QEA team members, Yao Ma in Ann Arbor and Brian Moore in Detroit have recently become licensed architects in the state of Michigan. The architect licensing process involves passing six architectural registration exams and acquiring approximately 3,600 hours of architectural experience categorized in six practice areas. Once these requirements are fulfilled, a candidate can apply to be a registered architect in their state of residence.

Stephanie Austin, ASLA in Ann Arbor has received her landscape architect license for Michigan as well, which is the landscape architecture equivalent to the licensure process for architects. The requirements include a professional degree, four exams (project and construction management, inventory and analysis, design, and grading, drainage, and construction documentation), minimum three years of experience, and several recommendations.


Yao Ma, AIA

Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio

Yao Ma has five years of architectural design experience, having spent five years working in graphic design prior to moving into architecture. She has worked as a designer on QEA projects such as 985 Michigan Avenue for the General Services Administration, the Lucas County Courthouse Dome, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida. She is currently working on conceptual designs for Leland Public Library and Benzie Shores Public Library. 

Yao holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan's College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising from Michigan State University.  

She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving on the board of directors as Media Director for AIA Huron Valley. Yao is passionate about visual communications and cares deeply about libraries, cultural institutions, and issues of diversity and inclusion.


Brian Moore, AIA

Brian Moore with his putt-putt installation, as a featured designer for 2018 Month of Design in Detroit, Michigan

Brian Moore has over five years of architectural experience, including work in multi-family residential, hospitality, retail, and adaptive reuse projects. Since joining QEA in 2015, Brian has worked as a lead designer and construction administrator on numerous projects including Tower on the Maumee and the 7.Liv development in Detroit, as well as Bay City’s Crapo Building. Currently, he is also part of the design team rehabilitating Michigan Central Station.  

Brian holds a master’s degree in architecture from University of Detroit Mercy, and is active in Detroit’s design community through Detroit Month of Design and AIA.  

He was a Pecha Kucha presenter at the 2015 Detroit Design Festival (Detroit Month of Design’s previous iteration). Brian was also a featured designer for the 2018 Detroit Month of Design, for which he built a designer putt-putt installation. 

A member of the American Institute of Architects, last year he was a scholar in AIA’s first Detroit Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. He continues his involvement with this program as part of the steering committee.


Stephanie Austin, ASLA

Iowa Blood Run in

Stephanie Austin started at QEA in 2013. Her work integrates a deep understanding of the history of significant places, extensive collaboration with stakeholders, and careful consideration of ecological systems into planning for the future of historic landscapes. She has contributed to numerous QEA projects, including the Iowa Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan, Split Rock Lighthouse Cultural Landscape Report, and Effigy Mounds National Monument Cultural Landscape Report.  

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degree from University of Michigan. She is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation.


Congratulations Yao, Brian & Stephanie!