St. Louis Design Hall of Fame: Donna Boxx

Donna Boxx, ALA, NCARB, CBG, HBA

Donna F. Boxx, Architect, P.C.


With an eye for architectural finesse and 40 years experience, Donna Boxx can deliver on new construction, an addition and/or a renovation you’ve been dreaming of from the beginning stages to the final product. Her design methodology encourages client participation and collaboration with engineers, consultants and contractors resulting in a finished product that always reflects the individuality of the client.

Edited by Moe Godat

Portrait photography by Colin Miller/Strauss Peyton

Project photography courtesy of Miceli Custom Homes 


What is your design style/philosophy?

Donna: Good architectural design enhances our daily lives in ways that we wouldn't necessarily predict or expect.  My goal is to provide the most cost-effective solutions by utilizing an optimal design plan that balances ideals, aesthetics and budget.


What does it take to deliver exceptional design?

Donna: You need to listen carefully to the client. It’s not always what they say, but what they don’t say. I pay close attention to body language. Encourage their participation. Build a great team. It takes a team effort to complete your client's dream.   


What advice would you give to someone just starting a design career?

Donna: Be passionate and excited about working with others to enrich their lives. Have fun creating and be able to give something of yourself to others.


Tell us a place in St. Louis that inspires you in your career.

Donna: WOW… tough to answer this one. Classic Webster Groves, Kirkwood, University City, Compton Heights, Lafayette Square and Portland Place as well as the Central West End.