Our Team

Concept Design wants to enhance your business.  Our team members are very passionate in what they do and are focused on serving clients.

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

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Education
College of Architecture, Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Michigan State University

Professional Affiliations
USGB Council
GR Township Planning Commissioner
Vice Chairman - GRT Planning Committee
GR Construction Board of Appeals
AIA Grand Valley Chapter 1980-Present
President - 1986
President Elect - 1985
Treasurer - 1983-1984
Michigan Society of Architects - 1980-Present

Professional Experience
Concept Design - President
DeWinter Associates - Vice President

Professional Profile
Under Steve’s leadership, Concept Design has consistently grown over the past 29 years.  His experience includes over 35 years of architecture and interior design projects on a wide variety of project types, both locally & nationally.

He has advised many clients on design and layout issues as well as lease negotiations and terms, potential renovation costs, building efficiencies, and overall building performance expectations and features.

With registration in multiple states, he has serviced clients across the country, gaining valuable knowledge and experience about how to work with local codes and municipalities.

Steve represents a strong history of creative and practical space design, years of experience, and the leadership skills to back it up.  He is committed to managing your project in a manner that will allow it to be properly built, executed on time, and delivered within your budget requirements. These are all reasons why clients continue to come back for their next renovation, expansion or new project.

Thomas Tooley

Thomas Tooley

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Education
Masters of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects

Professional Experience
Concept Design June 2012 - Present
Serve Studio July 2007 - June 2012
Beta Design Group - October 1998 - June 2007
Albert Kahn Associates March 1985 - October 1998

Professional Profile
Tom has over 25 years of experience in generating design schemes utilizing three-dimensional modeling and spatial analysis. Utilizing these design tools for the manipulation of a variety of design alternatives has enabled him to provide comprehensive design solutions for clients across diverse market sectors, including healthcare, corporate, educational, resort & hospitality, research & technology, and industrial market sectors. He has served as Project Designer on numerous projects, coordinating overall design activities from initial client contact through construction, establishing and maintaining design schedules and budgets. While with another firm, Tom continued to broaden his experience and design capability. As a noted leader in the design process, he mentors emerging designers, educating them and enhancing their understanding of the design process. Tom is passionate about creating initial design concepts and guidelines, and works to collaborate with the project Owner’s vision, and enhances their business.

Andrew Eckert

Andrew Eckert

Senior Project Architect Andrew@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Masters of Architecture, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects
National Council of Architecture 
Registration Boards
Certified United States Green Building Council
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Experience
Concept Design
June 2012 - Present

Serve Studio
July 2007 - June 2012

Beta Design Group
December 2002 – June 2007

Vantine|Guthrie Studio of Architecture
May 1999 – December 2002

Professional Profile
Andy has nearly 20 years of experience as an architect in which he has designed, coordinated, developed construction documents, and performed contract administration for a variety of projects.   His strongest asset is in his ability to relate with clients and contractors to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.  In a profession where communication and interaction are key components to a successful project, Andy has become an expert.  Andy’s resolution based approach and attention to detail has won the respect of the Grand Rapids development department.  He was invited to be part of an advisory council to recommend improvements in the process of how the City interacts with professionals in the building industry.

Jim Ramey

Jim Ramey

Senior Project Architect Jim@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Lawrence Techological University

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects
City of Wayland Planning Commission
Allegan County Planning Commission
City of Wayland Downtown Task Force
MSU Extension, Citizen Planner Certificate
Construction Specifications Institute
USGBC – National Chapter

Professional Experience
Concept Design Group - Project Manager
January 2005 – February 2011

Rogvoy Architects PC - Project Manager
August 2002 - 2005

Professional Profile
With over 18 years of experience as a project manager, Jim’s talents and abilities are evident in many successful projects across Michigan and the Midwest. Several of those years have been spent overseeing technical aspects and coordinating numerous project types including retail shopping centers, restaurants, office buildings and interior projects of both new construction and renovations. His experience and knowledge makes him an essential team member and has earned him the respect of clients, contractors and peers.

Patrick Brechting

Patrick Brechting

Project Architect Patrick@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Masters of Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy

Professional Affiliations
AIA - Grand Valley Chapter

Professional Experience
Concept Design August 2013 - Present
Hobbs & Black January 2007 - August 2013
McCauley Images 2004 - August 2013
Roundstone Design - Summer 2006
Prein And Newhof - Summer 2005

Professional Profile
Patrick has over ten years of experience working in architectural firms where he has designed, coordinated, and detailed a variety of structures around North America. He has provided a wide range of architectural services from planning to construction administration for an assortment of projects. In addition to his experience in the construction industry, Patrick has over 15 years of fine arts training. His diverse education has given him a unique blend of knowledge and skills combined with a fresh perspective of design and construction.

Dan Harding

Dan Harding

Senior Project Architect Dan@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Bachelor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University

Professional Affiliations
NCARB

Professional Experience
Concept Design September 2015 - Present
ACMC February 2008 - 2015
Beta Design Group November 1998 - January 2008
Albert Kahn Associates 1995 - November 1998
Progressive Associates February 1992 – 1995 
James P Ryan Associates June 1991 – February 1992
Albert Kahn Associates July 1985 - June 1991

Professional Profile
Dan has over 25 years of experience as an architect and project manager on a wide range of project types.  That variety has allowed him to be more flexible in how he approaches each one.  Coordinating the wants and needs of the project team, which includes the building owner, occupants, architects, engineers, consultants, municipal agencies and contractors on any project can be a challenge.  His range of experience provides a broad background that can be brought to each new challenge and help determine the best way to serve the needs of a client and their specific building or project requirements.  Dan enjoys the technical aspects of architecture from understanding the basic needs of the client and how they operate and then combining them with the details of putting a building together to provide the owner or occupant with a successful project for the long term.

Lynn Hollander

Lynn Hollander

Senior Interior Designer Lynn@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design
Interior Design, York University
B.A. International Relations, Toronto, Ontario

Professional Affiliations
IIDA - Associate member United States Green Building Council

Professional Experience
Concept Design Group - Senior Interior Designer Lubner/Broomberg Design - Interior Designer

Professional Profile
Lynn is an award winning interior designer with vast experience. She is one of the reasons Concept Design Group is one of the strongest, most talented commercial interior design firms in our region. Lynn has a proven track record of successful, creative projects and a reputation for excellence and client satisfaction.

Deanna Klopcic

Deanna Klopcic

Interior Designer Deanna@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Kendall College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design

Professional Affiliations
Associate IIDA

Professional Experience
Concept Design Group - Interior Designer

Professional Profile
Deanna has over four years of experience working for Concept Design.  Her focus has been on office building interiors, multi-use projects and the multi-family market.  Deanna brings a younger generation perspective and new ideas to hospitality design. Her creativity shows through with fresh colorful solutions, but is backed up by appropriate material choices for a strong & reliable end product.

Karen Stauffer

Karen Stauffer

Senior Interior Designer Karen@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Michigan State University

Professional Affiliations
NCIDQ Certified
International Interior Design Association
Michigan Chapter Past – President
United States Green Building Council
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Experience
Beta Design January 2005 – February 2011
VOA, Chicago August 2002 - 2005

Professional Profile
Interior Design is a collaborative process involving interior space analysis and planning, finish and furniture selection and creative architectural detailing to create spaces that educate, heal, inspire, and motivate. I approach each project by carefully listening to each client to develop the design concept, looking to deliver even the unspoken request. With over 10 years of experience in the Commercial Interior Design industry, adding consistent value and maintaining an exceptional client experience are imperative to my business. I look forward to working with my clients to create projects that are functional, sustainable, beautiful and within budget.

Carly Visser

Carly Visser

Senior Interior Designer Carly@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design
Interior Design, Grand Rapids Community College

Professional Affiliations
NCIDQ National Council for Interior Design
CIDA Accredited
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Experience
Concept Design Group - Senior Interior Designer
URS Corporation - Interior Designer

Professional Profile
Carly has over nine years of commercial experience in interior design and over ten years of residential interiors remodeling experience.  She has worked on multiple project types, including healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, retail, corporate, residential and hospitality environments.  Strengths encompass client relations, budgetary sensitivity, and programming of project criteria and development of creative and appropriate interior solutions.  Beyond space planning and finish selection, exists experience of the furniture and equipment procurement process from selection and specification to bidding and installation.

Amanda Benes

Amanda Benes

Senior Project Coordinator Amanda@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University

Professional Experience
Concept Design
July 2013 - Present

Consultant for Serve Studio
April 2011 - June 2013

Omega Design
May 2005 - March 2011

Professional Profile
Amanda has over 10 years of experience in the architectural field.  As a project manager she has overseen projects from initial consultation with clients, through design, into construction drawings and following through into the construction administration phase. Amanda is well versed in working with clients and contractors to achieve the desired end product.  Her experiences include a wide variety of projects; including healthcare, hospitality, multi-family, corporate, renovation and new builds.  Amanda strives to produce a quality set of documents to assist both owner and contractor towards a well-built environment.

Matthew Luckey

Matthew Luckey

Senior Project Coordinator Matthew@ConceptGR.com
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Education
Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
Associate of Architectural Construction Technology, Baker College

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects

Professional Experience
Concept Design July 2013 - Present
Omega Design Architecture, PC February 2013 - July 2013

Professional Profile
Matt has nearly 4 years of experience developing projects from conceptual design through construction documentation and construction administration. He is currently working through the (AXP) Architectural Experience Program and the (ARE) Architectural Registration Exams required for licensure as an architect. His passion is to design and develop clear architectural solutions based on the client’s functional and aesthetic needs that promotes an engaging interaction between the user and the built environment. His desire is to encourage environmentally and culturally sustainable designs that foster a healthier approach for the way we live. Matt’s project experience reinforces his ability to provide successful projects that fully realize the imagination of their clients.

Alison Flegel

Alison Flegel

Senior Project Coordinator Alison@ConceptGR.com
Jacob Staal

Jacob Staal

Senior Project Coordinator Jake@ConceptGR.com
Nicole Szczembara

Nicole Szczembara

Project Coordinator NicoleS@ConceptGR.com
Zach Runge

Zach Runge

Project Coordinator Zach@ConceptGR.com
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Project Coordinator ASmith@ConceptGR.com
Alicia Vander Ark

Alicia Vander Ark

Project Coordinator Alicia@ConceptGR.com
Michelle Walworth

Michelle Walworth

Office Manager Michelle@ConceptGR.com