoys spending her spare time with friends, traveling, and spending time on the water or at the beach.
With a passion for high-quality, human-centered design, Grace brings both technical software and design skills to the team. Since graduating from Florida State University with a B.S. in Interior Design, she has provided thoughtful space planning, construction documentation, and material selection to a variety of projects. Grace is a LEED Green Associate and plans to pursue her NCIDQ certification. When she is not at Conn, you can find her painting or playing guitar outside, or in the rock climbing gym with her husband, Brent.
Keyton is a rising senior in the Interior Architecture and Design Program at Florida State University. He is a project intern specializing in Revit software and intends to learn the ins and outs of the architectural and design worlds. He enjoys being outside and you can find him on a golf course or the range pretty much every weekend.
Emily Watson is a senior in the Interior Architecture and Design program Florida State University. She is a project intern with an interest in developing her skills in Revit. In addition to Architecture and Design, Emily enjoys spending her time with her husband, cat, and the great outdoors.