Square Feet Studio is an award-winning architecture, planning and design firm based in Atlanta. We make every square foot of our designs smart, simple and sustainable by using resources that minimize the impact of our work on the environment and maximize its benefit for future generations. We create beautiful spaces that last a long time. Our team members come from a variety of backgrounds in architecture, interior design, fine arts and urban planning. We work collaboratively, matching our unique skills and experience to every project. We strive to make the design and construction process a rewarding experience for our clients. We love learning about what inspires them and watching our shared visions come to life.

Founding Principal


John is the founding principal of Square Feet Studio and an architect with over 20 years of experience designing new uses for old buildings. He has been an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, as well as Southern Polytechnic State University. His commitment to the profession is highlighted by his years of volunteer work with the American Institute of Architects, serving as the Atlanta chapter President in 2012. His work has been recognized for design excellence by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Urban Land Institute, International Interior Design Association and the AIA. John’s an avid baseball fan, and enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking. If he weren’t an architect, he’d be a park ranger.

Founding Principal


Vivian and her husband John founded Square Feet Studio in 2001, with the desire to seamlessly combine interior design and architecture in one distinctive practice. As a registered interior designer with a background in architecture, her work strives to honor the relationship between interior design and the larger context of a building’s history and urban environment. Vivian received a Master of Architecture from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Vanderbilt University. A skilled list maker and confirmed luddite, she enjoys guiding clients through the design process with determination, passion, and humor.



Blake is a partner and licensed architect who has been with Square Feet Studio since 2011. Blake earned his master’s from Georgia Tech in 2009, where he won first prize in an international student design competition. He was also a finalist for the Masters Prize competition for his thesis on the relationship between architecture and photography. When not practicing architecture, he pursues his other passion, photography. His multi-year project documenting the renovation of Ponce City Market was published in June 2018. Blake earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was also a member of their Division I baseball team.  Blake and his wife Tessa love to travel to far flung destinations, and enjoy spoiling their dogs.

Managing Director


Maggie, a Nashville native, graduated from The University of the South (Sewanee) with a degree in International and Global Studies. Her myriad experiences and interests range from teaching students in Monte Verde, Costa Rica to managing SoulCycle Studios in Manhattan and the Hamptons, to interior design and conceptual development for numerous projects here in Atlanta. She has worked in Washington and New York as an event coordinator and client services professional for an international firm, and locally as Director of Operations for an eclectic design shop and service. Maggie moved to Atlanta in 2016 from NYC and quickly fell in love with the city. She settled down in a historic Art Deco condo and spends her weekend hiking, antiquing, and volunteering at Angels Among Us, a non-profit dog rescue organization.


Creative Director


Holden is an architect and urban designer who has worked on a variety of project types and scales throughout his career – from large international developments to local bars and restaurants. His background and interests span the disciplines of landscape, architecture, and interiors, with a special focus on hospitality and adaptive reuse.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech.  His design approach is rooted in a human-scaled experience of place and in a belief that the best opportunities to make architecture are discovered in the found conditions of a project’s physical, cultural, and historical context. Prior to joining Square Feet Studio, Holden worked for several years with award-winning international landscape architecture and planning firm, EDAW (later AECOM), and then as a designer with Perkins & Will.  When not working, you can usually find Holden around East Atlanta Village where he lives with his wife, Christa, and their two sons, Julian and Noel.

Senior Project Manager


Emily Mastropiero is a licensed architect and senior project manager. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and ever since has been a proud Atlanta resident. In addition to her project-related responsibilities, Emily contributes to our firm’s growth by mentoring the design professionals in our office. She has volunteered with AIA Georgia and the Young Architect’s Forum with a focus on empowering women in the design community. She serves as the chair of the architectural review committee for her homeowners’ association in Virginia-Highland and has been selected as a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership class of 2023. Emily’s doodle-mix puppy, Harper, is our official office dog who keeps her busy on the weekends visiting Atlanta’s many intown parks.

Senior Project Manager


Sean is a licensed architect who was born and raised in Houston, Texas and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University. He participated in a study abroad program in Rome and completed his thesis, designing and building a two-bedroom ‘20K Home’ for a family in need, at Auburn’s Rural Studio in Newbern, AL. From there, he moved to New York City where he worked at MNA (Michael Neumann Architecture), designing retail and hospitality environments across the country, and at Resolution: 4 Architecture, designing custom, high-end, modular homes throughout the Northeast. His cumulative experiences and interests have led him to value architecture that is rooted in its place, truthful in its use of materials, and thoughtfully resolved down to the smallest details. When not in service of architecture, Sean enjoys mixing cocktails, making excessive travel itineraries, and watching Auburn football in the fall.


Studio Manager


Vicki was raised in the greater Atlanta area and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Upon graduation, she headed north to work for Anthropologie as a Visual Manager where she traveled throughout Connecticut, New York, and much of New England, creating the visual environment for various store locations. Vicki has also worked as a freelance artist, graphic designer, and interior stylist for clients large and small. She has a passion for all things creative and loves learning new skills.

Project Manager


Rachel is a licensed interior designer who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia. As an Atlanta native, Rachel enjoys how good design can positively influence the community around her. She has over a decade of experience designing workplace interiors across metro Atlanta area from her time at tvsdesign and Nelson. Most recently, she received IIDA Georgia’s Best of the Best Award for a law firm’s new offices that included a reimagined reception area and an energetic work cafe. When she’s not dreaming of new ideas for projects, Rachel can be found in the yoga studio, experiencing local cuisine with her husband Dane, and scouring markets for the perfect find for their home in Kirkwood.

Design Professional


Kate grew up in the suburbs north of Atlanta and always knew in her heart she would eventually settle down in this verdant, charming city. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. Shortly after, she moved back to Atlanta where she rejoined the SFS team after interning with us the previous summer. Her experience also includes internships at Atlanta firms Lord Aeck Sargent and Lightroom, as well as King + King Architects in Syracuse. Kate’s approach to design is both pragmatic and cognizant of the human experience – she is keen to make a positive impact on her community. Outside of work, you can find her staying active at the climbing gym or on the Beltline, trying a new restaurant or brewery, and soaking up some sun outdoors while daydreaming about adopting a dog one day soon.

Design Professional


Valentina has moved up and down the East Coast from Charlotte to Washington D.C. before finally making her way down to Georgia, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia. As a designer, she firmly believes that her responsibility lies in pursuing creative solutions that empower the end user. Valentina’s approach to design is driven by curiosity, while encouraging inventiveness and collaboration, to enable a thorough examination that reveals the full potential of any project. Coming from Colombian immigrant parents, she has a natural drive for hard work that is balanced with a passion for music, spending time outdoors, and making the perfect cup of coffee.

Design Professional


Manuela graduated in 2022 with her BFA in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, she has had a diverse life full of experiences and change, but with one constant: her love for design. The science and psychology that hides within the process is what keeps Manuela’s creativity going. She sees design as a powerful good that reacts, connects, and affects human altruism. She has always been fascinated by the inner connection between humanity and its surroundings, a key spark that has flourished into her passion for interior design and architecture. When not at the studio, Manuela can be found at her new place in Buckhead, trying out local restaurants, or hiking up the closest mountain.

Interior Designer


Zak grew up cheering for Georgia Tech alongside his dad, who was an alumnus, and set his sights on the school for himself. When the time came, he focused his studies on architecture, earning his bachelor’s degree from Tech in 2012. Since graduation, Zak has developed a wide range of design experience spanning the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and branding, having worked most recently with ASD|SKY. He enjoys approaching projects from a variety of viewpoints and working at differing scales from large mixed-use developments to more intimate interior spaces. Outside of work, you will likely find Zak hunting burritos and spending time with his wife Lindsey and their 3-year-old daughter, River.



Maria is currently studying at Georgia Tech and will be graduating in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. As a designer, she wants to use her knowledge to provide that extra wonder to others in the biggest showcase of all: the built environment. In addition to her studies, Maria serves as Georgia Tech’s AIAS Events Chair and as the School of Architecture’s Undergraduate Student Ambassador serving as a mentor for prospective students and recruitment initiatives. Outside of work and school, you can find her plating her newest culinary feat to perfection, chipping away at another DIY project, and working towards her end goal of learning how to do everything so she can make anything.