THE MHK STORY
MHK Architecture & Planning was founded in 2009 by Matthew Kragh, AIA. Starting out as a simple vision, the driving principles of the firm were strongly based upon character, reputation, talent and hard work. Now approaching the firm’s 10th year of practice, the firms portfolio includes approximately 550 homes throughout Florida, the Caribbean, the Carolinas, the New England and the Cape Areas as well as Colorado. MHK has office locations in Naples FL, Ft Myers FL, Palm Beach FL, Greenville SC, the Highlands NC and Aspen CO. Since its 2009 beginning, the firm has grown into a collaborative of 40 design professionals. In addition to residential work, the firm also specializes in Resorts, Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Commercial and Multi-family Residential projects. With a strong commitment to excellence and a desire to exceed their clients expectations, MHK has created a great amount of respect in the design and construction industry.
ABOUT MATTHEW KRAGH
Matthew Kragh, AIA is an architect who holds licenses in Florida, Massachusetts, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado. Matthew is a proven industry and community leader in his profession. Matthew’s gift and passion for design was initially fostered by his parents and his great grandmother who paid for early childhood art lessons because she saw a talent and a drive to design.
Upon completion of high school and a childhood in the middle of Indiana, Matthew followed his passion to become an NCAA springboard and platform diver for Western Kentucky University. It was there, while studying at WKU where Matthew learned the initial discipline of architecture and drafting. Upon graduation, Matthew attended the school of Modern Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology founded by famed Architect Mies Van Der Rohe. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Matthew enhanced his skills while working under the guidance of Helmut Jahn in Chicago where Matthew was exposed to projects throughout the world.
In 1997, Matthew relocated to Naples, Florida. From there, Matthew became a licenses architect and worked on many iconic structures in downtown Naples. In 2009, being a product of the recession, Matthew launched his own firm and branded MHK.
Matthew has been awarded many architectural awards including many design and honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, AIA’s Firm of the year, the AIA President’s Award, as well as the W.R. Frizell Medal of Honor which is the highest honor that can be bestowed to an architect from the American Institute of Architect’s Florida Southwest Chapter.
Matthew is married to his lovely wife Trista Sue Kragh and has two children, their son Maverick (6) and daughter Shiloh (3). They currently reside and are headquartered out of Naples and work out of the Highlands South Carolina and Aspen offices in the summer months.
MHK specializes in the design of single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial office, mixed-use developments and master planned communities. MHK is an industry leader in re-zoning properties and obtaining land use entitlements. Our firm has helped lead the design industry by maintaining a key role in community leadership and has created several dynamic projects such as Naples Square, the Mangrove Bay Development and the upcoming 1075 Central Avenue downtown development.
Besides our professional work, MHK donates time and resources to benefit the community at large. These charitable projects include the City of Naples Dog Park, the City of Naples Norris Center and the City of Naples Baker Park. Matthew has served as President to the American Institute of Architects SWF, a Board of Director to the United Arts Council of Collier County, the Naples Downtown Association, the Urban Land Institute Executive Committee, the Economic Development Council of Collier County, The South Florida Land Preservation Trust and the City of Naples Four Corners Committee. Matthew and his wife also do international mission work and run a charitable foundation to empower the youth of the world and to help individuals to become community leaders.