At JPRA, we believe that the best designs come from not one individual, but from a dynamic process that encourages interaction, cooperation and diversity. Each individual member of our team listens, collaborates and contributes to the success of the project and helps guide every client's vision to reality.
Our executive leadership consists of seven individuals with vast experience in Architecture, Planning, and Design. Their experience provides the expertise and stability that are essential to the continued growth and success of our firm.
William Beitz, Jr., AIA, OAA, AAA
Dan Rodriguez, AIA, LEED AP®
Vice President_ Architecture
Sue Neumann, AIA, LEED AP®
Vice President_ Planning
Brian Gregorich, AIA
Gregg R. Stouder, AIA, NCARB
Mark von Werder
Scott Kwapis, LEED AP®
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William Beitz, Jr., AIA, OAA, AAA
Bill oversees all management responsibilities, architecture, construction administration and technical research for JPRA Architects, and serves as President/CEO of JPRA Architecture, ULC in Canada. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture Professional degrees from Lawrence Technological University. Mr. Beitz is a registered Architect in 25 states, and the Provinces of Ontario and Alberta, Canada.
Jim provides overview to the planning and design of all JPRA projects along with the management responsibilities for the firm. His thirty years of retail planning experience blend the unique perspectives of architecture and development, having spent seven years with The Taubman Company working on developments throughout the east coast and Midwest. Mr. Grigsby is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University School of Architecture and is a Registered Architect in thirteen states. Mr. Grigsby is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, along with other professional and industry related organizations.
Dan is responsible for overseeing major projects from the design concept through construction administration. Mr. Rodriguez’s 25+ years of retail experience include regional shopping centers, village concept centers, overbuilds, value centers, and anchor stores. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of University of Detroit, where he received both his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees. He is a registered Architect in Michigan and New York, and is a member of the National Council of Architects Review Board (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects. Dan is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
As the director of JPRA’s design studio, Mr. Tysowski directs and manages architecture, interiors and environmental graphic design efforts for the firm. As a hands-on team member and leader for the past 25 years, Greg has been involved with people-oriented design for a diverse collection of projects both nationally and internationally from small boutiques, restaurants, hospitality and entertainment venues to sport stadiums, museums, and large retail and mixed-use developments. Mr. Tysowski is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University. He is a registered architect in the state of Michigan, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Sue oversees the planning segment of all JPRA projects and, as a result, much of her energy is focused on working with developers and major anchors in the resolution of site planning and related operating agreement issues. These efforts are combined with her expertise in building programming, zoning, and resolution of site-specific issues. Sue received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. Ms. Neumann joined JPRA Architects in 1995 and became a Registered Architect in the State of Michigan in 1997. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Brian joined JPRA Architects as a designer in 1985. During his tenure he became head of the retail design studio and worked on numerous award-winning projects. After leaving JPRA in 1999, Brian started his own firm specializing in master planning, custom residential design and resort architecture. Prior to returning to JPRA in 2009, he served as Vice President and Director of Architecture for Ford & Earl Associates; while there he developed a hospitality and resort studio. Brian’s broad scope of a multi-disciplined design background gives him the ability to quickly identify and solve the client’s needs from the programming/feasibility phase through construction. Brian is a member of the American Institute of Architects Michigan Chapter.
Mr. Stouder has over 30 years of experience in the architecture and construction industry. Gregg oversees all aspects of project management, project scheduling, budget control, quality control, development of bid documents and the monitoring of construction activities. Prior to his role of Principal at JPRA Architects, Gregg was a co-founder at his own firm and a Vice President at an international design firm where he led all technical aspects of architecture on national and international projects encompassing commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects. Previously, Mr. Stouder held key management positions with several architecture firms specializing in municipal and commercial office facilities.
Mark serves as Principal, providing input during all phases of construction process including project design development, assembly and coordination of JPRA project and consultation teams, client coordination, architectural construction documents, coordination with regulation agencies and construction administration/field coordination. Mr. von Werder received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence Technological University's School of Architecture and went on to complete his graduate studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Scott serves as project architect/project manager on many of the firm’s diverse retail and mixed-use projects. With over 20 years of experience in many disciplines at JPRA, Scott routinely organizes project teams, develops construction documents and coordinates with consultants, contractors and regulatory agencies. He is also well-versed in the cutting-edge Building Information Modeling and Revit-Architecture program. Scott graduated from Lawrence Technological University with both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Architecture; he is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
As a senior associate of the firm, and an experienced member of the production department, Louis serves as project architect/project manager on large retail and mixed-use projects. His career experience has been in many disciplines of the architectural and engineering industry. At JPRA, Louis is responsible for organizing and managing project teams, overseeing development of construction documents and coordination with clients, consultants, contractors and regulatory agencies throughout the various phases of design and construction administration. Louis earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan and is a National NCARB certificate holder.
David has been involved in the conceptual planning of a wide variety of projects serving the commercial sector through the design and planning of retail, office, entertainment and mixed-use projects. Much of his focus is on creating planning solutions that meet, and often exceed, the unique requirements stipulated for each project. David received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree from Lawrence Technological University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Scott is primarily responsible for input on all design presentations and 3D visualization. Scott also manages all in-house training for 3D / Graphic software. As a designer, he is involved with many retail, office, entertainment and mixed-use projects at JPRA. He received dual Bachelor degrees from Lawrence Technological University in both Architecture and Architectural Imaging/Illustration and is working on his Master of Architecture degree. Scott is a member of ASAI (American Society of Architectural Illustrators).
As manager of Information Technology, John evaluates and purchases all Information Technology equipment and software for the firm. He is responsible for installation, configuration, and maintenance of the network, servers and workstation hardware. Additionally, he configures and provides training for all software applications including Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office applications, and SQL database systems. John developed and maintains all office CAD/BIM standards, symbol libraries and documentation; he evaluates the need for and develops and implements all software customization and application programming. He trains staff in systems operation, BIM/CAD applications, custom applications and design standards. John earned a Bachelor of Science of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University and graduated with honors from Control Data Institute in Computer Programming and Operations.
David leads a project team producing construction documents, and overseeing projects from schematic design through construction administration. David monitors all phases of projects by maintaining ongoing contact with clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers, working out specific details, assisting junior staff, and coordinating documents.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Lawrence Technological University.
Jeremy is primarily responsible for providing design input, digital renderings, working with a variety of consultants, and communication with clients. His retail design experience covers all phases of projects from conceptual design through construction administration.
Jeremy earned the following degrees from Lawrence Technological University: a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Architectural Imaging, and a Masters of Architecture.
Aaron is involved in all phases of the design and production process with an emphasis on creating complete construction document sets. He is responsible for creating specifications and construction administration in retail and mixed-use developments in both new construction and existing renovation, and expansion projects. Aaron serves as project architect on large retail projects and actively works with clients and coordinates consultants to achieve maximum client satisfaction and desired outcome.
Aaron graduated from Lawrence Technological University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Architecture. He is studying for the Architectural Registration Examination for the State of Michigan.
Mike serves as project architect on large retail and mixed-use projects. With extensive technical and practical experience in the architectural and engineering industry, Mike is responsible for organizing and managing project documents, overseeing development of construction documents and coordinating with clients, consultants, contractors and regulatory agencies throughout the various phases of design and construction administration. Prior to joining JPRA , he gained experience at a firm specializing in project programming, facilities analysis, master planning and planning; architectural design; architectural construction documentation, including coordination with engineering and special consultants; cost estimating, bidding, contract award and complete construction administration.
Mike graduated from Lawrence Technological University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture. He is preparing for the Architect Registration Examination for the State of Michigan.
John’s critical eye for multi-disciplined coordination gives him the ability to solve problems in the developmental stages of projects in preparation for a successful construction phase. John provides a seamless integration of clients’ program-driven requirements from design through construction.
During his tenure at JPRA, John has worked on many award-winning projects. John began his career at Albert Kahn and Associates working on multimillion dollar commercial and institutional projects. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological Institute.
Rosemary heads JPRA’s Leasing Division which provides leasing plans as well as lease exhibits and LOD’s for clients. She oversees all leasing work requests, and is known for returning pristine completed work to clients within their target deadlines. She is in constant communication with clients, working with them to produce the architectural documents that assist them in leasing spaces in their centers.
Rosemary regularly attends architecture and design industry social events within the Detroit area. She graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture degree.
Joe Slajus serves as a senior project architect/manager responsible for architectural development, construction documents and construction administration, as well as coordination with clients, consultants, contractors and regulatory authorities through all phases of project design and construction administration.
Prior to joining JPRA Architects, Joe founded his own firm and held senior positions in several architecture firms where he led the design and technical design of architectural projects including large-scale, high-profile, mixed-use, sports, entertainment, hospitality, retail, work place, residential, and healthcare projects. Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and Master of Architecture with a Design Theory Concentration from the University of Michigan.
Carrie’s responsibilities at JPRA vary in scope from schematic design through construction administration. She has a diverse background in retail and mixed-use development, corporate office design, airport restaurant design and branding, private practice dental and medical offices, retail showrooms, salons, and custom residential interiors.
Carrie earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Lawrence Technological University. She has been an adjunct architecture instructor for several years at Oakland Community College.
As the firm’s Controller, Sheila directs JPRA’s financial affairs and prepares financial analysis of all operations. She supervises all accounting, auditing, budgetary and human resources functions. Sheila earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan Dearborn, her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Detroit College of Business, and her Master of Science in Taxation from Walsh College.