McMonigal Architects opened in 1984. And while building fads have come and gone, the way we practice our craft is no passing trend. Our love of architecture is evident in everything we do. Our vision is clear. Whether a home, office, or civic structure, we believe buildings can be the physical representation of a distinct way of life.
This shared purpose has served as the heartbeat of McMonigal Architects since our beginning. Personal involvement, proven experience, a responsive attitude, and commitment to service are how we carry out a mutual passion for creating architecture.
To this day, we approach every project as a unique opportunity for innovation. We adhere to a singular, unified calling: healthy living, energy efficiency, and sustainability. And we continue to translate ideas into visionary building designs that exceed industry standards and conventional expectations.
Over 130 articles have been published on McMonigal Architects’ practice and projects, and we have received numerous awards and recognition, the result of the collaborative work of many.
Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA, CID, LEED AP
Principal, Architect & Interior Designer
Before forming McMonigal Architects, Rosemary practiced with small firms and as a corporate architect. She received her professional degree in Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota. Rosemary was awarded a fellowship to work with Arkkitehtitoimisto Annikki Nurminen, an architecture firm in Finland, and a scholarship to study at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2015, was honored as the 2013 Architect of Distinction by AIA Minnesota, and received the Louis Lundgren Award for Service from AIA Minnesota in 2019.
Rosemary’s firm has completed a number of award winning residential, commercial, and community projects. She is actively engaged in exploring new approaches to healthy living, energy efficient design, and sustainable construction. Rosemary shares her growing base of knowledge at conferences with AIA, Ontario Association of Architects, Energy Efficient Building Association, and public groups; and she taught for five years in the Design and Housing Department at the University of Minnesota. She is a founding member and past chair of the AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Committee, helping to pool knowledge with architects of small projects and small firms. For 15 years, Rosemary was architectural advisor to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board in St. Paul, advising on over $400 million in projects.
Rosemary and her husband live in the home they designed and built in Roseville (link to Korba & McMonigal project), which is nestled in a wooded area overlooking a marsh and wildlife preserve.
Architectural Drafter & CAD Technology Sage
Specialized Associates Degree—Architectural Drafting, Northwest Technical Institute
Nick has been part of The McMonigal Team since 2005, performing all manners of CAD wizardry and technical brilliance over the years. If it weren’t for Nick, McMonigal would still be hunched over drafting tables, building models out of cardboard.
Nick lives in St. Paul, or as he calls it, “the right side of the Mississippi.” He enjoys the sights, sounds, and historic buildings of Minnesota’s capital city.
Kyle Thrapp, AIA
Bachelor of Architecture, Iowa State University
Although Kyle has been with McMonigal Architects since 2014, his connection with the firm dates back to 2010 when he helped the firm with window replacement projects. He always knew he would be a great fit to return to their exciting collaborative environment. Kyle has called the Twin Cities home since 2006, including working for several other offices over that span.
Joining in the firm’s fundamental beliefs, Kyle believes good design can make a difference in our lives. He enjoys the wide range of work McMonigal specializes in, including residential, commercial, and community projects. His skills cover many stages of the design process from conception to completion. Kyle is licensed since 2017.
He lives in St. Anthony Village with his wife, two daughters, and energetic dog. He spends much of his free time trying to keep up with his wonderful kids.