Meet Our Team

Ben McMillan
Ben S. McMillan III, AIA, NCARB, NOMA
Founder & Principal

Ben is the founder and Principal of IDG Architects Inc. With four decades of extensive background in educational, governmental, commercial and worship facilities, he has been contributing to the design and architecture of Houston. Ben has built his firm’s culture and team while exceeding his clients’ expectations. Ben is not only viewed as a boss by his IDG team but rather as a leader -- leading his team to success!

"My philosophy is 'whatever it takes, we're going to get it done and get it done right'.”
Aaron Gunn
Aaron Gunn
Associate Managing Principal – Illinois Office

Aaron is an Associate Managing Principal in the IDG Architects office in Peoria, Illinois. With his background in educational, governmental, commercial and worship facilities, he has been contributing to the design and architecture of Peoria.

“Building communities in Peoria is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference that I could not have imagined before working with IDG Architects."
Janet Palmer
Dr. Janet Palmer
Educational Consultant & Coach

Dr. Palmer serves as a consultant for IDG Architects Inc. Janet brings decades of academic experience to our school projects. Her insight into how a school operates on a day-to-day basis helps inform design decisions. She is also a leadership coach and an invaluable consultant regarding work culture and inclusion.

“I’m committed to helping organizations, leadership teams and individuals to examine and improve their workplace culture, which fosters success for everyone.”
Hussein Mbarak
Hussein Mbarak
Job Captain/Senior Designer

Hussein Mbarak is an experienced Architectural Designer at IDG Architects. Hussein started out as an intern at IDG, and now uses his expertise to lead teams to success. Hussein is an LEED Green Associate.

“I value hard work, team commitment and attention to detail. Each day I bring my natural drive to produce the highest quality work to every project."
Anas Sada, AIA
Anas Sada, AIA, NCARB
Project Architect

Anas Sada is a project architect with more than six years of experience in educational and commercial construction projects. His skill set ranges from graphic design to construction administration.

“A crucial part of a project’s success is understanding the client’s needs and goals on a human level. I’m proud to be a part of improving educational institutions for the next generation.”
DeQuales Thompson
DeQuales Thompson
Director of Research and Development

DeQuales Thompson is the Director of Research and Development at IDG Architects. His expertise ranges from research and project management to graphic design. He’s worked on construction projects for a variety of institutions, such as healthcare, educational, commercial, civic, and residential buildings. He led the IDG team on the Africa School Competition in Benga, Malawi, which won 1st prize among 500 contestants from around the world.

“I have a deep passion for design, education, politics, assisting life and hard work. My ultimate career goal is to be the champion of renaissance.”
Calvin Deese
Calvin Deese
Project Manager

Calvin Deese brings his many years of experience to IDG. He is responsible for project budgets, in-house design reviews for project constructability and coordinates inspections of all construction projects at IDG.

“Being a member of such a talented team is constantly inspiring.”
Joy Boleigha
Joy Boleigha, Associate AIA
Architectural Designer

Joy is an experienced Architectural Designer at IDG Architects. She started out at IDG as an intern, and now serves as a production manager and team leader. Her education and her construction portfolio include work in both the U.S. and Nigeria. She is dedicated to the success of architectural projects as a way of improving people’s lives and creating a better future.

“Architecture is a lifestyle, not a job. It’s about people, and it’s about building the future.”
Peggy Nordmann
Peggy Nordmann
QAQC Director

Peggy is the Quality Assurance and Quality Control Director at IDG Architects. She is an experienced project coordinator with a demonstrated history of helping projects to succeed in the architecture and planning industry. Her years of experience and her dedication to excellence make her an invaluable part of the IDG team.

“Understanding the role of project management allows me to be sure each part of the process meets our standards for excellence.”
Ismael Kabre
Ismael Kabre
Architectural Designer

Ismael Kabre is an experienced Architectural Designer at IDG Architects. He has strong skills in arts and design, as well as in teamwork and management, which he demonstrates in working with consultants and engineers.

“Architecture is my art, my work and my tools."
Emanuel Soito
Emanuel Soito
Architectural Designer

Emanuel Soito is an experienced Architectural Designer at IDG Architects. He is a versatile and creative designer who values working with a team and is always ready for the next challenge.

“I see each project as an opportunity to not only improve a building or institution, but to improve myself as a designer and a professional.”
Julius McMillan
Julius McMillan
Construction Management Major at Houston Community College

Julius McMillan is a construction administration trainee at IDG Architects. He is currently studying Construction Management at Houston Community College.

“I’m grateful to be working with such a great team of designers, leaders and mentors at the start of my career.”
Ben McMillan
Aaron Gunn
Janet Palmer
Hussein Mbarak
Anas Sada, AIA
DeQuales Thompson
Calvin Deese
 Joy Boleigha
Peggy Nordmann
Ismael Kabre
 Emanuel Soito
 Julius McMillan
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Expect More Than Great Architecture

The cornerstone of our business philosophy is unparalleled customer service. IDG Architects has experience in many of today's dynamic sectors, including education government housing worship facilities, and commercial.

Above all, our team prides itself on being a step above the rest.

By creating sustainable, efficient buildings and practicing green architecture, through using buildings as teaching tools, creative learning spaces, visual transparency and collaborative use of technology, IDG is designing for the 21st century.


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440 Benmar Drive, Suite 3335
Houston Texas 77060

3710 Rawlins Street, Suite 1420
Dallas, Texas 75219

4507 Sterling Avenue, Suite 306
Peoria, Illinois 61615

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