Gil May

May Architecture’s founder is the son of educators. His family’s love of learning nurtured Gil’s ever-present curiosity and desire for continuous improvement. Gil’s drive for combining both design and technical excellence sets the overall tone for the firm. With almost 30 years of professional experience across a broad variety of award-winning projects, Gil’s aptitude for communication and problem-solving skills are especially helpful within today’s fast-paced construction industry where immediate responses are required for complex issues.


Jay Jenkins

Jay wears multiple hats for May Architecture. With degrees in Business Management and Building Construction, Jay is well-suited to manage the firm’s contracts, operations, and strategic planning, as well as frequently working directly with clients.

Prior to joining May Architecture, Jay was Capital Projects Director for Georgia Tech Campus Services. His extensive experience in planning and managing projects in both the higher education and private sectors has led to highly developed organizational, problem-solving, communication, and consensus building skills.


Shelly Attila

Both a licensed architect and a registered interior designer, Shelly offers the extraordinary combination of excellent design eye and strong technical and coordination expertise. Shelly’s project experience ranges from higher education and healthcare, to hospitality and retail, and to high-level bio-containment facilities.

Regardless of the project type, Shelly’s clients appreciate her quick problem-solving, detailed responses, clear communication, and strong professionalism. As our Principal of Design, Shelly is responsible for overseeing the creative integrity of every project before it leaves the office - at every phase of design.

There is never a “one style fits all” approach. Shelly’s tenacity for client-focused design results in materials and form best suited to the individual project.


Emily Marvel

Driven to improve healthcare facilities and delivery models, Emily’s creative problem-solving skills and analytical design approach result in spaces that are innovative and functional for medical professionals and inviting and comfortable for patients.

Clients appreciate that Emily blends her technical and design skills with a strong ability to build stakeholder consensus. She is committed to developing a customized collaborative process that is unique for each client and focused on that client’s specific project goals.

As one of May Architecture's two ACHA board-certified architects, Emily’s expertise addresses not only healthcare design best practices, but focuses on current healthcare regulations and process improvement as well.


Bill Alexander

With more than 40-years of healthcare-focused architectural practice, Bill is one of May Architecture’s three ACHA board-certified Healthcare Architects. As a result, he is well-informed with current healthcare-related topics, delivery models and regulatory requirements.

Bill recognizes the importance of our long-term client relationships and, consequently, takes a hands-on approach with each of his projects. At project kick-off, Bill works directly with each client stakeholder group to establish project-specific goals and objectives. Maintaining open communication through regularly scheduled meetings, Bill oversees project implementation at each phase of development, and continues his support through field observation during construction, all the way through to ribbon-cutting.


Dawn Mixon-Bennett

With nearly 30-years of professional practice, Dawn has extensive experience working with clients in hospitals, clinics, and academic medical centers to plan and implement complex healthcare projects across the country and around the world.

Dawn spends time listening carefully to facility managers and user groups to understand their current building’s operational and aesthetic challenges. Using this feedback as a guide, she initiates a collaborative process for helping clients develop a vision for their new facility. Throughout the design process and through construction completion, Dawn remains a client advocate, working hard to make sure the finished project reflects our client’s original intent.


Katie Pedersen

Growing up in a family full of teachers, artists, builders, and inventors naturally led to Katie’s 30+ year architecture career focused on education and design innovation. Through decades of work on campuses across the country, she understands the cultural, economic, academic, and social pressures that colleges and universities face as they work to provide meaningful teaching and learning experiences for their students.

An avid reader, Katie’s natural curiosity, combined with her warmth, good humor, and attention to detail results in robust relationships with clients, consultants, and colleagues. For more than 20 years, Katie managed award winning multi-disciplinary education projects, across the US and internationally, with construction budgets ranging from $200 thousand to $200 million.


Jim Hanna

Responsible for enhancing technical strategies and continuously improving design and project performance, Jim provides quality oversight and technical leadership for our teams during all project phases. Jim’s three decades of architectural design, code compliance, construction observation, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution experience is linked to more than $2 billion in construction.

Jim's avuncular style of communication helps our teams remain alert to potential problems and guides our staff toward effective responses to complex issues. He partners cross-functionally to build consensus and helps May Architecture’s design teams meet project milestones, deadlines, and budget requirements.