We challenge assumptions and push our comrades to grow.
Callah Nelson

Intern Architect

From Fargo, ND, originally, I made my way to Iowa City after graduating from Iowa State University. I stuck around because it felt like home, and I find a real sense of comfort and pride in our community. Neumann Monson is a diverse and dedicated group. Trust runs deep and no one is afraid to speak their mind. We challenge assumptions and push our comrades to grow. When it’s time to unwind, I usually spend my free time cycling through the beautiful Iowa countryside, practicing yoga, napping with two yellow lab pups, and honing my woodworking skills. Most essential to my being, however, is the freedom to dance – whenever and wherever that is necessary.

If you could invite any 3 people--living or dead--to dinner, who would you invite?

– Ruth Bader Ginsberg, because she is a woman who was highly active in her communities at a young age, and she speaks out for the things she believes in.
– Barack Obama, because he is compassionate, well-spoken, and understands how to accomplish highly ambitious life goals while maintaining personal values.
– Beyonce, because she has focused on creating work unique to her style. She acknowledges her all criticisms but knows which to incorporate. She is queen.”

What makes Iowa unique?

Iowa is unique because our people are hardworking and kind in a very authentic way. Iowa City is unique because it’s where diversity thrives; I really enjoy getting to know and being involved with the local small business community. My favorite place in Iowa City is Big Grove, a Brewery and Restaurant that teams up with other local businesses to host community events. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and learn about what the Iowa City area has to offer.

What do you appreciate about the architect-client relationship?

Each client offers a unique set of life experiences and value systems. The better we can understand that diversity, the more open and inclusive our designs become.

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