MIR Collective is an architecture studio in Chicago and Charlottesville led by Kara Boyd, Jeana Ripple, and Todd Zima. We believe architecture acts as a social and cultural contract.  We are committed to research into the underlying nature of our clients' challenges, productive exchange with all project constituents, and synthesis of relevant issues and perspectives to create elegant design solutions. Our design methods draw upon our shared interest in producing culturally significant work, positive public impact, and in rigorous, authentic design. The state of the world is a work in progress. After many years of productive collaboration at Studio Gang, we formed this partnership to advocate for positive change through design collaboration with our clients, colleagues, and community.

MIR is a root word with many translations connoting openness—see, wonder, peace—and historic exploratory, collaborative endeavors. The ethos of MIR Collective matches these ambitions, finding invention through open engagement, deep exploration, and risk taking to produce rich spatial and material environments.


AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Co-Founder

Kara leads the design and implementation of complex architecture and landscape projects at a range of scales. Her  twenty years of experience provide a strong understanding of building construction, which enables her to realize innovative material and systems solutions integrated within elegant design. Prior to MIR, Kara built upon a lengthy career at Studio Gang as a Studio Leader, Designer, and Project Architect by co-founding Nushu, a women-owned firm in Chicago.


jeana ripple

AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Co-Founder

Jeana leads architectural, public art, and landscape design projects. Her work has been recognized by the SEED Network, Virginia and DC chapters of the AIA, and through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Before founding MIR, Jeana led Ripple Architecture Studio and led numerous building and landscape projects at Studio Gang. Jeana is the Director of the Graduate Architecture Program at the University of Virginia.                      


AIA, Principal and Co-Founder

Todd leads institutional and commercial projects by balancing design aspirations with the requirements of sound construction and responsible cost management.  He contributes expertise to MIR’s work, ranging from conceptual design to technical construction. For more than twenty years in design and project management, including as a Design Principal at Studio Gang, Todd led multidisciplinary teams in delivering complex building projects around the world.