Our Team

Our Team

Our office is an open studio environment and encourages conversation and idea sharing between all our project team members. Fundamental to our collaborative process is the talent and creative spirit contributed by each member of our staff. Design is about people. Want to JOIN OUR TEAM?

Chuck Bachmann

Project Architect | Senior Associate

Chuck Bachmann Project Architect | Senior Associate

What is one thing you can't live without?  

DVR - being able to fast forward through commercials is the next best thing to sliced bread.

What was your best client experience? 

Champions Club - besides being just an awesome project, we had a client who challenged me to get a certain number of parking stalls and if successful he offered me a pair of husker season tickets.  I won his challenge, but in all honesty was not expecting any reward for it....the next year a pair of season tickets showed up in my in-box.  It happened to be the year Notre Dame came to town.

If I wasn't in the Architectural field, I would probably be: 

Marine Biologist - if only NE had an ocean border, I'm sure life would have been different....always been captivated by ocean life thanks to all those Jacques Cousteau documentaries I watched as a kid.

Live
gift
Work
excel
Learn
boundless
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 25

Liz Bavitz

Project Architect | Principal

Liz Bavitz Project Architect | Principal

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

I love food.  If I’m not in the studio, I prefer to be doing something related to food.  Cooking, gardening, reading cooking magazines or cookbooks, searching the web for that perfect recipe, shopping for cool stuff for my kitchen and dining room, even grocery shopping.  Oh yes, and of course, eating!

What was your best client experience?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with several great clients over the years - it’s hard to pick just one experience from so many!  My favorite experiences all share one important thing – I become friends with our client by working together to solve the design problem at hand and then remain friends with them after the construction project is complete. 

If I wasn't in the Architectural field, I would probably be:

If I wasn’t in the Architectural field, I would probably be a cartographer.  I’ve always loved to study maps, am always the navigator when on trips and have some large maps as artwork in my home – even star maps. I seem to have a built in compass in my head and can almost always point out which way is north.

Live
contentment
Work
fulfillment
Learn
creative expansion
Phone: 402-450-2243
Years of Experience: 26 Years

Gary Claus

Project Intern Architect | Associate

Gary Claus Project Intern Architect | Associate

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

My favorite outings are hiking excursions in the mountains. My family and I have some favorite spots at various sites along the Rockies – we adore the scenery, wildlife, terrain, and experiences we have in exploring!

Given the chance, what else would you like to design besides buildings?

I’ve always been fascinated with deep-sea exploration, in terms of both biology and bathymetry. The unique pursuit of designing underwater habitats and labs for scientists, explorers, and potentially tourists would be absolutely thrilling.

If I wasn't in the Architectural field, I would probably be:

I would definitely be in an oceanographic field! Given the opportunity, I would choose to specialize in research and exploration of hadopelagic trenches and extremophile ecosystems.

Live
CONSCIOUSLY
Work
UNIQUELY
Learn
PERPETUALLY
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 15 Years

Dan Grasso

Design Architect | Principal

Dan Grasso Design Architect | Principal

What do you like to do when you are not in studio?

Since most of the time in studio is fairly sedentary, I like to get a workout in at the YMCA. It’s a great way to get the mind and body re-energized. Then, I like to find an inspiring book to read.

Given the chance, what else would you like to design besides buildings?

I really enjoy design and have always enjoyed sports car design. So, given the chance, I would love to be involved in the process of designing a new sports car. I have yet to come up with what I would name this new car, but maybe that’s another question in itself.

What advice would you  give to the people reading your bio?

If there is one great life lesson I have learned it’s to live in the present. Be fully in the moment. It’s truly all we really have. The future is unknown and the past is behind us.

Live
mindfully
Work
skillfully
Learn
willfully
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 25

John Kay

Project Manager | Principal

John Kay Project Manager | Principal

What is the one thing you can’t live without? 

Besides my amazing wife, it would be my morning cup of Starbucks Iced Coffee.

What is your favorite part of the profession? 

Teamwork!

What’s something about you that not many people know? 

At age 8, I had breakfast with baseball legend Ted Williams when he was Manager of the Washington Senators.

Live
graciously
Work
together
Learn
listening
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 30

Jim Krieger

Project Architect | Associate Principal

Jim Krieger Project Architect | Associate Principal

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, biking and being with my family.

What is your favorite project type, and why?

I really enjoying working on a diversity of projects and working with a team to find creative solutions to complex challenges. 

If I wasn't in the Architectural field, I would probably be:

I absolutely love the DIY Network show "Salvage Dogs".  If I wasn't working in the architectural field, I think I would really enjoy doing architectural salvage like the guys on the show.

Live
real
Work
engaged
Learn
always
Phone: (402) 476-7331
Years of Experience: 23

Chad Kruse

Project Architect | Associate

Chad Kruse Project Architect | Associate

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

My wife, Halley, and I enjoy frequenting all kinds of museums, from the tiny and obscure Telephone Museum in Lincoln to the large and popular Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.  We even got engaged and married in museums!

Given the chance, what else would you like to design besides buildings?

Tabletop games!  I think it would be a really fun and unique challenge to find a way to create a theme and successfully apply it across all of the game’s elements, including the artwork and components to the rules and player interactions.

What’s something about you that not many people know?

I own two typewriters (non-electric) that I use to write letters and even create artwork.  I learned to type on a computer, but there’s something joyful and gratifying about the permanence of the words being physically created right in front of you that a computer can never match.

Live
appreciate
Work
relate
Learn
dedicate
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 3

David LeBlanc

Architectural Associate

David LeBlanc Architectural Associate

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio? 

When I’m not in the office studio I like focusing my energy on other great design challenges in life; like how to help my kids and others appreciate truth and beauty, how to make our house a better place than we found it, or finding creative ways to re-use what is unwanted, repair what is broken, and recycle what isn’t needed.

What’s your favorite part of the profession? 

My favorite aspect of the architectural profession is witnessing a client make a space we’ve helped create become something more than a building but a destination with greater purpose.

If I wasn’t in the Architectural field, I would probably be:

If I wasn’t in the architectural field, I could see myself as a product designer bringing art and science together through technology to create items that are functional and inspiring.

Live
purpose
Work
contribute
Learn
humility
Phone: (402) 476-7331
Years of Experience: 10

Michael Penn

Design Architect | Principal

Michael Penn Design Architect | Principal

What gets you up in the morning?

Each day is unique, and the things that draw me out of bed can be equally different.  the aroma of coffee in the kitchen is always a favorite – though lately it’s the dull pain of a shoulder that’s getting older.  But by far, the most common experience that gets me going in the morning is the is the sloppy – though well intentioned – kiss from an adorable western highland terrier.

What is your favorite part of the profession?

What I believe I love the most about the practice of architecture is that the work has a very tangible and measurable impact on the quality of people’s lives.  Being engaged in a profession that creates places for all of life’s many moments is a real honor and privilege.  When we get it right, and people are inspired and elevated by what they experience, there is no greater reward.

If I wasn’t in the architectural field, I would probably be…

If I had to choose an alternate career path it very likely would have been to design and engineer aircraft for one of the major us defense contractors.  Building machines for flying has always captured my imagination and would have been challenging and rewarding I’m sure.  Nevertheless, any interests I may have had other than architecture were always a distant second at best.  Building machines for living – as architecture has often been described – has long been my desire, and has proven to be a profession worthy of one’s life work.

Live
joyfully
Work
purposefully
Learn
endlessly
Phone: 402-476-7331
Years of Experience: 24

Loree Pospisil

Business Manager | Associate Principal

Loree Pospisil Business Manager | Associate Principal

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

Spending time with family and friends, which include golfing, bowling and watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

What’s something about you that not many people know?

I’ve been a lucky golfer to have had three hole in ones.

What advice would you give to the people reading your bio?

Knowledge....Facts;

Understanding....Comprehension of the Facts;

Wisdom....Correct Application of the Facts Understood.

Live
daily
Work
efficiently
Learn
continually
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 30

David Quade

Project Architect | Principal

David Quade Project Architect | Principal

What is the one thing you can’t live without? 

A bicycle. I started to seriously alter my primary mode of transportation from a car to a bicycle about 10 years ago and now not only see it as transportation but also as a lifestyle.

What is one rule of Architecture you always follow – and which one do you choose to break?

Restroom doors should ALWAYS swing out. Okay, not exactly a rule of the profession, but it should be. Seriously… swing them out!

If I wasn’t in the Architectural field, I would probably be:

A Contractor. I have always enjoyed “making things” and being active with my hands. There is something fulfilling in the creation of something from nothing.

Live
savor
Work
steady
Learn
stretch
Phone: 402-476-7331
Years of Experience: 21

Megan Sabatka

Administrative Assistant

Megan Sabatka Administrative Assistant

What is one thing you can’t live without?  

Caffeine!

What is the most fun you’ve had in the studio?

Witnessing the Principals climb up and sit on the half wall to eat donuts for a photo shoot.

What’s something about you that not many people know?

I love dogs and hope to open my own dog rescue one day. 

Live
Fun
Work
Rewarding
Learn
Wisdom
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 3

Nolan Schaefer

Architectural Intern

Nolan Schaefer Architectural Intern

What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?

When I’m not in the studio, you can usually find me either spending time with family and friends, coaching baseball, or out trying a new restaurant or coffee shop.

What’s your favorite part of the profession?

I love seeing how projects progress through the different phases of the design process, and exploring creative alternatives to design problems.

What’s something about you than not many people know?

I attended three different colleges throughout my educational career. I started at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska as a Sport Management major. After my first year, transferred to Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. And finally, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after three years of graduate studies in architecture.

Live
adventurous
Work
efficient
Learn
endless
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 1 Year

Mary Smith

Graphic Designer

Mary Smith Graphic Designer

What do you like to do when you're not in the studio?

At a young age I learned to sew and developed an interest in textile design. In recent years I have created a series of drawings on fabric and I continue to develop my technique with variations of thread weights and materials.

What is your favorite project type, and why?

Proposals. Especially when the project requires a team approach. Being a part of a building project as it comes to life is exciting and rewarding.

What advice would you give people reading your bio?

Be kind. In the end, nothing else will matter.

Live
joy
Work
passion
Learn
purpose
Phone: 402-476-7331
Years of Experience: 31

Richard Toren

Project Architect | Associate Principal

Richard Toren Project Architect | Associate Principal

What is the one thing you can’t live without? 

An espresso machine—preferably my antique pump handled Pavoni.

What is your favorite part of the profession? 

Why obviously, the adulation that pours upon us from the public for the work that we do.

What’s something about you that not many people know? 

My wife does not allow me to use power tools!

Live
4life
Work
4life
Learn
4life
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 36

Kjersten Tucker

Project Architect

Kjersten Tucker Project Architect

What is one thing you can't live without? 

One thing I can’t live without (besides all the obvious) is variety. I never want to go to the same restaurant twice in a row, and I love rearranging furniture. Keep things fresh, keep those creativity juices flowing!

What is your favorite project type, and why?

My favorite project type is mixed use. I love what a puzzle it is, and how you really have to work to fit everything together in the most efficient and pleasing manner. It has to work for both the personal experience and the practicalities of business.

What has been your most unlikely source of inspiration?

My most unlikely source of inspiration was a 1960’s psychology book called The Hidden Dimension—all about how people use the space around them, and variations by culture. It’s what inspired me to become an architect! I always want to design spaces that bring joy to their inhabitants and make their lives a little better.

Live
present
Work
future
Learn
past
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 4.5