what drives us

Legacy, family, doughnuts

 

Our projects give new life to existing structures, to the greater end of honoring our collective history and helping it endure for future generations. Doing this successfully, at the highest level, requires a practical, meticulous approach, truly caring about every detail.

 

These values also inform how we operate day-to-day. We strive to treat our employees, collaborators, and clients right in every way we can. We emphasize respect, support, and a commitment to the smoothest possible process and the best possible end product. It’s why we’ve kept our office small and our project list selective: to facilitate close-knit, highly functional relationships. All work is performed by or under the direct supervision of one of the four principals, ensuring our projects meet the highest quality standards.

 

High function, not high stress

Stu and Bob started MacDonald & Mack in their respective homes, working at their dining room tables and taking breaks to play with their infant daughters. As the firm has grown and leadership has changed, we’ve maintained a family-focused culture, understanding that our employees’ most important work is outside the office—kids’ soccer games, community meetings, everyday life. These are the things that keep us grounded, energized, and well-rounded.

 

We reject the idea that high stress and late nights at the office are the norm. Our workplace is one of flexible schedules, collaboration at all levels, and unflinching support for colleagues. (Also doughnuts and periodic staff lunches of Brasa.)

 

These core values help us recruit and retain the best employees —most have worked here at least ten years—and create an atmosphere of support and collaboration. The majority of our design team, and our office overall, are women, a rarity in our industry.

 

Happy team, stellar results

Our longstanding values also go hand-in-hand with our legacy of outstanding results. Many clients—including the Minneapolis Municipal Building, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation—return to us again and again, for decades, appreciating the continuity of expertise and customer service from one generation of leadership to the next. Our awards also reflect this continuum of excellence, including, most recently, founding principal Robert Mack’s AIA Minnesota Gold Medal in 2016  and new principal Angela Wolf Scott’s AIA (National) Young Architect Award in 2018.

Top: At the AIA Minnesota Awards dinner.

 

Bottom left: It all began in a little hut ... Well, not quite. But the Hodges Claim Shanty was one our first projects.

 

Bottom right: National Doughnut Day is one of our favorite holidays, which we typically celebrate with a sampling of goodies from multiple bakeries.

At the AIA Minnesota Awards Dinner.

It all began in a little hut ... Well, not quite. But this is one of our first projects, the Hodges Claim Shanty.

Our favorite holiday? National Doughnut Day. We typically celebrate with a sampling of goodies from multiple bakeries.

what drives us

Legacy, family, doughnuts

Since our founding in 1976, MacDonald & Mack has stayed true to its core values of stewardship and legacy. This applies to the buildings we work on and the people we work with—we’re committed to their long-term success.

 

Results over ego

Our projects give new life to existing structures, to the greater end of honoring and sharing our collective history and allowing it to endure for future generations. This requires a practical, meticulous approach, getting all the details right allowing the history and original design to shine.  In many cases, we don't want you to see our "mark"—what matters is

 

These values also inform how we operate day-to-day. We treat our employees, collaborators, and clients right. We emphasize respect, support, encouragement, and an abiding commitment to the smoothest possible process and the best possible end product. It’s why we’ve kept our office small and our project list selective: to facilitate close-knit, highly functional relationships. All work is performed by or under the direct supervision of one of the four principals, ensuring our projects meet the highest quality standards.  Many clients—including the Minneapolis Municipal Building, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation—return to us again and again, as do many collaborating firms, a testament to the quality of our work and our commitment to stellar customer service.

Happy team, happy clients

These values have helped us thrive over the past forty years, building a functional, healthy work environment, which in turn has led to very low turnover—most employees have been here more than ten years. This also allows us to build enduring relationships with our project partners. Many clients—including the Minneapolis Municipal Building, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation—return to us again and again, as do many collaborating firms, a testament to the quality of our work and our commitment to stellar customer service.

 

 

High function, not high stress

Stu and Bob started MacDonald & Mack in their respective homes, working at their dining room tables and taking breaks to play with their infant daughters. As the firm has grown, we’ve maintained a family-focused culture, understanding that our employees’ most important work is outside the office—kids’ soccer games, community meetings, everyday life. These are the things that keep us grounded, energized, and well-rounded. We reject the idea that high stress and late nights at the office are the norm. Our workplace is one of flexible schedules, collaboration at all levels, and unflinching support for colleagues. (Also: doughnuts and periodic staff lunches of Brasa.)