At MCA we strive to
Find the Right Thing.
Do the Right Thing.
And do it well,
We are driven by one radical mission: Do the Right Thing
For over 35 years, MCA has successfully served major owner/occupant clients who trust us to meet their needs year after year. We always begin and end with the same “radical” goal – to find and then deliver exactly the Right Thing for each project.
The Right Thing varies greatly between our clients and each project. So finding just the Right Thing requires committing to the no-shortcuts search for that appropriate balance between the many needs, aspirations, and limitations that define each challenge.
Design excellence, responsiveness, accuracy, efficiency, collaboration, and a celebration of different viewpoints, ideas, and backgrounds – these are what drives us. And we think we do it pretty well. Fully 97% of our projects are commissioned by repeat clients – the only accolade that matters.
MCA Celebrates 35 Years of Service!
Please join us in celebrating MCA’s 35th Anniversary!
A lot has changed since our firm’s founding in May 1986, but our values here at MCA have stayed the same.
We are indebted to our founders for beginning our firm’s journey all those years ago, to each MCA employee for continuing our mission, and to our clients and consultants for choosing MCA to work on their most important projects.
We look forward to celebrating many more MCA anniversaries to come!
Fun Fact: Principal Ed Gillikin is a trained musician and recorded the soundtrack for this video!
Responsiveness + Range
With one of the hallmarks of our firm being service and responsiveness, the vast number of our projects have been within a few hours drive from one of our Mid-Atlantic locations. From there, within a reasonable amount of time, we can be on site to meet with our clients, to deal directly with emerging issues or to verify existing conditions.
On occasion, we have gone much farther at the request of our clients. For projects throughout the United States, to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nigeria, and Abu Dhabi – even “classified” sites with locations unknown – we have provided the responsive design service necessary to meet our clients’ challenges.
One of our favorite sayings…
Cut through the Clutter
Our profession is about communication in all its forms, graphic, written, verbal, digital – you name it. Most importantly, it is about clear communication – avoiding confusion that leads to misunderstandings, mistakes or misplaced expectations.
Our Team works hard to provide concise, accurate and timely communication regardless of how it is delivered. We stick to a plain-talk approach, rigorously professional, focused on objectivity and accuracy.
The goal is always the same – NO SURPRISES.
Skillset Diversity + Innovation
MCA’s architectural practice is a multidisciplinary set of professional services that support the evolving demands placed on our clients. Beyond a talent for design, our architectural team possesses a wide range of specialized expertise and accreditations: from LEAN building and evidence-based design, to biophilic design, building envelope technology, BIM computer modeling, simulated reality, and sustainable design – not to mention the thought leadership needed within our sectors of expertise.
Our practice continues to add to and enhance the specialized knowledge base and skillsets necessary to meet the challenges of our client’s unique environments. Above all, we provide strong leadership to leverage meaningful results from the diverse resources MCA has available.
Long Term Teamwork...
“We had our choice of large national firms, but we chose MCA because we thought the firm fit our culture. We made the right decision….Everything MCA has done for us has been outstanding. Every time something is promised, it is followed through.”
-Large Healthcare System client of 15+ years
Our clients are leaders in their respective fields and demand successful, sustainable project outcomes provided through collaboration with an architect that understands and supports their mission. With a 97% repeat work record, MCA has forged long-term relationships with these respected organizations because we deliver on those expectations – consistently.VIEW OUR CLIENTS