ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis-based architecture, planning, urban design and interiors firm Trivers has expanded its ownership group to include senior project manager Neil Chace, AIA, LEED GA, WELL AP and senior project architect Martin Padilla, AIA, LEED GA. As associate principals, Chace and Padilla will help lead the firm alongside principals Joe Brinkmann, AIA, LEED AP; Joel Fuoss, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; and Amy Gilbertson, FAIA, LEED GA.

“The health of Trivers relies on growth, new energy and evolution,” Brinkmann said. “Adding Neil and Martin to our ownership group will enable us to continue building a stronger, enduring firm.”

Brinkmann, Fuoss and Gilbertson assumed ownership of Trivers in 2015 from Andrew Trivers, FAIA, who founded the firm in 1975. With the goal of creating ample career development opportunities for others within the firm, the three principals developed a strategy to add new owners over time.

“Martin and Neil bring valuable experience and skills to Trivers’ ownership group,” Gilbertson said. “Martin is a people person with a proven track record of successfully mentoring others and fostering a positive workplace culture. Neil is uniquely skilled at analyzing and improving processes and procedures to benefit our employees and clients.”

Over the years the principals and associate principals hope to continue expanding Trivers’ ownership group.

“We look forward to offering ownership opportunities to others who demonstrate a deep commitment to the firm and prove themselves to be trusted strategic partners,” Fuoss said.