My family set a high bar for integrity, curiosity, and compassion. Following their lead, I realized early in my career that the relationships we build with our clients are more meaningful that the project itself. That may sound counterintuitive for a “design firm” like Neumann Monson, but strong relationships fuel strong projects and a ribbon-cutting marks only the beginning of a building’s long life. Clients offer the intimate experience of facing their design problem head on. Our job is peeling away the layers and identifying opportunities. The notion that space can serve a functional purpose AND have a meaningful impact is just about the most compelling idea I can imagine.
What excites you most about Neumann Monson?
What excites me about Neumann Monson more than anything is our office's ability to constantly evolve our talents, focus, and abilities while maintaining the integrity of our team and its values.
What other designer do you admire and why?
Peter Zumthor, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, Tom Kundig...the masters.
If you could invite any 3 people--living or dead--to dinner, who would you invite?
Edward Abbey, Anthony Bourdain, and my wife....cooked by Ferran Adria (the food, not my wife).
Iowa State University (BArch)