People

Creating Positive Change Through Design

Alyse Makarewicz AIA

President

Alyse Makarewicz AIA is President of AMB Architects. Alyse graduated from the University of Houston in 1997, with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design.

She was initially a Business major taking art classes. But she decided to seek out more of a challenge. She switched to Architecture because it was an ideal mix of her analytical and creative strengths.

Alyse started working at a large architectural firm right out of college.

After 8 ½ years of churning out work for other people, she decided she wanted to open up her own shop.

When she founded AMB, she set out with the goal of creating a fabulous team and great work culture. She wanted to break down the myth that successful architects need to pull all-nighters and burn the candle at both ends.

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“Work life balance is a huge focus here at AMB. People do their best work when they’re enjoying life, so everybody benefits. We’re all about balance. Lots of people have families, which is equally as important as the work. When somebody’s sick or needs time off, everybody contributes.”

Alyse’s favorite project to date was the SITUS project. The space needed to set the stage for the work culture they wanted, with the goal of attracting millennials.

“It was a new space, and we had creative license to start with a blank canvas. The result was exactly what the client wanted. We’re proud of all our work, but especially that project.”

What does an architect do in her spare time? She builds massive Lego projects, of course! Alyse also enjoys crocheting, travel, and reading. And of course, spending quality time with her husband and energetic, 8 year old daughter keeps her very busy.

Breann Nash, RID

Director Of Operations & Interior Designer

Breann Nash, a Stephen F. Austin State University graduate, brings more than 10 years of knowledge to the table. Her experience as a Registered Interior Designer is invaluable, providing extensive knowledge of all aspects of design to every project she works on. Breann understands that the design process is complex. She seamlessly guides her clients through the entire design process, while focusing on creating designs that are innovative and unique to the project.

Breann works diligently to establish a level of trust and comfort between her team and the client that is unparalleled in the field. “The more you understand your client the better you can design a space that produces an exciting finished product for everyone involved.”

In her off time, Breann enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two children, visiting wine country, and hopefully a nap.

Jimmy Hoagland

Office Manager & Permit Expediter

Jimmy is AMB’s Office Manager and Permit Expediter. If you think that sounds like a lot of responsibility, you’re right!

Originally from central New York state, Jimmy has lived in Texas for over a decade. He has worked at AMB Architects since 2008.

Though Jimmy received a degree in Business Administration and Business Management, his first career choice out of college was Chef. Jimmy left the culinary world when he moved to Houston, and quickly landed a role at AMB Architects.

The AMB team relies on Jimmy for field measurements and other tasks, including managing and expediting the permitting process. The role keeps Jimmy busy and on the move. He could be in Sugarland one day, and The Woodlands the next.

Jimmy enjoys playing tennis, bowling, outdoor fun, and travel. Jimmy has been adopted by his 3 dogs Chi-Chi, Coop & Ouiser.

Katherine Marquez

Architectural Project Manager

Katherine Marquez is AMB’s Architectural Project Manager. As a graduate of the University of Houston School of Architecture, Katherine brings over 8 years of experience in commercial architecture and interior design to the AMB team.

Kat chose architecture because she wanted to apply her creative talents to a practical career path. (Plus, architecture runs in her blood.) Her most interesting and challenging project was a medical tenant improvement project, which required X-ray shielding and other key considerations.

She enjoys crafting and painting. Her Pinterest board is an endless source of inspiration, so she’ll never run out of ideas. She lives in Houston with her husband and their six-year-old labrador retriever mix. They’ll be welcoming a new baby to the family this spring!

Lauren Houser

Designer

Lauren Houser is an interior designer at AMB Architects. Lauren received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Houston after studying at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

With more than five years experience, Lauren has worked on both interior and exterior architecture design projects. Her design portfolio includes medical and commercial interiors, a fire station, numerous custom residential projects, educational renovations, and a commercial strip center.

By working on various large and small scope projects Lauren has gained experience on how to problem solve with design. Lauren enjoys creatively finding design solutions while helping all parties communicate and work within the required timeline.

Michael Boykin

Vice President & Sales Director

Michael Boykin is the Vice President and Sales Director at AMB Architects. Originally from the Houston area, Michael received a Bachelors of Architecture from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a major in Environmental Design.

As an architect and designer with over 20-25 years of commercial experience, Michael specializes in corporate interiors and medical facilities. Michael has always nurtured his creative side and chose architecture because he loves seeing people put his ideas into action.

Michael is involved in every aspect of AMB’s projects, with a focus on capturing new relationships, finalizing deals, and onboarding coworkers for each project. This requires a delicate balance of creativity, attention to detail, and people skills.

When he’s not planning projects, Michael spends his free time painting, camping, playing tennis, cycling and playing with his dog Redbud. He’s also a connoisseur of wine and the Houston craft beer scene.

Shane Barry

Project Manager & Designer

Shane Barry joined the AMB Architects team in 2005. Shane works as both Project Manager and Designer.

He has a well rounded background, including 20 years in construction and construction management. Shane initially studied in engineering but decided he wanted a more creative outlet. He chose architecture because it’s highly technical, yet also includes creative elements.

His design experiences are focused on more challenging construction projects. When there’s a non-standard element that needs to be created Shane is called in to create and implement the solution.

“I really want a challenge. I don’t like a ‘copy and paste’ approach to design,” says Shane. Shane takes this “challenge” approach to his home life as well. He builds custom furniture from wood and steel, and likes to collect, plant and grow trees. His kids, age 9 and 11, keep him extremely busy.

Veronica Gilliams

Designer

After graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design, Veronica moved to Houston to join AMB.

She brings her passion for design to help provide creative solutions to projects that will suit the needs of others. She produce valuable support and technical skills to the team. Veronica works hard to make sure she is providing a great design to fit the health, safety and welfare of others to every project she is a part of.

“Designers should not only collaborate with each other, but also truly collaborate with their clients. The projects always reflect them.” In her down time, Veronica enjoys painting, going to concerts, exploring the city and spending time with family and friends.

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