Best of Community Banking Award Winner - American National Bank

MG Architects has designed numerous buildings for American National Bank over the past 20 years. Our recent design for their 18,716 square foot branch and multi-tenant office building in Mansfield is also the recipient of the IBAT Best of Community Banking Silver Eagle award for 2016. 

Serving North Texas since 1875, American National Bank of Texas is built on loyalty and deep relationships. Much has changed since the bank’s founding but their commitment to the communities they serve remains unwavering. The banking industry continues to work through a time period of modest recovery and significant banking legislation and regulation. Despite that, ANBTX remains a strong organization because of their roots, commitment to sound business, and diligent planning for the future. With the continued changes in the industry the bank continues to seek efficient, effective and sound growth to serve the community at large. To foster sound growth, ANBTX sought to develop a larger regional presence to serve the Mansfield community. Serving as an anchor tenant, the branch occupies a small portion of the larger building. Tenant spaces are currently underway, but long term future expansion can be accommodated as the bank continues to grow. The bank selected a prominent corner parcel in a yet unrealized master planned development.

As the anchor building in “The Reserve” ANBTX’s construction has kicked off the initial round of broader infrastructure to spur continued growth in the area. Truly they have invested in the community they serve.

MG Architects is proud to be the only architect endorsed by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas since 1996.

A Banker's Dozen - Our 12th Frost Bank

We are pleased to announce the completion of our 12th branch for Frost Bank. It's strategically located in the Garden Oaks neighborhood of Houston and is perfectly situated to serve a historically under-banked neighborhood and neighboring communities. Thoughtful planning allows this location to qualify as a CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) branch.

With limited land available, the bank opted for a 3,347 square foot branch without a drive-through. However, it's a full service, state-of-the-art facility featuring the signature Frost banking environment and a rich palette of natural materials. Over the years a typical Frost branch has evolved from traditional teller delivery via tellerline to a hybrid tellerline/teller pod model, and now fully embraces the Universal Banker concept.

Since 2006 Frost has entrusted MG Architects to execute their vision as they continue to evolve and lead community banking in Texas.

Photos by G. Lyon Photography

Bicycle World - Magnolia, TX

Bicycle World selected a strategic location in Magnolia, Tx to develop their first freestanding location in the greater Houston Area. The CEO challenged MG Architects to redevelop a vacant, forgettable metal building into a flagship location to serve the growing needs of the biking and Tri-sport community in the bustling area adjacent to The Woodlands. The store offers sales space for all Tri-sport equipment and gear, a repair shop, bike fit and seminar area as well as warehouse and assembly areas. The results feature a dynamic, inviting entrance that celebrates the bicycle and the services within.



"The A-Bank" Transformed

2 Story Hub Branch - Sugar Land, TX

2 Story Hub Branch - Sugar Land, TX

Amegy Bank of Texas engaged MG Architects in 2015 with the challenge of Rebranding their Traditional Banking centers and Improving their Customer Service Model.

Amegy Bank operates 75 branches throughout Texas and has 1,600 employees. 

The process began by holding a Visioning Session with Senior Management, Retail, and Facilities personnel to determine the design direction and desired customer experience. From that initial meeting, MG Architects worked closely with the bank to develop a long term strategy focused around the Universal Banker, Shared Advisory Spaces and the Customer Journey.

Customer Journey Diagram

Customer Journey Diagram


A New Branch Experience

After analyzing Amegy’s varying needs we translated these ideas into 3 strategically sized branches to serve Hub, Standard and Micro-Branch Markets. Each branch is consistently modern, progressive and inviting to support the updated service model and reflect the bank's brand and culture, and includes key features such as universal banker pods, integrated branding, and an informal flex-space dubbed "The A-Lounge".


"The A-Lounge" is available for seminars and more relaxed customer consultations and features full video conferencing capabilities. 


An initial pilot model renovation was completed in early 2016 with results immediately rolling into the next generation branches currently in development.  A signature 2-story “Hub” branch in Sugar Land, Texas is the the first ground up location to be constructed with MG Architects along with a single story branch prototype in New Braunfels, Texas (pictured below). Both will break ground in Q4 2016. 

First branch prototype will be constructed in New Braunfels, TX

First branch prototype will be constructed in New Braunfels, TX

MG Architects has been a wonderful resource for us. They bring a wealth of financial industry design knowledge to the table. They have worked as our partner in creating a prototype and prototype elements that we will implement across our footprint. On top of that - they demonstrate a work ethic that fits so well with Amegy Bank. We can count on them to deliver.
-Kelly Foreman SVP/Manager - Corp Real Estate & Facilities

MG Architects Breaks Ground on Energy Corridor Studio

PRESS RELEASE - July 27, 2015 (Houston) MG Architects broke ground on Friday (7/24) for their new office building in the heart of the vibrant Energy Corridor District, and opened a portal to its next 75-years of innovation. The firm’s new two-level studio will be at 14333 Grisby Road, near the BP Campus just south and east of the intersection of I-10 West and HWY 6. The boutique design firm, which caters primarily to banks and financial institution needs, is growing and has expanded its capabilities to include a broader range of commercial architecture, planning, and sustainable designs including Class-A office space, retail, and medical office space.

“It’s the kind of development that comes along only once in 75-years,” said Scott Clanton, one of the principals in the firm. “This new facility will allow our group to collaborate more efficiently, while providing a nurturing environment for creative juices to flow,” he said. Scott Clanton and Eric Batte have been partners in the firm since 1998.

MG Architects was founded in Houston in 1938, establishing a reputation as a creator of beautiful, functional, and economical structures tailored for the unique needs of banks, savings and loans, and credit unions. The firm has completed over 1,100 projects for financial institutions around the country, and is the only Architect endorsed by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. Funding for the project is being provided by Integrity Bank. The construction will be managed by Construction Masters of Houston, Inc.

Batte, Clanton, and the entire MG Architects staff converged on the new building site Friday morning armed with silver-bladed spades and a few pounds of elbow grease. After brief remarks by Clanton, the team sunk the blades into the turf, and turned the first few shovels of earth for the construction. The new studio is slated to open in January 2015.

McCleary German Architects is now MG Architects




McCLEARY GERMAN ARCHITECTS to maintain reputation for beauty, sustainability, and uncommon customer service as MG ARCHITECTS

September 17, 2013 (Houston, TX)—McCleary German Architects is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a transformation that reflects both pride in its history and a renewed vision for the future: McCleary German Architects is now MG Architects.

In 1938, McCleary German Architects founder Thompson McCleary set a standard for uncompromised excellence in design, a standard that thrived for more than three generations under the direction of Dale McCleary and Bill German. In 1998, the firm welcomed new owners and principals Eric Batte and Scott Clanton who continue the signature approach to excellence.

“While our brand is changing to reflect our ever-evolving suite of architectural design services, what isn’t changing at MG Architects is just as important,” says Mr. Batte. MG Architects continues to provide each of its clients with the expansive resources of a large firm, but also continue to enhance every project with direct, personal attention from project conception to completion.

Utilizing traditional architectural and design principles while incorporating state of the art technology, MG Architects has created innovative, thought-provoking, and highly efficient spaces for more than 1,100 free-standing bank projects, as well as multistory office, corporate interiors, and retail and graphics projects. All reflect MG Architects’ commitment to focused, one-on-one approach to client partnerships—a standard that remains constant, regardless of its name.

“We remain passionately committed to beautiful and sustainable architecture, intelligent and inspired project solutions, and uncommon service excellence,” adds Mr. Clanton. “And, like all of our projects, our client relationships are built to last.”

“MG Architects has repeatedly demonstrated their flexibility and willingness to listen and respond promptly,” attests Timothy N. Bryan, CEO, The Bank & Trust of Bryan/College Station. “I am confident that MG Architects will demonstrate the same value.... Once you work with them, you'll go back again and again.”

MG Architects is proud to be the sole architecture firm endorsed by The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), whose members have long entrusted their design needs to the firm’s enduring vision of excellence. Accordingly, MG Architects’ new identity will be revealed to this esteemed membership at the 39th Annual IBAT Convention, set for September 21 through 24, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

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