Dean and Dean Architects


Dean and Dean/Associates Architects (DD/A) is a second-generation architectural firm established in Jackson, Mississippi in 1949. Its service area spread throughout the state of Mississippi during the fifties, expanded into the southeast region in the early eighties, and over the past two decades the firm has provided planning, architectural, and interior design services throughout the continental United States with completed or current projects in 23 states.


DD/A enjoys a reputation for delivering innovative, leading edge facility planning, design and consultation through a process that is highly responsive and personalized to the specific needs and requirements of each client. This has resulted in a diverse client base and successful working relationships with a number of major entities and a history of repeat work. In fact, DD/A takes considerable pride in the fact that 90% of its workload comes from repeat clients.


The firm is characterized by the extremely high degree of diversification in building types designed. For example, in the highly specialized field of Healthcare architecture, DD/A has worked with over thirty healthcare institutions on projects totaling over one-half billion dollars in construction costs.


DD/A has provided comprehensive design services to Retail clients for over two and one-half decades, having completed approximately 150 retail projects in over 20 states. The firm’s Retail portfolio is national in scope and includes shopping centers, power centers, life-style centers and department stores for a number of major national retailers and retail chains, including SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, The Bon Ton Group, Belk, Proffitt's, Parisian, McRae's, Younkers, Herberger's, and Carson Pirie Scott & Co. The firm is recognized for providing individualized service coupled with customer-friendly design for national fashion retail stores, specialty shops and restaurants, as well as mixed-use developments of varying size and scale.

In addition to its role as a leader in the field of architecture, DD/A is committed, both as a firm and through individual staff members, to serving the community on spiritual and humanitarian levels by actively supporting numerous charities as well as prison and inner-city ministries. DD/A has also established a scholarship in honor of the firm founder which is awarded annually to a deserving student at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture.




Founded by Hibbett Neel and Gorman Schaffer in 1983, Neel-Schaffer is a multi-disciplined engineering and planning firm that today ranks as one of the largest privately held engineering firms in the South. Mr. Neel serves as the firm's president, while Mr. Schaffer retired as Executive Vice President in 2012. Original employee and former Chief Administrative Officer Slade Exley also recently retired. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, we operate 37 offices and have locations in nine states. Our corporate structure enables Neel-Schaffer to maintain a strong commitment to local communities while providing access to engineering expertise on multiple levels. Engineering News-Record has listed Neel-Schaffer among the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States annually since 1994, with that ranking improving to 187th in 2015.


Our core disciplines include civil, transportation, traffic, highway, bridge, water/wastewater, structural and hydraulic engineering. We also provide geotechnical, electrical and environmental science services. Neel-Schaffer’s professional engineers, scientists, geologists and writers are recognized experts in their fields. The firm also employs highly trained hydrologists, cost estimators, urban planners, landscape architects and public outreach specialists. With 400-plus professional and technical employees, Neel-Schaffer has the capacity to provide high quality services on compressed schedules, on time and within budget.


Mattiace Properties, Inc., founded in 1979, maintains its headquarters in Downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Since 1985, the area of concentration has been on upscale shopping centers, retail strip shopping centers, malls, office buildings and industrial sites for major development activity in Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. The Southeast's commercial real estate industry has often been on a different cycle from the rest of the country. Knowledge of this sector and strong tenant relationships, combined with the best people, has been key in the company’s development of more than 5,000,000 square feet.
The acquisition of two companies in the late nineties brought together a team of professional property managers, leasing and brokerage professionals, and finance and accounting professionals. This property management and leasing and brokerage company operates as The Mattiace Company.


Attracting quality tenants to its properties owned and managed is perhaps the most important part of the Mattiace process. We take great pride in the strong tenant relationships we’ve developed over the years. We’ve built a solid reputation for quality site selection and professional execution of the leasing and development process.

Mattiace Development Company is responsible for bringing many “firsts” to Mississippi.


Mattiace has played a major role in the Jackson Metropolitan office market, currently managing in excess of one million square feet of office in the Jackson Central Business District. The Company has accumulated information over the past 25 years for business professional firms, medical facilities and government agencies that provides Mattiace with a distinct advantage for management and leasing. Our relationship with the medical community and colleges are valuable for leasing and back filling vacant office space.


The company maintains active membership in the Institute of Real Estate Management, Building Owners and Manager’s Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Jackson Association of Realtors®, Mississippi Association of Realtors®, and the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors. Mattiace was the 2005 recipient of the City of Ridgeland and Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Leadership Award, has been named in the Top 100 Owners and Managers in the nation by Retail Traffic magazine, and Mattiace and affiliated companies including The Mattiace Company, Mattiace Properties, Inc. and Mattiace Restaurant Company, were named as a Top 100 Private Company in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal.


The majority of Mattiace development projects are in the Jackson, Mississippi area, most recently, redevelopment and new building projects in the Fondren area of Jackson, The Forum at Grandview in Madison, and the largest undertaking to date, Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland.


The lifestyle center has received numerous design and development awards and was named Best Shopping Destination by Mississippi Magazine and was chosen Family Favorite Shopping Center / Mall by Parents & Kids Magazine. The site of the development was crucial, with its proximity to the Capital and affluent suburbs along with its accessibility and visibility from Interstate 55 and Highland Colony Parkway and easy access from Interstate 220 and the Natchez Trace. Andrew Mattiace stated, “We’ve been able to recruit the finest in national, regional and local tenants to create a mix that provides for cross-shopping among the stores. The center design, architectural hardscapes, landscaping and water features come together to create a vibrant destination offering the visitor a unique environment second to none in this region in terms of an exciting shopping, dining and entertainment experience. This helps Mississippi’s economic base and enhances the reputation that the area is a great place to live and work.”