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Checkmate Design


Masters of the End Game

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Checkmate Design


Masters of the End Game

In 2001, Midtown St. Louis needed a long awaited transformation of monumental, historically significant buildings. Checkmate Design took on many properties, beautifully marrying the unique architecture with new function; bringing new life to a community that is now a hotbed of culture and entertainment.

Checkmate grew out of Amy Gill's desire to do architecture and construction in a developer-friendly way, pairing experience with quick decision making for a faster turn around on projects. "What we really want is to merge design and construction into a seamless process." Since its inception, Checkmate Design’s dedicated team of professionals has focused on historic renovations around the St. Louis area and downtown Davenport, finishing projects on time and on budget for over fifteen years.

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Supporting the Future


Checkmate Design has given much needed improvements to some great historical sites, breathing new life into the community.

See Our Projects

Supporting the Future


Checkmate Design has given much needed improvements to some great historical sites, breathing new life into the community.

See Our Projects

 

Working closely with development, contracting companies and construction, Checkmate Design has finished over 55 projects in the St. Louis area and Downtown Davenport. Headed by passionate leadership, Checkmate Design's team of dedicated professionals have a combined fifty years of architecture and spatial design experience, a combined decade and a half in contracting, and has been devoting their passion and attention to detail to each task set to them; making them masters of the Endgame.

Checkmate's current projects include a multi-use art hotel and an office space in downtown Davenport in the historic Putnam and Parker buildings, both with private residences above, a boutique hotel and residences in Downtown St. Louis in a rare Adler & Sullivan skyscraper, and a multi-unit apartment community in Forest Park South's Grove.

 
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The People


The People


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Amy Gill

 

President
amy@checkmatedesign.com

She has served as full partner and hands-on manager for every development project undertaken with husband Amrit since 1990, when they tackled their first renovation project. Since then, Amy has built a decade-plus tradition of rehabilitation projects which have come in on time and on budget. As the front-woman for Checkmate Design, Amy has received numerous awards including St. Louis Women of the Year, The Women of Influence Award, and the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Leader Award and personally supervises design details for and manages the architects and contractors involved with projects ranging from $80,000 residential rehabs to $40 million restoration projects.

Kelly Dawson

Vice President of Design
314.446.4534
kelly@checkmatedesign.com

A native St. Louisan, Kelly began studying her father's construction documents at the dining room table at a young age. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, and brings over 12 years of architectural design and project management experience, as well as 11 years of contracting experience, to her role as Vice President of Design. Kelly is an avid road cyclist and, along with her cycling team United by Design, participates annually in the MS 150 bike ride to fight MS. 

Nathan Zierer

 

Project Manager
314.446.4533
design3@checkmatedesign.com

Nathan received his Bachelor's Degree of Architecture from Drury University in Springfield, MO and has been with the company since 2012.  Nathan has also served as Project Manager/
Superintendent for A&A Contracting.  His interest in historic preservation carries over to his personal time where he recently concluded the renovations of his 1886 constructed personal residence. He is currently working toward obtaining his Architectural License.

 
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Chris Johnson

 

Project Manager
314.446.4522
design2@checkmatedesign.com

A Missouri native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Chris serves as Project Manager for Checkmate Design.  With a background in municipal architecture and construction management, Chris brings his experience to the restoration architecture practice to help ensure a seamless process for Checkmate. An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, he also enjoys playing golf, as well as watching Arkansas Razorback athletics. 

Lamont Anderson

 

Intern Design Architect
314.446.4558
design5@checkmatedesign.com

Born and raised in St. Louis, Lamont graduated from Construction Careers Center Charter High School and obtained a Bachelor's Degree of Architecture from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. Before Checkmate Design, Lamont interned at Carpenters Union, HOK Architects, The City of Baton Rouge and the City of St. Louis. Lamont is excited to share his abilities and knowledge with his hometown and revitalizing St. Louis' historic features.

Synetra Parker

 

Architectural Designer
314.446.4590
Design6@checkmatedesign.com

At a young age Synetra Parker dreamed of restoring buildings in her hometown St. Louis. She began studying architecture in high school where she quickly realized she was destined to follow this career path.  Once Synetra saw an opening for Checkmate Design she knew her dreams would finally become a reality.  Although Synetra is still pursuing her architectural licensing she is very eager to learn, and has become a great asset to her team.