Philosophy

Communication is the central measure of every AO project and great communication starts with listening. Fully understanding the needs of our clients allows us to provide inspired solutions.

 
 
 

Listen. Design. Inspire.

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Principals

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Scott E. Gales - AIA, LEED AP
President

Scott joined Architect One in 1993 and became a partner and co-owner in the firm in 1998. Scott brings a unique enthusiasm and energy to each design project. He has pushed the firm to introduce new technologies and continuously improve their service to clients. Scott is active in the Topeka community, promoting growth and innovation.  

Education
Bachelor of Architecture, 1993, Kansas State University
Cloud County Community College 1986-88
Professional
Professional Member, Past President (Topeka Chapter), American Institute of Architects
Certified, National Council of Architecture Review Boards
LEED Accredited Professional, USGBC
Commissioner & Past Chair, Topeka Planning Commission, 2011-Current
Community-Leadership
Member, Downtown Rotary Club
Board Member TARC Foundation, 2000‐2015
President, TARC Foundation, 2005‐06 Board
Director, GO TOPEKA Board, 2009‐current
Treasurer, GO TOPEKA Executive Board, current
Director, SYAA/ Ken Berry League, 2009‐2013
President, Topeka Active 20/30 Club, 2005 Board
Member, Most Pure Heart Catholic Church, Topeka, 1993‐current
Director, 2004‐05 Fast Forward Leadership Board, Topeka
Member, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce 2003 “Leadership Topeka Class”
Past Director, United Way of Topeka Board, 2003‐06
Member, Kansas Chamber of Commerce 2011 "Leadership Kansas Class"
Director, Jayhawk Theatre Board, 2012-Present
Registration
Registered Architect: Kansas ‐ 1996, Missouri ‐ 2007, Oregon - 2016
 
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Michael T. Wilson - AIA, LEED AP
Founding Partner

Michael founded Architect One in 1988 and has been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth. Michael is known as a ‘contractor’s architect’. His collaborative style allows each individual involved in a project to contribute according to their unique discipline.

Education
Bachelor of Architecture, 1981, Kansas State University
Professional
Professional Member, Past President (Topeka Chapter), American Institute of Architects
National Council of Architecture Registration Boards
Member, Board of Building & Fire Appeals—City of Topeka
LEED Accredited Professional, Green Building Certification Institute
Community‐Leadership
Past Board Member, “GO Topeka” 2005‐2009
Member, River Front Task Force 2005
Member, Topeka South Rotary Club
Member, Chamber of Commerce, Topeka
Member & Past President, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Member, Leadership Topeka 2006 Class
Exec. Board Member, Habitat for Humanity
Exec. Board Member, Valeo Behavioral Health Center
Volunteer in local schools representing architectural profession
Registration
Registered Architect: Kansas - 1988, with past registrations in a dozen additional states
 
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Andrew E. Wiechen - Associate AIA
Associate Principal

Andrew joined Architect One in 2005, becoming a principal in 2016. Andrew’s interior architecture designs allow him to marry his love of art and function. He actively works with young professionals in Topeka, helping to prepare the next generation of leadership.

Education & Professional Organizations
School of Architecture, Deakin University, Geelong Victoria, Australia
Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Product Design, Kansas State University, 2005
Community
Foundation Board Member, Family Service and Guidance Center, 2017-Present
Board of Directors, PechaKucha Topeka, 2017-Present
Foundation Board Member, TARC 2015-Present
Board of Directors, NOTO Anonymous 2014-Present
Topeka's Top 20 Under 40, 2014
Leadership Greater Topeka, Class of 2014
Board Member, Topeka Active 20/30 Club, 2013-2016
Member, Topeka Active 20/30 Club, 2013-Present
Steering Committee Member, Topeka Fast Forward, 2011-2016
Vice-Chair, Topeka Fast Forward Insider's Series, 2013-2016
Board Member, Grace United Methodist Church, Topeka, 2008-2010
Member, Topeka Fast Forward, 2008-Present
 
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Cassandra M. Taylor - NCIDQ, Associate AIA
Associate Principal

Cassandra joined Architect One in 2007, becoming a principal in 2016. She has experience with architectural firms located in Alaska, Florida, and Kansas. Cassandra is driven by a passion to make a difference, through her work and her interactions with others.

Education & Professional Organizations
National Council for Interior Design Qualifications Certified (NCIDQ)
Intern Study Program at Walt Disney Imagineering, Orlando, Florida
Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Kansas State University, 2000
Associate member of American Institute of Architects
Community
Topeka South Rotary
Let’s Help Volunteer
Sole Mates Volunteer
Past Board Member & Vice President Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Topeka's Top 20 Under 40, 2012
Leadership Greater Topeka, Class of 2012
United Way Christmas Bureau Volunteer
Smurthwaite Alumni Scholarship Chair

 

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Staff

Heather Peterson - AIA
Project Architect

Ramin H. Mahmoudian - Associate AIA, SEED
Associate Project Manager

Mark M. Porth - Associate AIA
Associate Project Manager

Jacquelyn M. Rakoski-Diediker - Associate AIA
Associate Project Manager

Brenda Kelsey
CAD/BIM Technician

Stacy J. Welcher
Office Manager