Timber & Stone is named for two of the original building materials used by humans to shape their environment.

They could have named the company after its owners, Mecseri and Stock, but they risked sounding like a law firm. Plus, they wanted a name that could be easily passed down to aspiring architects.  Mike Mecseri founded the company in 2000 because he loved to build things well. He was one of those strange kids who always knew he was going to be an architect as long as he could remember. In late 2012, Joe and Mike spent a Sunday afternoon hiking an 80-acre property that was being explored as a development site (this later turned into a zip line course). They quickly realized that they were excited to work together and could make Manhattan more unique. They became partners in 2013 and felt together they had something to give to our community.

Timber & Stone focuses on projects that make our community more unique, beautiful, and viable while having as much fun as legally allowed. This often brings us projects in the landmark parts of the city, renovations to historic homes, downtown buildings, or projects that bring something unique to Manhattan and the surrounding community.  Timber and Stone takes a hands-on, craft approach to design.  We work with people who love their community and love design. We write a story about our clients, and create architecture from there.  We turn their stories into their building, their office space, or their home. 


We seek handcrafted solutions reflecting the highest expression of each trade and the nature of each material.


We believe a great team beats a lone rockstar every time, and you are invited to join.


Every line we draw on paper represents a resource being used - we treat your resources as we would our own.


We desire to grow each day as individuals and as a team - seeking  to learn at every opportunity.


We believe in the power of design to improve our world - this passion is the rocket fuel driving us everyday. 


We find joy in what we do and hope it is contagious. 


Michael Mecseri

Design Principal

Mike graduated with his degree in Architecture from Kansas State University in 1994. Originally from Colorado, Mike felt the draw of Manhattan during his education at K-State. After working as an architectural intern for Bruce McMillan Architects as well as gaining extensive construction experience with Borst Restoration, Mike formed Timber & Stone Design Build in Manhattan, KS. Mike lives with his wife Judine and daughter Olivia in their renovated historic Victorian home in Manhattan, KS.


Joe Stock

Managing Principal

Joe is a licensed architect in Kansas and Missouri. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2008 with his Masters Degree in Architecture, Joe worked for 5 years with River Bluff Architects in his hometown of St. Joseph, MO. Joe gained construction experience both prior to and during his architectural education, and is happy to incorporate this experience into his design process. Joe and his wife Bethany have three children, Kael, Remi, and Milo and enjoy their adopted hometown of Manhattan, KS.

Interested in Joining the Team?

Timber & Stone is always willing to talk with talented architects and designers.  Submit a resume, cover letter, and other relevant information (like your favorite viral Youtube video) that might help us know you better.

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Education Engagement

Architecture is a profession that must be passed on. We are happy to accommodate students that are interested in the profession who want to see first-hand the non-stop-action-packed-adventure of what architects actually do all day. We are also happy to speak in the classroom or elsewhere about the profession and bring samples of drawings, materials, and design software for students to get some hands on experience. 


Pro Bono Work

Timber & Stone generally takes on several pro bono projects a year, depending on their size and complexity. These are generally non-profit community based projects. If you have a project that you feel could benefit from our design and consulting work, we'd be happy to discuss it with you.

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