R. Michael Keller Biography

A native of Baltimore Maryland, Mike has an engineering degree from WVU Tech and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee where he met his wife Kendall. Upon graduation Mike and Kendall moved to Atlanta where he spent 3 years working at Rosser International, a 300-person firm, in the Criminal Justice Studio and at Chapman Coyle Chapman, a 90-person firm, in the Country Club studio. Mike and Kendall returned to Knoxville, where he worked for 9 years at McCarty Holsaple McCarty, a 60-person firm, before co-founding Studio Four Design in May of 2002. Mike was the CFO and Vice President, Principal in Charge, Project Manager and Senior Designer while at the studio. Mike spent 30 years in higher education, athletics, retail and residential design verticals.

Mike retired from Studio Four Design in March 2018 and co-founded his third company since turning 38 years old, twofold Thinking, which uses his 30 years of design experience and 15 years of business experience to help small businesses manage their businesses better and to “work smarter and not harder”. Mike enjoys mentoring and sharing what he has learned with others and been an adjunct professor teaching the Professional Practice Class at his alma mater.

Mikes approach to design and business has always been focused on collaboration and the process, and his greatest strength is being able to work at both the 30,000 foot level and the detail level keeping the goals of the project in mind the entire time. Mike Co-Founded twofold thinking with his wife, Kendall, hence twofold where Kendall brings her accounting degree from UT, her project management, SCRUM and big data/business analytics side to the company together with Mike’s design and business side.