I appreciate how NM approaches every step with attention and care. Many of us were raised in Iowa or have been here for a long time, so there is a great appreciation for the area’s simple landscapes. In response to the design problems we encounter, I think we aim to not alter Iowa’s environment but highlight it through the architecture we design.
Each client has a story to tell and I’m constantly amazed at how every narrative begins to create something from nothing. It would be such a shame to have a job that falls into a set way of thinking.
What are you proud of?
Constant growth is the first thought that comes to mind. I am intrigued by progress and the results that come about, so I am always reflecting on the progress that we have all made – in every aspect, whether that be work or personal life. There is just something so rewarding in witnessing where you started, where you are, and where you are headed.
If you were to ask the college-freshman version of myself, I would have responded with, “I want to design houses!” While this remains to be a fraction of my interests, I quickly learned – through school and past work experiences – that architecture has an array of avenues you can explore.
What excites you most about Neumann Monson?
The studio culture is one that is tight knit, which is really resonant to Midwest’s virtues. Diverse backgrounds, ideas, and ways of thinking are appreciated, questions are encouraged, and there is an abundance of support for all things you want to pursue. This rich culture is also evident in the way the firm approaches the design process. Collaboratively, NM takes the time to reflect on Iowa’s qualities in order to create respectful architecture – that’s how good design begins.
INVISION (Waterloo, IA)
ZGF (Portland, OR)
Rome Study Abroad
Iowa State University (BArch)