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

Mike Mc Elhaney

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 45 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


Tara M. Jones

Lead Associate

Tara's background in both architecture and fine arts brings creative and unique solutions to her architectural designs. Her years of experience with the Jackson & McElhaney team establishes Tara as Lead Associate as she manages projects through collaboration, project design, project management, and construction administration. Her project portfolio consists of 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 - Master of Architecture, 2015


Miguel Escobar-Evans

Miguel excels in multidisciplinary coordination on many architectural project types. This broad experience includes architecture and interior design of design-build projects, custom interiors, and custom furniture, with a focus on materials and construction techniques. Miguel's leadership roles in national and international organizations make him an excellent team player and allow him to comfortably work and communicate with many people of diverse backgrounds.


New School of Architecture & Design, Bachelor of Architecture, 2016

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Fernando Davila

Fernando recently received his Bachelor of Architecture degree. His involvement on a variety of project types gives him a wide range of duties from design to renderings to construction documents. His skill set includes many types of architectural and rendering software which further enhances his abilities in the office's collaborative studio approach. Fernando's involvement includes retail, hospitality, and financial institution projects.


University of Texas - Bachelor of Architecture, 2022

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Elizabeth Bazan Avila

Elizabeth's experience spans both residential and commercial design. She has many years of practice in all phases of the design process and enjoys the collaboration it takes to make a project successful. Elizabeth's projects include hospitality, governmental, single-family homes, and financial institutions. She enjoys giving back to the community through volunteer programs or simply donating to those in need.


University of Texas at San Antonio - Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2008

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Master of Architecture, 2018

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David Juan Garcia

David is a proud Mexican designer on the path to becoming a registered architect. His passion for design innovations originates from his experience in interior design, structural engineering, and architecture. His technical knowledge and extensive BIM Modeling experience make him a leader in design technologies.  He has a background in multi-family and commercial projects which include new construction and renovations. He strives to create efficient, elegant, and multipurpose spaces for all to enjoy.  


The University of Texas at Arlington – Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin – Master of Architecture, 2023

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