Neumann Monson makes sure to expose designers to all facets of the creative process – from client interaction to concept manifestation to documenting the details. This enables each team member to compose a well-rounded catalog of knowledge early on. That kind of holistic thinking is critical to our team’s success and it’s something that our clients count on. For their part, clients continually bring fresh ideas to the table. They keep us honest and, because they’re not ‘in the trenches,’ they can bring a new perspective to problem solving. We become better designers by engaging their viewpoints early and often.
Most of my time outside the office is focused on the sport of triathlon. Balancing all three disciplines is a demanding undertaking. I also enjoy reading, drawing, and playing the guitar and piano.
I admire the work of several designers, but Glenn Murcutt has always stood out – not only for his quality of work, but the values from which his work sprouts. A sole practitioner in Australia, he continues to draw by hand and laments on the brain/hand connection, a value that is becoming ever-obscured by today’s digital age. He constantly reiterates that the mantra ‘design is discovering’ should not be forgotten.
I was born and raised in Iowa; it has always been home for me. As extreme weather conditions change with the seasons, Iowa becomes a ‘decathlon of design’. As designers, it’s an exciting challenge to accommodate all of these environmental constraints while striving to create buildings that will endure through time.
Iowa State University (BArch)
Des Moines Federal Courthouse
Neumann Monson Des Moines Studio
St. Kilda Surf and Turf
Iowa Architectural Foundation