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Architecture

The MWA, Inc. Architecture team is headed by Principal Architects, Kurt Reinkens and Kristi Thompson, each with 30+ years of experience in architecture. Including Kurt and Kristi we have five licensed Architects on staff with licenses in California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, and Washington. We provide exceptional custom services, vast experience, and happy clients. What we provide our clients is a totally custom experience and results. We distinguish ourselves by creating functional, bright, and beautiful custom designs, specific to your lot and to your lifestyle. In our experience, were you to need to sell, our design appeal brings in more buyers, faster, at higher sales prices than lesser designs and our compensation is more than paid for in increased sales price and shorter holding times. Of course while you live in it, you will reap the benefits every day of well thought out 'good bones' that were designed just for you. Our builder/team-friendly approach and in-house cohesive engineering distinguish us from the competition. Builders tell us all the time that they love working with us and how easy our plans are to follow and how responsive and flexible we are to their needs. This teamwork results in less stress and a better finished home for you. We find that good communication—between the architect, consultants, builder, subs and the building owner during construction—can be the major difference between a successful project and a failure. If everybody is on the same page and willing to learn from and listen to each other, your chance of getting a high quality building increases exponentially. Our plans and specifications incorporate decades of experience designing in snow country. Our work as expert witnesses has taught us many invaluable lessons in how best to detail construction assemblies. Our construction details and specifications, followed closely by your builder, will protect your investment for a long time to come.

Kurt Reinkens
Kurt Reinkens
Principal Architect

Principal, President and CEO

Education: Bachelor of Arts, College of Environmental Design with a degree in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley.

Registrations: California Architect 1993 and Nevada Residential Designer 2009, Colorado Architect 2023, lapsed in Hawaii.

Over 30 years of experience in architecture and construction.

Mr. Reinkens' responsibilities as President and CEO of MWA, inc. include Principal-in-Charge of design, marketing, human resources, and project manager.

In 2009 Mr. Reinkens received the "Professional of the Year" award from the Contractors Association
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Kristi Thompson
Kristi Thompson
Principal Architect

Principal, Vice President and COO

Education: 5 year Bachelor of Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 1992

Registrations:
- California Architect 1995
- Nevada Architect 2005
- Idaho Architect 2019
- Washington Architect 2020
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 2004.

Experience: since 1988 in the San Francisco Bay Area and since 2000 in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Ms. Thompson's responsibilities as Vice President and COO of MWA, inc. include Principal-in-Charge of design, operation
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Lindy Winter
Lindy Winter
Architect/ Senior Project Manager

Always drawn to design and ski communities, Lindy has been working in the Tahoe-Truckee architecture/engineering industry since 2002. She grew up in Boulder, CO, studied at Washington University in St. Louis (BA Arch '95), and obtained her master's degree in architecture from the University of Washi... more
Michael "MJ" Johnson
Michael "MJ" Johnson
Senior Project Manager

Originally from New Hampshire, MJ has been involved in Architecture since college, working in his Fathers Design Studio and also building the firms projects to put himself through School. Following Graduation (BS-Industrial Tech from Keene State College, MA-Education from UNM) and a successful NCAA... more
Karin Johnson
Karin Johnson
Architect / Project Manager / Designer

Karin was originally drawn to architecture for its seemingly broad scope in understanding systems and synergy at both a macro and micro level. She is fascinated by the interdependence of all relationships, behaviors, influences and motivations within the social, political, environmental and individu... more
Shaelin Morefield
Shaelin Morefield
Designer/ Drafter

Shaelin grew up in a small town on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada where she developed a love of the outdoors. After four sunny years in San Luis Obispo and one cloudy year in Copenhagen, she received her Bachelor of Architecture with a Sustainable Environments Minor from Cal Poly San Luis ... more
Anne Souza
Anne Souza
Design Technician

Anne grew up in the Reno/Tahoe area, surrounded by the outdoors and ski slopes from a young age. She developed an interest in architecture from her mom who would always point out the beauty in buildings wherever she was. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a Bachelor of Sci... more
Eliot Alpert
Eliot Alpert
Architect/Designer

Originally from Kansas City, Eliot enjoys woodworking and metal fabrication. In college he ran his own construction company to pay for school at the University of Kansas(BA-Architecture). Following Graduation and a few years of bike touring Eliot moved to Truckee in search of deeper snow and pristin... more
Jamie Renee Keiser
Jamie Renee Keiser
Senior Interior Designer

Jamie Murray is an experienced and multi-talented interior designer with over a decade of industry experience. Her creative and collaborative approach results in unique, tailored designs that elevate the lifestyle of her clients.

She has worked on a range of projects, including with the renowned AD
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Maria Del Rocio Mendoza Refosco
Maria Del Rocio Mendoza Refosco
Designer/Drafter

Rocio was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina. Raised by an architect and an engineer, she grew up on job sites and amidst blueprints, always curious and asking questions about construction. She decided to complement the skill set she had developed throughout her life with a formal education.

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Shah Habibi
Shah Habibi
Designer/Drafter

Born and raised in Iran, Shah's journey included living in Turkey before making his way to the United States, fostering a profound passion for diverse cultures and international architecture. His academic path led him to UC Berkeley, where he engaged more in architectural studies in an enriching env... more
Xu Zhang
Xu Zhang
Designer, Drafter

Xu is originally from China. She was an automobile engineer but always fascinated by well-designed architecture, so she went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, east coast and got her Master degree of Architecture.

She was attracted by Lake Tahoe's beautiful views and houses wh
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We were referred to MWA by our builder Gerald Meng of Meng Construction. He builds a high quality custom home so we first visited MWA with high expectations. They were met! Kurt and Kristy listened to what we wanted and envisioned and designed the home of our dreams and a home that went on to win the Home OF The Year award in Tahoe Quarterly Mag. We highly recommend MWA.
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