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Michael Ross Kersting - AIA
President, Michael Ross Kersting, P.A.
University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Arts - 1986
North Carolina State University, Master of Architecture - 1990
Alpha Rho Chi Medalist - NCSU 1990
Certified by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Member of the American Institute of Architects
Past President of the Wilmington Section of AIA North Carolina

Michael was born and raised in the southern New Mexico town of Las Cruces.  Inspired by the forts he built in the desert as a child, Michael went on to study architecture and received his first degree from the University of New Mexico.  After working in architecture firms in Albuquerque and Washington DC, Michael found his way to North Carolina State University where he received his Master of Architecture.  After a three year period designing custom homes in Santa Fe, Michael returned to North Carolina and founded Michael Ross Kersting Architecture, P.A. in 1995. 

Michael truly enjoys the challenge of merging the specific preferences of each client with the unique attributes offered by a particular property.  Approaching each project as a brand new challenge, Michael lead’s his group to design high quality award winning architecture that leaves a positive impression with the Owner and the environment on which it is built.

Michael is NCARB certified and is licensed to practice architecture in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and New Mexico.


Mark Wilson - Associate AIA
Project Manager
North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture - 1998
North Carolina State University, Master of Architecture - 2003

Growing up as a P.K. (preacher's kid) I roamed around the Northeastern part of North Carolina before finally running with the NCSU Pack in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of my Master's degree in 2003 my interest in designing residential and commercial architecture within a specific regional setting helped me find my way back closer to sea level. When I am not pursuing the rigors of architecture, I may be found collaging the pages of my life with my beautiful wife by my side as we try to keep up with our young son (and new-born daughter), travel to see family and friends or enjoy an array of outdoor activities like hiking, biking or cross country skiing.


Toby R. Keeton 
Intern Architect
Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture - 2006
Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Bachelor of Architecture - 2007
Winner, Architecture for Humanity International Design Challenge - 2008

Toby hails from the steel towns near Pittsburgh, PA. Upon completing his studies at Kent State University, he took a position near Cleveland, OH, which allowed him to quickly realize several commercial projects on a national scale. In the summer of 2008, he began his search for a new opportunity which would focus on quality-driven, carefully designed structures. In the fall, he began his work here at MRKA. Toby has experience in many areas of design including architecture, ranging from graphics and branding, to furniture & industrial design.


Through the practice of architecture, MRKA seeks to enhance the lives of our clients and our community by offering thoughtful and progressive design solutions. We take care to understand the specific needs and desires of our clients as well as the physical and cultural characteristics particular to each project. By pursuing ideas that arise from these unique conditions, we strive to create places that are authenticprovocative,meaningful, and responsive.




2016 AIA Wilmington Merit Award - Run Ashore

2015 AIA Wilmington Honor Award - On Water

2015 AIA Wilmington Merit Award - Equinox

2015 AIA Wilmington Honorable Mention - Waterline

2015 Matsumoto Prize People’s Choice first place winner - Waterline

2014 Matsumoto Prize People’s Choice first place winner - On Water

2013 Matsumoto Prize People’s Choice first place winner - The Dragonfly

2012 AIA Design Excellence Award - Point 3

2012 AIA Design Excellence Award - Medac 3

2012 AIA Design Honor Award - The Dragonfly

2009 News & Observer Home of the Month- The Dragonfly

2007 Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association - 2007 Parade of Homes Gold Award - Modern Baking-Unit 201

2006 Honor Award, NC AIA Design Awards - Medac 3



2017 Ocean Homes - April/May 2017

2016 Coastal Living - June 2016

2015 Salt Magazine - January 2015

2014 Salt magazine - June 2014

2014 Wrightsville Beach Magazine - September 2014

2014 Wrightsville Beach Magazine - August 2014

2014 Wrightsville Beach Magazine -January 2014

2013 Wrightsville Beach Magazine - June 2013

2009 News & Observer Home of the Month - April 2009

Wrightsville Beach Magazine - (Dragonfly) - September 2008

Wilmington Business Journal - Shipbuilding Site Gets New Life- June 27-July 10, 2008

Wrightsville Beach Magazine - (Van Schiack) - May 2007

AIArchitect Online Edition - March 16, 2007

Multifamily Executive (The Weldon) - September 2006

Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Randall Kitchen)  April 2006

Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Kersting Kitchen)  April 2005

Wrightsville Beach Magazine  (Busch Kitchen)  April 2005

Wilmington Magazine (McDonnell Kitchen) - Fall 2004

Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Chipley Bathroom) - August 2004

Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Gendron Residence)  May 2004

Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Randazzo Kitchen)  April 2004

Alamance Magazine (Ling Residence)  February 2004

Coastal Living Magazine (Stout Residence)  September - October 2002

Coastal Living Magazine (Stout Residence)  January-February 2002

Audio Video Interiors (Stout Residence)  February 2002

The Free Lance Star Fredericksburg, Virginia (Woodruff Residence) January 11, 2002

Wilmington Star News (MRKA Office Profile)  May 28, 2000

The Fayetteville Observer (Stout Residence) August 12, 2000