Education: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, 2000
In order to create a great project, Chris Houston believes client communication is key. This focus on customer service is what has driven Chris through 15 years in the architecture industry. He has worked in a variety of markets, including educational, retail, corporate offices, museums and civic projects. Communication and listening to the needs of a client is the foundation of Chris's project process. He feels sustainability is synonymous with responsibility and is committed to bringing these principles and strategies to every project. With a passion for integrating sustainable design into his work, Chris is an invaluable asset to TACKarchitects as the sustainability resource for clients and email@example.com
A good listener & thinker who is always looking forward.
I have worked on a number of non-profit projects where their new facility has been able to enhance their mission. It's always rewarding when you can see the positive change on the faces of their staff and visitors.
Listen to what they need and keep that at the forefront of each decision and they will understand that you care.
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University School of Architecture, Ithaca, NY-1994
Rebecca Harding is a project manager and principal for TACKarchitects. Through years of experience in the industry, Rebecca has created a perfect balance between maintaining project time lines and inspiring clients to think outside the box. Her eye for detail ensures polished work on every level, promoting the consistency of TACK's projects no matter the scope. She believes the best designs are a product of their location and environment, and this philosophy gives her projects true firstname.lastname@example.org
Candid and authentic conversations.
The million shades of green that appear in Midwest rural farmlands.
Intricate parts and mechanisms of large machinery.
The nape of my daughters necks.
There shall be no clutter. Every element must have meaning and elevate the composition as a whole.
Song for inspiration:"Scare Away the Dark" by Passenger
Song for groove: "We are Done" by The Madden Brothers
Movie- None; I have no patience to sit for that long.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, UNL, 1994
Master's of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1996
With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Jeff Dolezal has made a career crafting spaces for his clients. Setting the standard for customer service, Jeff has been responsible for a variety of important architectural sites locally, nationally, and internationally, bringing a global perspective to the Midwest. A keen problem solver with an eye for aesthetics, his experience working on diverse project types gives him the ability to create solutions for a variety of clients. Jeff realizes design does not occur in a vacuum, and welcomes the opportunity to engage the client, the community, and other design professionals in the design email@example.com
Less is more.
Each project is meaningful at some level, it's all about what you take away from the design process. Each builds upon the last. They are more like chapters in one novel.
Nature, light and materiality.
A paper clip.
AIA, LEED AP
Inspired by the work of her peers, Nichole Schultes believes good design should bring joy to those it serves.
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009 - Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
Every project is meaningful and special. With every project, client relationships and friendships are formed and new spaces are created; this is a meaningful project to me.
A great architect is someone who listens, someone who can solve problems, and someone who never stops learning.
I can’t pick just one, as every meal and every trip adds to the list…Pesto in Cinque Terre, falafel on a late-night tube ride home in London, our entire meal at Girl and the Goat last April, lobster rolls next to the Portland Head Lighthouse, a simple picnic lunch at the Delaney Buttes near Walden Colorado, any meal had while traveling in China, and the list continues.
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan
Room, by Emma Donoghue
With a personal philosophy of being a good human, Ryan Henrickson finds inspiration in the impact of architecture on individuals. His advice for incoming architects is priceless: “Be relentless and operate without any regrets; be it life or architecture.”
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010 - Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008
"Design" comes with responsibility. Understanding that responsibility, and knowing the limits of where to push design and where not to, yields great results.
The next project.
The way in which architecture has the potential to have an impact from small to large, good or bad, on either a single person or an entire city.
Be a good human and be mindful of whatever you create in this world. Be it any action, any thought or any design; all have an impact on life and are viewed as a representation of oneself.
A former TACK intern, Aaron Gall has returned to the crew, bringing with him a reaffirmed love for curated design. He finds inspiration in books, and in the stories of other’s creative work.
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
Bachelor of Science in Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
Zur Soup, corned beef, dill pickles, bread, and lady fingers
External hard drive
Currently blazing through podcasts. All genres accepted!
Good design is an intervention between the prescribed and the desired. Intuitive design is a layered spectrum from apparent (mundane) to obscure (meaningful).
Jeff Davis blends his love of architectural design with client interaction within projects, focusing on the personal aspect between the TACK team and their clients.
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005
The spaces we create support the stories of people. I am often inspired by small low-cost structures, created and built out of necessity by people not formally trained as designers. The resulting design choices (form, function, material, ornamentation, etc...deliberate or not) often present a creation infused with a story that serves as an honest and intriguing portrait of its maker(s). I find myself unsure if I want to know more about the structure, or those who made it.
I recently read a great book with my son called Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. It's a fictional story about a boy, the sole survivor of a plane crash, who struggles to survive alone in the wilderness; great content for anyone to ponder.
Don't believe that someone who has more experience than you, or has nothing to learn from you. Speak up in your youth as an architect and make your fresh ideas known. The team will be better off hearing what you have to say.
I don't consider any of my possessions precious, but I greatly value handmade gifts from my kids. The creative gifts remind me how precious they are to me.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Portland State University, 2012
My grandmother's silver alto saxophone.
Good design involves three primary things: critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.
Always remember the things that brought you to this profession. You may need to rely on them from time to time.
My own house in the country.
NCIDQ - IIDA
As TACK’s first interior designer, Jessica brings her love for unique materiality and furniture to all of the firm’s projects. She has a passion for designing efficient, yet functional spaces and enjoys pulling architectural design elements together by implementing thoughtful finishes throughout.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
Good design is created based on knowledge about human interaction within a space. People interact in a variety of ways depending on spatial function, and it is important that we design in such a way that enables necessary behaviors.
My cat, Oliver!
When developing client relationships, it is important to express that their project will be unlike any other project we’ve worked on before. Every project comes with a unique set of requirements; therefore we present every project with a unique design. We want our clients to know that they will have a space design specifically for their culture, function, and brand.
Love what you do and who you surround yourself with – don’t waste your time being unhappy.
Ashley joined TACK with 10 years of design experience consisting of a range of project types, from signage, and gallery installations, to new ground-up construction. She believes the best projects marry the poetics of design with the pragmatics of our everyday built environment.
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010
Bachelor of Science in Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008
Traveling, continually seeing new places and new projects and observing their impact on places and people.
Generally, the place I’ve never been before, home and abroad.
Working alongside with them to craft and execute a design that reflects the uniqueness of their vision.
Rigor, communicaiton, and lots of passion.
Matt’s design philosophy is accommodating but not compromising, universal but not ubiquitous, and uncomplicated but not short-sighted. The built environment affects users at varying scales, each person takes something different, from a simple framed view to the balance of light and shadow.
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012
The first man-made structure on mars.
Dialogue and mutual respect. It's important to understand that each person brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives to the table.
Keep your eyes open. Dissect what speaks to you. Do not be afraid to scrap your darling.
Tapas, pinchos, and sangria in a tiny port town on Majorca. My wife and I have been on a quest for comparable sangria since.
As TACK’s Operations Manager, Ashley brings a broad set of Office Management skills to the studio. She’s our utility player and keeps things moving smoothly day to day while helping TACK plan for and achieve our business goals.
Bachelor of Arts, North Park University, 2005
I think the best relationships just happen organically when you are authentic with people. Taking time to get to know people beyond the capacity or ways you interact with them in the job and just showing genuine interest in who they are.
I have always been drawn to elements of the unexpected: dual functionality, bizarre angles, expression as art.
Right now I have my 14 year old nephew’s CD on repeat :) He just finished recording and producing his second track where he played each part on all the different instruments and layered them together. He is literally a one man band! It's extraordinary.
Ryan believes great design can happen at all scales and is the result of recognizing, embracing, and capitalizing on the unique constraints of each project. His diverse portfolio showcases both adaptive reuse and new construction projects spanning a variety of market sectors, including higher education, K-12, corporate, religious, and civic.
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
Bachelor of Science n Design in Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011
Good design can happen at all scales and is the result of recognizing and embracing project constraints throughout the entire design process.
The Crabhouse Sampler at Cutter's Crabhouse in Seattle - A trio of Alaskan King Crab, Snow Crab, and Dungeness Crab, steamed to perfection; served with drawn butter, crab risotto, grilled corn-on-the-cob, and house rolls. Delectable!
The new library in my hometown. I grew up in Crete, NE; a town of 7,000 people. After moving away after high school, it was special to return 10 years later to help design the new library.
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Kelly finds interest in observing the flow of spaces and reactions along with hearing chatty buzz about them. With a history in the contract furniture industry, she looks forward to seeing all portions of a project come together for an unified design.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, University of Iowa State, 2011
Always find ways to push yourself so you don’t become too complacent in life.
Anything by Maddie Poppe or John Mayer.
This is a monumental time for the client and could be the first time they've experienced working with an architecture firm. It is key to facilitate good conversation, humanize the process, and deliver on expectations.
Don't be blind to what is obvious and be the something memorable.