We create homes that will provide years of memories for our clients through thoughtful designs that enhance their space.
With over 15 years of experience in residential design, we spend time getting to know our clients, listening to their needs, then working together to create their new home. Drawing from a deep reservoir of architectural knowledge, we compose elegant and timeless residences tailored to the desires of our client.
MICHELLE MURPHY VASSALLO AIA, Principal
Michelle is a Washington DC-based architect specializing in residential design and custom detailing. With 15 years experience, Michelle has worked on projects across the country and abroad. She holds a BA in architecture from Miami University in Ohio and an MA in architecture from the Catholic University of America in DC. She is a member of the AIA.
BRYNN ADNER, Staff Designer
Brynn received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2021. Throughout her education, she participated in several influential experiences including a study abroad in the Netherlands, where she focused on sustainability and computational design, and a summer internship in NYC, where she worked on multifamily and mixed-use projects. Originally from upstate New York, Brynn moved to Northern Virginia and joined MV Architects in June of 2021. She is excited to work with clients and design even the smallest of details needed to realize their dream spaces.
NATALIE DiVITO CUNNEEN, Associate
Natalie is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University in 2006, and then moved to the DC area, where she worked for several years. Natalie has over 14 year of experience in the field of architecture, including residential, mixed use, education, religious and commercial projects. She grew up in Massachusetts, the youngest of four children, and thrives on being part of a team. Natalie loves figuring out the details and seeing a design come together. She and her husband live in Massachusetts with their two children, where they enjoy visiting the beach, skiing and spending time with their dog, George.
ELLIE GALIFIANAKIS, Associate
Ellie is a Registered Architect in the state of Virginia. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she moved to Washington DC and attended The Catholic University of America, where she received her Masters in Architecture. She has 15 years of experience specializing in residential architecture. Ellie has worked on projects in DC, Maryland and Virginia. She enjoys working with clients and seeing their project take shape and come to life. She and her husband live in Arlington, VA with two children and a small dog.
MICHELLE ‘MEESH’ NGUYEN, Associate
Philippines born, Northern Virginia grown. Meesh holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Design from James Madison University. She has over 14 years of residential architecture experience with many completed projects in the DMV area. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga part time, traveling around the world with her husband, hiking with their adorable pups, and fishing at local ponds.
JAMES UPTON, Associate
James has over 20 years of experience in the design of multiple building types including residential, educational, and libraries, across the Washington region and nationally. A design technology specialist, James excels in 3d modeling and visualization. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland. James lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and daughter.
MARA WALSH, Staff Designer
Mara is an architectural designer who is WELL certified and has a great passion for residential design. She is originally from northeast Pennsylvania, but has been living in Washington, DC for the last 5 years pursuing her education and career. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of America. She anticipates receiving her Master of Architecture from the Catholic University of America in December of 2021.
LAUREN WILLIAMS, Office Manager
Lauren is a Washington, D.C. based performing and teaching artist who has a passion for design. She attended The Catholic University of America and received a Bachelor of Music. Lauren has had the privilege to perform at numerous theatres in the Washington, D.C. area and abroad. She also brings her love of music and dance to preschoolers in the District with her early childhood music and movement program. Lauren joined the MV Architect’s team in September and is enjoying collaborating with such experienced and gifted designers.