NEUMANN MONSON ARCHITECTS

I know we’ve hit the mark when clients report back on how much they and their employees enjoy each day in their new space.
Brian Warthen

Architect

My favorite kind of architecture sets up a layered experience. I love finding opportunities to let people ‘see and be seen’ through carefully-crafted interactions. Those make the most energetic and compelling spaces. Bringing joy and smiles to peoples’ faces is a source of unparalleled pride and accomplishment – and that’s the feeling that keeps us eager to push boundaries and elevate our work. I know we’ve hit the mark when clients report back on how much they and their employees enjoy each day in their new space. 

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m active in the ACE mentoring program and I’m also a kickboxer, a gardener, and a cyclist.

What's your favorite place in Iowa?

My parents’ pasture in late spring, where you can hear the flowing creek and windblown grasses, and feel the temperature drop beneath the trees that shade the cows and calves.

Who has most shaped the way you think about design?

An ISU professor had the biggest impact on the way I think about design. Our long conversations centered around the idea of designers’ task of rule-making; we create rhythm and order. He taught that rules' greatest reward lies in their exceptions; knowing when to bend and break them to create unique experiences.

Contact

bwarthen@neumannmonson.com
(515) 393-5333

Education

Iowa State University (BArch)