MA Architecture is a planning, interior design, and architecture studio that creates meaningful environments inspired by people and places. Our work, influenced by our midwestern roots, balances beauty and practicality with social, economic, and environmental issues.  We are a diverse and collaborative studio-based design firm that strives for design excellence no matter the type or scale of project.

MA Architecture is a Woman-Owned Small Business and an Iowa Targeted Small Business.

OUR focus

  • Create meaningful environments for people.
  • Strive to achieve design excellence- no matter the project scale or type.
  • Practice with integrity and character.
  • Promote the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Design spaces where people see themselves reflected.

our leadership


Armed with a passion for public architecture, coupled with a commitment to mentorship and community involvement, Mindy Aust has devoted her career to thoughtful design of public spaces, including multiple award-winning federal government, public library and university campus projects.  As principal and owner of MA Architecture, Mindy is a strong advocate for excellent design and its benefit to communities.

Leadership & Recognition:  2016 AIA Iowa President, 2016 AIA Young Architect Award, 2018 ISU Outstanding Young Alumni Award, 2021 AIA Strategic Council Moderator

Anna Squier AIA NCARB
Associate Principal

Anna has over 10 years of experience in architecture and interior design, paired with a unique editorial portfolio that communicates design excellence across multiple print and digital platforms. She has focused much of her career on creating places that represent the unique culture, ethos, brands, and needs of clients.  Anna strives to create meaningful spaces through thoughtful design and enjoys communicating the power of architecture with individuals and communities.

Leadership & Recognition:  2014 Iowa Women in Architecture Chair, 2016 AIA Associate Award, 2016 ISU STATEment Maker Award, 2017 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, 2018 Iowa Architect Magazine Editor, 2020 AIA Iowa Board of Directors

Jessica Terrill AIA NCARB
Associate Principal

Jessica is motivated by the ability of design to transform places and create opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive. Her work is thoughtful and collaborative; developed through multiple lenses and approaches, then woven together into a single unifying vision.   In nearly 20 years of practice, her focus on functional and beautiful places, with a strong connection to the people who use them, has generated award-winning designs in government, higher education, workspace, residential and public art.

Leadership & Recognition:  2015 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award, 2015 Iowa Architect Magazine Editor, 2016 UNL Early Achiever Award, 2019 AIA Young Architect Award, 2020 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

Matt Aust

As Director of Business Operations, Matt keeps everything on track. He handles the studio’s financial processes and enjoys managing all details of the business while supporting the firm’s overall focus on design excellence. His experience, diligence, and attention to detail is invaluable to the success of MA Architecture.