Larry Milles, a distinguished architect with a career spanning 53 years, has announced his retirement from Gray Design Group, where he served as Principal and Director of Architecture. After graduating from Washington University in 1970, becoming a registered architect in Missouri by 1973 and NCARB certified in 26 states, Milles has left an indelible mark on the industry throughout his tenure.
Joining Gray Design Group in 1998 from ACI Boland, Milles’ architectural designs have been instrumental in various landmark projects. Notable designs include the Delmar Gardens office buildings I, II and III, Friendship Village in Chesterfield and Sunset Hills, and commercial space designs for Watlow, APC Schneider and Schattdecor USA Headquarters. Milles’ passion for building structures traces back to his childhood. He reflected on his career, “Creating buildings that endure for decades is the most fulfilling aspect of my career, something I’ll always appreciate.”
At the core of his success lies a design principle recognizing the importance of client collaboration. Milles emphasized, “You can’t have a great project without a great client.” His philosophy and dedication earned him repeat clients, including Delmar Gardens, showcasing the trust and rapport he built over the years. Steve Kuhlmann, Principal and Vice President at Gray Design Group, says, “Larry’s reputation and career as an architect holds respect among his peers and colleagues. He is truly a legend.”
Milles’ expertise and leadership have profoundly impacted Gray Design Group—his retirement in December 2023 leaves behind an architectural legacy that will continue to inspire future generations.