Sam Andras, AIA
Principal | Senior Partner
Sam Andras is a founding Principal of 2WR + Partners and holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Florida A&M University. Under his leadership, since the studio’s re-establishment in 2001, the practice has grown to include offices in Columbus, Georgia and Denver, Colorado and has collaborated with dozens of repeat clients across the country.
As the son of a general contractor, Mr. Andras has built an architectural career with a focus on constructability and an eye on long-term quality. His experience from working in his father’s family business as a young professional has provided him with a strong understanding of construction means and methods far beyond that of a typical architect. Additionally, his ability to collaborate with construction professionals in alternative delivery methods of today’s projects has led to tremendous schedule and cost-saving achievements for the 2WR team.
His desire to create a collaborative, team-oriented environment has led to the design success of 2WR’s projects and to the retention of the strong, cohesive design team working in their studio today. In addition to his leadership role within the 2WR studio, Sam also actively serves on the Facility Advisory Committee for Georgia’s University System. Sam also spearheads 2WR's outstanding charitable support of the communities in which they live and work.
Scott H. Allen, AIA, NCARB
Principal I Senior Partner
Scott Allen has been a partner at 2WR since 2001. He holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Interior Design. This rich educational platform allowed him to establish himself early in his career as holistic design leader offering aesthetically integrated ideas that blend seamlessly from concept to completion.
In his role as Principal Director of Design, Mr. Allen takes on the ultimate responsibility for driving, critiquing, and advancing all design under development within both 2WR studio locations.
Prior to joining the 2WR team, Scott worked at well-known design firms in Boston, Raleigh, and Atlanta, quickly establishing himself as a strong design communicator while working on high-profile projects. His professional rigor, from the earliest points in his career, has produced completed projects that are both functional and inspiring regardless of project type or budget. His leadership presence within our studio has allowed 2WR to foster an engaging atmosphere for young designers within the practice.
Outside of the studio he has served as a guest design juror at Auburn University, the University of Nebraska, and North Carolina State University where he won the Emeritus Faculty Award for Design Achievement. In addition, Scott is an active volunteer in his church and community.
Michael Z. Starr, AIA, LEED AP
Principal I Senior Partner
Michael Starr is a Senior Partner and serves as the Director of Technical Design for the 2WR team. He holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University.
During his 20-year career he has led a diverse range of projects including recreational centers, higher-education facilities, medical complexes, K-12 schools, and office and institutional structures. His experience is extensive with both new construction and renovation commissions as well as nuanced adaptive reuse and historic restoration projects. Many of the projects under his leadership have received awards for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and leading historic societies.
Michael is recognized as an industry leader in high-performance building systems and employs an unmatched passion for excellence in every project detail. His leadership responsibilities at 2WR include managing and coordinating project teams, the supervision of document quality control programs, and maintenance of a consistent eye on all project schedule and budgetary requirements.He is also responsible for driving the firm’s technical advancements in building envelope design and other critical sustainable design measures. This role is key to our practice’s success, and in today’s evolving regulatory environment, his research and assimilation of these technologies within our projects is critical to our success.
Geoff McKinney, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal | Partner
Geoff McKinney has more than ten years of experience within the commercial architecture industry. Since joining our team in 2008 he has taken a proactive leadership role in the establishment of our second location near Denver, Colorado. His roots in the Colorado community, and relationships with clients, regulators, and contractors have all added tremendous value in our establishment of a growing studio in the area.
Geoff has extensive experience in all aspects of project management and development, and his exceptional ability to clarify client needs and transform those needs into design solutions has allowed our work in Colorado, in particular, to well-surpass initial expectations.
Outside of the 2WR studio, he is an active member of the AIA Colorado Chapter and an engaged contributor to today’s advanced Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) protocols.
Lee Martin, AIA, LEED AP
Principal | Partner
Lee Martin is a Partner with 2WR, and a key leader within the firm’s Georgia studio. After spending a decade in retail management, with a focus on information technology and store operations, Lee returned to design school to pursue his true passion for designing real-world, problem-solving architecture. While studying at Auburn University, Lee won several high-profile design awards.
Since joining the 2WR team, he has grown with the firm and has had the opportunity to lead a diverse set of clients through projects with a diverse set of programs. He has been a part of many of the firm’s most high profile, award-winning projects. Lee has applied his technology background to our studio-wide expansion effectively putting 2WR's studios at the top of today’s sophisticated technological design platforms.
In addition to his studio responsibilities, Lee is also an active Board Member with the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Georgia State Chapter and serves as a frequent volunteer in the education of young designers in the region.