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Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple uncluttered form. David Lewis

Presley Architecture is a boutique architectural firm dedicated to fine design in residential and small commercial structures as well as the urban landscape.

Since 1987 Presley Architecture has worked in a wide variety of styles and building types. From classical to modern aesthetic, from larger industrial/commercial spaces to small cozy cottages, Presley Architecture has a considerable portfolio. The firm specializes in residential projects of all stripes and sizes as well as historic preservation/adaptive reuse of commercial structures.

Starting in a small-renovated carriage house in 1987, Presley Architecture has since expanded to two office locations in northwestern and southeastern Michigan. Though there are a few key players behind the scenes at the firm, the primary person in charge is Greg Presley, the principal architect. When you hire Greg you get Greg.

Additionally, clients benefit from Greg’s experience in community planning. Presley has served for 28 years on the Northville Downtown Development Authority and for 6 years for the Petoskey Downtown Management Board’s Design Committee. He has worked on new urbanist traditional neighborhoods as well as smaller scale downtown planning projects. This experience helps Greg provide a special insight into the development of all projects, from residential housing and neighborhood layout to small commercial development.

Whatever the project Presley Architecture aims to synthesize client style, budget, and time line with the existing conditions and contours of the site, all to to create a unique yet functional structure or urban space.


How we work

Defining the dream. “I try to bring out the inner architect”, Presley says about his clients. Taking client ideas and visuals as well as understanding family dynamics or business needs, Greg attempts to create a beautiful design that achieves all objectives in a way that realizes the client vision.

Determining the budget. Starting with client budget, Presley Architecture relates project cost to client objectives and wishes. This process helps to facilitate better choices that balance design and cost.

Creating the design. The best projects are a collaborative process, the result of client vision and personal aesthetic along with the architect’s experience, creativity and skill. “An architect needs to build trust so that the client knows that they are an important participant in the design process.” Throughout the evolving design process there are inevitably adjustments made to make a better end result. In the end the best collaborations make for the best projects.


  • 2016  “Slice of Heaven” – A stunning Arts & Crafts-inspired home is featured in Traditional Home.
  • 2015 Traverse City  Home Tour – View
  • 2015 Planning Excellence Award, Walloon Village Master Plan, Michigan Association of Planners
  • 2014 Detroit Home – Vacation Home in Michigan 2nd Place – View
  • 2010 Historic Preservation Award, 309 Howard St, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce
  • 2009 Better Homes and Gardens Home Improvement Challenge – Exterior Facelift Winner
  • 2008 Better Homes and Gardens Dream Baths
  • 2008 Better Homes and Gardens Beautiful Kitchens – “Arch Revival”
  • 2007 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
  • 2006 Northern Home and Cottage – July/Aug.  “Small Cottage Big Style”
  • 2006 Weekend Homes – “The Little Cottage That Could”
  • 2005 Décor Magazine – “Restrained Beauty”
  • 2004 Better Homes and Gardens – Home Planning Ideas, Spring: “The Little Cottage that Could”
  • 2003 The Best of Better Homes and Gardens – Home Plan Jan/Feb 2003
  • 2002 The Best of Better Homes and Gardens – Home Plans Jan/Feb 2002
  • 2002 The Best of Better Homes and Gardens – Home Plans Sept./Oct. “Popular Vintage”
  • 2001 The Best of Better Homes and Gardens – Jan/Feb
  • 2000 Better Homes and Gardens – Home Plan Ideas Sept/Oct. “An Entertaining Old Soul”
  • 1999 Better Homes and Gardens – Home Plan Ideas Spring

Eighteen years ago when we decided to build a cottage on Walloon Lake we asked Greg Presley to do the design. He already had an outstanding reputation in the Northville community for his talent, passion, and creativity in the architectural field. Once he put his concept of our cottage on the drawing table we were immediately impressed. His mastery of space management and attention to detail made our “dream house’ a reality. – Laurie and Terry Marrs

Greg Presley

Greg Presley

Why hire an architect?

Every project has unique characteristics that must be taken into account in the planning and design process. An architect has specific education and experience to comprehensively address design challenges that arise. In the end good planning and design make for a more beautiful project that balances form and function within the client budget.