Bright&Early – Design in Our Time

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“Design in Our Time”the things that date us and those that last.

A panel of St. Louis Architects will discuss design elements in current environments and how that signifies the era; what lasts and what doesn’t.


John Berendzen with Fox Architects

John has thirty years of experience in architecture and design with Fox Architects. John joined Fox in 1988. He became a Partner in 1998, Managing Partner in 2017 and is now President and COO as of 2018. John is a past President of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and is a trustee of the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Foundation. He is also a member of the city of Webster Groves Sustainability Commission, Washington University Eliot Committee, and Sam Fox School. John oversees design efforts at Fox. Recent projects include the Jesuit Archives, InSinkErator Corporate Headquarters and the St. Louis University Center for Global Citizenship.

Celebrating 40 years in business, Fox Architects is an award-winning Architecture + Design firm that owes its longevity to its strong commitment to the success of their clients. Since its founding in 1978, Fox Architects has worked on a variety of projects from corporate offices to lab and industrial facilities, along with health care, higher education, retail, and restaurants. Fox brings the same philosophy to all project types: that results-oriented architecture comes from a deep understanding of their clients’ goals. Today, Fox Architects’ office, on the 18th floor of Gateway Tower at One Memorial Drive, boasts one of downtown St. Louis’ most stunning views. With the world-famous Gateway Arch as their backdrop, they are consistently reminded to explore and engage in new, innovative ideas that create, collaborate and connect. See examples of Fox’s 40 years of success and read more at


Jessica and Aaron Senne with Studio Lark

Jessica Senne, AIA, NCIDQ and Aaron Senne, AIA, have been partners in design and life since receiving their degrees in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri in 2003. Upon completion of their bachelor degrees, Jessica and Aaron pursued Master of Architecture Degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Today both are co-principals of the St. Louis-based boutique design firm, Studio Lark, which focuses primarily on modern, residential design. More information may be found by visiting


Mackenzie Mcculloch with HOK

After completing his bachelor degree in Architecture at Mississippi State, Mackenzie moved to St. Louis and has been a resident ever since. Working in the Architecture and Design field for over 7 years, he is currently a Senior Associate at HOK. Mackenzie specializes in Corporate interiors and architecture and has a passion for people and the way that they interact and experience space.


John Mueller with JEMA

After more than two decades working in New York City with the firms HOK and Hardy Holzman Pfieffer Associates, and in St. Louis with Arcturis, John founded JEMA in 2010. John has built a reputation as one of the region’s strongest design talents, having produced multiple award-winning projects. He has experience leading complex and multi-disciplinary teams on high profile projects. His extensive portfolio includes corporate headquarters, municipal and governmental institutions, schools, university buildings, performing arts centers, community centers, multi-family residential, hospitality, medical office buildings and health care clinics across the United States.

John studied architecture at the University of Kansas and Denmark International Study Program in Copenhagen. He is a LEED accredited professional with the United States Green Building Council and is a registered architect. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and a member of SAVE (Structural Assessment & Visual Evaluation) for the State of Missouri Emergency Management Association.