Sequel Architecture is small enough that the principal architect is involved with every project from start to finish… and smart enough that everyone on the team makes a meaningful contribution to each project’s success.

We leverage the same technology as a bigger firm (Revit 3d BIM modeling and real-time rendering) but without all the overhead.

Steve Wilke-Shapiro

Owner // Architect

Direct: (515) 207-9650


Steve’s Story: Complementary Master’s degrees in architecture and social work with a focus on community and economic development have helped Steve gain a fundamental understanding of how to use design as a tool for positive engagement with both individual clients and wider communities.

Early in his career, he worked on major rehabilitation projects in the emerging downtown St. Louis loft district.  More recent projects include a broad range of practice ranging from kitchens and custom homes through large mixed-use developments, multi-family housing, and historic rehabilitation.  On every project for more than 25 years, Steve leverages experience in design, approvals processes, construction, and development.

His community orientation drives Steve to volunteer on several non-profit boards and city commissions. In addition, he regularly engages with communities on issues relating to historic preservation, revitalization, architectural design, and development.

Steve is a Licensed Architect in Iowa and Minnesota.

Michelle Cordova

Design Associate

Direct: (515) 207-0135


Michelle’s Story: Michelle has an interest in older buildings and a family connection to the building trades. She spent time working on plaster restoration at the historic Maytag hotel in Newton, IA, before pursuing a degree in Architectural Technology at Des Moines Area Community College.

She enjoys figuring out how to translate real-world buildings into 3d computer models, architectural detailing, and design. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Michelle is Sequel Architecture + Interiors resident “Revit wizard”. Revit is the computer program we use to design and document projects – to create the drawings that communicate the design intent for permitting and construction.

Emma De Jong

Design Intern


Emma’s Story: Emma has been with Sequel as a design intern for two years! She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with dual degrees in Business Management and Interior Design. She has experience with residential renovations, and ran her own house painting business throughout her college career.

She has a soft spot for old buildings with a rich history, and has a sustainability ethos that encompasses her life and work.

Emma is currently in the process of earning her Master of Architecture degree at Iowa State University where she hopes to gain the tools and experience to become a Licensed Architect.

Sequel Architecture + Interiors
2513 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 207-9526

Sequel Architecture + Interiors is a full-service architecture and interior design firm with expertise in homes, commercial, hospitality, historic, adaptive reuse, and creative new construction.

Licensed in Iowa and Minnesota