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.
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 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.
Jennifer Birks, a native Los Angeleno, relocated to Washington DC to earn her Bachelor of Architecture at Howard University. She is an NCARB certified Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with more than 15 years’ experience in architecture. Before joining R. Michael Cross Design Group, Jennifer worked on a variety of commercial and government projects with WBCM in Baltimore, and has experience working on high-end residential and small commercial projects in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia with Stoiber + Associates. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, Zumba, and wine, but not necessarily in that order.
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.
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.
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.