About Mackenzie

A Long History and a Clear Vision.

Mackenzie is a provider of professional design services including architecture and interior design; structural, civil and traffic engineering; land use and transportation planning; and landscape architecture. Anchored in the foundational elements of high performance and client focus inspired by our founder, our firm continues to expand our expertise in civic and public safety, community infrastructure, education, federal, health and wellness, high tech, hospitality, industrial, mixed-use, office, retail, and sports and recreation projects.

Our History. Our Future. Our Promise.

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Mackenzie founder Tom Mackenzie
West Point graduate Tom Mackenzie

The values of our founder, Tom Mackenzie, remain the hallmarks of this firm. In 1960, Tom, then a respected plans examiner at the City of Portland, put his name in the phone book under the listing of "Engineer," and, in 1962, left his job and began his engineering consultancy. Tom steadily grew his client roster. His work was consistently guided by his belief that attention to detail, hard work, a respect for budgets, an insistence on quality and a relentless focus on his clients would lead to success. Tom was right then and continues to be right today.

What began as a sole proprietorship, Tom Mackenzie, Consulting Engineer, quickly grew to Mackenzie Engineering, Incorporated in 1968. Talented architect Rick Saito, who joined the firm as a drafting intern in 1968, partnered with Tom to form Mackenzie/Saito & Associates in 1977. The companies merged in 1996 and became Group Mackenzie to better reflect a shift away from a single-leader structure to a team/partnership approach. Group Mackenzie’s first President was Jeff Reaves. Jeff worked closely with a team of senior principals including the current leadership of Rich Mitchell, Mark Hettum, Susan Higbee, and Tom Wright, as well as long term employees Dick Spies, and Bob Thompson. The partnership approach allowed the company to grow and diversify into new markets and offer expanded services. In 2009, Rich Mitchell assumed the role of President and Managing Principal.

In 2013, the company evolution continued and we became simply Mackenzie in recognition of our history and Tom's values. The statements, "Design Driven. Client Focused," were adopted as a succinct reflection of who we are. Our promise to deliver design excellence focused relentlessly on exceeding client expectations is more relevant than ever in a world where the velocity of change is ever increasing. We look forward to building upon our history and continuing to participate in projects that contribute to economic vitality, environmental livability, and diversity that contribute to a more sustainable planet.