Change is a constant in the world of business, and for BRP Architects, 2023 has brought about a wave of transformative shifts. Founded by Geoffrey Butler in 1978, BRP Architects has grown to become a nationally recognized architecture firm based out of Springfield, Missouri. This year has been an integration of change in both ownership and in physical location of BRP. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the evolution of BRP Architects and what lies ahead for our dynamic firm.
A Legacy of Success
Geoffrey Butler’s journey with BRP Architects spans a remarkable 45 years. He founded the firm with a vision, unwavering dedication to clients, and determination for project excellence, which became the building blocks for the thriving business that BRP is today. When Geoffrey started the firm on his Father-in-laws’ dining room table, he offered traditional architectural and construction management services.
Among the numerous projects that Geoffrey Butler contributed to during his tenure at BRP Architects, a few standout examples include the Cox Fitness Center, Cox College of Nursing Renovation, and the Juanita K. Hammons Hall Performing Arts Center. Geoffrey's extensive portfolio also includes his involvement in projects such as the Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites in Springfield, Missouri, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center in Harlingen, Texas. With over 4 decades of projects, these are just a few of the many he has been involved in.
Over the years, the company expanded its services, developed a strong client base, and built a reputation for excellence in architecture and design. BRP Architects has evolved over the years, from Geoffrey H Butler, AIA to Butler Group, Butler Rosenbury & Partners Inc, and now BRP Architects. Through all the years, Geoffrey’s leadership played a pivotal role in shaping BRP Architects into the company it is today.
Geoffrey's Retirement: A New Chapter
After dedicating 45 years to the field of architecture and the firm he founded, Geoffrey Butler has officially retired from BRP Architects. In an effort to continue serving his clients, Geoffrey will continue to work at his own pace from home. BRP Architects will assist Geoffrey in wrapping up the projects on his plate and continue to provide support to him and his clients. Geoffrey’s wisdom and experience will always be a part of the firm’s heritage.
After 45 years, what does BRP Architects mean to you?
"This was always something I wanted to do. When you look at architects who start their own firms, after 30 to 40 years, when they leave their company, the company usually goes away with them. I always wanted to have a firm that continues even after I am gone, and that's exactly what we did. We built an organization with staying power, and I know BRP Architects will continue to prosper for generations to come."
- Geoffrey Butler, Architect & Founder
The Next Generation
Change often involves the passing of the torch from one generation to the next. In 2022, Geoffrey Butler made the decision to step down from his role as partner at BRP Architects and transition into a part-time employee position. Geoffrey represents the last of the first generation of firm leaders and with the second generation being at the helm since 2017, his decision to step down marked the beginning of a new era for the firm.
In January of 2023, George Mandrik was named Partner, joining already existing BRP Architect partners Angie Way, Chrisopher Swan, Mike Harned, Gerri Kielhofner, and Benjamin Van Eps. With George’s ownership, we are beginning to prepare for the third generation of leaders within the firm.
George’s journey with BRP began in 2019, and from day one, he displayed exceptional leadership skills and architectural talent. Armed with a Master of Architecture degree from Drury University and over a decade of experience across the United States, George Mandrik is known for his meticulous attention to detail, passion for innovative design, and unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding results for clients.
What are you most excited about for your future with BRP Architects?
“As the newest partner at the firm, I am extremely excited for the future of BRP Architects. It’s amazing to see a firm that’s been around for nearly half a century so willing to embrace change, welcome innovation, and adapt to ever-changing business challenges. It’s a place where fresh ideas are starting to flourish, and with the new location, the firm feels like a new, modern firm with renewed excitement in both the leadership team and the rest of the staff members. It also comes with a massive benefit which is decades of experience and knowledge that has been gained and retained in the firm from contributions by both current and past members. I am excited to bring fresh ideas and build upon an already excellent service that our clients have learned to receive from BRP Architects.”
- George Mandrik, Architect & Partner
With George Mandrik's appointment as the newest partner, BRP Architects is poised for a future filled with continued fresh ideas and unwavering commitment to excellence in design and service.
A Fresh Start in a New Location
Change isn’t limited to leadership transitions; it can also extend to physical spaces. BRP Architects is thrilled to announce its relocation to a new office space, reflecting the firm’s commitment to improving its services and providing a better working environment for the team. Effective November 1, 2023, BRP Architects will be located at:
138 Park Central Square #101
Springfield, MO 65806
The historic Heer’s Department Store, which has been described as the largest department store in all of Southwest Missouri, was the most prominent retail operation ever to operate on the Public Square in Springfield. It operated for nearly a century before closing in 1994 and remaining vacant for almost two decades. However, in 2015, the historic building was revitalized as Heer’s Luxury Living, a mixed-use development that seamlessly combines luxury apartments and commercial space, all while preserving its architectural heritage and adapting to modern needs.
What does this move mean to your and BRP Architects?
“This is truly an exciting time for BRP Architects! So many small businesses struggle with the transition from first generation to second generation. This move is just a part of what the second generation of owners at BRP Architects have planned. We are so blessed to have had such great mentors as Geoffrey, Tim, Doug, and Bill but now it’s our turn. Our new space will emphasize our commitment to be a great place to work, to design, to build friendships and to foster partnerships. We are celebrating our future and what an amazing place to start.”
- Angie Way, CFO & Partner
This new address marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in BRP’s journey. The Heers Building promises a modern, inspiring space where creativity can flourish, and innovation can thrive.
A Promising Future
Change is a natural part of any business’ evolution, and BRP Architects is embracing it with enthusiasm. With the addition of George Mandrik as a partner and a fresh, inspiring office space on the horizon, BRP Architects is poised for an exciting and prosperous future. Geoffrey Butler and the first generation’s legacy will continue to guide the firm, and George Mandrik’s collaborative ownership promises to usher in a new era of excellence.
As we bid farewell to the past and look forward to the future, BRP Architects remains dedicated its core values of exceptional design, client satisfaction, and a passion for architecture. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we continue to shape the architectural landscape in Springfield and beyond.