MCDStudio Architecture + Design
Matthew McDonald, AIA | Jennifer Verbeke, AIA, LEED AP
As youngsters, Matthew McDonald and Jennifer Verbeke loved to draw and imagine special houses. Verbeke doodled plans before she ever heard the word “architect.” And once McDonald learned about that profession, he knew it was the right career choice for him.
After studying architecture at universities with strong, design-driven curricula (McDonald at Virginia Tech and Verbeke at Carnegie Mellon), both honed their skills at architecture studios as well as design/build firms before launching MCDStudio in 2013. This experience left each principal with a solid understanding of both the design and construction phases.
Today, their four-person firm focuses on residential projects in a wide array of types and styles. The partners value collaboration—both internally and with clients and industry partners. “We set aside our own egos and listen to our clients to help turn their dreams into reality with our guidance, expertise and creative thinking,” McDonald explains.
He and Verbeke also leverage the latest 3D and virtual reality technology to help homeowners visualize what their space can look like. “By using these tools early on in the process,” says Verbeke, “we can make better-informed decisions that ensure a smoother construction process down the line.”
As McDonald reflects, “Our core value is that the best design is the one that makes the clients’ lives better than before.”