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: 30

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: 30 Years

Abbey Bettinger

Interior Designer

Abbey Bettinger Interior Designer

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

I like to create. I started creating in art classes when I was 9 and continued on through college studying interior design. Now, from crocheting blankets to updating my house, I’m happy as long as I can use my creativity to make something new.

What’s your favorite part of the profession?

My favorite part of being an Interior Designer is seeing a satisfied client. My second favorite part is knowing I was able to make that client happy by doing what I love.

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

If I wasn’t in the architectural field, I would still need to work in a field that requires creativity; perhaps textile design or woodworking. As a textile designer, I would enjoy working with colors, patterns, and textures. In woodworking, I would enjoy the process of creating different forms out of the material.

Live
Kindly
Work
Efficiently
Learn
Open Minded
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 3

Anna Chitty

Administrative Assistant

Anna Chitty Administrative Assistant

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

When I’m not in the studio I enjoy baking, running, and taking care of my plants. I’d like to say that I run because I love it, which I do, but I mostly run so that I can eat everything that I bake!

What is your favorite part of the profession?

My favorite part of being an Administrative Assistant is that I get to help a lot of different people. Whether that’s clients who come in or others in the studio- I enjoy assisting them. I also am able to see many aspects of the business which help make me a more well-rounded employee.

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

Some great advice that I have received, and want to share with others, is to never stop learning. When we learn new things, whether it’s work related or not, we are allowing ourselves to grow.

Live
Thankfully
Work
Fruitfully
Learn
Flourish
Phone: 402.476.7331

Charles Dowd

Architectural Associate

Charles Dowd Architectural Associate

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

I love spending time with my family.  Whether that is going for bike rides with my brother, or playing video games with my sister. Reading and painting.

What is the most fun you have had in the studio?

In architecture school, we had a project for a client to update and design a sod house. For the final project we built a half scale model which was a lot of fun and exciting!

If I was not in the Architectural field, I would probably be:

Teaching kids in some way. I enjoy their enthusiasm and energy when it comes to learning and doing new things. I had the opportunity during undergrad to work at a kids design camp and it was a blast.

Phone: 402.476.7331

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: 29

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: 35

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: 28

Chad Kruse

Project Architect | Senior Associate

Chad Kruse Project Architect | Senior 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: 9

David LeBlanc

Project Architect | Senior Associate

David LeBlanc Project Architect | Senior 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: 17

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: 28

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: 27

Danielle Prochnow

Architectural Associate III

Danielle Prochnow Architectural Associate III

What three songs would describe the soundtrack of your life?

It is hard for me to narrow it down to just three but the following would be at the top of my list:

Blackbird by The Beatles – my father played this on his guitar all the time and now I sing this song to my son; although not very well
Better Together by Jack Johnson – my wedding song
Banquet by Bloc Party – this song always puts me in a good mood and reminds me of many fun times in my life

What’s your favorite part of the profession?

The people, whether they are a client, a co-worker, a consultant or a contractor, everyone has an interesting perspective to add to a project. It is especially fascinating working with the clients to figure out their wants and needs and how to make these work in the confines of the scope.

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

I always wanted to be in the medical profession but did not think I could handle it emotionally. However, I would be curious to spend a day as a pharmacist or a transplant specialist.

Live
Love
Work
Efficiently
Learn
Every day
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 14

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: 27

Tyler Reis

Architectural Intern

Tyler Reis Architectural Intern

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

I like to spend time with my friends, family, and pets. I also enjoy taking road trips and going new places in general.

 

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

Working with virtual reality to explore projects in virtual space.

 

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

Finding a way to work with animals as a career.

Live
MAS
Work
Ambitiously
Learn
Always
Phone: 402.476.7331

Nolan Schaefer

Architectural Associate | Associate

Nolan Schaefer Architectural Associate | Associate

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: 4

Reid Shubert

Architectural Associate

Reid Shubert Architectural Associate

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

When I’m not in studio I am most likely either running, spending time with close friends and family, or fantasizing about/planning where to travel to next.

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

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid sneaker head and love all kinds of shoes. I currently own around 35 pairs. That being said, I have a dream of one day having the opportunity to design shoes with a large footwear company.

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

Never settle. You can live your entire life wanting to be good at something, but good isn’t enough when you dream of being great.

Live
Explore
Work
Purpose
Learn
Endless
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 1 Year

Mike Stolle

Lead Project Architect

Mike Stolle Lead Project Architect

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

When I’m not in the studio, you can generally find me at the ice rink (during hockey season), remodeling our 60’s era home, or brushing up on my fine woodworking skills.

 

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

I have long enjoyed furniture and product design. At a significantly smaller scale than architecture but also very similar, details matter. They can play a significant role in the success or failure of a product.

 

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

I’m a sucker for refrigerated milk chocolate chips. The combination of sweet and crunchy is irresistible.

Live
Curiously
Work
Together
Learn
Constantly
Phone: 402.476.7331
Years of Experience: 17 Years

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: 42

Kjersten Tucker

Lead Interior Architect | Associate

Kjersten Tucker Lead Interior Architect | Associate

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: 8