Cate aids in Muller + Muller’s marketing and business development efforts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Marquette University, and prior to joining M+M she served in the Marketing department at Harken Yacht Equipment. She has a rich background in both coaching and team communication.
When not at M+M she can most likely be found on the water, and is an avid sailboat racer. She participates in local, national, and international events, and is a self-admitted weather nerd.
Co-founder of M+M, Jay previously worked at SOM. He quickly convinced Cindy that it would be a great idea to start doing their own work without a penny in savings, a new baby, in the middle of the 1982 recession! They started buying and flipping properties in what was then west Lakeview, split themselves into an architecture firm headed by Cindy and a construction management company which he led. Jay is an affirmed train enthusiast and has brokered this affliction into a successful group of transportation projects and clients for M+M. Today, Jay enjoys these projects as well as skiing, sail boat racing and pondering the future of the firm and life.
Chelsea serves as a Project Architect. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and her Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Prior to joining Muller + Muller she worked in commercial architecture out in the suburbs and grew with a small firm in Juneau, Alaska.
She originally hails from the Pacific Northwest and enjoys: exploring Chicago, live music, green spaces, tea and chocolate. Preferably in some combination. She also enjoys finding volunteer opportunities (especially to foster design education!) and supports Sarah Speaks Up, among other non-profits.
Ken Korab serves as a Project Architect. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005 and proceeded to earn a Master of Architecture in 2007. Ken has worked on several transit and education projects at Muller+Muller and has a particular interest and enthusiasm for renovation of existing buildings. When he’s not commuting to work, he enjoys a busy schedule with his wife and friends, travelling, and going out for a cruise on his Harley.
Libby is an administrative assistant in the accounting department at Muller+Muller. She lives in Oak Park, IL with her fiancé and their feline companion. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, scouring thrift shops, and playing ukulele.
Cindy, as founder and chief business manager, provides overall guidance of company policy, finances, business development, and projects. She continues to set the path for the firm as it grows. Recently, she was honored in an exhibit sponsored by Chicago Women in Architecture and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Her hard work and strong vision has led the company to its current status as one of Chicago’s most respected architectural practices. In her spare time she enjoys attempting to train the family Beagle, and is an avid sailboat racer, having competed in over 15 Chicago to Mackinaw Races.
Matt serves as a Project Architect and Project Manager at Muller + Muller. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2006. He has embraced Building Information Modeling as a tool for producing successful projects and is actively working to develop, implement and refine M+M’s Revit standards. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Quan, and daughter, Jacqueline. In May of 2016, the Ahlstrand’s are expecting a new addition to the family. Basketball and D.I.Y. home improvements are among Matt’s several hobbies.
Kurt Ziegel, serves as a Project Architect. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008 with a focus on digital design. He is interested in the intersection of sustainability, technology, and architecture, as a means to improve the built environment. Kurt’s previous experience includes projects in transportation, aviation, higher education, civic buildings, and mixed use high rise. He has a particular interest in working on projects that improve public spaces and infrastructure. Spare time is devoted to friends, family, biking around Chicago, the outdoors, and travel.
Kevin joined M+M in 2017. He earned a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 and has over a decade of experience working in all phases of design on large-scale projects in Chicago and abroad. His background in design and construction administration adds a balance of aesthetic sensitivity coupled with knowledge of constructability. Kevin is a Joliet native and a life-long White Sox fan.
Dana serves as marketing, accounting, and administrative assistant at Muller+Muller. She received her degree in Interior Design from Columbia College Chicago. She works on proposal submissions, updates marketing materials, maintains the office hard copy files, and provides clerical support to the architects. She has a passion for architectural history and enjoys her weekend position of Tour Center Manager for the Charnley-Persky house museum. In her spare time, Dana enjoys going on architectural tours, getting together with friends, reading, listening to music, and spending time with her son, Gabriel.
Gustavo Acosta serves as a Project Architect. He recently relocated from San Jaun, Puerto Rico to begin his architecture career in the great city of Chicago. Gustavo is an avid sci-fi movie fan, and lover of great music.
Kaitlin serves alternately as Project Architect and Project Manager for M+M. She joined the firm in 2009 after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Outside of the office, she is an active member in the AIA and several other volunteer organizations. She loves finding opportunities to get kids excited about architecture. In her spare time she can be found knitting gifts for family and friends, and attempting to try the ever-expanding variety of craft beers in Chicago.
Originally from China, Mingshan joined Muller Muller in 2015. He received his Masters of Architectural Design degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago and a Bachelor of Architecture degree in Xiamen University in China. Mingshan’s energy and enthusiasm drive his interest in creative design approach through the whole project. During his spare time he also enjoys music, photography, and traveling. Besides that, he’s the biggest soccer fan in our office!
Ed has gained a unique architectural perspective by working for a General Contractor before M+M. In the time since, years of construction phase experience have led to a thorough understanding of various design challenges. Ed specializes in bringing client and designer visions to reality, working to find innovative and elegant solutions to every hiccup along way. Outside the office, Ed has a keen interest in wood working and furniture design. He considers himself a consummate sportsman, engaged in all things outdoors including fly fishing, sailing, hiking, golf, and whatever else gets him outside, rain or shine.
Mark joined Muller + Muller in August of 2002 and serves as a Project Architect on many of the firm’s projects. Prior to joining the M+M team, Mark gained eight years of extensive experience in corporate and commercial interior architecture, private residential design and construction, commercial architecture and urban planning.
Sungano Ziswa, serves as a Project Architect at M+M. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009 with a focus on Computer Aided Design. He is interested in understanding and coordinating complex design challenges during the design process and during construction. Sungano’s previous experience includes projects in Public Housing, Self Storage, Multi-family housing, and Medical. As a “man of all sports” Sungano watches and plays every sport (test him) and is an avid volleyball and soccer player (we dare you to test him) always looking for a good game!
Alex joined M+M in May 2014 as an Architectural Associate. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. Alex brings professional experience from several firms in Chicago and Milwaukee, having worked on commercial projects local to each community with a specific interest in adaptive reuse and renovation. Aside from a love for old buildings, Alex has a (slight) obsession with chocolate, cooking + baking and exploring new venues in and around Chicago, one neighborhood at a time. She also boasts a pretty mean badminton swing.
Tori serves as a project architect. She recently graduated with a masters in architecture from northeastern university after completing her bachelors of science in architecture with an emphasis in construction management at the University of Minnesota. After working on residential projects professionally throughout graduate school, Tori is excited to be working on a wide range of projects and seeing all phases of projects through to construction.
Tori is happy to have returned to the Chicago area to spend more time with family. When the weather is right, she enjoys spending time out on Lake Michigan paddle boarding and waterskiing.
John received his MArch from Kansas State University in 2011. Prior to joining M+M he served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Chicago’s North Lawndale community, working on various design projects to improve the quality and image of the neighborhood. He loves traveling, having studied abroad in Prague and interned at an architecture studio in Tokyo. In his spare time he enjoys biking through Chicago’s many neighborhoods and learning about their histories. As a native Milwaukeean, he is the lone Packer fan in the office.
David has provided design leadership at M+M for almost 20 years. Under his creative guidance M+M has been recognized with multiple local, state and national design industry awards. David channels his great interest in urbanism, sustainability, and architecture through extensive writing and advocacy, including a weekly blog and a published book of architectural photographs.
Mark Stromberg, AIA LEED AP, serves as a Principal of Muller+Muller. Mark earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994. He manages day to day operations, staffing, company client relations, and company strategy. He also provides design and project management to specific projects. Mr. Stromberg’s entire career has been focused on the betterment of public spaces and infrastructure. In his spare time he enjoys participating in a good practical joke at the expense of his coworkers. He resides in a converted church loft, which provides him endless “going to church” references.
Susan Thayer joined M+M in 2017. She received a BS in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and went on to earn a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. Susan brings over fifteen years of experience working with corporate, public, and private clients on a wide array of projects including retail, restaurant, education, multi-family housing, and sustainability. She lives in Rogers Park and is a long-time member of the Chicago Design Bowling League.
Nicholas serves as Project Architect at Muller+Muller. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 2006 and has worked for over 9 years providing services at all phases of the design process, with a specialization in construction administration. Prior to joining Muller+Muller, Nicholas lived and gained experience in the Pacific Northwest, often venturing into the great outdoors. He enjoys designing and building things of all scales and especially appreciates getting dirty and making things with his own two hands.
As Technical Director, Susan provides M+M with superior technical expertise. Her impressive building industry resume includes active participation in the Construction Specification Institute, including a two year tenure as Regional President of the organization. Prior to her more than 15-year tenure at M+M she owned and operated a construction contracting company giving her, and subsequently M+M, invaluable real-world building expertise. Susan brings the essential ingredient of technical excellence to our projects throughout the design process.
Originally from Buffalo, Eric arrived in Chicago in 2008 looking for a new career. He decided to try his hand at woodworking and carpentry and fell in love with it. While working Eric decided to take a few architecture classes at a local community college which led to him to enroll in The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Architecture rogram. In his spare time Eric enjoys running, biking and going to see live music.
Janelle serves as a Project Architect. She attended the IIT prior to transferring to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2010. In addition to design work, her primary concentrations within the profession have been on Project Management and Construction Administration. She is a self-proclaimed “Big Kid” at heart, and loves cartoons, all things Disney, and dessert. (And dogs, too!) When she’s not spending quality time with family and friends, she’s either losing herself in a book, racking-up her trophy count while playing video games, or lacing-up her shoes to go for a run.