My journey as a designer has been a process of becoming more user-centric in my intent. I’ve gone from thinking, “how do I make the most impressive design?” to thinking, “how can I create a space that delights users?”
It’s easy for designers to get into a bubble of idealizing or assuming how a person will use a space. Clients provide the necessary insight into the realistic function of the building. Consistent client interactions and genuine curiosity about their life and work are essential components of a successful project.
What excites you the most about NM?
Our emphasis on collaboration and feedback. Neumann Monson has a very studio-like atmosphere that is conducive to good design. No matter your position, you’ll find opportunities to lead and contribute.
Name one challenge you’ve set for yourself.
Becoming more involved with the local community and creating opportunities to learn how architecture can serve community needs.
What do you do in your spare time?
I try to explore nearby towns as much as possible. If you search for it, you’ll find vibrancy in places that often get overlooked. And contrary to popular belief, Iowa has some great hiking trails.