About Us

An Introduction to MGA

Masters Gentry Architects was formed in 1998 by Mark A. Masters, AIA and Kevin M. Gentry, AIA.  Both partners are registered, professional architects with more than 50 years of combined experience. Since the formation of MGA, the Principals have designed and managed a vast array of projects ranging from commercial buildings, medical facilities, and public schools to churches, residences, and resorts. Mark and Kevin also have extensive experience with master planning and community development. Given the broad scope of the principles’ expertise, MGA is able to offer an array of services with a confidence and skill bred of first-hand knowledge.

 

MGA’s Philosophy

Mr. Masters and Mr. Gentry established their company on the simple principle that architecture should be client oriented. MGA’s top priority is meeting the client’s needs – on time, in budget, and with an aesthetically pleasing final product. Constant communication and teamwork are essential to accomplishing this goal. From initial schematic design to construction details, Mark, Kevin, and their staff are in touch with the owner, the contractors, and with one another to ensure that the final product meets the clients expectations, and will serve their needs for years to come.

MGA understands that every project has monetary limitations. The company’s entire staff is committed to thinking creatively to make the most of each dollar, without sacrificing design or function.

 

Our Team

Mark A. Masters, AIA

President

Mark is the founder of MGA and is an Asheville native who quickly became intrigued with the built environment at a very young age. Knowing he was going to become an Architect, he worked construction and in architectural offices before entering the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee. Returning to Asheville upon graduation, Mark joined a new growing firm and designed many buildings for the local school board, hospital system, and churches. In 1998 he founded Masters Gentry Architects and has continued to serve a variety of clients in North Carolina. One of Mark’s strengths is his hand sketching approach to problem solving while in the presence of clients, ultimately allowing the client to participate in the design process while seeing solutions unfold. He has the ability to generate a variety of design solutions for complex problems as well as being able to design within a variety of architectural styles, yet is not ‘married’ to any and prefers to think out of the box.

Mark and his wife Sherry have two sons who keep them both very busy. He has collected several classic cars over the years and regularly drives his little red Bizzarrini around town, which he purchased and had restored in his favorite country - Italy. Mark is also an author and recently self-published his first book on faith and architecture. Travel is one of his passions, and he loves to explore new places and venture into towns and cities seeking out places of architectural interest, both natural and man-made. In his leisure Mark enjoys golf, racquetball, basketball, weight training, cycling and tinkering on his Bizzarrini.

    Kevin Gentry, AIA

    Vice President

    Kevin is also a native of Asheville and returned to the area after several years of working in large firms in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. He has accumulated experience as Project Architect / Lead Designer on designs ranging from small construction projects to budgets in excess of 40 million dollars. He has been credited as Project Architect on other types of facilities as well, ranging from medical facilities, educational facilities, sports facilities, and resort planning to historic preservation projects. His experience as Project Architect has resulted in built projects in the majority of the nation's 50 states. This expertise combined with his vast knowledge of technology-based design tools serves Masters Gentry Architects well in its capacity to offer top-notch design services for its clients.

    Kevin is one of the founding members of Masters Gentry Architects, and graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee. He has served on the Board of the Irene Wortham Center and has also served as the local chapter President of the AIA.

      Aubrie D. Damron

      Intern Architect

      Aubrie is a Texas native whose passion for design and problem solving led her into the study of architecture upon entering high school. She continued her architectural studies at Texas A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Environmental Design with a Minor in Art and Architectural History. After completing her undergraduate education, she attended The University of Tennessee and received a Masters in Architecture. Throughout her architectural education, Aubrie has studied abroad in Italy, shown work in exhibits, received honors for her thesis, and has developed a number of both digital and hands-on design skills.

      Aubrie joined MGA in the fall of 2013, and enjoys gardening, baking, artistic projects, racquet sports and even jabbing a heavy bag from time to time. She and her wife Connie love taking their two dogs on excursions through the urban fabric of Asheville as well as the surrounding forests.

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