Selser Schaefer Architects Dubuque transitions to 563 Design


DUBUQUE, Iowa. (January 30, 2017) – Selser Schaefer Architects’ branch office in Dubuque, under the direct leadership of Andrew and Emily McCready, will transition to 563 Design, PLLC.

“Our entrepreneurial dreams are becoming reality! When we relocated from Tulsa to Dubuque in 2013, Selser Schaefer Architects came along with us to form the firm’s first and only branch office. Our partnership has been incredible; we have built a strong and successful Dubuque business together. Now it is time to emerge into the business of architecture on our own as 563 Design,” said Emily McCready.

The McCreadys' new business will remain in the same location on 240 West 2nd Street and continue working with their Dubuque area clients. “Opening the Dubuque office was a proud day for us,” said Janet Selser, president of Selser Schaefer Architects. “As an entrepreneur myself, to watch Andrew and Emily take on this opportunity and bring it to this level of success has been outstanding. Separating our business ties will be a sad day for the Selser Schaefer Architects family, but we are all in full support of 563 Design and couldn’t have imagined a better outcome of our collaboration.”

“We are so excited to build a brand all our own,” said McCready. “We are ready to be business owners and to deepen our investment in the Dubuque community. That’s why we chose the name, 563 Design. Our name puts into perspective our roots, our inspiration, and our passion.”

Rising Star: Emily McCready

So this award was a HUGE honor. Not only was in in awe of all those that were recognized along with me, but also of those that had come before me. Here is a recap of my interview and feel free to click on the link to read about all the other amazing awardees.

Rising Star 2016: Emily McCready

Nicki Kohl, Biz Times, Photographer

Nicki Kohl, Biz Times, Photographer

Job title/occupation/place of employment: Business development, Selser Schaefer Architects.

Volunteer activities: Board member for Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, Matter, Mercy Health Foundation, Rotary Club of Dubuque, volunteer for Women’s Leadership Network, Dubuque Museum of Art, Bridge Christian Community Church, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Jaycees and T-ball coach.

Education: Bachelor of arts in business administration, emphasis in marketing, National University in San Diego.

Family: Husband, Andrew; daughter, Johanna, 4.

Person most inspirational to me and why: Janet Selser, co-founder of our firm, Selser Schaefer Architects, has been my most influential mentor. She is innovative, intelligent, easy to talk to and tireless. Her passion and focus are unmatched and I learn from her constantly.

Favorite thing to do outside of work: Be a wife and mother, volunteer, garden, plan our historic house renovation, gather at Pepper Sprout with good friends and family, and spend time with my church family.

One word to describe me: Determined.

What’s one thing that most people would be surprised to know about you: We are working toward renovating our historic home downtown with the dedicated purpose of filling it with more children, exchange students and to gather people as often as possible.

Greatest fear: That I will someday become complacent and stop trying to make the world a better place.

What’s the one thing you are most passionate about in your life: I strive to bring people together to solve problems, fill needs and bring dreams to reality.