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TACK is an Omaha-based studio founded in 2011 by Jeff Dolezal, Rebecca Harding and Chris Houston.

We combine diverse experiences to create unique spaces and exceed our client's expectations through thoughtfully curated projects. By prioritizing trust and confidence in our project process, we have raised the bar of client service and satisfaction. We solve problems by challenging convention and maximizing client investment, introducing a project to new heights of existence.

A Midwest firm with national experience, we connect with a wide range of clients through a passion to convey the flow of concepts to results. Our design philosophy blends notions of craft, tectonic expression, sustainability, and contextual specificity, while working hard to understand our client's objectives, budget, culture and mission.

Our collective goal is to get back to the heart of architecture by documenting experiences and details through tangible design that conveys a timeless story and personal vision of each client we work with.

J. Christopher HoustonAIA, LEED AP

Principal

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 staff.

chouston@tackarch.com

Rebecca M. HardingAIA, LEED AP

Principal

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 meaning.

rharding@tackarch.com

Jeffrey J. DolezalAIA, LEED AP

Principal

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 process.

jdolezal@tackarch.com

Jeff Davis

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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.

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007 - Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005

What inspires you in architecture?

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.

What was the last book you couldn’t put down?

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.

What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

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.

Most precious possession?

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.

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