About MHK Carolinas
Matthew Kragh

Our Principals

Matthew H. Kragh

Matthew Kragh, AIA is an architect who holds licenses in Florida, Massachusetts, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado. Matthew is a proven industry and community leader in his profession.  Matthew’s gift and passion for design was initially fostered by his parents and his great grandmother who paid for early childhood art lessons because she saw a talent and a drive to design.

Upon completion of high school and a childhood in the middle of Indiana, Matthew followed his passion to become an NCAA springboard and platform diver for Western Kentucky University.  It was there, while studying at WKU where Matthew learned the initial discipline of architecture and drafting.  Upon graduation, Matthew attended the school of Modern Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology founded by famed Architect Mies Van Der Rohe.  Upon completion of his graduate studies, Matthew enhanced his skills while working under the guidance of Helmut Jahn in Chicago where Matthew was exposed to projects throughout the world.

In 1997, Matthew relocated to Naples, Florida.  From there, Matthew became a licenses architect and worked on many iconic structures in downtown Naples.  In 2009, being a product of the recession, Matthew launched his own firm and branded MHK.

Matthew has been awarded many architectural awards including many design and honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, AIA’s Firm of the year, the AIA President’s Award, as well as the W.R. Frizell Medal of Honor which is the highest honor that can be bestowed to an architect from the American Institute of Architect’s Florida Southwest Chapter.

Matthew is married to his lovely wife Trista Sue Kragh and has two children, their son Maverick (6) and daughter Shiloh (3).  They currently reside and are headquartered out of Naples and work out of the Highlands South Carolina and Aspen offices in the summer months.

Mitch Lehde

Mitch received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture at the University of Florida, and also studied at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture (VIA) in Northern Italy. Prior to joining MHK Architecture and Planning, he worked for 8 years in Naples, FL specializing in residential architecture, and later established his own firm in Greenville, SC where he continued a focus in residential design in the Western Carolinas. In addition to residential architecture Mr. Lehde has designed many private theaters regionally based on his expertise in architectural acoustics. Lehde is currently co-chair of the Urban Design Review Board for the City of Greenville’s downtown district and has actively participated with Clemson University’s College of Architecture as a guest juror for student design studios.