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.


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

MSA Team

MSA Team


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.