About R. Michael Cross Design Group

The R. Michael Cross Design Group focuses on designing sustainable environments for home, work, and play. Their project team is composed of LEED Accredited Professionals with a broad range of experience in both residential and commercial design. Licensed in Virginia, DC, and Maryland, principal architect R. Michael Cross and his team serve a diverse range of clients across in a wide range of markets.

R. Michael Cross, Principal Architect, NCARB LEED AP

Firm Founder, R. Michael Cross, holds both a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Environmental Design as well as a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Architecture. Before establishing R. Michael Cross Design Group, Cross worked in a variety of firms with the majority of his experience being split between designing high-end residential with workshop/apd in NY, NY and designing a mixture of healthcare and commercial at Baskervill in Richmond, VA.

Emily Bacher, Project Architect, LEED AP SEED

Emily Bacher was born and raised in the DC area, but received her higher education in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BA in Art History and Psychology from Emory University, and a Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining the RMC_DG team, she worked on a number of office interior and building repositioning projects with OTJ Architects in DC. She is both  LEED AP BD + C and SEED accredited.

Elizabeth Stuart, Project Designer

Elizabeth Stuart was born and raised in Jamestown, NY, recently relocating to the DC area. She holds a bachelors and masters degree in Interior Architecture from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Before joining RMC_DG, Lizzie worked on residential modular homes and more recently for a private company as an in-house interior designer completing a wide array for projects from healthcare and hospitality to corporate and residential projects. She has a strong interest in Interior Architecture and the walls the profession can break down.

Matthew Lee, Project Architect, AIA NCARB LEED GA

Matt is a Bahamian native who moved Stateside to study architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans. His time at Tulane was punctuated by Hurricane Katrina, which inspired him to study how architecture can improve and revitalize communities. From there he came to DC to start his architectural career, designing multifamily and affordable housing in the Metro area. Most recently he has spent time as a crew leader at Habitat for Humanity. Outside of architecture, Matt’s other interest is modern board games and how they create unique and shared social experiences.

Victoria Gundrum, Project Designer

Tory Gundrum was born and raised in Bridgeport, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Philadelphia University – now absorbed by Thomas Jefferson University as their East Falls Campus. Before joining the team at RMC_DG, Tory was a BIM Manager for Aramark in Philadelphia until her move to DC in Spring of 2016, when her company allowed her to work remotely. Her time spent there was largely facilities-based which is why she made the transition to RMC_DG to pursue her passion for interior Design.

Bert Meekins, Project Designer

Bert is from Bemus Point, New York. He has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bert’s architectural career began by returning to his hometown where he designed single-family housing. Most recently, he has relocated to DC and has worked in various facets of architecture, including Institutional and Commercial projects in the classical style, and Master Planning. Outside of architecture, Bert’s interests include snowboarding, soccer, and hiking.

Candace Maloney-Franklin, Project Designer

Candace was born and raised on the small island of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) where she moved to New York to study architecture at New York Institute of Technology. Before joining RMC_DG Candace’s architectural career has exposed her to a variety of project types which ultimately lead her back to her original love for the housing sector. She has a strong interest in affordable housing and social architecture which influences the way she spends/ volunteers her time outside of the office.