ABOUT ashlar

Ashlar Architecture & Engineering, LLC combines a wealth of in-house, professional knowledge with the desire to constantly evolve in order to provide client-focused, innovative design. Our primary staff possesses a combined 55 years of experience in the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Our architects, engineers, designers, and project managers have been cultivated for their proven performance gained over decades of experience gained while working on a variety of projects with a wide range of sites and circumstances.

We balance the latest design techniques, 3-D renderings, and cost-effective planning to provide the best outcome for all of our clients and their projects.


Joseph Gray, P.E.


Educated as a civil engineer with a concentration in Structural Engineering, Joe Gray has a solid foundation in building design. His detailed design knowledge, coupled with his extensive construction experience, provides Ashlar Architecture & Engineering with an immeasurable wealth of practical, real-world experience.


From 1980 to 1991, Gray worked in construction and construction management. Notable projects include: Ross Park Mall, Mine Safety Appliance Headquarters and Pittsburgh International Airport Mid-Field Terminal.


In March 1997, Gray founded Gray Engineering Corp., an engineering consulting firm which quickly grew into a formidable engineering firm, providing full engineering services and specializing in land development planning and design. Warnick Company, which had been in business since 1945, was purchased by Gray Engineering Corp. in 1999, forming Gray Warnick Engineering. Another transition occurred in 2005 when Gray Warnick was purchased by The Gateway Engineers, Inc., which Gray was a partner in until 2009 and for which he continues to act as a consultant for.


In a parallel path to the consulting work, Gray pursued his love for building design and renovation. As a young man in high school he designed and helped build three of the family homes. Since marrying Jacquelyn Young in 1990, he designed and they built three of their own homes.


As the need for space to house his consulting firm grew, Gray found himself involved in more with real estate projects. He and Jackie bought their first commercial property in Mount Chestnut and made it the office for the engineering company. To expand the company, they purchased their first downtown Butler property, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building on Main Street. This building was too large for the engineering company; so began the road to renovating and leasing commercial space. Since then, Gray has purchased and renovated several downtown properties, including the building directly behind the I.O.O.F. building where Ashlar Architecture & Engineering resides.

Marlene Myers, R.A. NCARB


Marlene Myers has considerable experience in commercial and residential design. For the first thirteen years of her career she worked in Virginia for the Lessard Group, a firm that specialized in residential design, ranging from single family homes to high-rise, mixed-use developments. Myers gained experience in the residential market as a project manager, leading her team to complete many successful projects in the eastern United States.


In 2005, Myers and her young family moved back to Western Pennsylvania. Two years later, in 2007 she joined 4-Most Group, Inc. Architects as a project manager, and later became a registered architect. There, she expanded her knowledge of commercial architecture by working on a variety of projects, including: offices, religious projects, restaurants, and institutional facilities. During this time, she and her husband dismantled an old barn and relocated it to a new home site, creating their unique family home.


In 2018, she became a partner at Ashlar Architecture & Engineering where she continues to provide comprehensive design and architectural services to a variety of clients.


She is involved in several local organizations, including: Butler County 4-H, where she serves as a leader; Butler Gymnastics Parents Organization where is a Board Member; and Mars Centennial Lions Club where she is a Charter Member.

Rick Hysong, Assoc. AIA


Rick Hysong began his career with Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann Assoicates in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania in 1989. While working as a draftsman in the engineering department, he was exposed to a wide range of projects, including: high-rise office buildings, schools, hospitals, as well as many other commercial projects. 

In 1994, Hysong moved to New Orleans, LA to work for Perez, Ernst, Farnet Architects; expanding his experience to include high-rise hotels, casinos, and athletic facilities.

In 2006, he was offered the opportunity to move to Houston, TX and work in residential design. Hysong designed homes throughout Texas, ranging from simple starter homes to very complex custom designs well over 5,000 square feet in size, many of which were required to meet strict coastal and hurricane specifications. During this time, Hysong refined his knowledge in building and energy code compliance, structural design, detailing, project management, and construction administration.

Eventually, the opportunity to move his family back to Western Pennsylvania presented itself and in 2017 Hysong joined Ashlar Architecture & Engineering as a Senior Designer and Project Manager. His diverse experiences have given Hysong the ability to design and manage projects of any scope and size. His attention to detail enables him to develop comprehensive details and resolve challenging situations. 

He has worked on projects across the USA, China, Chile, Australia, Mexico and Canada.