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, NCARB
Architect - 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.

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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, 2011-2017

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 - 2017, Virginia - 2017

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Michael T. Wilson - AIA, LEED AP
Architect - 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.

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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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J. Christopher Mitchell - AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Architect - Principal

Christopher Mitchell joined Architect One in 2018. His portfolio of design and project management expertise includes collegiate & professional sports venues, as well as commercial, industrial, museum, custom residential, and civic project types.  Christopher believes each project can be unique and an invention of sorts, defined by the qualities of the client, the talents of the team, and ultimately, the rigor of the design process or approach.

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Education

Bachelor of Architecture, 1992, Kansas State University

Japan Summer Program, 1991, College of Architecture & Design, Kansas State University

Boston Summer Program, 1989, College of Architecture & Design, Kansas State University

Professional Organizations

Member of American Institute of Architects, Kansas City Chapter

National Council of Architecture Registration Boards

LEED Accredited, Profesional, Green Building Certification Institute

Community

KC Chamber of Commerce - Centurions PRogram, Class of 2013

Current Board Member - Country Club District Homes Association

Registration

Registered Architect in Missouri, Kansas

Awards

Posty Cards Expansion & Renovation - Kansas City, MO

  • 2012, DISTICTION AWARD, Urban Land Institute Kansas City
  • 2011, HONOR AWARD, AIA Kansas City
  • 2011, GREEN DESIGN CAPSTONE AWARD - GOLD CATEGORY, KC Business Journal

Winston-Salem Ballpark, Carolina League Baseball - Winston-Salem, NC

  • 2010 - BALLPARK OF THE YEAR

Huntington Park, AAA Columbus Clipppers - Columbus, Ohio

  • 2009 - BALLPARK OF THE YEAR

The Ford Learning Center - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

  • 2007, CITATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, AIA Kansas
  • 2007, CITATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RENOVATION/PRESERVATION, AIA Kansas
  • 2006, HONOR AWARD, AIA Kansas City

Pac Bell Park, San Francisco Giants - San Francisco, CA

  • 2000 - BALLPARK OF THE YEAR
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Cassandra M. Taylor - AIA, NCIDQ
Architect - Principal

Cassandra joined Architect One in 2007, becoming a principal in 2015. 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.

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Education & Professional Organizations

Member of American Institute of Architects

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

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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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.

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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

 

Team

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Heather Peterson, AIA
Architect - Project Manager

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Matthew Bethel
Associate Project Manager

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Jackie Rakoski-Diediker, Associate AIA
Project Manager

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Stacy Welcher
Office Manager

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Mark Porth, Associate AIA
Associate Project Manager

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Marian Slapak
Associate Project Manager

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Andrew Thomas
BIM/CAD Manager

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Teal Lundy
Business Information Specialist