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 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

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Tara M. Jones

Lead Associate

Tara has a background in the fine arts and brings creative and unique solutions and concepts to architectural design. For the past seven 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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Miguel Escobar-Evans

Miguel has over five years of experience in project design, construction administration, project coordination, and site supervision. His involvement in design-build projects and design fabrication have given him practical knowledge of material properties and construction methods. 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. Miguel also enjoys and is skilled with interior design and custom furniture making. 


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

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Izzy Olivares, AIA

Izzy has focused on comprehensive design solutions and urban integration from schematic design through construction. With 5 years of previous experience in education, commercial, government, office, and agricultural projects, he joined Jackson & McElhaney Architects in 2021.


Texas Tech University - Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2015

Texas Tech University - Masters of Architecture, 2017

Registered Architect:

State of Texas 2020

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