Firm Profile

Robert Jackson and Michael McElhaney Architects is a service oriented architectural firm that includes licensed architects, project managers and support staff. Founded in 1975 as Robert Jackson Architects, the firm has grown to cover a diverse range of architectural services and received national design recognition for a variety of building types. Our success is based on our inclusive approach which engages owner/client, consultants, contractors, etc. throughout the design and construction process. We pride ourselves on a seamless transition from design to construction.

One of the hallmarks of our work has been our focus on earth friendly design. Whether designing in an urban environment or in a nature preserve, we consider the same basic principles: conserve and preserve the earth, water, air and energy as passively as possible. Efficiency, simplicity and unpretentious design is our goal. Our sustainable design work has received local, state, national and international recognition.

Design Approach

Each project evolves into a design that is a result of the resolution of three primary design elements; budget, program, and site. This approach involves the owner throughout every phase of work as the key team member in the creative process.

Michael McElhaney, AIA, LEED AP


After joining Robert Jackson Architects in 1988, Mike soon became director of quality in design and construction.  He is known for his innovative designs and attention to detail.  As a principal since 2004, he continues to lead and oversee all projects.  His LEED accreditation helps direct the firm’s philosophy of environmentally responsible architecture.  Mike’s leadership and focus on quality has become a touchstone of the firm’s reputation.


University of Texas - Bachelor of Architecture, 1987

Registered Architect:

State of Texas 1991

Registered Interior Designer:

State of Texas 1994

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)®:

Accredited Professional 2009

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Robert T. Jackson, FAIA

Vice President

Robert established the firm in 1975 and in 2004 formed Jackson & McElhaney Architects with Michael McElhaney. Robert’s work reflects a philosophy of architecture as a service profession and design and construction as a craft.  

For over 40 years Robert’s work has focused on efficiency, simplicity, economy and care which he considers the hallmark elements of sustainability and earth friendly design. Robert strives to approach each project in a clear and fresh way, insuring appropriate and unique solutions.

Elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows 2015


University of Texas - Bachelor of Architecture, 1970

Registered Architect:

State of Texas 1975

State of Missouri 1996

Commonwealth of Kentucky 2006

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Reed B. Critendon, Assoc. AIA

Senior Associate

Reed works to be a team builder.  Constantly seeking to serve each unique project through thoughtful collaborations between owner, architect, and contractor.  He has over 16 years’ experience in project design, management, coordination, and construction of commercial and residential projects.  For ten years Reed has been a part of the JMA team working on a diverse list of project types. Including office and retail commercial buildings as well as single family and multi-unit homes.  



University of Texas - Bachelor of Architecture, 2001

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Rebecca Becker, AIA, LEED AP BD + C

Rebecca has over 8 years of experience in project design, supervision and coordination of commercial, government, industrial, office, retail and single and multi-family residential facilities. She joined Jackson & McElhaney Architects in 2013.


University of Virginia - Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2008 

University of Washington - Masters of Architecture, 2012

Registered Architect:

State of Texas 2016

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Building Design and Construction (LEED BD + C)®:

Accredited Professional 2009

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Tara M. Jones

Tara has a background in the fine arts and brings creative and unique solutions and concepts to architectural design. For the past six years Tara has worked as a part of the Jackson & McElhaney team and has experience in collaboration, project design, project management, construction administration, as well as supervision and coordination of single family residential, commercial, office, retail, and municipal facilities.


Savannah College of Art and Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, 2014

Savannah College of Art and Design - Masters of Architecture, 2015

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Kai Wollny

Kai started his career in 2010 in Germany working at Goldbeck Company, a design-build GC with a focus on office buildings as well as working in diverse traditional architecture studios. For the last 3 years he has been part of the JMA team. His experience includes the planning and coordinating of commercial, residential and Multi-Family projects.


Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture, University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Diplom-Ingenieur Architecture (German Engineer Diploma), 2009
Diplom-Ingenieur Interior Architecture (German Engineer Diploma), 2010

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