Partners + Associates

STEVEN P. BARTON

AIA, LEED AP – MANAGING PARTNER

Steve grad­u­at­ed from Auburn University’s School of Archi­tec­ture in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Archi­tec­ture degree. Since that time, he has spent his career design­ing build­ings that meet his client’s needs while also cre­at­ing spaces that are both inspi­ra­tional and use­ful. Steve has been involved in the cre­ation of numer­ous inno­v­a­tive hous­ing and mixed-use devel­op­ments that have had a sig­nif­i­cant impact on his com­mu­ni­ty and many of these have been rec­og­nized by both the com­mu­ni­ty as well as his pro­fes­sion for pro­vid­ing dis­tinc­tive design.

While man­ag­ing the day to day oper­a­tions of the firm, Steve also stays strong­ly involved in the design, pro­duc­tion, and project man­age­ment of his projects. His com­mit­ment to each project stems from his belief that archi­tec­ture can improve people’s dai­ly lives and the design of hous­ing allows him to do this on a very per­son­al scale.

Steve is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, the Nation­al Coun­cil of Archi­tec­tur­al Reg­is­tra­tion Board, and the Unit­ed States Green Build­ing Coun­cil and he holds archi­tec­tur­al licens­es in North Car­oli­na, Vir­ginia and Ken­tucky.

COLLEEN D. GARRETT

AIA, LEED AP – MANAGING PARTNER

Colleen earned her Bach­e­lors of Archi­tec­ture degree from Auburn University’s School of Archi­tec­ture and in her fifth-year her stud­ies took her to Boston’s BAC (Boston Archi­tec­tur­al Col­lege). It was there she devel­oped a fas­ci­na­tion with mixed-use and mul­ti-fam­i­ly hous­ing.  Colleen is a strong advo­cate for cre­at­ing hous­ing that is both func­tion­al and aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing. Her atten­tion to detail dri­ves her and the work of the firm. At the base of her work is an abid­ing curios­i­ty to under­stand how peo­ple want to live and what will ensure their qual­i­ty of life.

Colleen has been instru­men­tal in the design, pro­duc­tion, and project man­age­ment of a wide range of mixed-use and mul­ti-fam­i­ly projects in her career at Axiom and pre­vi­ous­ly at David Fur­man Archi­tec­ture. Her work has var­ied from 3-sto­ry wood frame to mid-rise mul­ti-fam­i­ly struc­tures and she also draws on her pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence in retail store plan­ning while work­ing on numer­ous mixed-use residential/commercial projects.

Colleen is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, the Nation­al Coun­cil of Archi­tec­tur­al Reg­is­tra­tion Board, and the Unit­ed States Green Build­ing Coun­cil and she holds archi­tec­tur­al licens­es in North Car­oli­na, South Car­oli­na and Flori­da.

MATTHEW G. MAJORS

AIA, LEED AP – MANAGING PARTNER

Matt has lived in Char­lotte and prac­ticed archi­tec­ture since 1993. He has designed and man­aged a wide range of mul­ti-fam­i­ly and mixed-use projects over the years. Matt’s pas­sion for hous­ing was sparked ear­ly on in his career while work­ing for many years as a Senior Asso­ciate at David Fur­man Archi­tec­ture.

Matt is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, the Nation­al Coun­cil of Archi­tec­tur­al Reg­is­tra­tion Board, the Unit­ed States Green Build­ing Coun­cil and is active with Charlotte’s chap­ter of the Urban Land Insti­tute.

Matt earned his Bach­e­lors of Archi­tec­ture degree from Auburn University’s School of Archi­tec­ture. He finds solace and inspi­ra­tion in well-designed spaces, and com­bines his love of archi­tec­ture with his love of music. His belief is that archi­tec­ture and music share a kin­dred spir­it, and in the per­fect set­ting or moment, one can always inspire the oth­er.

MATTHEW BROWN

AIA — ASSOCIATE

Matt was born and raised in the Char­lotte area and he decid­ed ear­ly on that he want­ed to give back to his com­mu­ni­ty. He earned his Bach­e­lors of Archi­tec­ture degree from North Car­oli­na State University’s School of Archi­tec­ture and began his archi­tec­tur­al career work­ing on a vari­ety of com­mer­cial and munic­i­pal projects where he devel­oped a strength for coor­di­na­tion, detail­ing and a dri­ve to see projects through to com­ple­tion. In 2013, he joined Axiom Archi­tec­ture and has con­tin­ued his pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment while work­ing on var­i­ous mul­ti­fam­i­ly and mixed use projects in the area. Matt was named as an Asso­ciate to the firm in 2016

Matt’s fun-lov­ing per­son­al­i­ty and atten­tion to detail allow him to gen­er­ate strong work­ing rela­tion­ships with Clients, Con­sul­tants and Con­trac­tors. His ener­getic spir­it shows through in his ded­i­ca­tion to the qual­i­ty of the project as well as in his inter­ac­tions with col­leagues to make each day not only pro­duc­tive but enjoy­able.

Matt is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, the Nation­al Coun­cil of Archi­tec­tur­al Reg­is­tra­tion Boards and is active in the with the Char­lotte Chap­ter of the AIA and their Young Archi­tects Forum & Lead­er­ship Pro­gram.

ASHLEY SMITH

AIA, LEED AP BD+C — ASSOCIATE

Ash­ley grew up in Doylestown Penn­syl­va­nia, and after grad­u­at­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Char­lotte with a Bach­e­lor of Archi­tec­ture she decid­ed to make Char­lotte her home. She is an asso­ciate with Axiom and has enjoyed work­ing on mixed-use, mul­ti-fam­i­ly res­i­den­tial, and reha­bil­i­ta­tion projects since 2011.

Ash­ley loves work­ing close­ly with her cowork­ers and appre­ci­ates an open office atmos­phere where every­one is val­ued for their indi­vid­ual strengths and quirks. For her, how peo­ple expe­ri­ence and appre­ci­ate archi­tec­ture dif­fer­ent­ly is what makes it inter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, and stim­u­lat­ing.

Dur­ing her down time, you’ll find Ash­ley brows­ing the inter­net for adopt­able pup­pies, plan­ning her next adven­ture abroad, or work­ing on her long list of DIY projects with her hus­band.

Ash­ley is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, the Nation­al Coun­cil of Archi­tec­tur­al Reg­is­tra­tion Board, and the Unit­ed States Green Build­ing Coun­cil. She holds an archi­tec­tur­al license in North Car­oli­na.

RYAN TRIMBLE

AIA, LEED AP BD+C — ASSOCIATE

Ryan grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Char­lotte in 2011 with a Bach­e­lor of Archi­tec­ture and received the AIA Hen­ry Adams medal for his grad­u­at­ing class. He joined Axiom Archi­tec­ture in Octo­ber of that year and has since worked on a vari­ety of projects, from con­cept through con­struc­tion. Ryan was pro­mot­ed to Asso­ciate in 2017.

Although Ryan grew up in a small town, he has come to love liv­ing in a city. If he isn’t walk­ing a green­way or hang­ing out at a local brew­ery then he is prob­a­bly cheer­ing on one of his favorite sports teams. It’s this pas­sion for an urban lifestyle that he brings to each project and client at Axiom. Unrav­el­ing the com­plex­i­ties of cre­at­ing mixed-use and mul­ti-fam­i­ly designs that con­tribute to a bet­ter urban fab­ric are what he looks for­ward to each day.

Ryan is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, a LEED Accred­it­ed Pro­fes­sion­al, and an Eagle Scout. He holds an archi­tec­tur­al license in North Car­oli­na.