PROFILE

McHenry Shaffer Architecture, established in 1995, is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The practice provides architectural, planning, and interior design services in both the private and public sectors. The principals, Mark McHenry and Doug Shaffer, bring a depth of experience in design and construction to all of the firm's projects.

PHILOSOPHY

MSA is dedicated to the responsible and inspired practice of architecture with the strong commitment to realizing our clients' goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.  We understand that successful design comes from discovering where a project's unique opportunities allow for the creation of lasting quality - functionally and aesthetically.

We take our professional challenges seriously and are committed to sustainable design as the thoughtful application of solid design principles starting with the sensitive engagement with a specific site and its relation to the natural world.

One of the rewards of our practice is the spirited collaboration with our clients, builders, and talented craftspersons of every trade.  We are continually learning and refining our skills, and we look forward to meeting the challenges of our times with resolute optimism.

"The professional challenge, whether one is an architect in the rural American South or elsewhere in the world, is how to avoid being so stunned by the power of modern technology and economic affluence that one does not lose sight of the fact that people and place matter..."

--Samuel Mockbee

PROCESS

From the early days of the firm, McHenry Shaffer Architecture has enjoyed designing both commercial and residential projects and has consciously avoided becoming overly specialized with any given project type.

While there are certainly distinct differences in how we approach projects of different scale and complexity, our architectural process follows the same basic precepts.  Of primary importance is an attentive openness to the client's "wish list" and a basic sensitivity to the project site.

We recognize that most people have little experience working with architects, and we do not charge for any initial meetings that are required for us to introduce ourselves and establish how we can best help clients reach their goals.

 

PEOPLE

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Mark McHenry, AIA, LEED AP
Principal

Mark has been a registered architect since 1991.  Prior to founding McHenry Architecture, Inc. in 1995, Mark worked with Roger Kraft Architects and prior to that with Abend Singleton Associates.

Mark's approach to architecture is informed by a long-standing practice of woodworking that has ranged from furniture-making and boat-building to sculpture. His interest in woodcraft has led to a deep appreciation for the great traditions of Japanese and Danish design.

Registered Architect,  Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.

 
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Doug Shaffer, AIA
Principal

Doug joined McHenry Architecture in 1999, entered into partnership with Mark McHenry to form McHenry Shaffer Architecture in 2005. Doug had lived in Seattle, Washington and  was a principal with Woken Shaffer Architects. He worked on extensive renovations of the Capital Court Shopping Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as numerous retail and residential projects. Doug has been a registered architect since 1995.

Doug was employed by Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm Architects in Seattle, Washington from 1991 until 1995. His experience included work on the University of Washington Women's Fast Pitch Softball Facility, the Seattle Symphony Hall, and the Baltimore Convention Center Special Presentation Hall.

Registered Architect, Missouri

 
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Brandon Froelich, Associate AIA

Brandon has been with the firm since early 2017 and brings with him a breadth of design experience ranging from multi-acre, mixed-use developments and streetscape designs to custom single family homes and collaborations with non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Girls Scouts of the USA.

 
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Kara Schippers, Associate AIA

Kara joined MSA at the beginning of 2018. Her resume includes a diverse mix of work including several multi-family apartment projects, urban redevelopment master plans, historic tax credit renovations, and a variety of mixed-use and commercial developments.