Growing up as the grandson of Czech immigrants in Cedar Rapids, I learned the value of hard work. Work structured our interactions, as a family and community rich in heritage and tradition. My Grandmother, Buddy, had a lasting impression on my life, instilling the value of teamwork through harvesting the crops, raking the orchards, and gleaning the fields. At a young age I was taught to embrace “many hands make light work,” words I still hear in her voice and a message that I carry forth into my career. It is this spirit of collaboration that cultivates thoughtful design in our Neumann Monson family and for the engaged clients and community with whom we create. I love to watch the collaborative process unfold, each voice finding authorship in the final product.
What do you appreciate about the architect-client relationship?
I appreciate the invitation into each client’s world. We are given the chance to learn about so many different lives and livelihoods. I’m humbled by the trust that is bestowed on us and the opportunities we have to make a tangible difference. We receive as much from our clients as we give; every project is a vehicle to learn, teach, and explore. Our designs come from conversations, and we maximize architecture’s positive impact together.
What excites you most about Neumann Monson?
I’m constantly amazed by the level of talent that surrounds me at Neumann Monson. I’m excited to get into the studio every morning to see what challenges our team we will conquer today. We work hard and we play hard, both in and out of the studio.
What is your favorite place?
Strawberry’s honor bar, Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Just a little bar at the end of the world.
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Iowa State University (BArch)