Brian D. Kelley, R.A., President

Since becoming President of Mach Architecture in 2013, Brian has utilized his leadership skills to guide the strategic planning and development as well as the day-to-day management of the firm.  Brian continues to remain active in project management and his ability to focus on solutions while remaining calm during highly complex and challenging projects is a benefit appreciated by our clients.  As one client put it, “Brian adds a level of calmness, even when being poked.”   

In May 2016 Brian graduated from the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CORE Program after a year long in-depth study of business best practices.  He continues to apply this knowledge to incorporate these best practices into the fabric and culture of Mach to ensure the firm’s continual success and improvement.

After living in the City of Buffalo for 18 years, Brian moved to more rural Clarence, NY with his wife, two children, two dogs, one cat, several fish and a shy hedgehog.  When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and time on his 1952 Ford 8N tractor, snowmobiles and four-wheeling across eight acres.

Words our clients have used to describe Brian and his work:  

Accessible.  Personable.  Integrity.  Friendly.  Responsive.  Professional.  Patient.   

Great Communication.   


Douglas D. Schaefer, A.I.A., Executive Vice President

Doug Schaefer has been with Mach for over 25 years.  His commitment to the firm mirrors his commitment to his clients.  Doug brings his exceptional design and project management skills to school districts as well has higher education clients. 

Doug has designed and managed residence hall projects on campuses across New York State and is currently managing a major renovation project on MacKenzie Complex, the dormitory he lived in as a student at Alfred State College.  Because he has two children in college and one heading there next year, Doug is especially cognizant of the role student housing plays in the life of a college student.  As an architect and as a parent, he wants the experience of living in student housing to support and encourage the academic, social and personal success of each student. 

Doug and his wife are raising the next generation of A/E/C industry professionals.  Of their three children, one has earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, one is studying Construction Management and another is studying Engineering.  

If you ever need to know the best stops between Buffalo and Potsdam or Plattsburgh, Doug’s your guy.  With all the driving he does to visit clients in the North Country, he puts new tires on his car annually! 


Words our clients have used to describe Doug and his work:


Responsive.  Accessible.  Detail Oriented.  Excellent Quality of Work.  Easy to Work With.  Open Lines of Communication.