Derek is a lifelong student of the design process. His appreciation for the arts extends beyond architecture to music, film, and creative problem solving. It translates into a diverse range of architecture and multi-media solutions that infuse others with an appreciation for beauty. Whether a corporate headquarters, innovation center, hotel, or public space, Derek’s design approach is to understand how space makes the user feel. Empathetic design is a hallmark of his practice and something he shares across the firm.
As a design principal, Derek’s leadership expands beyond market sectors, studios and offices. He continues to push dynamic visualization tools, 3D printing and mixed reality approaches believing firmly in the process as well as the end product. Derek is often at the center of passionate philosophical debates, design discussions and inventive explorations. As such, he leads, influences and mentors.
Active at both the local and state level of the AIA, Derek is currently serving on the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and on the school’s advisory board.