Our History

    Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural firm located in Joplin, Missouri.  We have extensive experience in the design and planning of educational, cultural, educational, medical, hospitality, and commercial projects. While our projects vary in size, scope, and complexity, we pride ourselves on a design excellence that does not adhere to just one style, but focuses on being sensitive to the needs of each individual program. Our approach to the design process synthesizes creative thinking with rational, real world solutions.  We focus on delivering our clients a product that is aesthetically pleasing, while remaining cost-efficient. 

   Elliott Hunter founded Elliott Hunter & Associates in 1985 in historic Carthage, Missouri. Jeff Millard, an associate since 1987, became a partner and a second Principal Architect for the firm in 2002. To reflect this change, the firm updated its name to Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc. A few years later, Hunter & Millard moved its office to nearby Joplin, Missouri.  In the summer of 2018, Hunter & Millard began overseeing restorations to an early twentieth-century building at the southwest corner of 15th & Main Street in the center of Joplin, MO, to use as its permanent headquarters. This larger space will allow the firm to continue to grow and develop to better serve each of our clients. At Hunter & Millard, design is what we do, and it is our job to make our clients’ vision a reality.  ​ 

The People of Hunter & Millard

 Eliott Hunter, AIA

Principal Architect


 2002: Firm became Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc.
1985: Founded Elliott Hunter & Associates, Inc.  
1983-84: Frank-Rhine Co. Bank Designers 
1978-83: Ivan McElwee & Associates  
1975-77: Cornwell McKinney Architects & Engineers 
1965-75: Goodman Church Builders  

Jeff Millard

Principal Architect 

2002: Firm became Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc.
1987: Joined Elliott Hunter & Associates, Inc. 
1982-87: MB Associates 
1984: Bachelors of Science in Management Technology, 

Missouri Southern State University 
1982: Associates of Science in Drafting & Design, 

Missouri Southern State University ​ 

Amanda Powell

Office Manager

2003: Joined Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc. 
2001-2003: Dr. Dale Rankin 
1998-2001: Lance D. Welch, CPA 
1998-2000: H & R Block​

Josh Anderson, AAIA

2010: Joined Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc.
2008-10: Intern at Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc. 
2010: Bachelor of Architecture, Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University  
2010: Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architectural History, Drury University​ 

Casey Tullis

2011: Joined Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc. 
2010: Bachelor of General Studies in Technology, Pittsburg State University
2007-08: Corner Ness Architects 

Jamie Smith


2017: Joined Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc.

Hank Millard, AAIA

2018: Joined Hunter & Millard Architects, Inc.
2018: Bachelor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design,

University of Arkansas