The Firm 

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The Firm



Wagner Architecture is a small design-oriented architecture firm. The principal, Brent Wagner, has been a registered architect for more than 20 years. Brent was born and raised in Valparaiso Indiana and attended Ball State University, where he received a Bachelors of Architecture Degree in 1985. 

Always attracted to Classic New England Architecture, Brent decided to move to Maine after graduation. Brent soon took up residence on Peaks Island, off the coast of Portland, from which he would commute by ferry to the mainland.  He gained hands-on experience working on his 1890’s ‘Cottage’ while practicing at Stephen Blatt Architects, where he worked on a variety of Educational and Residential Projects.

While in Maine, Brent met and married his wife Cathryn. They moved back to the Valparaiso area in the mid 1990’s and started a family.  Brent established Brent Wagner Architects in Valparaiso in 1995, where he remains active in the Valparaiso community. While they return to Peaks Island each summer, Valparaiso is where the family calls home.

Brent was an initial appointee to serve on Valparaiso's Historic Preservation Commission, and historical acknowledgement is apparent in many of the firm’s projects, reflecting Brent's early years spent apprenticing and practicing in Portland, Maine. The firm also supports the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity where Brent served as President for more than 10 years.

As the practice continued to grow, architectural designer Jean Maczak joined the firm in 2003. Jean’s prior experience had been in the Product Design field, specializing in new product development and prototyping.  With her background in Design and an affinity for technology, the firm has continued to grow and keep pace with new methods and technologies in the field.

In 2008 ‘Wagner Architecture’ was launched to better describe the firm’s mission while also celebrating a new office located in the Renovated ‘Murken Building’. The move marked a rededication to serving the diverse needs of our clients, contractors, and community. The Office is located at 54 Indiana Avenue, in historic downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, one half block off the Court House Square.