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
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
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 authentic, provocative,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
Wilmington Business Journal - Shipbuilding Site Gets New Life- June 27-July 10, 2008
AIArchitect Online Edition - March 16, 2007
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