Michael G. Imber, Architects is a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, CA. We look to promote an American architecture reflective of our cultural history and modern lifestyles.
Michael G. Imber, FAIA
Chris Derrington, AIA, Associate
Mac White, Associate
Michael G. Imber, FAIA
Michael is the principal architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC, a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas, recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment yet modern in its execution.
Michael has been honored with numerous local and national design awards, notably being honored with the lifetime Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition in residential architecture, civic buildings and neighborhood design. He was inducted into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows for his contribution to American design as well as being honored with the Texas Society of Architects' William W. Caudill, FAIA award for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. He has won four Palladio Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Design as well as numerous Texas ICA&A Staub Awards.
Michael is equally known for his idyllic ranch and country houses throughout Texas and the western United States as for his for his coastal residences and luxury resorts around the world receiving much recognition for their sensitivity to culture, landscape, material, and craft. He was named “Master of the House” by Southern Accents Magazine and was the designer of the 2009 “Idea House” in Galveston, Texas for Coastal Living Magazine, as well as the 2011 “Idea House” for Southern Living Magazine.
Michael is an NCARB-registered architect and licensed in the state of Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, Utah and Arkansas. He is a founding counselor of The Congress of Residential Architects, the founding president of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Texas Chapter, he serves on the visiting committee for European Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art and is a current board member of the Leaders of Design and the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation.
His work has been featured in many local and national publications such as ELLE DECOR, Coastal Living, New Old House, Texas Architect, Western Interiors, Southern Accents, and Period Homes. He is most pleased with the publication by author Elizabeth Dowling and Rizzoli Press of a monograph of his work, Michael G. Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses.
Chris Derrington, AIA, Associate
Chris experienced living in cities throughout the country growing up in a military family; from the Northwest to the Northeast, Midwest and South-Central United States. Those early adventures in old towns with grand buildings began a life-directing passion for places with solid permanence and rich craftsmanship.
Chris attended Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor of Environmental Design. He gained invaluable experience leading people and managing resources while a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Corps of Cadets.
He spent his first five years of professional experience in Dallas working for a mid-sized firm on projects ranging from corporate to institutional and hospitality. An extensive trip to Europe in the summer of 2001 cemented his resolve to be a part of the process of creating meaningful places.
Returning to San Antonio in 2001, Chris has worked in local firms engaged in projects from civic renovations, new worship facilities, to the successful renovation and addition of an old Atlee B. Ayres residence. Since then, he has gained substantial experience as project architect on large estates in Texas and California.
Mac White, Associate
Mac has a variety of interests and influences that he has combined into a unique experience in classical design, architectural master planning, and historic preservation.
Mac attended the University of Houston, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture. During this time he studied as a Fellow at the Centre D’Etude D’Architecture et Urbanism in Sanites, France and at the Centre D’Etude Des Bastides in Villefranche de Rouergue, France. At the University of Texas in Austin, he received his Master of Architecture while studying under Charles Moore. His work included the study of both traditional and contemporary architectural forms throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. This work culminated in a thesis study of Mexican Modern Architecture and the integration of contemporary architecture into traditional contexts.
His experience has been in a broad range of projects including residential work interpreting the regional vernacular of several areas, commercial, institutional and ecclesiastical design including the School of Rhetoric for the Regents School of Austin, the Escondido golf clubhouse, residences throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, as well as charrette planning work for projects in the Caribbean, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia and other locales. As the Design Associate in the office, his current projects include St. Joseph’s College Seminary for the Diocese of Charlotte, N. C., the master plan for St. John the Baptist Church, a sorority house at the University of Arkansas, and residences on the Gulf Coast, in central Texas, and in the Bahamas.
In addition to his professional work, Mac is also a founding board member of the Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and is the current Chapter President.
Brandan’s experience in the field of architecture has been rooted in the understanding of the traditional coastal vernacular and its application in the Gulf Coast.
Brandan attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, receiving a Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 1989.
Since 1990 his experience has ranged from estates throughout Florida to the design of clubhouse facilities, all taking into account the traditional aesthetics of the region while exploring the most current building technologies. His current projects include a variety of beachfront projects in Galveston, Texas; South Padre Island, Texas; and Alys Beach Florida, which draw upon their local historic types, as well as a Spanish Revival ranch compound in the Davis Mountains.
Brandan has managed the construction of the 2011 Southern Living House, the 2009 Southern Living House, and the 2008 Coastal Living House, and has earned the Firm a coveted 2011 and 2014 Palladio Award.
Roland’s professional experience within the realm of architecture has been based upon and enhanced through traditional, regional, and classical architecture.
Roland attended the University of Texas at San Antonio receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architecture 1999. While at the University of Texas at San Antonio he was introduced to many aspects of international design as well as historic preservation practices. His studies also included neighborhood revitalization theory and design in conjunction with the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico architecture and landscape department. Past professional studies include classical architectural design through the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America in New York.
Since 1999, his experience has ranged from private estates and compounds to private golf clubhouses, as well as restaurant and event design on the historic San Antonio Riverwalk. Current projects include a large ranch residence and a private golf clubhouse & conference center. His work in Los Angeles and on large residential and commercial projects has gained him an extensive understanding of construction technology. Current accolades include winner of the 2010 Palladio award for his work on the renovation and addition of the historic T-Anchor Ranch, designed to honor outstanding achievement in traditional design. He has also contributed to the community by providing the Habitat for Humanity of greater Los Angeles with a first-place winning design for construction in the greater L.A. area.
Roland’s experience has given him the opportunity to take on a wide range of architectural projects while being sensitive to design needs and client goals.
Coming to Texas from Hutchinson, Minnesota, Andrew Gander’s path into architecture emerged out of a passion for all arts. His personal interest in Beaux-Arts classicism helped him to develop a keen eye for proportion and sensitivity to tradition and craft.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies in 2011 from Judson University in Illinois. He continued his education, and completed a Master of Architecture in 2013 with a concentration in Traditional Architecture and Urbanism. During his undergraduate and graduate career, Andrew was able to mature his skills in watercolor rendering, drawing, and sketching, and even inventing a popular architectural board game, The Good Architect. Through Judson’s curriculum, he had the opportunity to travel to Italy, France, and Spain. These experiences abroad enriched his love of history and culture, while refining his understanding of urbanism and classicism.
Andrew’s skills have contributed greatly to some of the firm’s large-scale residences. His passion for tradition and beauty fuel his current work, and he looks for opportunities to further develop his architectural interests through his leadership with Rising Professionals in The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.
Tina Gonzales attended Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration. In addition to the business curriculum, her passion for design led her to explore studies within the school of architecture.
After graduation, and following a stint in retail management, Tina worked as an Office Manager and Administrative Assistant for a dynamic high growth software development company based in San Antonio, Texas, working directly with the staff, project managers and programmers to help build effective project teams. In addition she worked directly with the firm's national clients, helping to facilitate the project management process.
Tina's strong understanding of business and management, and a passion for architecture and design, allows for the firm's seamless communication with clients on all matters of project finances.
A native Texan, William Lancarte was introduced to architecture at a young age through family members in the profession. With a passion in art growing up, he decided to pursue a career in architecture at Texas Tech University, receiving his Masters in Architecture in 2014.
While in school, William worked during several summers for the traditional architecture firm of Curtis & Windham, where he gained a passion for classical design. William followed his passions to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in New York, where he studied aspects of classical proportion, theory, and wash rendering.
William continues to develop his skills in the office of Michael G. Imber, Architects, and contribute to the firm's achievements in traditional design.
Jim comes to Michael G. Imber, Architects after graduating with a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed the school’s architecture study abroad program in Versailles. He has also completed coursework in building engineering at the École Spéciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.
During his travels throughout Europe, Jim developed an enthusiasm for traditional and classical architecture, documenting many of the world’s great buildings through sketching and painting. Before joining MGIA, he gained experience working on historic preservation, adaptive re-use, and new construction projects in his native Midwest and overseas in France, where he was part of the construction management team for a large mixed-use complex near Paris.
At the University of Notre Dame, Jim earned the Henry Adams Medal, the Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón Award for Architectural Excellence in Sustainability, and received a traveling fellowship for research at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. He was selected as winner of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia papal sanctuary design competition, with his concepts being used at the closing Mass of the 2015 World Meeting of Families.
A transplanted Northerner from Minnetonka, Minnesota to San Antonio, Zach May earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He went on to earn both a Master in Architecture Degree from Iowa State University and a Master Degree in Architectural Design and Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame.
Zach’s professional experience with architectural firms in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., spans from educational and healthcare facilities to ecclesiastical projects. He has a well-rounded knowledge of building systems, construction document production and 3-D modeling. Since joining MGIA, Zach has contributed to residential projects in Texas, Colorado, California, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Mecca, Saudi Arabia, urban studies in San Antonio, as well as ecclesiastical projects in Texas and North Carolina.
Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Marissa’s passion for art and design started at a young age. A combination of her love for design and commitment to athletics led her to San Antonio and defined her college experience at the University of the Incarnate Word, where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Interior Environmental Design. While in school, she worked to develop her skills in interior design with a design firm on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Since graduation, Marissa continues to develop her acumen and design skills as part of the design team at Michael G. Imber, Architects, contributing her eye for interiors to numerous projects in the office. Marissa is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and looks to further her leadership skills with this group as a reelected Board member for the San Antonio Chapter this upcoming year.
Michael’s design abilities lie at the intersection of people and places and how they shape each other. This led him to study at the University of Texas at Austin where he developed his training in modern design through a Bachelor’s of Architecture and building community through Young Life.
His performance in the ULI Hines Competition gained him national recognition where his team leadership and design ability stood out. Throughout school, his work at Cornerstone Architects in Austin led him to the residential architecture field, where craft is studied at the most intimate level. After graduating, Michael looked to professionally develop through designing in vernacular and historical contexts of our projects. His skills in both technical and expressive representation techniques help our clients achieve world class projects
Originally from Michigan, Alice joined Michael G. Imber, Architect, after completing a Masters of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her graduate work, she studied politics at Hillsdale College and worked in graphic design and marketing in Washington, D.C.
At Notre Dame, Alice earned the Henry Adams Medal and the Association of Licensed Architects Student Merit Award. Travels to the U.K., Cuba, Italy, Greece, and China as a part of her studies deepened her interest in urbanism, public space, and local and vernacular architecture. Before joining MGIA, Alice worked at McCrery Architects, a firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in ecclesiastical projects.
Michael is originally from Sioux City, Iowa, and comes to the firm after graduating with a Master of Architectural Design in Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 and an undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University in 2014.
His understanding of classical architecture and urbanism deepened with the opportunity to learn from the great architects of the past by drawing the churches, palaces, and piazzas of Rome, studying there for two semesters, and traveling throughout Italy as well. He has also spent time in Spain, most notably in Sevilla and participating in the International Summer School of Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in 2016 organized by the Premio Rafael Manzano Martos, which expanded his knowledge of Spanish design and urbanism and its profound influence in the Americas.
His previous work experience includes measuring and drawing historic buildings for adaptive reuse projects in Sioux City, and working at Duncan G. Stroik Architect in South Bend, developing his hand drafting and watercolor skills and interest in Catholic church architecture.
Born in Georgia but raised in the great state of Texas, Robert serves as the Marketing Assistant for Michael G. Imber Architects. A graduate from Schreiner University in 2017, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design. During his college career, he was involved throughout the campus to foster a creative community among its students as President of the AIGA Student Chapter and Resident Assistant programming. Also, he enjoyed participating in political organizations such as Student Government and the National Model United Nation conferences. Finally, his ability to analyze information, acute eye for detail, and interest in the evolving design industry keeps the firm’s marketing fresh and engaging.
A San Antonio native, Ginger Ayala, received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, Ginger was a participate in several extracurricular activities including co-founding a non-profit social organization that focused on hosting gatherings throughout Lubbock. Also, she held two internships out of state.
In New York, Ginger studied as an architectural assistant for Leong Leong and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Upon graduating, with a desire to travel, she moved to Oaxaca, Mexico and studied the local vernacular architecture under the design firm RootStudio. With her up-beat attitude and expertise, Ginger now shares her electric energy here at Michael G. Imber, Architects, all the while maintaining an active board role in her neighborhood association.