Located in Bangor Maine, Artifex Architects & Engineers is a woman owned business, with a team of highly qualified architectural and engineering professionals. 

Architect, Ellen Angel, and Rayshelly Lizotte, Civil Engineer, have owned the business since 2010, bringing years of experience in varying project types and scales. They determined from the beginning that assisting Maine Municipalities and non-profits would be their major business focus.

Artifex has the experience & knowledge of current standards required for our various disciplines, and the desire for excellence to create a cost-effective and thoughtful client-centered design. The basis of our approach is bringing an interdisciplinary expert effort to a project from its inception through its execution.

We have a strong understanding of designs that respect the past, work for the present, and stay relevant in the future. Adherence to predetermined schedules is a priority for Artifex, and we have an excellent track record for meeting our commitments. The Artifex team has the professional resources to assign experienced planners, architects and engineers as required, meeting unexpected demands that may be encountered during the course of a project, and we take pride in our ability to consistently produce accurate, timely and innovative work; evidence of our effectiveness is the longevity of our client relationships.

Whether you have a historic renovation project, new construction, or need a building assessment; commercial, public safety, healthcare, or education; Artifex fully involves its clients in the process.


Our team


Senior Architect & Principal


Senior Principal of Ames Associates, Ellen brings extensive experience in complex project design and management. Ellen began her career in California over 25 years ago with Ron Yeo, FAIA working on civic recreation and high end residential projects. She spent many years with Ware Malcomb as Senior Associate and Principal. She was designer and project manger on diverse and complex corporate, commercial, and industrial facilities.

After moving to Maine, Ellen had a small office in Eastport specializing in custom coastal residential, healthcare, and historic renovation. She joined AMES A/E in 2005 as Senior Architect, prior to founding Ames Associates in 2010.

Harvard University, Master of Architecture
University of Arizona, Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Registrations

  • Registered Architect (Maine, California)

  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certified

  • USGBC - LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects, AIA

    • AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community 2007- present

    • AIA Committee on Design 1985-1988: 2007- present

    • AIA Committee for Women (National) 1989

    • AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Knowledge Community

  • Civic

    • Member, Penobscot Theater Board of Directors 2007-2010
      Vice-President 2009-2010

    • Eastport Historic Review Board, 2002-2005

    • Mobilize Maine Committee on Historic and Cultural Resources; Chair

    • Member, Laguna Beach Community Clinic, Board of Directors 1983-1988


  • Maine Preservation – 2009 Honor Award
    Penobscot Theatre Renovation

  • Fire Chief Magazine – 2009 Notable Satellite Station
    Bangor Fire Station 6

Project management; architectural design; historical buildings; conceptual design; programming; interior design, commercial office & medical office markets.


Rayshelly Lizotte, PE, LEEDAP

Civil Engineer & Principal


Senior Principal of Ames Associates, Rayshelly contributes twenty five years of experience as a Civil Engineer in the State of Maine as both an EIT and a PE. Shelly began her career after graduation from the University of Maine in a small firm in Bangor working on a variety of projects ranging from landfill closures, municipal road construction, subdivision design and construction supervision. During those years she developed a deeper knowledge of the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection regulations specifically relating to The Site Location of Development Act and Natural Resources Protection Act.

Shelly joined Ames A/E in 2001 as a Staff Engineer and got the opportunity while working under several professionals to become more involved in project management. While at Ames A/E she worked on a wide array of projects both individually, and as part of a larger multi-disciplined project team. Some of those projects included; residential subdivision design and permitting, Department of Environmental Protection, Site Location of Development and Natural Resources Protection permitting, roadway and parking lot design, and local site development plans for both revisions and new construction. Concentrating on environmentally conscious site design, Shelly has built a solid relationship with Local and State regulatory agencies while keeping current with the ever changing environmental regulations in the State.

In addition to being directly involved with the design and permitting process, Shelly also has worked with clients to complete cost estimates, prepare construction documents and provide oversight on projects that are in the construction phase. Shelly can easily discuss the various parts of the project with clients, contractors and regulatory agencies alike.

University of Maine, Orono, BS Civil Engineering

Professional Registrations

  • Professional Engineer, Maine

  • USGBC - LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Organizations

  • ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Francis Crowe Society, University of Maine College of Engineering

Civil Engineering; Site Development; Stormwater Mitigation Plans; Roadway Design; Local & State Permitting


R. Michael Pullen, AIA, LEEDAP

Senior Architect


A Senior Architect at Ames Associates, Mike brings a passion and skill for designing buildings that fit both their context and the client's needs. His rendering and artistic skills enable clients and their project supporters to fully comprehend the design vision.

While at WBRC Architects Engineers, Mike served as Principal, Senior Architect and Director of the Civic Studio, and is experienced in Historic Preservation, Educational and Commercial projects of all sizes. Mike was Principal-in-Charge on the new Hampden Academy school, a 177,000 sf, LEED Gold educational facility.

In cooperation with the public school's art program, Mike presents a talk every spring to all Bangor's third grade students on the fabulous historic architectural styles that can be found in their community.

E.Maine Technical College, AS Building Technology

Professional Registrations

  • Maine Licensed Architect #1916

  • USGBC - LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects, AIA

  • Maine Historic Preservation Commission- Chair

  • Maine Preservation- Advisory Trustee

  • Hampden Historic Preservation Commission- Chair

  • Maine Uniform Building & Energy Codes (MUBEC) Board

  • Licensing Board for Architects./LA/ID

  • Blaine House Commission

  • Bangor Trails Committee

  • Maine OBS Council- Chair

  • US Green Building Council- Maine Chapter


  • Maine Preservation- 2011 Honor Award: University of Maine-Coburn Hall Rehabilitation

  • Maine Preservation- 2008 Honor Award: Merrill Financial Center

  • American School & University-Honorable Mention: University of Maine-Buchanan Alumni House


scott c. Homer, pe

structural enginner


Scott is a Licensed Professional Engineer with extensive practical experience in the analysis, design, specification, and construction of structures for public and private building projects and their allied structures. He has a proven ability to manage project design development and coordination from preliminary concept through to the final design and construction phases. He is detail oriented yet able tomaintain the “big picture” perspective necessary for effective program development and implementation. Scott possesses excellent communication skills and is adroit at working with clients, contractors, and coworkers. He brings over 30 years of project experience with 17 of those years as an independent consultant.

Before joining Ames Associates, Scott worked for 6 years with Harriman Associates in Auburn, Maine. While at Harriman, Scott served as Senior Structural Engineer, and is experienced in steel, concrete, timber, and masonry construction. He has gained experience from participation in more than 600 diverse projects over a wide range of sizes from Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. His projects include Office, Commercial, Institutional, School, and industrial buildings and allied structures, small bridges, and piers.


University of Connecticut, BS Engineering

Professional Registrations

  • Licensed Professional Engineer:

    • Maine – PE#6951

    • Connecticut – PE#15836

    • Rhode Island – PE#10039

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE

  • American Institute of Steel Construction, AISC

  • National Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE

  • Structural Engineers Association of Maine, SEAM