Our Passion

At Gries Architectural Group, Inc. we are known for our passion. Passion for aesthetics and creativity … and passion for forging strong relationships with partners and clients.

Steve and Brannin Gries and their team have all cultivated a deep-rooted love of design. They enjoy taking on architectural challenges, and they possess the diverse skill sets needed to handle a prolific range of building types and styles.

This highly motivated team of experts is also responsive and open-minded when
collaborating with consultants and sharing ideas with the users of a building. We will listen throughout the planning and construction process to ensure your project is functional, efficient, and cost-effective.

The Best Advantage Credit Union (BACU) is an excellent example of how we listened to the ideas of the people who would be using the building. After all, innovation is everyone’s responsibility, and who knows better about the system inefficiencies than the people in the middle of it every day?

Innovation team members included stakeholders from member services, consumer lending, administration, financial services, concierge services, IT, marketing, and accounting. Once the team was formed, experience-based design methodologies were used to facilitate ideation.

Our Philosophy

  • We believe the balance between function, design, and budget is necessary for a successful project outcome.
  • We deliver creative solutions that are on target and designed to meet your needs.
  • We have a proven track record of designing sustainable buildings using construction materials and methods that will increase the lifespan of the building and reduce the carbon footprint on the environment.
  • We begin every project by listening – and we continue to listen throughout the process.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • AIA Wisconsin, Northeast Chapter – A Society of The American Institute of Architects
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Affiliate Membership
  • Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA)



Making the Community Better in More Ways Than One

Our team at GAGI believes in playing an active role in the community. Mark Keating is an active board member on the Sustainable Neenah Committee. The Sustainable Neenah Committee is made up of citizens and business professionals who are committed to a personal philosophy of stewardship and to leading the community in the implementation of sustainable practices and initiatives. The committee’s objectives are to maintain a clean and healthy environment, to encourage economic activity that protects the ecosystem, and to educate and involve our citizens in the process of becoming a sustainable community.

Mark Keating is also the past president of the Fox Cities Morning Club Rotary.

Brannin Gries is on the board of directors for the Neenah-Menasha YMCA.

Steve Gries is on the board of directors for the Neenah Historical Society and the Neenah Business Improvement District (BID). The BID seeks to protect public and private investments in downtown Neenah and to attract new investments to the district.

Another team member, Steve Borsecnik, is on the board of directors for Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities. The Housing Partnership provides affordable housing and supportive services to low-income families.

Words from Our Staff

I enjoy the collaboration that goes into a project. There are so many people and agencies involved in any one project. It is really fun to be in the middle, working with everyone involved and coordinating the entire design process.

– Brannin Gries, Architect

From the beginning of the BACU project, this facility was designed in a completely unique way – from the inside out. Early project integration with all stakeholders was absolutely critical for success. Every project should be designed and constructed with this process.

– Steve Gries, President

The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing our designs under construction and knowing that the detail we put into the project was translated into the actual construction of the building.

– Brannin Gries, Architect