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DRF is an architecture and interior design firm renowned for creating inspirational homes and amazing interiors. Neal Downing and Jim Weinberg, co-founded in DRF in 2018.  Neal has 30 plus years teaching Architecture and working as an Architect.

Our professional team push to deliver excellence in the design of residential and commercial buildings, retail and office structures and multi-use complexes. We have the vision and skills necessary to create bold solutions that respond to the real and urban environments. We are market sensitive, pragmatic and attuned to the forces that drive successful development.

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Neal E. Downing, AIA

Architecture is the art of creating space embodied with spirit and coupled with function. I have dedicated my professional life to the pursuit of excellence in design. The path thus traveled has provided the training, experience and tools necessary to realize this goal. As a practitioner of a multidimensional discipline and social art,  I rely on the evolution of my methodology and the subsequent application for the cultivation of a positive contribution to our built environment.

My professional architectural career began in 1977 working as a draftsman for Joseph P. Wilk, an architect who hired me from a construction site where I was employed as a general laborer. In the four subsequent decades, I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University / Saint Louis (1982) and was ranked second in my class obtaining a Masters of Architecture from University of California  / Los Angeles (1987). I have served in Academia as an Adjunct Professor with O’More College of Design / Franklin, Tennessee (1995-1999) and as a full time Professor at Western Kentucky University (2000-2018). While at WKU,  I also directed AMSI, a research institute  which engaged and compensated over 100 students while completing Projects valued at more than $40 million total construction costs. I retired from WKU in 2018 to focus on my private architectural practice. 

Nationally certified by NCARB (1990-present), I am currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina;  with over 150 Built Works as Architect of Record.

Jim Weinberg

Jim Weinberg is a design visionary and leading force in the interior design community. For more than 35 years, “Surrounded By Excellence,” is the core from which his success has blossomed. Weinberg has been known for his sophisticated yet soothing interiors, mindful that every color, every texture creates the backdrop of his clients’ lives. With a love of architecture, a fascination with light, and respect of form and function, Weinberg partners with his clients to create sensational and livable environments that reflect their individual taste and lifestyle.

Dan and Mary Propes / Reynolds

Mary Propes Reynolds and her late husband Dan combined their efforts for focusing on a vision for a “one-of-a kind”  architectural company that brought together the collaboration of amazingly creative and talented people for what others usually don’t see. This collaboration was the perfect fit for establishing DRF Architecture. When people are expecting the “different and nearly impossible”, the Reynolds combined resources globally step into action.  The legacy of Dan’s vision is being fulfilled everyday… project at a time!

Mike Poppe

Mike has a knack for seeing the bigger picture and is the force behind the creative strategy at Thinkit Design. Mike attended Georgia Institue of Technology, with a degree in Industrial Design. He has spent the better part of his life raising a family with a beautiful wife, while working in the fields of design. In his free time, he enjoys watching his kids performing ballet and playing baseball, skiing, church, beach trips, and hanging with the family.

Thinkit Design is an ambitious design and marketing studio focused on creating visual experiences that shape perception and create new opportunities. We believe design adds value. With over 20 years of experience in the design and marketing industry, we have developed a simple strategic approach to design and marketing. Our goal is to grow with our clients in our relentless pursuit of quality craftsmanship in all that we do.