Meet The Team
Michael was raised in Tempe, Arizona amid the many houses being constructed in the 1970’s. He developed a talent for design and construction at an early age creating furniture and structures with his Father and friends. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Science. He is a registered Architect in California and Arizona.
He founded Higgins Architects in 1994 with the goal of creating excellent design and catering to his client’s tastes and budgets. He received the coveted Master of the Southwest Award in 2009. He has raised the bar for excellence in home design with over 240 homes completed in Arizona alone. He is committed to providing the highest level of service and creating unique and enduring custom homes.
In his spare time Michael enjoys bicycling, athletics, motorcycles, baseball, travel and spending time with his family.
James DonaghyProject Manager
Born and raised in Belfast, Ireland, James obtained a Masters of Architecture in 2011 at the University of Ulster. He likes helping people not familiar with construction and remodeling to turn their ideas into spaces they are excited to live in. He enjoys the creative problem solving and technical challenges that architecture offers. In his off time he like to explore the great outdoors. James has a wife Michelle and spends most of his free time with his family, wife Michelle, and daughter Grace.
Kevin MurneyProject Manager
Kevin is a native of Arizona, who grew up in the Arcadia neighborhood, and attended Brophy College Prep. An avid builder, he has always had an interest in design which started with Legos at age 5. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Architecture, he is currently pursuing his licensure. Kevin first interned with Higgins Architects in 2014 and joined the firm full time in 2016. He enjoys travel, designing, and staying physically active.
Jennifer ZirkleOffice Manager
From Rahway, New Jersey, Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in Office Administration from Walla Walla University. Jennifer appreciates the creative and unique aspects of each design project, and enjoys seeing client’s projects come to fruition. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, mountain biking, and knitting.