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  • Design Capitalism

    Architecture completed by volunteers, donated professional time and non-profit foreign companies are not substitutes for creating formal, local, architecture firms…

    Design Capitalism

    Architecture completed by volunteers, donated professional time and non-profit foreign companies are not substitutes for creating formal, local, architecture firms in developing countries. Nor the ideal solution as it often lacks control on budget and isn’t built with familiarity of local design considerations. Social entrepreneurship, or the use of private-sector development to alleviate poverty and blight, is practiced in other professions but has missed architecture. In order to establish a social business (a for-profit business with a focus on solving…

  • Remote Studio

    The Artimis Institute, led by Dr. Lori Ryker, is a unique design-build studio, based in Paradise Valley, Montana. Remote Studio…

    Remote Studio

    The Artimis Institute, led by Dr. Lori Ryker, is a unique design-build studio, based in Paradise Valley, Montana. Remote Studio teaches students the philosophy and art of environmental design beyond LEED requirements by utilizing local materials, elegant design solutions and respect for the site. Dr. Ryker selected four second-year students to be involved through a special application process the summer I was accepted as the studio is usually reserved for graduate students and seniors. Our clients, Al and Michelle Feldstein…

  • Khumbu Climbing School

    The Khumbu Climbing School, run by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, is a non-profit with the mission to teach safe climbing techniques to the Nepali climbers. The MSU School of Architecture selected a small team of senior and graduate students to design the school.

    Khumbu Climbing School

    The Khumbu Climbing School, run by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, is a non-profit with the mission to teach safe climbing techniques to the Nepali climbers. The MSU School of Architecture selected a small team of senior and graduate students to design the school.

  • FACT Pentables

    The Fabrication And Construction Team (FACT) class, is UNL’s design-build course taught by practicing architect Jeff Day. I was selected as the team leader for the “Pentables” project, to design and build tables that fit into the Salina Art Center’s primary meeting area.

    FACT Pentables

    The Fabrication And Construction Team (FACT) class, is UNL’s design-build course taught by practicing architect Jeff Day. I was selected as the team leader for the “Pentables” project, to design and build tables that fit into the Salina Art Center’s primary meeting area.

  • The Margaret – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    From the historic nomination through the beginning stages of construction, the Margaret was the most extensive project I worked on…

    The Margaret – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    From the historic nomination through the beginning stages of construction, the Margaret was the most extensive project I worked on at Alley Poyner Macchietto. Addressing the issues every partner to the project brought to the table was like assembling a jigsaw puzzle of the Beatles’ White Album. In other words: the Margaret was a very complex small building. I first entered into the project in 2009, a few years after the project was officially opened at Alley Poyner Macchietto. APMA…

  • Parkway Properties – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    Parkway Properties was an extensive renovation of an office building for commercial development. The first tenant was a precast concrete…

    July 12, 2012

    Parkway Properties – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    Parkway Properties was an extensive renovation of an office building for commercial development. The first tenant was a precast concrete manufacturer and requested their storefront to showcase their product. The enterance was designed to add a vertical and contemporary element to the long, single-story office building remaining. Principal: Albert Macchietto. Project Architect: Nate Gieselman. Interior Design: Erin Trofholz. Drafting and Design: Matt Unruh and Emily Van Court. Construction Administration: Stuart Poyner. Renderings: Bruce Yoder.

  • Woodbine Historic District Nomination – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    Woodbine, Iowa is a small railroad town with big personality.  Located in western Iowa, Woodbine has a vibrant local community…

    July 12, 2012

    Woodbine Historic District Nomination – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    Woodbine, Iowa is a small railroad town with big personality.  Located in western Iowa, Woodbine has a vibrant local community and the interest of successful developers. Woodbine’s downtown has a good level of historic integrity and boasts the longest remaining brick-paved stretch of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa. Alley Poyner Macchietto was hired to write a historic district nomination for the downtown commerical district. Project architect Jennifer Honebrink and  architect Martin Kluck enlisted my help to gather the necessary research,…

  • Don De Dieu Orphanage – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    Even before the earthquake in January of 2010, Faith Missions International (FMI) and the Don De Dieu Orphanage were thriving…

    Don De Dieu Orphanage – Alley Poyner Macchietto

    Even before the earthquake in January of 2010, Faith Missions International (FMI) and the Don De Dieu Orphanage were thriving in Port-au-Prince. FMI had already purchased land and had drawn up plans for their new expanded orphanage. The devastating earthquake, however changed everyone’s lives. Instead of having a long time line to build a large new orphanage, the kids were forced out of their damaged home into tents on rented property until their new home could be built. FMI contacted Alley Poyner…

  • Waste-to-Food Museum

    The American Computer Museum, located in Bozeman, Montana, is located in a small strip mall on the north side of…

    Waste-to-Food Museum

    The American Computer Museum, located in Bozeman, Montana, is located in a small strip mall on the north side of town. The space is small and the sequence of the museum is a traditional display of computer “objects”. Our design challenge was to move the museum to a more appealing and accessible location, re-format the layout of the museum and add supplemental program to increase attendance at the museum. I chose a long, skinny site in north downtown Bozeman, next…

  • Baghdad University Research Center

    Challenged with designing a research center that met Passive House (or Passivhaus)  standards. Passive House is a German energy rating…

    Baghdad University Research Center

    Challenged with designing a research center that met Passive House (or Passivhaus)  standards. Passive House is a German energy rating system for energy efficiency similar to LEED, with an emphasis on using natural ventilation, sealing the building very well to reduce heat gain / heat loss and using passive heat gain and cooling techniques rather than just efficient mechanical systems. The class was given the choice to locate their research center in a site of their choice. I had never…