Michael p. ansley

associate aia
architecture / project coordinator / manager

Mike, affectionately known as Mansley around the office, grew up in what is known as “Acadiana—The Heart of Cajun Country”. He grew up hunting and fishing in the largest swamp in the United States, the Atchafalaya Basin.  His ability to speak Cajun English, the local dialect, makes him bi-lingual, and he can often be heard issuing a common Cajun greeting—“How ya’ll are?”  In his youth, he learned that there are three kinds of people in the world: those who are good at math and those who aren’t.

Working his way through college, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  In 1981, he married his college sweetheart, Phyllis, and 6 years later, they had their first son, Sean. Eight months later, jobless, broke and nearly bankrupt, he packed up his family and moved to Fort Myers, Florida.

In 1993, he and his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and two years later welcomed a second son, Dominic.  In true Cajun fashion, the family is avid fans of the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. Sean—an ex Marine—served in Afghanistan and returned home safely to marry his wife Madison. The couple gave Mansley his first grandchildren—two beautiful girls.  Son Dominic is currently attending college in pursuit of a degree in Kinesiology.

In June of 1994, he somehow convinced Tom Batenhorst that the Texas office would not survive without him. It appears thus far that he was correct.

Mike has yet to completely grow up and loves God, his family, his dog and hot rods.  He enjoys fine Cajun cuisine and makes a mean fried turkey, awesome boiled crawfish and one heck of a gumbo. If you ask nicely, he might send you a recipe or two. Mike hopes to live forever.  So far…so good.

Notable projects:
•  240 Penn Park Retail Power Center
•  Vineyard Village Retail Center
•  Renaissance Square Shopping Center
•  Just Fitness Exercise Facility

Professional Affiliations:
•  Fort Worth AIA
•  DFW Who Dats
•  Ragin Cajun Alumni Association of North Texas

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