JCJ Architecture (JCJ), a forward-thinking and nationally ranked planning, architecture, and interior design firm, announced a series of promotions, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to design innovation, technical excellence, and client service. The recent elevations include the appointment of one new Associate Principal and eight new Associates who have strongly contributed to the firm’s profile as a national design practice.

“The demonstrated stability and growth of our firm would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our team of industry-leading professionals,” said Peter N. Stevens, LEED AP, President of JCJ Architecture. “These individuals showcase the qualities of leadership and excellence in design and client service that have come to exemplify JCJ. We are pleased to recognize their significant accomplishments and look forward to their contributions to the ongoing advancement of our design practice.”


Promoted to Associate Principal: 

  • Nathan Tuttle, AIA, LEED AP — Associate Principal, Director of Technical Standards –– With nearly 30 years of experience, Nate is a highly qualified architect who has served as JCJ’s Director of Technical Standards since 2018. Spearheading the firm’s efforts toward the development and deployment of technical standards, he serves as a day-to-day resource and advisor on all aspects of project documentation and the technical delivery of design. Nate earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and is a registered architect in Connecticut and Rhode Island.


Promoted to Associate: 

  • Laura Bedus, AIA, WELL AP, NOMA — Laura is a civic-minded architect with a diverse range of project experience. Recently named one of the AIA Connecticut’s 2023 Emerging Professionals, Laura currently serves on NOMACT’s Board of Directors and as Chair of the Communication committee. In these roles, she works alongside other AEC professionals as well as local and state government, students, and communities to champion diversity, equity, and the education of architecture.
  • Nicole Brown, NCIDQ — Nicole is a fully qualified Interior Designer who has specialized in projects for the gaming and hospitality market. Infusing her assignments with creativity, technical acumen, and personal warmth, she has been an integral part of the firm since joining in 2017 and is a proud member of JCJ's Las Vegas studio.
  • Steven Frazier, AIA, LEED AP — Steven is a Senior Project Manager with unique insights into design, delivery, documentation, and management for a wide range of projects, particularly in retail, gaming, and hospitality sectors. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Design from Princeton University, Steven is a licensed architect in California and has been part of JCJ’s San Diego team since 2021.
  • Aaron Guthridge — Aaron is a versatile and energetic architectural designer with eight years of professional practice across various project typologies, including community and sports-related projects, K12 and higher education, as well as hospitality and gaming. Aaron earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and has been a member of JCJ since 2019.
  • Matthew Horn, RA, LEED AP BD+C — Matt is a highly collaborative team member who combines the sensibilities of a Technical Architect and Project Manager in his assignments. Having earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, Matt is a licensed architect in Oklahoma with over 15 years of experience. He joined JCJ’s Tulsa office in 2021.
  • Jennifer Krinsky, RA, LEEP AP — Jen is a well-rounded architect with a wealth of experience across a wide range of project types – from K12, higher education, and civic to healthcare, gaming, and hospitality. Jen has collaborated on projects across the nation and is a technical architect of exceptional skill. Jen holds both a Bachelor of Building Sciences and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and joined JCJ in 2006. 
  • Hye-Gyeong Lee — An Interior Designer based in JCJ’s San Diego office, Hye primarily focuses on projects within the gaming and hospitality industries. She earned her Bachelor of Interior Design from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea, and has been a valued member of the JCJ team since 2017. 
  • Keith R. Mercy, AIA, CPHD, MCPPO — With over 25 years of experience as a Project Architect and Project Manager, Keith has a significant background in projects spanning higher education, police, and public safety. Holding a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College, Keith is a registered architect in Massachusetts and joined JCJ in 2022.  


JCJ Architecture congratulates each of these accomplished individuals. They exemplify the tenacity, talent, creativity, and integrity that are so essential to the successful practice of our profession.