About Verve Design 2018-04-13T18:30:18+00:00

VERVE Design Studio, formerly known as Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc. is a new generation of architecture and interior design studio that makes our client’s vision a priority.


VERVE (noun) \”verv\: great energy and enthusiasm; the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance; vivacity, energy, vitality


Our approach brings robust ideation leading to brilliantly imaginative designs. Exactitude is our measure of accuracy and technologically advanced constructability.


Our sincere and prudent professional guidance is a guarantee we will create a well-designed and functionally advanced solution meeting your project’s needs.


Our creativity has resulted in many firsts, in the many markets we serve, always with our client’s vision a guide. Noteworthy accomplishments include design of the first full stadium seating movie theaters in St. Louis for the local, largest family owned movie theater chain. Our salon designs have been selected for the top awards in national competitions. Our technical competence successfully repurposed a twenty story building into an ultramodern data center.


Our design delivery brings vigor, creativity, personalization and reliability for every project.

Our Team Members

Kurt Krueger
Kurt KruegerAIA, RID

Senior principal in charge of business development, joined the firm in 1996. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Registered Architect, Registered Interior Designer, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards with registrations in many states. He graduated from the University of Kansas, School of Architecture with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.

Kurt has wide-ranging experience in club planning, design and building of financial institutions, theaters, restaurants and retail architecture. Mr. Krueger is an award winning interior designer and his technical expertise has successfully completed ‘Mission Critical’ projects such as the Ellisville Central County Emergency 911 Call Center. Kurt’s passion doesn’t stop at Architecture; he also serves the City of Sunset Hills as a member of numerous committees and as an Alderman. He also holds active memberships in multiple community Chambers of Commerce. And Kurt’s civic involvement includes volunteering as a trained professional and board member with the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) coalition. He is also passionate about Homes for our Troops, KIDstruction and providing architectural service on projects such as Casa de Salud and St. Louis Crisis Nursery.
I have a passion for the outdoors and anything mechanical, so my leisure time is often spent with family and friends. I also spend my time on my Harley, in my Jeep, hunting, fishing, golfing, boating, constructing or as a proud parent watching my children’s sports from the sidelines. I am happily married for over 20 years and have shared a wonderful life in the same home raising my family with church values.
Geoff Crowley
Geoff CrowleyAIA, LEED AP - BD+C

Principal in charge of production, a member of the American Institute of Architects and licensed architect in seven states. Geoff joined the firm in 2000 after graduating from Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design.

He is actively involved in the profession as a member of the American Institute of Architects serving on the AIA Missouri Board of Directors as Treasurer, and AIA St. Louis’s Continueing Education Committee. Geoff is also actively involved in the Healthcare design community as the firms lead liaison for the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineers (MOSHE), a division of ASHE. He is also actively involved with the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter as a LEED AP BD+C certified member focusing on bringing sustainable features to every project. Other associations that Geoff is involved with include St. Louis Landmarks Association, DOCOMOMO, and Modern STL.
The built environment is something that people are engaged with every day. In a fast paced world we take many things for granted. Through the design of critical care and mission critical facilities I hope to make an impact that many people will not see. The smile on a child’s face as they get to leave an oncology suite with the understanding the environment around that child was critical to their recovery. Knowing in a catastrophic event the first responders will have the mission critical backup facilities to allow them to do their job and help others. This is why I love what I do and want to keep doing it every day.