MHOA Names Maija Kreishman, AIA, as Principal and Elevates Four Designers to Partner

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture (MHOA) is thrilled to announce the growth of its leadership team with several promotions. Maija Kreishman, AIA, has been promoted to Principal, alongside founder Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA.

Additionally, MHOA has elevated four firm leaders – Jeff Clarke; Justin Gesch, AIA, NCARB, IIDA; Tracie Gesch IIDA, LEED AP; and Ken Johnson, LEED AP – to Partner.

In her new role, Kreishman will continue to grow the firm’s presence in Houston and Denver, in addition to providing continual executive oversight and design visioning for a broad range of architecture and interior projects while managing the firm’s strategic visioning, human resources, studio culture, operations, marketing and business development. This marks the first time a team member has been named principal alongside founder Michael Hsu, who formed the firm in Austin in 2005. Kreishman has been integral in the growth of MHOA and has played a key role in the success of their second office in Houston.

“We have experienced significant, organic growth over the past several years and much of that success is due to our amazing leadership,” said Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA, principal. “I’m proud to announce Maija Kreishman as principal of the firm. Maija’s dedication to the studio, employees and clientele, as well as her strategic thinking have proven how invaluable she is. She continually challenges us to be better.”

Kreishman previously held the position of managing partner, leading a number of notable projects including Houston’s Montrose Collective, MKT and Heights Mercantile, as well as Austin’s South Congress Hotel among many others nationwide. Receiving her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Virginia before earning her Master of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, Kreishman is a registered architect in the state of Texas whose talents and values have resonated with MHOA since she joined the firm in 2007.  

Alongside Kreishman’s elevation to principal, the firm has promoted former associate partners Jeff Clarke, Justin Gesch, Tracie Gesch and Ken Johnson to partner, joining current partners Micah Land and Jay Colombo.

“Each are extremely talented designers and longtime firm leaders. In addition to their wide-ranging expertise in the design field, they have successfully supported client relationships and staff development,” said Hsu.

As partner, Jeff Clarke will continue to provide executive oversight of the firm’s Houston area projects, as well as uphold MHOA’s environmental standards as team lead for quality control and member of the firm’s sustainability leadership team. Since joining the firm in 2013, Clarke has overseen a variety of master planning, architecture and interior projects, working on notable projects such as South Congress Hotel, MKT, Montrose Collective and, most recently, Austin Transit Partnership. Clarke received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University before earning his Master of Architecture at Polytechnic University of Catalonia Institute for Advanced Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

The promotion of Justin Gesch, AIA, NCARB, IIDA to partner comes following his time overseeing a variety of architecture and interior projects since joining MHOA in 2016, including providing executive oversight of the firm’s Dallas-area projects. Gesch’s notable projects include The Terminal at Katy Trail in Dallas, Tecovas, Austin’s Foundry II, Walden Retreats, The LINE Austin Hotel and, most recently, Il Bracco Houston. In addition, Gesch is the team lead for professional development and supports asset management within the firm. Gesch graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture, thereafter becoming a registered architect in Texas.

Tracie Gesch, IIDA, LEED AP, interior design team lead at MHOA, is elevated to partner following 10 years at the firm. Her promotion is adequately reflected in her diverse portfolio of distinguishable projects, including Westlake Dermatology suite of projects, Terminal at Katy Trail, the W Penthouse, Fareground, Shake Shack Headquarters, Fifth & West, Lamar Union, as well as Uchiko Houston and 44 East condominiums, both currently under construction. Gesch also leads the firm’s development of furniture selection and procurement services, supervising both departments. Holding the title of registered interior designer in Texas, Gesch is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, before joining MHOA in 2012.

Since joining the firm in 2014, Ken Johnson, LEED AP, has overseen a range of both architecture and interior projects, working on notable projects such as Habitat for Humanity Row Homes, Plaza Saltillo, Home Slice North Loop, Academy residence, 907 South Congress and Uptown Sports, soon to be under construction. Along with leading a host of the MHOA’s highly sought custom residential projects, Johnson serves as a team leader managing firm standards. Johnson is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design, and he holds the distinction of registered architect in the state of Texas.