Hollis + Miller Architects, an architectural design firm 100% dedicated to education, has named Dr. Michelle Chavey as the next president to lead the firm. As the first female president in the firm’s 73-year history, and fourth generation of leadership, Chavey brings 18 years of experience building strong partnerships and designing innovative learning environments across the region. Taking the reins effective October 1, Chavey succeeds retiring co-presidents Kirk Horner and John Southard, who will depart in December following decades-long careers with the firm.
HMA is one of the longest running architecture firms in the region and home to the third largest interior design team, according to Kansas City Business Journal rankings. Focusing solely on research-based educational design, Chavey has spent her career at the firm, evolving from an architect to spearheading the firm’s research efforts. As a senior partner, she will continue to drive innovation and research-based design furthering the firm’s mission to co-create impactful learning environments. In her new role, Chavey will build upon the leadership foundation in place and focus on vision and strategy for the firm’s offices in Kansas City, Mo and Castle Rock, Colo.
“It has been a pleasure watching Michelle grow into this role. She has forged impactful relationships with so many educators, clients and partners while also helping to build a purposeful culture and drive innovation in our projects. I am so happy for her, but even more so for the future of the firm and our clients,” said Senior Partner John Southard.
The firm’s senior leadership team also includes Senior Partners John Brown, Keegan Jackson and Chris Heinz; and Partners Justin Durham, Greg Porter, Ryan Walters and Kevin Nelson. Outgoing Senior Partners & Co-Presidents Kirk Horner and John Southard retire in December 2023.
“I am beyond humbled and thrilled to lead such a talented group of people. It is truly an exciting endeavor and I am grateful for each and every person who has pushed me along the way. Now, it’s time to see what the future brings as we continue to impact our clients and our communities in the most purposeful way possible,” said Chavey.
Education is at her core. Chavey holds her doctorate in educational leadership and bachelor of architecture from Kansas State University, as well as a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas. She was named to Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 in 2019 and a Kansas City Business Journal NextGen Leader in 2020. She served as past president of the Association for Learning Environments Midwest Great Lakes Chapter and has led projects to receive numerous design awards.