• McNelis Architects is a small firm that welcomes the opportunity to design a range of project types. By limiting the number of projects taken on at one time we are able to focus and be responsive in every phase of design. Every project is our most important project until it is finished.
    Our focus is custom residential, multi-family lowrise, and smaller scale commercial projects. We have a particular interest in adaptive reuse for its role in the conservation of resources.
    We can assist our clients from the early planning stages with feasibility and code studies through Architectural Design, Interior Design, Permitting and completion of construction. Since 1999, our office has been located in the commercial district of one of Seattle's larger urban neighborhoods, West Seattle, where it is easy to drop in and clients are always welcome to do so. We approach design challenges with creative enthusiasm and take pride in our one of a kind designs which have been termed understated and elegant (although we are capable of making a big statement as well!).
  • Lisa McNelis, Principal
  • With over 20 years of experience in small to large architecture firms in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle, Lisa started McNelis Architects in 1998. Lisa is a licensed architect in Washington and Montana and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

    During her early professional years she was awarded honorable mention in the national competition to design the Korean War Veteran's Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC.

    Lisa served a four year term on Seattle's Neighborhood Design Review Board. There, more than ever forming ideas about housing design in the city's neighborhoods.

    While completing her formal education at the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture, Lisa attended the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia for a year and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States. She values the unique perspective gained by exposure to the world, its people and its architecture.
  • John Geurts
  • John Geurts has been managing projects for McNelis Architects since early 2014 where his role includes: Developing designs, directing consultants, and detailing construction assemblies while authoring documents for permit and construction. His duties as a seasoned project manager demand a close working relationship with our clients as well as builders and code officials.

    Prior to joining McNelis Architects, John practiced as a senior project manager in custom residential and commercial architectural designs where project sites with complex land use restrictions were the norm. These challenges included: Shoreline and Environmentally Critical Areas, traditional neighborhood design and historically designated structures, predominantly located on Bainbridge and the San Juan Islands as well as Seattle.

    John attended the Master’s professional degree program in Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) including extended studies abroad in Italy and Switzerland. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Pittsburgh.

    An Associate member of the American Institute of Architects serving on the Disaster Preparedness Committee, John has also been extensively involved in teaching at the University of Washington, College of Built Environments. He is active in his neighborhood community of Sunset Hill where he resides with his small family and their Irish Setter in northwest Seattle.
  • Eka Masli
  • Eka joined McNelis Architects in 2014, shortly after relocating to Seattle, having spent two years in Montreal, Quebec.

    Originally from Indonesia, Eka graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001. Eka has over twelve years of work experience that has spanned the globe, beginning with two years working in a mid-size architecture firm in Singapore, specializing in residential projects that integrate modern aesthetic with vernacular design elements. After moving to Dallas, Texas, Eka spent nine years in a small architecture firm specializing in the use of Classical design elements and methods. Her projects included several custom homes in the North Texas area, as well as homes in Florida, Jamaica, and California. In addition to her experience in residential architecture, Eka has also worked on commercial and retail projects in Montreal. Eka is a registered Architect in the state of Texas.
  • Hugo Berru Carrion
  • Hugo’s love of architecture started with a technical drawing class in high school. He’s been drawing and creating spaces ever since. Originally from Ecuador, Hugo graduated with a bachelor’s in Architecture from the Catholic University of Quito.

    Hugo spent several years with a residential architectural firm in Quito, Ecuador gaining experience as drafter, designer and construction manager while working on both residential and commercial projects. Through this practice he fell in love with the personal approach that residential architecture demands: the process of getting to know the clients and understanding their needs in order to create unique spaces that welcome them while allowing for their full enjoyment. After moving to Seattle in 2009, Hugo has had various roles in the construction and architecture fields, including carpentry, freelance drafting and an extensive background in ADA. In addition, Hugo has continued his education with Construction Management classes and a Digital Design and Fabrication certificate from University of Washington. Hugo joined McNelis Architects in the fall of 2013 and is currently pursuing his Architectural license. Outside the office, Hugo enjoys playing soccer, salsa dancing and going to the movies.