At Gries Architectural Group Inc. we’re known for our passion – passion for aesthetics and creativity, and passion for creating strong relationships with partners and clients.

Led by Steve and Brannin Gries, our team has cultivated a deep-rooted love of design. We’ve got a team with diverse skill sets, ready to take on architectural challenges and handle any building project you’ve got in mind.

At Gries, we get the best outcomes when all team members are collaborative, communicative, and in-the-know.  That includes you, our client. We promise we won’t leave you the dark.

Keeping our clients informed throughout the project is a pillar stone in our processes, as the best way to guarantee success in the end is to address and involve the people who will be using the space. After all, who knows better about system inefficiencies than the people in the middle of it every day?

Through our “innovation teams” made up of stakeholders from all areas of client organizations, we design with influence, from users and for users.

Ethics Above All

For more than thirty years, we’ve conducted our business with an unwavering commitment to ethics. We’re family-owned and now into our second generation of leadership. The Gries name is solid, trusted, and respected. We’re dedicated to upholding the family values upon which we were founded, and pride ourselves in our strong sense of community.


We at Gries believe in being active members of our community.

Brannin Gries, Principal Architect, is on the Board of Directors for the Neenah-Menasha YMCA. He believes in helping the greater Neenah-Menasha community benefit from the programs and resources of the YMCA.

Steve Borsecnik, Senior Architect, 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.

Mark Keating, Senior Architect, served as president of the Fox Cities Morning Club Rotary, and currently is an active board member on the Sustainable Neenah Committee. Mark and the committee work to encourage economic activity that protects the ecosystem and try to educate and involve citizens in the process of becoming a sustainable community.

Jodi Nelson, Architect, is the AIA Wisconsin Northwest Chapter Secretary/Treasurer.

The Gries team works hard and plays hard. The team came together to celebrate at the annual Gries holiday party.

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)

Words from our Staff

  • “As the firm founder, I find that early project integration with all stakeholders is a critical piece of our formula for success. Collaboration and involvement of key parties from the very beginning of our projects results in truly unique designs, and satisfied, loyal clients. It’s rewarding to be part of such a focused and intentional process and work with dedicated team members and success-oriented clients.” – Steve Gries, President
  • “I truly enjoy the collaboration that goes into our projects. We have multiple people and agencies involved in any one project, and it’s energizing to be in the middle, working with all involved and coordinating the entire design process. It’s rewarding to see the evolution of our designs and know that the details we put into each project translate into the actual construction of the building.” – Brannin Gries, Principal Architect
  • “There is a lot of pride, a lot of passion and a lot of work put into a family business.  I think that is what differentiates Gries Architectural from the competition.” Stephanie Gries-Christensen
  • “Having the opportunity to work on all aspects of a project from initial client contact to construction completion, realizing the progression throughout, is truly a satisfying experience and accomplishment.” Steve Borsecnik, Senior Architect
  • “I enjoy the opportunity to be a part of a project from initial design through construction, creating a cohesiveness in the overall design while at the same time looking at specific details of a project.  Seeing all the details come to life during construction is my favorite part of the process.” Kelly French, Project Architect
  • “I enjoy being a part of the Hudson business community and look forward to continuing relationships with new and existing clients.” Dan Burnham, Architect
  • “I came to Gries with a design background in K-12 education, municipal/government, and multi-family projects. I look forward to continuing my work in these areas and serving clients in the St. Croix Valley.” Jodi Nelson, Architect
  • “Working at Gries is very enjoyable because of the wide variety of projects we do and doing something different every day.  It’s really cool to see a project from the beginning stages until the end when it all comes to life.” Nathan Larson, Design Coordinator