Architectural Design Company

Introducing the Team

Kohler Architecture has been a family operated business since it was founded in August 1977, by Architect John D. Kohler, a Monroe County native. The firm became a Michigan Professional Corporation in 1988 and operated under John’s direction until 2014. Sons Keith and Mark Kohler took over ownership and operations of the firm in 2015 until the present. Much of the staff have strong community roots and have also chosen Kohler Architecture as their career company. The employees are considered the firm’s best asset and something it is most proud of.


A collaborative and open team process with clients, consultants, fabricators, and builders fosters diverse perspective and pure exploration allowing the discovery of authentic solutions. Our work is guided by a commitment to bring an honestly simple approach to each project, uniquely informed by circumstance, process, and ultimately the act of building itself. It is our goal to bring the needs of the client, the particulars of the project, and the richness of craft to create an enduring sustainable architecture capable of inspiration and delight.


We understand that thoughtful designs emerge through the collaborative process of listening to, learning from, and engaging with our clients. Our formula is simple – we listen to the needs of our clients and then apply our design experience, technical understanding and craft to create functional and beautiful design.


We view every project and program as a unique opportunity full of possibilities. So while our basic approach stays the same, our design process is fluid allowing for free thought and maintaining cohesiveness to programming. Since the beginning, we have remained relatively small, keeping our focus on local projects. This approach has built a broad range of experience in project types and scales including Educational, Civic, Commercial architecture design, Residential, Industrial, Institutional, Historical, Religious, and Medical.

Team Members

KEITH KOHLER, AIACreative Design Principal / Partner
Keith Kohler is a Monroe High School Graduate and received his Bachelor of Science Degree, Summa Cum Laude in Architecture from the Lawrence Technological University in 1995.  He was awarded… [SEE FULL BIO]
MARK KOHLERTechnical Design Principal / Partner
Mark Kohler was introduced to the architectural profession when he was a small boy, helping out the family business any way able by cleaning the “shop” or running copies of blueprints. As he grew… [SEE FULL BIO]


GEORGE O'DELLSenior Design Associate
George O’Dell is a Monroe High School Graduate.  He received Site Development Specialist Certificates from the U.S. Air Force in surveying, site design, construction inspection and building… [SEE FULL BIO]


MARK TAFELSKIDesign Associate
Mark brings a solid foundation of construction experience and knowledge to the team. He has mastered essential skills of the trade during his long career in the construction… [SEE FULL BIO]


Nathan Fritz started his career with Kohler Architecture, Inc. in the spring of 2015. Nathan’s education in Architecture coupled with his computer software skills give the firm a… [SEE FULL BIO]


MARIA STANIFERAdministrative Assistant
Maria Stanifer is a native of the Monroe area, graduating from Airport High School.  She joined the firm in the spring of 2018 bringing with her a diverse background with over 25 years of accounting… [SEE FULL BIO]


JOHN KOHLER, AIAFounder / Senior Architect
John Kohler is the founder of our firm and a Monroe High School Graduate and received his Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1967. Following his graduation, … [SEE FULL BIO]