Firm History

MRV Architects began in 1952 as the offices of Linn A. Forrest, FAIA. Through the years, new partners have brought their unique talents (and initials) to the firm. Major corporate revisions include Minch Ritter Forrest in 1983, Minch Ritter Voelckers in 1989, and MRV Architects in 2005.

At its inception sixty years ago, the firm began producing some of the largest projects in the Territory of Alaska, spanning from Ketchikan to Nome (the first consolidated Juneau-Douglas High School in 1954, for example). In the decades since, the firm has maintained roughly the same size and project focus, designing a mixture of schools, housing, libraries, museums, commercial buildings, and private residences.

In 2007, MRV designed and built a new office, The Evergreen Building. We renovated and expanded the old Akiyama Clinic, and added a new second story with apartments. One year later, our new home was honored as the first private building in Alaska to be LEED certified, achieving a LEED Silver rating. The building is a testament to the strength and longevity of the firm, as well as our commitment to environmentally responsible building practices.