Staff

 
Robert Earl Byrge, AIA Robert Earl Byrge, AIA Robert Earl Byrge, AIA

Robert Earl Byrge, AIA

Principal Architect

Robert Byrge grew up in the west Texas border town of El Paso, moving to Lexington in 1982. As the son of an electrical contractor he was exposed to construction at an early age, often working with his father during the summer. He excelled in art and drafting in high school so continuing his education in architecture was a natural fit. As he likes to say, it was back when you had to know how to draw instead of work a mouse.

After beginning his career at Jerrico in Lexington, where he learned about CAD drafting and computers, he worked for several other architectural firms throughout the years. In August of 1995 he opened the Kentucky office of Snapp & Associates, where he was the lead architect. Much to his delight, in December 2011, Robert became the proud owner of the Kentucky office, changing the firm’s name to REB Architects, PLLC.

Bob loves traveling, having visited most of the Caribbean islands as well as several South American countries and Hawaii. He also enjoys photography and has many of his photographs from his travels displayed in the office of REB Architects.

Place of Birth:
El Paso, Texas
Higher Education:
Texas Tech University - Bachelor of Architecture, Design Option
Emily Byrge, AIA Emily Byrge, AIA Emily Byrge, AIA

Emily Byrge, AIA

Architectural Director

Emily grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky and came to Lexington in 1999 to attend the University of Kentucky College of Architecture. Her love of architecture began in a high school drafting class which evolved into independent studies in the technology department where she completed all of the technology classes offered.

Emily began working for Snapp and Associates after graduation and transitioned with the firm in 2012 as an employee of REB Architects. Through her time with our firm, Emily has developed a wide array of experience including mixed-use facilities, multi-family housing and historical sites of varied funding sources including state and federal funding as well as private monies.  She works closely with many repeat clients and consultants, and spearheads most of REB’s multi-family housing projects.

Emily enjoys camping with her husband and daughter, cooking, and recently completed the construction of her own home.

Place of Birth:
Owensboro, KY
Higher Education:
University of Kentucky - Bachelor of Architecture (2004), Master of Architecture (2005)
Joi Mason, Associate AIA Joi Mason, Associate AIA Joi Mason, Associate AIA

Joi Mason, Associate AIA

Architectural Specialist

Joi Mason is a native Lexingtonian and graduate of the University of Kentucky. Joi has a variety of experience in mixed-use, residential, retail, and hospitality projects including: the Wright Patterson Golf Course Club House Facility, University of Kentucky Funkhouser Building window renovation project, a chapel addition to Centenary Methodist Church, several Days Inns motels, the Russell School Senior Housing and Head Start Facilities in the Russell School Building, and various national restaurant chain accounts.

When Joi isn’t working, she is an avid gardener.

Place of Birth:
Lexington, KY
Higher Education:
University of Kentucky - Bachelor of Architecture (1982)
Armen Bagdasaryan Armen Bagdasaryan Armen Bagdasaryan

Armen Bagdasaryan

Director of Technical Services

Armen moved to the United States with his family in 1997 after spending his youth living abroad.  He earned his B.A. in Theatre Production from the University of Kentucky in 2004 before venturing into the world of architecture.

Armen is multilingual understanding English, Russian and Armenian. Armen is a father of three and loves spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time he enjoys playing music with friends, traveling around the world with his family, and attending musical and theatrical performances of various types.

Place of Birth:
Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR
Higher Education:
University of Kentucky - B.A. In Theatre Production (2004); BCTCS - A.A.S. in Architectural Technology (2007)
Brian Baum, Associate AIA Brian Baum, Associate AIA Brian Baum, Associate AIA

Brian Baum, Associate AIA

Architectural Intern

Brian grew up in Cincinnati and joined the firm in March of 2014 after receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture. As a new addition to the firm and the professional field, Brian is learning and growing each day while facing the challenges of each new project. The majority of the time, Brian can be found in the office drafting up plans in AutoCAD and Revit while learning directly from the Principal Architect, Robert Byrge. When he is not drafting, Brian can be found learning hands on in the field through numerous project site visits with contractors and clients.

Brian is active outdoors and enjoys golfing, disc golfing, and softball. He also enjoys traveling to new cities and spending time with his family.

Place of Birth:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Higher Education:
Lawrence Technological University - B.S. in Architecture (2010), Master of Architecture (2013)
Colleen Ryles Colleen Ryles Colleen Ryles

Colleen Ryles

Administrative Assistant

Colleen was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a graduate of National Paralegal College and has obtained her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Her father and older sister are architects and received degrees from the University of Kentucky, so her interest in the field comes easily.

She is an avid University of Kentucky sports fan, especially basketball. When not at work, Colleen spends time with her two daughters and family. She also enjoys reading, watching movies and listening to music.

Place of Birth:
Lexington, KY
Higher Education:
National Paralegal College - Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
Kelly Muehler, Associate AIA Kelly Muehler, Associate AIA Kelly Muehler, Associate AIA

Kelly Muehler, Associate AIA

Assistant Project Manager

Kelly grew up in Hermantown, MN, before moving to Fargo, ND to attend North Dakota State University’s College of Architecture.  In 2014, when she and her husband had the opportunity to move to Lexington, she jumped at the chance to leave the northern winters behind.  During her time at REB Architects, she has enjoyed working on drawings in AutoCad and Revit, attending job meetings, and visiting construction sites.

When not at work, Kelly enjoys baking, running with her dog, watching hockey, and spending time with family and friends.

Place of Birth:
Duluth, MN
Higher Education:
North Dakota State University, Master of Architecture, 2013; North Dakota State University, Bachelor of Environmental Design, 2012
Beckie Lehmann Beckie Lehmann Beckie Lehmann

Beckie Lehmann

Director of Finance and Marketing

Beckie had the privilege of calling cities in Ohio, New York and South Carolina home as a child.  After graduating from the University of South Carolina, she moved to Lexington in 2004 with her husband.  With a strong foundation in the construction field, she joined the REB team in 2015 and enjoys continuing to learn and grow within the field.

Beckie is very active in her children’s school community and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling in her free time.

Place of Birth:
Parma, Ohio
Higher Education:
University of South Carolina - Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications (2003)