While some architects find their niche in a particular part of the design process, Nate has always viewed himself as a jack-of-all-trades. “I can fit myself into any part of a project, whether it’s the early stages of schematic design or helping with the construction documents,” he says.
If he had to choose a favorite phase of a project, though, it would be the transition between schematic design and design development, where the project team begins to turn big-picture ideas into detailed plans. “That’s where things click for me,” Nate says.
Nate’s interest in architecture as a career evolved while taking drafting classes and an architecture course in high school. “I took the classes on a lark, but quickly came to enjoy them,” he says. His instructor had some background in architecture and advised Nate on university programs in the region.
“I was fortunate to find direction at a young age and have a mentor that could direct my excitement for the subject,” Nate says. After high school, he pursued undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from UW-Milwaukee.
On a day-to-day level, Nate enjoys the variety of tasks and the wide range of problems that he solves as an architect. “I like the process of starting with large boxes on paper or a screen and then diving down to figure out the details of how the structure is actually going to come together,” he says. “I’m fortunate that my role has evolved to be able to do that.”
Outside of the office, Nate spends time with his wife and three children. He is also board president of the Sherman Park Neighborhood Improvement District, an organization he’s been a part of for the past seven years.
When Nate needs time for himself, he jumps in the pool. He’s an avid swimmer and participates in the U.S. Masters Swimming program.