Expressive Architecture is a southeast Michigan based architectural firm that has worked extensively throughout Michigan as well as on projects in Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois, West Virginia, Alaska, Minnesota, California, Texas and Oklahoma. We combine years of hands on construction experience with extensive architecture experience.

The firm and its principal Jeremy J. Griffis, RA, NCARB takes a deeply involved approach to each project to exceed expectations with creative and functional solutions. Collectively, Expressive Architecture has more than 20 years of experience on many project types. We do not limit the practice to a singular specialty. Instead, no matter the project type, client requirements are defined and executed with CREATIVE. FUNCTIONAL. SOLUTIONS.


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Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience on many project types including mixed-use, adaptive re-use, hospitality, retail, healthcare, religious, office, multiple-family housing and single-family residential spaces, including new build and renovations. He excels in combining his 20 years of extensive hands on construction skills with an architect’s demanding quality standards.  Building on his knowledge of site and zoning analysis for new projects Jeremy also serves on his local planning commission and building code board of appeals. Cabinet and furniture making as well as finish carpentry, are Jeremy’s favorite hands on skills.  When Jeremy isn't designing, building or fixing something he enjoys touring microbreweries and spending time with his family.


Gary leitner

Gary has over 20 years experience in architecture, interior design and building.  He provides design and technical leadership on residential and commercial projects both large and small including the renovation of historic buildings, retail developments, experiential "exhibit" architecture and energy efficient "green" design.  Born and raised in Northern Michigan, the natural beauty and array of architecture styles proved to be an inspiration in the development of his future in building and architecture.  Gary enjoys drawing free hand color renderings of buildings and spending time outdoors or on the lake with his family and friends.  


jeff owens

Jeff has worked in many differing fields of design since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2011.  His more interesting accomplishments include developing the Design Department for a high ropes course company and backpacking Australia for a year.  Jeff enjoys traveling and cooking in addition to checking out new restaurants and breweries in his free time. 


christine GRIFFIS

Christine has over 16 years of hands on experience in many different elements of residential renovation. She joined Expressive Architecture full time in 2016 to manage day to day operations and lend her keen eye to the design element of the firms many projects. Christine enjoys working on design / build projects.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.