Our approach is simple. Identify the problem, design a solution, exceed expectations. From project conception to completion, our definition of success is yours.

About us
The Company

The Firm was established in 1990 when Mark McCormick and former partner Janet McCarthy acquired the Pittsburgh Office of Oliver Design Group, a subsidiary of former National Real Estate Company, Grubb & Ellis that specialized in corporate interiors.

Over the past 27 years, the award winning firm has had the privilege to partner with great clients on a wide variety of project types, valuing relationships grounded in trust and mutual respect, all the while maintaining true to core values: commitment to service & design excellence.

We currently specialize in office interiors & office buildings. Our approach is to respond to client goals and objectives with pragmatic, affordable design solutions that exceed expectations.

AIA Principal
Mark McCormick

Mark vigorously represents his client’s interests providing personal service from project inception through completion. While his projects have received 26 local, state, and national design awards, he learned early on that service in and of itself is the greatest reward.

After obtaining a BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Miami University of Ohio in 1973 he moved to Denver with the intention of returning to graduate school in a year or two. There he worked for three years as a carpenter before entering graduate school and obtained a Masters Degree in Architecture in 1979.

Mark was hired by the prominent firm of Barker Rinker Seacat & Partners in 1980 and became a Partner in 1984. After his marriage to Pittsburgh native Karen Meyers in 1986 his interest in Pittsburgh grew and he took a two year leave of absence to assume the position of City Architect for the City of Pittsburgh in 1987. After the birth of their first son in 1988, it was clear that Pittsburgh was home. Mark was hired by Grubb & Ellis to run the Pittsburgh Office of Oliver Design Group in 1989.

Vice President
Doug Whitehouse

Doug has been with the firm from the beginning. With a laser-precision focus on space planning and interior design, Doug brings more than 40 years of unparalleled experience in designing office interiors.

After attending Penn State’s School of Architecture for two years, Doug returned to Pittsburgh. In 1974, Doug joined Oliver Design Group, working exclusively on office interiors, primarily in support of leasing agents and property management. 

Doug has more than 20 years of experience with the financial services industry, beginning in 1996 when the firm was retained by First Union Securities to provide full-service design & execution of branch offices through-out the country, later followed by Wachovia Securities (2001-2009) and Wells Fargo Advisors (2009-present).

a few clients + testimonials
  • ONS
  • Wells Fargo
  • Hub Group
  • Comira
  • NCS Services
  • National Church Solutions
  • Pittsburgh Corning
  • Huston Harbaugh
  • Cohen &Grigsby
  • Burson Marstelle
  • Mullen Advertising
  • “Mark puts his heart and soul into every project we work on together.  In 2000, he designed our beautiful 103,000 sq ft national headquarters office building and offices.  We updated our space in 2015.  Once again, Mark provided his personal and professional touch to provide excellent guidance in completing our “new space” on time and within budget.”

    - Jeffrey Dewalt , Chief Financial Officer, CPA, CGMA
    Oncology Nursing Society
  • “Working with Mark and his team is a pleasure as I always know that Mark will bring a professional and practical approach to each job.  Both my landlord and tenant clients always walk away with an amazing space and a comfort level that the job was completed on time, on budget, and with their priorities in mind.”

    - Adam P. Viccaro , Senior Associate
    CBRE, Inc. | Advisory & Transaction Services
  • “Mark and his staff’s level of detail, first-class documents, passion and involvement in the projects have continually led to satisfied clients and successful projects. At every step along the way, you can count on the McCormick team to listen to your needs and make your vision a reality.”

    - John Sabatos , President + Chief Operating Officer
    Rycon Construction
  • “I want to express my appreciation to McCormick Architects for the Excellent service delivery they have provided to Wells Fargo and myself over the 16+ years we/I have partnered with their organization.In today’s environment of not providing or caring about “Customer Service” McCormick Architects has gone well above and beyond normal services and have been professional, courteous, diligent and attentive to Wells Fargo’s needs.”

    - Bob Rodkey , Senior Project Manager
    Wells Fargo Advisors
  • “Mark’s firm provided a really good design that has stood the test of time and did a masterful job of achieving consensus among Senior members of the firm’s practice groups.”

    - Keith Cameron , Chief Operating Officer
    Houston Harbaugh
  • “We at Burson-Marsteller really appreciate the extra effort that went into making this place a showplace.  We especially want to pay tribute to the above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty patience, taste and wisdom of Doug Whitehouse.  All of this and on budget, too.  What can I say?”

    - Sheila Wells Rathke , Former Executive Vice President + General Manager
  • “We love our new offices.  The conceptual design, colors, textures, natural light, open feel, air circulation, traffic circulation, adjacencies and execution are splendid.  Mark’s work with the contractor and materials vendors and Doug’s perseverance with the furnishings suppliers are especially appreciated.  We owe you one.”

    - Hunter Hurst , Director, Retired
    National Center for Juvenile Justice
  • “In 2015 we undertook a significant renovation to update the space including updated finishes, furniture, and creation of more collaborative environment.  McCormick Architects & Designer’s ability to create and execute on space design to meet our desired objectives was outstanding.  Their design skills and project management ensured the successful completion of multiple projects on time and within budget.”

    - Kristine L. Burns , MA, MBA, Chief Operating Officer
    Oncology Nursing Society
  • “McCormick Architects has been a joy to work with throughout our new headquarters facility project.

    The firm was originally chosen for its sensitivity and creativity. It was not until we sat at each weekly construction meeting did we realize how vast your expertise and knowledge existed on every aspect of building a building. I feel very strongly that our project achieved a very high level of quality, to which we aspired, directly because of McCormick Architects.

    In addition to professionalism, the firm has exhibited a very high level of personal commitment. We had high expectations when we selected McCormick, and I can say now that the level of service provided exceeded our expectations.”

    - Layla Ballon , Chief Operating Officer Emeritus
    Oncology Nursing Society
  • “Rarely are projects completed to provide so much satisfaction. We have a beautiful functional building to house our stellar library program & services. You have won much-deserved recognition, and a standard of quality has been established for the community.”

    - Barbara Logan , Former Commissioner
    Mt. Lebanon