The Firm

MNK is focused on creating modern, practical, sustainable architecture – evocative of both time and place.

Architecture is our passion. The transformation of spaces that influence our daily lives is our highest goal. One project at a time, our commitment to thoughtful design, thorough construction document delivery, and insightful project leadership and management has produced transformative places throughout the Southwest. Our work focuses on educational projects and 21st century learning environments - K-12 and higher education - to governmental and civic, commercial, structural, healthcare, and spiritual facilities. Our ability to analyze problems, and our attention to detail, to include the logistics of execution, has enabled us to help countless clients on their journey through design and construction. Listening is what we do best. At MNK we pride ourselves in approaching each project with an open mind, and engaging with our clients and those they serve to develop solutions and designs targeted to meet your goals. Our holistic design approach is central to our firm's success over the last 35 years. We make sure it's Your Vision, Delivered.

The MNK Principals are Renée Jiménez, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | President and CEO; and our in-house structural engineering lead, and Principal Engineer, Edmund Castle, PE. Our firm includes a company of numerous diverse and uniquely experienced professionals. Each person at MNK brings with them a set of skills, drive, and body of experience that floods our firm with a diversity of perspectives, and overlapping aptitudes. Our background ranges from architecture, interior design, construction, project management, facilities management, construction management and structural engineering, to graphic design, web design, photography, and marketing. Our principal-led collaboration process inspires everyone to push themselves; our young talent is bold and inspired – guided by the experience of those who have led before. The energy is palpable. As MNK turns 35 this year, its current team is the strongest in MNK's history.

Renée Jiménez

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal | President + CEO

Although Renee jokes that she chose architecture since it started with an "A" and was at the top of the list her counselor gave her, she also says deep down she always knew she wanted to be an architect. As a child, Renee built fortes from nature-found materials during family camping trips and would wait for her mother to leave the house so she could rearrange all the furniture before she came home again. Renee went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from Texas A & M; her licensure from Texas and Arizona; and has been working at MNK since 2005. She finds inspiration from witnessing the positive reactions people have when they experience her design work, and is most motivated when told that what she's set before her is impossible.

Edmund Castle

PE, Principal Engineer | Secretary

Eddie is an architect at heart—intrigued from a young age by what it was about churches that invoked such emotional responses from visitors, and rose attempting to re-create those same lofty ceilings with endless afternoons of stacking blocks as a child. Eddie in the end learned how to build to great heights through studying a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University; doing three years of architectural studies at Arizona State University; and obtaining his Engineering licensure in Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. He's been working at MNK since 2019. His inspiration comes from people, their ability to love and care for others, and giving back to the community—he coaches baseball to kids. When Eddie is not handling (structural) stress, he spends his time learning interesting and obscure historical facts and listening to James Brown and the Rolling Stones.