Merriman Schmitt


Established in 1996 as the local affiliate of Merriman Anderson Architects of Dallas, Texas, Merriman Schmitt Architects has grown into a successful national architecture and interiors firm providing a wide array of design services, including site master planning, architecture, interior architecture/design/space planning, construction document preparation, construction administration, and 3D rendering and visualization to clients nationwide.
Merriman Schmitt Architects professionals are affiliated with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Code Council (ICC) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
Merriman Schmitt Architects and Merriman Anderson Architects employs professionals registered in numerous states across the U.S. with MAA, the firms are registered in more than 36 states.


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steve schmitt, aia, ncarb

Steve Schmitt is the president of Merriman Schmitt Architects. Since co-founding the firm with Jerry Merriman in 1996, he has led the design of nearly 40 million square feet of office, industrial/distribution/manufacturing, retail, and other commercial spaces. Additionally he has been responsible for millions of square feet of interiors. Steve brings more than 35 years of experience in design and project management in a broad range of commercial architectural projects. He provides hands-on leadership to the programming and design process as well as construction and technical expertise. Currently MSA employs 5 professional in the Charlotte office.
President/Owner, Merriman Schmitt Architects, 2007 - present
Vice President, Merriman Schmitt Architects, 1997 - 2007
Principal/Owner, Stephen A. Schmitt Architecture, Charlotte, N.C., 1993 - 1997
Member, American Institute of Architects
Member, NCARB
Member, Urban Land Institute
Member, International Code Council
Member, National Fire Protection Association
Member, U.S. Green Building Council
Member, Social Venture Partners
Active contributor and volunteer: Alexander Youth Network, Council for   Children's Rights, Youth Homes, Pat's Place, The Relatives, Museum for the New South, Sally's Y, Habitat for Humanity, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Bachelor of Architecture 1982, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

craig fleming

Craig Fleming is principal of the architecture studio at Merriman Schmitt Architects. He brings a wealth of experience in his more than 17 years with MSA managing projects from design schematics, through construction documents and construction administration. Expertise includes high-rise and mid-rise Class A office, industrial/flex and advanced technology, medical office, retail shopping centers and mixed use projects. Craig is directly responsible for coordination of project scheduling, production and resource allocation.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture 1999; Bachelor of Architecture 2000, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

nawazish g. nanji 'nicky' aia, ncarb, leed ap bd+c

Nicky is a principal architect at Merriman Schmitt Architects. He has 16 years of experience that includes a wide spectrum of commercial, financial, infrastructure, private, healthcare, educational, and public works clients. Nicky focusses on the design of spaces with an emphasis on creating an environment that is client focused. His knowledge of technical presentation, two and three-dimensional design, construction techniques and administration have helped him manage several million square feet of interior & exterior building design & construction.
Principal Architect, Merriman Schmitt Architects, 2019 - present
Architect & Senior Associate, Interior Architects, 2015 - 2019
Project Architect & Manager, RS&H, 2006 - 2015
Architect & Designer, India, 2002 - 2004
Member, American Institute of Architects
Member, NCARB
Member, U.S. Green Building Council
Registered Architect in VA, NC, SC, GA, FL
Habitat for Humanity, HabiJax, Fl - Team leader
Master of Architecture 2006, Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Architecture 2002, LSR Mumbai, India

owen o’rourke

Owen O’Rourke is a project manager at Merriman Schmitt Architects. He brings more than 16 years of experience to commercial, industrial, Class A office, medical office, retail and mixed use projects. Expertise includes design, management of construction document production, interdisciplinary coordination, and project management and construction administration.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture 2000, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

mackenzie naylor

Mackenzie is a motivated architectural designer at Merriman Schmitt Architects. She brings unique expertise in design, space planning and 3D visualization as well as Revit and BIM skills to a wide variety of commercial, industrial and interiors projects.
Bachelor of Architecture – Environmental Design Program with a minor in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2016, University of Colorado, Boulder

simone hirle da costa

Simone is an Architectural and Interior Designer at Merriman Schmitt Architects. She is originally from Brazil and brings an international approach with her conceptual visualization and architectural skills, combined with her enthusiasm and creativity. Project experience includes educational, commercial, corporate, retail, religious, residential and interior projects.
Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning – Universidade Vale do Paraiba, 2016 – São José dos Campos dos Campos, SP – Brazil
Associate Degree in Interior Design – Universidade Candido Mendes, 2007 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil
LEED Green Associate
Bento & Hirle Interiors 2008-2013, Owner/Partner

anne schmitt

Anne Schmitt is the business Manager at Merriman Schmitt Architects, and a sixth generation Charlottean who earned her MBA in 1994 and an MFA in creative writing in 2016.

  She works part time at Merriman Schmitt Architecture managing the business financials.  When she isn’t working at MSA, you can find her on the tennis court, volunteering for local nonprofit organizations or in a quiet place writing essays, short stories and a historical novel. 
2008-2019: Business manager at MSA
2005-2008: Vice President of advancement at Alexander Youth Network
1995-2005: Development Director at The Family Center
Heart Math Tutoring
Girl Scout Leader, Rama Road Elementary 
Verse and Vino committee, The Library Foundation.

austin luft

Austin is a recent college graduate and architectural designer at Merriman Schmitt Architects. He brings an enthusiastic and intentional approach to every project. Through his experience with Building Information Modeling (BIM), knowledge of 3D visualization, and expertise in 3D printing, Austin can assist in conceptualizing and achieving design goals.
Bachelor of Architecture 2020, Ball State University – Muncie, IN

Harlee-Rae Tanner

Harlee-Rae Tanner is an Associate Project Manager at Merriman Schmitt Architects. She is a detail-oriented designer with diverse past experience in healthcare, commercial, and higher education work, in a range of scope and size. She brings advanced technical skills in BIM software to the firm for enhanced 3D modeling and visualization of designs. Harlee brings a positive, collaborative perspective to all projects that she is involved in.
Master of Architecture 2017, University at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science in Architecture 2015, University at Buffalo

Lance Wolfson

Lance is a Senior Project Manager at Merriman Schmitt Architects. He has 12 years of experience that includes a variety of commercial, financial, residential, and private Clients. Lance has experience in guiding a variety of interior and exterior projects through all phases of design and construction, including contractual support, account management, and business development.
Sr Project Manager, Merriman Schmitt Architects, 2023 - present
Architect & Project Manager, Interior Architects, 2016- 2023
Architect and Assistant Project Manager, RS&H, 2013-2016
Member, American Institute of Architects
Member, NCARB
Member, USGBC
OSHA Certified
Registered Architect in NC
Habitat For Humanity, Charlotte NC
Bachelor of Architecture 2011, UNC Charlotte
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) 2010, UNC Charlotte