JULIE SNOWJulie Snow has garnered national recognition as both a practitioner and academic. Since founding Julie Snow Architects in 1995 and continuing the design trajectory of the firm as Snow Kreilich Architects, Julie participates in every project in the studio.
Julie has taught architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, the University of Southern California, and the University of Minnesota College of Design, where she received the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. Julie’s design leadership is also evidenced by her participation on juries and delivery of lectures in both academic and professional settings. She has lectured at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Building Museum, as well as making keynote addresses at several AIA conferences across the country.
Julie has been recognized with numerous awards including AIA Honor Awards, the Holcim North American Bronze Award, Progressive Architecture Design Award, the Chicago Athenaeum’s American, Architect Magazine Annual Design Review, and several US General Services Administration's Design Excellence Awards. She recently received one of two Architecture Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, where the jury commented: "The architecture of Julie VandenBerg Snow might be characterized as invention within convention. That is not to say that her work is conventional but to recognize that, within rigorous underpinning, she and her studio make the marvelous happen. Elegance is balanced by pragmatism - she is a ballerina who can dance in work boots. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.' The work of Julie VandenBerg Snow does just this."
MATTHEW KREILICHAs design principal and partner of Snow Kreilich Architects, Matthew Kreilich is the heart of the firm’s collaborative working model taking an active role in both strategic and detail design resolutions in the studio. His passion lies in the belief that in addition to solving complex and pragmatic needs of a client’s program, design has the transformative power to enhance our everyday life experiences. Matthew provides design leadership and insight into all of the firm’s projects, as well as acting as the project designer on some of the studios’ most significant projects.
Matthew’s design leadership and experience continue to be recognized both locally and nationally. Matt was recently honored with the AIA National Young Architect Award for outstanding design leadership and locally recognized with the Minneapolis/St.Paul’s Business Journal’s 40 under 40. His work has received numerous Awards including MN AIA Honor Awards, the National AIA Honor Award, Progressive Architecture Award and the Holcim Award. Matthew was also the recipient of the prestigious Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship.
He continues to balance practice and academic endeavors and has recently taught graduate design studios at the University of Minnesota and Syracuse University and participated in design reviews at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and at Washington University St Louis. Matthew continues to dedicate time back to the profession, serving on national AIA honor award juries, presenting the firm’s work at universities, national conventions and professional organizations and currently is serving on the board of the MN Architectural Foundation advancing scholarship opportunities for the next generation of architects.
TYSON MCELVAINWith a background that ranges from construction to architecture, Tyson brings a passion in merging design and construction to deliver projects to our clients that are both well conceived and well detailed. Since 2005, Tyson has helped to advance the office’s sustainable design initiatives and construction administration excellence across all projects. Tyson is the firm’s leading voice for all documentation, sustainability, project specifications and construction administration and has established a robust QA/QC process to assure integration across all disciplines. Tyson is leading our firm’s transition to full integration of BIM for project delivery.
Tyson has contributed to some of our most significant work to date, acting as the project architect for the LEED Gold Certified U.S. Warroad Land Port of Entry, and as the project manager for the Progressive Architect Award-winning U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, ME, also in line to receive LEED Gold certification and Bronze Award recipient of the Holcim Awards. Additionally, Tyson has a depth of experience with historic preservation projects, including recent work at the Minneapolis Federal Office Building, Hollywood Theater, and the Cowles Conservatory at the Walker Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis.
MARY SPRINGERMary’s work has focused on innovative, award winning design in a wide range of project types. Mary has a unique comprehensive perspective particularly suited to complex projects and project teams. That perspective coupled with a strong interest in sustainable design has informed such projects as the $30M U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, ME. A 30,000 square foot project including three separate buildings on a 19-acre secure site has been recognized with a Progressive Architecture Award, A Bronze Holcim Award and is in line to receive LEED Gold certification.
All of Mary's projects exemplify the integration of form and materials to support technical, performance and client goals. Mary’s working relationships with complex client groups, stakeholders and officials, as well as her skillful management of the A/E team, were essential to the success of these projects, ensuring that the work met budgetary and scheduling goals.
Mary’s work has been honored with numerous awards including AIA National Honor Award for Architecture, AIA Minnesota Honor Award, Progressive Architecture Award, National AIA Urban Design Award, MN ASLA Award, ALA Gold Medal and many others. Mary was a recipient of the prestigious Hoffberger-Rosenberg Scholarship for Excellence in the Visual Arts, as well as the Mary-Ellen Hale Lovett Travelling Fellowship.
ALITA BERGANAlita’s diverse background in graphic design, proposal coordination and an interest in art paired with an appreciation of contemporary architecture provide an excellent balance in her approach to effective management of the business development, marketing, advertising and promotional activities at Snow Kreilich Architects. She works closely with Julie and Matt to continually develop, establish, and maintain marketing strategies to meet the objectives of Snow Kreilich Architects.
Her excellent communication skills allow her to easily manage and coordinate all marketing, advertising and promotional/public relations related activities while also working to develop and implement marketing plans for potential projects in new and existing market segments. She is also charged with managing the RFP process and maintaining the productivity of the production of marketing plans and projects for the web site, social media and press various press contacts. Alita is the liaison with consultants, media and advertising and often is commended for her excellent communication and organizations skills, paired with her creative problem solving.
JAMES HOWARTHJames is committed to design excellence and promotes creating unique and exciting environments in all projects. His design background is based on intense research that explores all parameters to focus the team’s energy on the project’s goals. He is willing to challenge traditional methods and use unique technology to provoke new strategies that satisfy design goals. James’ education and passion for sustainable design allow for unique, innovative solutions to all environmental conditions to meet the client’s goals.
James’ process is based on clear, effective communication that provides a collaborative team process in response to client goals. His attention to detail and thorough understanding of technical systems puts an emphasis on high quality execution. James’ previous experience and involvement in all project phases ensures project success and helps to guide the team.
DOUG GERLACHDoug’s design work is rooted in a deep curiosity about the physical, cultural, and organizational context of the work. Through a research-driven and iterative process, Doug seeks holistic design solutions that mine this context and find design opportunity in technical, budgetary, and site constraints. His past projects demonstrate a commitment to the careful execution of these solutions through a tireless refinement of construction detail, and collaborative integration of building systems into a cohesive whole.
Doug’s professional experience is diverse in scale and use, ranging from single family residences to complex governmental, educational and arts facilities. Past projects include Northrop Performing Arts Center at the University of Minnesota, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College, Marlboro Music Festival Musician’s Cottages, Huss Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Paul Academy, and the Café/Entry Expansion of the Walker Arts Center. Doug’s work has been published nationally and recognized with multiple AIA Minnesota and AIA Wisconsin awards, and an AIA National Interior Award.
DON VUAs an associate, Don's background lies in art, design research, and custom fabrication. His experience ranges a in scale from furniture design and fabrication, custom fabrication, CADCAM fabrication, residential design, restaurant design, commercial design, higher education to master planning. He brings a focus on detailing, functionality, creativity and innovation with a process of hands-on exploration in conjunction with 3D modeling to explore design issues to bring about elegant solutions to the studio. With a computer science background, Don also brings knowledge of computer hardware, software, and programming to create a more efficient studio.
Don's recently completed projects have included Victor's on Water, Ovative Group Offices, Burch Steak, Target Commercial Interiors, DpHUE retail stores, Target Plaza Commons, Pizzeria Lola (with Loom), Normandale Academic Partnership Center (with RRTL) and St. Cloud State University Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (with RRTL).
Don has received numerous awards for his projects including the R+D and I.D. awards for both the 12 Blocks project with Loom and Drape Wall with Houminn from Architect magazine and I.D. magazine and finalist for the 2014 & 2017 Ralph Rapson Travelling Fellowship. Both his academic and professional work has appeared in numerous architectural publications ranging from local publications to international publications.
TREVOR BULLENTrevor is a broadly experienced architect with over 20 years of professional experience. He brings to Snow Kreilich Architects significant international experience; having worked on a wide range of architecture, landscape architecture and planning projects in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. He enjoys the deeply personal and collaborative aspects of architectural practice, tailoring specific solutions to individual needs.
From 2000 to 2016, he led an award winning architecture and planning studio on the island of Grenada, completing more than 30 built projects. The work of his firm has been published extensively in journals and books, including being featured in a monograph on Contemporary Caribbean Architecture (Lumis 2015).
In addition to practice, Trevor has remained active in academia. He has taught architectural design at the Boston Architectural College and the City College of New York, as well as a guest critic at Harvard University, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute among others.
AKSEL CORUHAksel Coruh is a registered Dutch architect who lives in Minneapolis. He brings an international body of experience to Snow Kreilich’s team, having practiced extensively at Rotterdam-based Claus en Kaan Architecten prior to moving to Shanghai where he worked as a senior architect for Neri & Hu Research and Design Office. He has broad experience working on projects in international contexts and involving a variety of programs including residential, cultural, government, and education. His strength lies in dealing with complex briefs and generating thoughtful solutions that integrate client wishes, cultural conditions, and economic parameters.
His personal work has been exhibited in the US, Turkey, and the Netherlands, receiving grants from the Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BVKB), and Stroom Den Haag. He has been a visiting critic at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture.
NICK WALLINNick has 15 years of experience as a designer, working on wide range of projects from small to large scale, and from local to international. He focuses on the exploratory and creative design process through the use of integrative digital tools, including digital fabrication technologies. He helps design teams explore and integrate new technologies and techniques into their projects and has organized office discussion forums on design, sustainability, and technology.
Nick has given numerous presentations on digital design tools, including at the Design on the Delaware Conference and Autodesk University. Nick has received numerous awards and honors, including a Canadian Design and Research Network (CDRN) Young Practitioner Scholarship, the Construction Award at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Wisconsin Architects Foundation Scholarship. For two years, Nick taught a design workshop on the art of craft in the digital realm at the University of Minnesota College of Design and continues to participate in design reviews. He has also volunteered for the ACE mentorship program and the YWCA Eureka Mentorship program in the Twin Cities.
Nick holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, summa cum laude, with a minor in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
JASON DANNENBRINGJason Dannenbring enjoys managing large and complex project teams and fostering a process that allows the team to work collaboratively toward the completion of a project. Jason believes in clear communication, leveraging the expertise of team members, and utilizing advances in technology to help push projects forward. He has an in-depth knowledge of 3D modeling software and has successfully delivered several projects using BIM, all while maintaining an eye for great design quality.
After completing his Masters in Architecture at Princeton University, Jason spent a decade working in New York, and has had the opportunity to work on a variety of project types and sizes. Past projects include several national award-winning projects for New York University, the renovation of The Contemporary in Austin, TX, and most recently the $360M, 200,00sf visual and performing arts center, Culture Shed.
MIKE HELLERMike is a project designer in the firm that enjoys the open-ended and iterative nature of the design process. In particular, he thrives on alternating between absorptive and generative modes of thought that are necessary to both understanding and resolving a project’s conditions.
Utilizing 3-D modeling from the initial design concept stage through construction he maximizes the studio’s capacity to explore, test and push the boundaries of architecture to better serve our clients as both a rendering and construction coordination and documentation tool. Mike has developed these abilities on several project including higher education, workplace, commercial and residential.
Mike was the project designer for the Lofts at Mayo Park, Mithun offices, and the Metro Transit Highway 610 Park and Ride. He is currently working on a mixed used development in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood.”
KATIE MYHREKatie’s background allows her to take a multifaceted approach to the design process. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Interior Design from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture and Ecological Design Certificate from the University of Oregon. Her personal research and project experience ranges in scale from minimal dwelling to community development and urban planning. Her design approach focuses on the experiential and assess impact with thoughtful simplicity.
Katie is also a LEED accredited professional and has worked as a LEED administrator certifying projects within the LEED New Construction (NC), Commercial Interior (CI), and Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) rating systems. Most notably Katie aided in the certification of the Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University of Oregon, the first higher education laboratory to receive the designation of LEED Platinum in the state.
In 2016, Katie’s work was honored with an AIA Minnesota Honor Award. Katie also enjoys serving as a guest juror at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. She currently works within the firm as a project manager to facilitate design communication and collaboration between the design team, client, consultants, and contractors.
NATALYA EGONNatalya comes to Snow Kreilich with a dedication to crafting the narrative focus of a project from beginning to end. This includes a keen commitment to linking project research with concept design as well as shaping the graphic representation necessary to bring together all aspects of a project. Her diverse project experiences range from several years of working on museums/institutional buildings to mixed-use residential towers to small contemporary renovations of 19th century houses in Texas.
Her approach to architecture intends to simultaneously represent the large and small scale components of design – history, infrastructure, natural phenomena, light, function, landscape – and how those components impact individuals and urban environments. Her ideas-based work has received recognition in several design competitions and has been exhibited and published internationally. Natalya commits a significant portion of her time to academia, serving as an adjunct studio instructor and mentor at the University of Minnesota. In addition, she has also served as a guest critic at Virginia Tech, Dunwoody College, Rice University, University of Texas, Illinois Institute of Technology and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Natalya worked in Houston, Chicago, and New York before coming back to Minnesota.
CHRISTINA STARKChristina is a young architect with a passion for turning project challenges into design opportunities. While working towards her Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, Christina conducted research on innovative materials and construction methods which focused on achieving design concepts through the use of unconventional materials. Christina received numerous distinctions for her academic design work and leadership while at the University of Minnesota including the Student Design and Scholarship Excellence Award, and most recently, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Design. Prior to graduating from the University of Minnesota, Christina earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas in Arlington.
YUN KOOYun Koo joined Snow Kreilich in the fall of 2016 after completing her undergraduate degree in Architecture with distinction from the University of Minnesota. Opportunities to travel led her to Los Angeles to complete a summer internship with DOSU studio architecture, a study abroad program in Rome & Istanbul on an SPQR Fellowship, and she worked on Dutch Complex Housing as a research assistant to Julia Robinson. Yun also spent a summer in Japan working with Sou Fujimoto Architects.
She enjoys the environment, context and cultures of the places she has been and they heavily influence her personally and professionally. She is interested in the storytelling, concept driven projects and research involved in architecture. Yun has honed her visual communication techniques across several mediums, including digital renderings, physical model making, illustration, watercolor and pencil sketches.
Carrying these experiences, Yun is happy to be back in the Twin Cities where her architectural interests started. While at Snow Kreilich Architects, she looks forward to finding opportunities to be involved in various programmed architecture, and to be exposed to the level of detail involved in each project type.
TRUDY SLARKSAs studio manager, Trudy handles the day-to-day operations of the studio, while also supporting project teams and marketing with various tasks. Her attention to detail is necessary to attend to the studio's administrative documentation, making certain registration and licensure are up-to-date and office systems are well taken care of. She coordinates travel particulars, oversees calendars, makes appointments and coordinates studio events and activities. Trudy makes sure each studio member’s daily needs are met, allowing them to focus their attention on project and client needs.
BRETT GUSTAFSONBrett has worked on a wide spectrum of building types ranging from single family homes to masterplans while working for offices in Chicago, Berlin, and Minneapolis. In Chicago, he was involved in the design of an innovation center for Mies Van Der Rohe’s IIT campus which features an inflatable ETFE facade. Brett also worked on the design and renovation of several public schools in the Chicago area. In Berlin, he worked on the successful bid to redevelop a former military base in Munich, and a contemporary dance center for the city of Bordeaux. Brett enjoys design at all scales in the public realm, and is a believer in the Chicago mantra of architecture as a spectator sport.
Brett’s approach to architecture is rooted in his training in painting and sculpture. His understanding of space and materials is always a narrative formed by the drawing and making process. He received a BFA from the University of Minnesota, where his work earned him a year of fellowship to Freie Universität in Berlin. He earned a Masters of Architecture from University of Illinois Chicago, where his thesis project was selected 2nd prize for the Schiff Foundation Fellowship, and is part of the collection at the Art institute of Chicago.
KATHRYN VAN NELSON
KATHRYN VAN NELSON
Kathryn particularly enjoys technically challenging projects with an innovative approach to program while integrating performance and design. She feels strongly about celebrating the site-specific qualities of a project through its response to the climate, environment, the region, the community and the users. She has delivered several projects through BIM tools and feels that there is a beauty in the details.
She returns to Minneapolis after 14 years on the East Coast working on a wide range of project types from transportation, supertalls, translational research facilities and adaptive reuse. During which time, she represented the design team internationally both in Mumbai for the International Airport T2 Terminal to work alongside the local design-build contractors, and in Abu Dhabi to coordinate with local consultants. Kathryn has worked on many award-winning projects including One World Trade Center and the Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science and Medicine both located in New York City, as well as the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.
In 2013 she was selected as one of the New York Chapter’s AIA Health Facilities Committee Emerging Professionals. Most recently she co-managed a team to design a 72-story residential tower at an underutilized transit hub in Jersey City, NJ. Kathryn holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
KAREN LUKaren’s love of architecture is rooted in its complexity – the successful combination of multiple contexts, different points of view, and the relationship of the overall goal or idea to its many supporting details. Karen’s passion for making strategic connections and building meaningful relationships inspires her integrative approach to design thinking, and her desire to promote the strengths and expand the possibilities of the profession.
Karen’s commitment to design excellence and to positively impacting future generations of architecture professionals and global citizens is evident in her professional work and service to the AIA and her community. She has led and collaborated on projects that have won National AIA Honor Awards, AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards, AIA Minnesota Honor Awards, and Progressive Architecture Awards. Karen has been recognized for her leadership both locally and nationally with the AIA Minnesota and National AIA Young Architect Awards.
Karen is currently board secretary of MSP AoA NOMA, the local National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA) chapter. She also co-chairs the AIA MN Committee on Design and the AIA MN Leadership Forum Advisory Committee. Karen is actively involved at Yinghua Academy, a K-8 Chinese immersion school, where she served as board chair for three years.
CARL KOEPCKEAs a designer Carl brings with him a breadth of professional experience revolving around the pluralistic edges of the architectural field. Carl’s work focuses on the convergence of technology, art and architecture. Believing in the continued ambition of the Gesamtkunstwerk concept, Carl approaches each project through a rigorous questions-based design methodology and a collaborative multi-disciplinary process.
Carl received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his professional work Carl taught graduate courses at the Boston Architectural College and has been a guest juror at the University of Minnesota, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Columbia University. His work has been featured in multiple gallery exhibitions and notable design publications.
CLAIRE HUFFAKERClaire joined Snow Kreilich Architects in September of 2018. She received her Master of Architecture at Kansas State University. As a graduate student, she spent a semester studying architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. Claire received frequent recognition for her academic design work, including the Bowman Design Award, as well as notable academic publications.
Claire’s design approach to architecture is shaped by democratic and contextual aspirations. These aspirations help guide her to create design solutions that optimize the well-being of people and their community.
NATHAN VAN WYLEN
NATHAN VAN WYLENA registered architect, Nathan believes that design excellence arises from an in-depth understanding of the complex relationships inherent in each project. He focuses on cultivating exceptional architectural responses by critically responding to the history, location, environment, culture, client, and budget for each project. Nathan received a Master of Architecture with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 2013. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Biology with an Environmental Studies concentration from Saint Olaf College.
Nathan has received several honors, including the University of Michigan’s Taubman Scholar Award and Oberdick Scholar Award. He has experience using a wide range of software programs, including Autodesk Revit, SketchUp, and Rhino, and fabrication tools, such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC water jet cutting and routing. As a student at the University of Michigan, Nathan was a graduate student instructor, digital fabrication lab technician, and editor of Dimensions 24, the 2011 volume of the university’s annual, student-produced journal of architecture.