With professionally staffed offices in Topeka, Manhattan and Kansas City, Architect One’s dedcated team of designers, architects and project managers are readily available when you have questions or concerns. As a steward to the clients we serve, we act as your main point of contact from conception to completion, anticipating road blocks or delays and proactively developing solutions that far surpass expectations.


We are passionate about serving the communities in which we live, work and play. We’re eager to learn about your unique organizational goals and challenges, and inspired to design solutions that will bring your vision to life. While our diversely talented team each bring a multitude of experiences, we all bring the same fundamental approach to every project - LISTEN. DESIGN. INSPIRE.


Listen. Design. Inspire.



Scott E. Gales - AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Architect - President

Scott joined Architect One in 1993 and became a partner and co-owner in the firm in 1998. Scott brings a unique enthusiasm and energy to each design project. He has pushed the firm to introduce new technologies and continuously improve their service to clients. Scott is active in the Topeka community, promoting growth and innovation.


Bachelor of Architecture, 1993, Kansas State University

Cloud County Community College 1986-88


Professional Member, Past President (Topeka Chapter), American Institute of Architects

Certified, National Council of Architecture Review Boards

LEED Accredited Professional, USGBC

Commissioner & Past Chair, Topeka Planning Commission, 2011-2017


Member, Downtown Rotary Club

Board Member TARC Foundation, 2000‐2015

President, TARC Foundation, 2005‐06 Board

Director, GO TOPEKA Board, 2009‐current

Treasurer, GO TOPEKA Executive Board, current

Director, SYAA/ Ken Berry League, 2009‐2013

President, Topeka Active 20/30 Club, 2005 Board

Member, Most Pure Heart Catholic Church, Topeka, 1993‐current

Director, 2004‐05 Fast Forward Leadership Board, Topeka

Member, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce 2003 “Leadership Topeka Class”

Past Director, United Way of Topeka Board, 2003‐06

Member, Kansas Chamber of Commerce 2011 "Leadership Kansas Class"

Director, Jayhawk Theatre Board, 2012-Present


Registered Architect: Kansas ‐ 1996, Missouri ‐ 2007, Oregon - 2017, Virginia - 2017


Michael T. Wilson - AIA, LEED AP
Architect - Founding Partner

Michael founded Architect One in 1988 and has been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth. Michael is known as a ‘contractor’s architect’. His collaborative style allows each individual involved in a project to contribute according to their unique discipline.


Bachelor of Architecture, 1981, Kansas State University


Professional Member, Past President (Topeka Chapter), American Institute of Architects

National Council of Architecture Registration Boards

Member, Board of Building & Fire Appeals—City of Topeka

LEED Accredited Professional, Green Building Certification Institute


Past Board Member, “GO Topeka” 2005‐2009

Member, River Front Task Force 2005

Member, Topeka South Rotary Club

Member, Chamber of Commerce, Topeka

Member & Past President, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Member, Leadership Topeka 2006 Class

Exec. Board Member, Habitat for Humanity

Exec. Board Member, Valeo Behavioral Health Center

Volunteer in local schools representing architectural profession


Registered Architect: Kansas - 1988, with past registrations in a dozen additional states



Emily D.A. Koenig, AIA
Architect - Manhattan Manager


Marianna Guerra
Associate Project Manager

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Emma Reitz
Marketing Director


Brooklyn Farrell
Executive Assistant


Jackie Rakoski-Diediker, Associate AIA
Project Manager


Elissa Koehler
Interior Designer

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Rian Guerrero
First Impression Specialist


Andrew Thomas
BIM/CAD Manager


Courtney Nelson, LEED Green Associate
Interior Designer

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Diane Gardner
Financial Controller