STUDIO

A craft is a skill honed over years of experience: one that continues to grow with each new project. CRAFT Architecture + Interiors focuses on clarity of concept, strength of execution, and diligence in detail. Our mission is to elevate design through thoughtful space-making.

Our firm has the unique ability to view projects comprehensively throughout all stages with combined experience in residential and commercial architecture, interiors, and construction. This lived knowledge amongst our team of architects and designers has proven to be invaluable to clients by facilitating a more streamlined and enjoyable experience. Our clients have greatly benefited from our team's relationships with key players in the architecture and construction industry worldwide.

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MATT PETR, AIA / FOUNDING PRINCIPAL

Go to LinkedIn page Matt believes thoughtful design and innovative place-making elevate the human condition. Every site and every client presents a unique opportunity to create an authentic design. For ten years, while studying under the mentorship of Turan Duda and Jeffrey Paine of Duda|Paine Architects, Matt honed a craft-focused skillset on clarity of concept, strength of execution, and diligence in detail. CRAFT Architecture + Interiors is the embodiment of these values. Applying a "Studio Architecture" approach to practice, CRAFT creates custom design solutions for each project; no two are the same. He believes that whether large or small, the things we make find their way into the lives of those around us and, in doing so, must make those lives better.

MARK BATSON | FOUNDING PRINCIPAL

Go to LinkedIn page Mark's family has been living in the Wilmington area for hundreds of years, passing down local knowledge. His background has been tied to the sea, from his days as a child working with his dad on fishing boats, to living on the water for years. When you think about how a home will live, especially on the water, nothing can replace someone's direct, immediate, everyday life experiences. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge to CRAFT’s clientele from being a prominent figure in the the real estate and design + build industries as the owner & CEO of Tongue & Groove Design + Build and as a licensed Broker with Sotheby’s International Realty. The essential advantage for clients working with Mark is that he lives the life they're looking for every day. His house has docks, swimming pools, and pilings. He knows what works and doesn't work. He knows what will not only look awesome but function beautifully. He has the direct, functional experience that can't be taught; it must be lived to be understood. Mark studied at UNCW. He earned his BA in History, which is the study of the past and how it relates to people. Relating to people is what the business of custom home building is all about. Mark applies lessons from his past experiences, and intuitively guides his clients through the design/build process to create something unique. He sees his purpose is to help families imagine how their lives could be, actualized into real environments, improving their lives through better living. Winner of multiple awards and recognition, including the 2020 NAHB Custom Home Builder of the Year Award recipient, Mark has found that cultivating long-term relationships with clients and colleagues is the real reward. As a leader, Mark's role is to instill a sensibility about how things should be done. He believes in having a warrior's spirit, a servant's heart, and a fun-loving atmosphere. His promise to the client is never to compromise quality or coolness. Mark lives in Wrightsville Beach with his family of five, where his young children keep him busy. Occasionally, he'll get opportunities for fun, like flying, surfing, spearfishing, and other water sports. Overall, he wants to leave a legacy that positively impacts himself, his family, and his community.

AARON TRUDO | ASSOCIATE

Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Aaron specializes in innovative and creative design solutions for residential projects. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from the North Carolina State University College of Design and has an extensive background in residential design. He is also a licensed general contractor with years of experience in construction management. With a multi- faceted background in architecture, art, design, craft and construction, he is uniquely equipped to think outside the parameters of his discipline allowing for diverse and innovative design solutions. Aaron’s expertise in residential design is not limited to a particular style, but rather he seeks to collaboratively work with our clients to understand their needs and design in a manner that is reflective of the type of project they desire. Aaron’s process is driven not by style, but by an early analysis and interpretation of our client’s needs through careful consideration of the site and program, exploration of space, materials and creative ways to meet the budget. He searches to develop clear, distinguished work informed by the craft of construction, sustainability, culture and technology. It is Aaron’s belief that every project is unique, thus each design response should be diverse, and a reflection of the clients involved. In his free time outside the office, Aaron enjoys traveling, hiking, researching motorcycles and spending time at the beach.

ANGELENA SMITH | INTERIOR DESIGNER

As a CRAFT interior designer, Angelena works closely with our clients and the architects to create a holistic approach to designing custom homes. She enjoys being involved from the beginning to capture all the design details and elements. From interior elevation drawings to tile and cabinetry, she enjoys having the opportunity to be creative and technical.

Growing up as a daughter of a successful architect with his own firm, she acknowledges that her father opened her eyes to the beauty of the built environment, attention to detail, and the desire to satisfy the client. She has grown to appreciate the art world through a sister who is an aspiring artist and musician in NYC. Being creative and recognizing the value of interior design inspires me to excel in this profession.

After working in small design firms, she has learned the essential aspects and values of running a business, the need for proper space planning, and the benefit of being versatile within your craft. Since moving to Wilmington several years ago, Angelena has worked on several residential projects, from small renovations to new builds. She has become familiar with designing for a coastal environment while getting to explore neighborhoods within the area. All of which she has gained pride and appreciation for in the city she and her husband now call home.

Angelena attended West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, puppy, and family and going to the beach, taking Pilates classes, traveling, and volunteering at her church.

MOLLY MICHALSKI | INTERIOR DESIGNER

Bio is coming soon.

KAYSEY RAPER | ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER

Kaysey joined the CRAFT team in 2022 as our Architectural Drafter. She holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina Charlotte; after graduating, she knew she was destined to put down roots in a beach town, similar to where she grew up in Emerald Isle. Before joining our team, she was in Wilmington's commercial architecture industry. While she enjoyed the experience and the disciplines she learned, Kaysey knew her calling was residential, so CRAFT was a no-brainer.

Now, Kaysey works hand-in-hand with our in-house Architects to create unique and memorable residential projects from concept sketches through construction and making the client's dream a reality. Each project inspires her to think outside the box to create a home that is not only visually unique but unique to each client's specific needs. During her downtime, she's with her beloved dog Rambo and enjoys all that Wilmington offers with family and friends.

DENISE SMITH | INTERIOR DRAFTER

Denise joined CRAFT in the Spring of 2022 and brought her sixteen years of industry experience to the design team. We affectionately nicknamed her the "Cabinet Guru." She is our go-to when ensuring our custom cabinets use space and functionality best. She reconfigures spaces to the client's needs and wants on the remodel side, turning their house from ordinary to extraordinary. Denise finds inspiration in creating a design to fulfill every client's vision. She loves to see the client's eyes light up when she can make their wish list a reality.

Originally from Ohio and Hilton Head, SC, Denise made her way to Wilmington to be closer to her family. In her downtime, she enjoys swimming, spending time at the beach, reading, and the thing she loves most; Spending time with her three daughters and four grandchildren.

GREG DAVIS | 3D ARTIST

25 years ago, Greg decided to move to Wilmington from Fair Hill, Maryland because of the good surf and ideal weather. Since then, Greg opened his own successful architectural visualization and drafting firm. Specializing in 3D modeling and photo-realistic renderings of both residential and commercial exteriors and interiors, Greg loves to give clients the opportunity to see what hasn’t been built yet and consequently provide them with the confidence that they will love their new home! In Greg’s free time, he likes to spend time with his three daughters, cook, play guitar, scuba dive, and spearfish.

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FAQs

Commercial and Residential Architecture. 3D Rendering Visualizations. Planning and Construction Documentation. Commercial and Residential Interior Design.
Matt Petr is a founding principal and your main point of contact during the design phase.
Our team stays abreast of the most efficient and innovative technology; our team is well-versed in REVIT 360.
Project fees are based on project square footage plus professional/consultant fees, ie surveying and various professional engineers.
During construction, CRAFT performs both office and field administration to review the progress and quality of the work being performed. Being that our team has decades of experience in the construction sector, our clients can have peace of mind knowing we’re highly aware of the construction do’s and don’ts. We schedule monthly construction meetings with contractors, their major subcontractors and the owner to review questions, problems, schedules and coordination issues.
Yes, for additional fees, we provide ongoing CA. We are committed to ensuring a smooth and quality construction process for each of our projects.