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McPherson was born in Greensboro NC and graduated in 1997 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. He interned with Paredes-Grube Architecture in Ridgewood NJ (1996) and worked with the FWA Group in Hilton Head SC (1997-1999). He joined Samsel Architects in Asheville NC (1999) and became an owner in 2014. Samsel Architects became Altura Architects in 2023.


2015 - aka the Craven Gap House, Webb Cove Road, Asheville. Built by Standing Stone Builders. Won an AIA Asheville Award in 2017.

2016 - The Rafael and Mary Bravo House, aka the Hammock House, aka Modern Pavilion House, aka San Felipe Farm, 1235 Peniel Road, Columbus NC. Built by Koon Custom Homes. Won a 2016 AIANC Honor Award. Won 3rd place in the juried 2017 George Matsumoto Prize. Video.


2017 - The Ventana Concept House, 182 Villa Nova Drive, Asheville NC. Unbuilt.

2018 - The John and Dana Hilty Residence, aka Windy Gap Residence, 1877 Town Mountain Road, Asheville NC. 5684 sf. Built by Jade Mountain Builders; landscape design, Caitlin Sloop.

2019 - aka Berg House, Asheville NC. Unbuilt.

2019 - aka Haywood Modern Farmhouse. Unbuilt.

2019 - aka Modern Home Marshall. Built.


2022 - aka Spruce Ridge Cabin, Balsam Mountains NC. Sited within a dense red spruce forest at 5,700 feet elevation.

Sources include: Troy Winterrowd; Samsel Architects