Mitchell Riggleman


Charleston, WV


Favorite Band or Musician?
Vallis Alps

Best book you’ve read recently?
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“…to find out who and what in the midst of the profane is not part of it, so as to make it last by giving space to it.” -Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Mitchell received his BArch degree from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in 2012 where he received the Henry Adams AIA Certificate of Merit, given to the salutatorian of the 5-year undergraduate program. While at Tennessee, his academic honors included being awarded the 2011 AIA West Virginia Scholarship; recognition as the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Sophomore in the College of Architecture and Design, and selection for a Faculty Letter of Excellence. During the spring semester of 2011, he was selected to participate in the International Advanced Architectural Design studio at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany where he studied the history and theory of public buildings.

In 2016, following three years working in professional practice, an interest in the role of atmosphere and the subjective experience in architecture led him to pursue further research at McGill University where he received a Master of Architecture with a focus in History and Theory. He is interested in examining the complex dilemma of a profession in which the line between image and reality is often blurred; furthermore, to be critical of the relationship between drawing and building in order to question the location of truth in architecture. His research aims to be critical of architecture’s current objective ontological turn by re-examining the phenomenological experience and its potential to create meaningful architecture within an increasingly image driven profession.

Prior to joining Silling, Mitchell’s design talents have been recognized through such awards as the Pella Windows and Doors SE Design Award; an AIA Middle Tennessee Design Award Honorable Mention; the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal Honorable Mention; and inclusion into the 2012 College of Architecture and Design Honors Exhibition. At Silling, Mitchell has contributed greatly to the architectural discourse of the studio and has delivered innovative and provocative concepts for a broad range of projects.