Michael J. Burns, AIA, CID

Michael Burns established Michael J. Burns Architects, Ltd. in 1983 and serves as Point-of-Contact for the Firm’s clientele.  With 30+ years of architectural experience, Mike provides a sensitive and practical project approach.  His vast knowledge and experience in Historic Preservation has made MJBA one of the premier firms in the upper Midwest for this sector of work.  His preservation expertise encompasses historic renovation, adaptive reuse, roadside developments, exterior restorations, and Historic Tax Act applications.  An active member of the Architecture and Preservation community, Mike is involved in the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, City of Fargo Historic Preservation Commission, and the North Dakota Capitol Planning Commission.  Along with being a periodic lecturer, critic and juror for NDSU’s Architecture department, he’s also co-authored, with NDSU Professor Steve Martens, the publication, Excessive Patriotic Zeal and Other Problems with National Guard Armories Built in Minnesota between the Great War and the Great Depression.  Mike and his wife Pam have 4 children and are also proud grandparents to three little ones.  He enjoys biking, scuba diving, and putting his musical talents to good use by singing in the Fargo Moorhead Chamber Chorale.


Kerry Peuser, AIA

A dedicated member of the MJBA team for many years, Kerry’s architectural experience includes programming, building design, restoration, and construction administration.  His “design on the fly” approach and ability to creatively reuse existing building materials and elements have shaped many inspiring environments throughout the firm’s history.  Kerry’s strongest attributes are his design talent, team coordination, communication, and sensitive and responsible follow-through; not to mention, being the Firm’s master model builder.  Also an active member of the Architecture and Preservation communities, Kerry’s involved in numerous professional organizations such as National Trust for Historic Preservation, Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a past president for FM Architects.  Kerry has been married to his wife, Susan, for 32 years and they have two children, Casey and Kayla.  When he isn’t playing tennis, or golfing, he also enjoys camping with his family and running the Fargo Half Marathon every year.

Employee since 1989


Ryan Siggerud, AIA

Ryan graduated from North Dakota State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design degree. He also holds an Environmental Studies and Political Science degree from Concordia College. Prior to joining MJBA, he worked in the general construction field for ten years. This experience has given him detailed understanding of building assembly, techniques, and sequencing that translates well in the field. Our “go-to guy” for all building code exploration, Ryan possesses a wide-range of knowledge about life safety, universal design, and handicap accessibility. Throughout his career, he has served as Project Architect on several jobs including senior housing, higher education, and adaptive reuse projects. An outdoor enthusiast, Ryan is a skilled hunter and fisherman. He also enjoys camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends and family.

Employee since 2006


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Chelsea Burns

Chelsea is our Marketing Director and master of all things proposals. She is responsible for keeping the office and all of our outside teams coordinated in the beginning phases of tackling a project.

Known for thinking “outside of the box”, Chelsea has a passion to create. “It’s nearly impossible for me to not be creative in every aspect of my life.” Inspired by architecture, nature, and music; her specialties include graphic design, print work, and painting. When she’s not creating, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her kiddo, and fur children, playing piano and singing, and learning new things! She is also a 2018, United Way 35 Under 35 Alumni and active with the organization still, volunteers for various organizations, and is a passionate committee member for The Great North Pole.

Employee since 2010



Brad Gray

Brad is responsible for creating and overseeing the development of architectural construction drawings for the MJBA Design Team. Brad’s 20+ years of technical CADD experience includes interpretation and use of field survey data, knowledge of required sitework, coordination with design consultants and engineers and related drawing detailing. His efficiency and attention to detail allow for quick turn around times and help projects run smoothly throughout design and construction. Brad has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 29 years and they have two boys. In his free time you can find him attending family orchestra concerts and plays, enjoying sports, and cheering on the NDSU Bison. A good steward of the environment, Brad and his wife also volunteer for Riverkeepers, a non-profit organization to help protect the natural environment of the Red River.

Employee since 2001


Thank goodness we live in a community with a great architectural school! There is no coffee running for these interns. They do everything from drafting, to being out on the job site, to ideating with the head honchos.