Kenner B. Kingston, LFA, LEED AP BD+C O+M President
Kenner was an early adopter of the USGBC’s LEED rating system and served as Nexus’ first Director of Sustainability. In addition to being the only Living Future Accredited Professional in the Great Basin, Kenner volunteers his time as an Ambassador Presenter for the International Living Future Institute. Kenner is inspired by nature and interested in regenerative design strategies such as material and building reuse, on-site renewable energy and water independence.
Scott A. Larkin, AIA, ACHA Principal, Healthcare Planner
Scott Larkin’s 2008 article “Re-Inventing Hospitals for Patients” in Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine, is an apt summary of his leadership in promoting better medical treatment through well-designed architecture. Having served 10 years in the Navy Nurse Corps, Scott has the rare ability to simultaneously see medical planning through the eyes of both the caregiver and the designer. He is a passionate champion of patients, their families, and their care givers, as he designs to better the healing process. His passion extends to his role as a mentor to other planners in the firm, and to the profession at large through his multiple publications.
Peter D. Moyes, AIA, LEED AP Principal
Peter Moyes has multiple areas of expertise, including large urban commercial projects and municipal projects in Salt Lake City and the Intermountain West. His passion is to work with abstract concepts, such as words and mathematics, and from them to create three-dimentional solutions, to complex problems. His craft is in negotiating the balanced solution that results in the blended image of something “fantastic.” Notable projects of Peter’s include the Gateway tower West and Zions Bank Tower Office Building in downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Palace, and multiple local, State and Federal library, police and courts projects.
Douglas A. Thimm, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Principal
Doug Thimm has an impressive portfolio of large-scale mixed-use projects. His work has been on the cutting edge of new urbanism and transit-oriented development. Of note is his role as the Master Architect for the 2.3 million square-foot Salt Lake City Gateway Shopping Center. This project includes retail/restaurant, office, residential, and entertainment venues, as well as public plaza and open spaces extending Salt Lake City’s “downtown experience” to the west. His ability to focus on the project’s global picture while maintaining touch with the intricate details has lead to his reputation for client advocacy and construction phase excellence.
W. Jeffrey Thorpe, CDA Principal, CFO
As our financial leader, Jeff Thorpe strives to promote a healthy business environment at Nexus. As the leader of our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), he focuses on the financial well-being of our company and employees which allows us to better focus on serving our clients. Jeff also believes that a financially healthy company can use its resources to give back to the community.
Lisa Whoolery Ramidan, AIA Principal
With 20+ years of architectural experience, Lisa’s curiosity of the world and people creates a unique perspective for her work in healthcare planning. She is interested in learning how people work, experience a space and what they value. Learning these values from patients and families as well as the caregivers, helps her create spaces that are not only a better healing environment, but also provides a safe and efficient workplace for the caregivers.
Joseph Yee, AIA Principal
Joe has more than 40 years of professional experience including all aspects of management, programming, master planning, design, agency approval and construction administration for new construction, modernization and various site improvements. Additionally, Joe has extensive hands-on experience in design build, lease-leasback, and integrated project delivery, as well as Lean Construction Institute project management protocols.
Julie Berreth, AIA, LEED AP Principal, Director of Operations
With 30+ years of architectural experience in Chicago and Salt Lake City, Julie Berreth has led the design of approximately 1.5 million square feet of high-end office and medical office space. She believes that the collaborative design process is the most rewarding and successful for all concerned, and works especially well within Design-Build and CM/GC project delivery methods. She facilitates the creative process with an eye toward design and constructability and assures that the client receives the best possible project for the available funds. Ask her about Design Economics if you are interested in maximizing return on investment for developer projects.
Greg Brimhall, AIA Principal
During Greg Brimhall’s 15 years working in the Salt Lake architectural industry, he has functioned as the Project Architect/Project Manager on many commercial projects, adaptive re-use and tenant improvement projects. He is skilled at evaluating building needs, developing appropriate scopes of work, coordinating with owner budgets, and meeting tight schedules as required to meet each client’s needs.
Bradford R. Busath, AIA, LEED AP Principal
Brad is a skilled architect and project manager specializing in medical and research facility programming and design, with 21 years’ experience in the field. His medical facility portfolio includes highly complex and technical projects with a focus on creating healing clinical environments that are highly functional, efficient and flexible. Brad served as the project manager, along with Jon Erdmann, on the University of Utah Hospital West Pavilion Expansion in which this project will be located. His most recent projects are the Brigham Young University Life Sciences Building and the Myriad Genetics (Myrexis) Phase V Building in Research Park.
Brian Cassil, ASAI, LEED AP BD+C Principal, Director of Communications
Good stories make us care about our world and our neighbors. For Brian Cassil, graphics and visualisation is about telling the story of design. For the past 18 years he has pushed the cutting edge of 3D rendering, 3D printing, animation, photography, video, and other forms of visual communication to bring a collective vision to light so that all project stakeholders may be inspired to care about our built and natural environments.
Jeffery L. Davis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Principal
Jeff Davis is a steward of society. Humanity is dependent on pulling together in unification, not competition. Design of architecture has an epic impact on our environmental, aesthetic, and psychological environment. As a steward of society Jeff believes in continuing on a path of creativity by remembering people. The relationships he builds with clients and building users is essential to his satisfaction and success. Focusing on basic design principles of light and shadow, regenerative sustainability, human scale, detail, and most importantly function, he will work with you to change the world. Remember People . . .
Mark A. Davis, AIA Principal
With a talent for consensus building, Mark Davis has championed large collaborative project types, particularly those that involve Design Build and Construction Management delivery methods. His list of work for repeat clients is very long because of his record of delivering highly functional, economical, and esthetically pleasing projects in a teaming environment. Notable work includes Sysco Food Distribution Centers and the 20 million square-foot Falcon Hill Aerospace Research Park mixed-use development at Hill Air Force Base, to be built over the next 15 years.
Charles D. Downs, AIA Principal
Charlie Downs has 40 years of professional experience in a wide range of public institutional facilities. A significant career focus beyond civic and municipal work has included K-12 and higher educational project. Charlie enjoys his role as a facilitator of design solutions working closely with our staff and client stakeholders. His passion as an architect is delivering quality solutions that are within the constraints of budget and schedule.
David N. Fletcher, AIA Principal, Chairman of the Board
Dave Fletcher has extensive experience with educational, research, and LDS Church projects that span the last four decades. In addition to new meeting houses and remodeling of existing facilites, Dave was architect for the historic Tenth Ward Meeting house renovation which received recognition from the Utah Heritage Foundation and the Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Commission. He was also principal architect for LDS Temples in Rexburg, Idaho; Cebu, Philippines; Gila Valley in Arizona; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Payson, Utah.
Jeffrey B. Gardner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Principal
Jeff Gardner was responsible for Utah’s OSHA Headquarters, the first LEED Silver certified project in Utah, and has been a leader in sustainable design at Architectural Nexus since the firm’s inception. A strategic thinker, Jeff has shown outstanding ability to deal with complex challenges both small and large that are encountered in keeping the project on schedule and within the budget. He is equally skilled at programming/pre-desing, providing quantitative and qualitative description of all functions and space needs, and at construction administration, effectively working with the contractor to resolve all construction issues.
Robb T. Harrop, AIA, LEED GA Principal, Director of Design
Robb Harrop’s eye for tasteful, interesting design is well-matched by his unique ability to illustrate what he envisions. Utilizing a combination of both traditional and digital design methodologies, he has built a significant resume which includes projects such as the West Pavilion at the University of Utah Hospital and the Falcon Hill development at Hill Air Force Base. His focused interest on design is spread over a wide range of projects which includes Medical, Research, Commercial, Mixed-use developments and LDS Temples. Respected by colleagues, clients, and contractors alike, Robb is collaborative and approachable. He is especially aware of his clients’ needs and incorporates each of these elements into unique design solutions. His approach has proven to create award winning yet functional design.
Aaron L. Arbuckle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CNU-A Principal
With over 15 years of broad architectural experience, Aaron Arbuckle provides a keen eye for how to improve the process of design and construction. He feels strongly that successful projects are a combination of vision, function, and economic stewardship. Aaron brings a passion for creating spaces that encourage social interaction where ideas are shared, friendships formed, and tribes originated. His recent projects include a new community center in the Millcreek Township for Salt Lake County, a Hope Lodge for the American Cancer Society, and LDS Temples in Fort Collins, Colorado and Cedar City, Utah.
Holli Adams, AIA, LEED GA Principal
Great Civic architecture demands collaboration, vision and dedication. Holli has been championing the creation of successful public facilities for over 20 years. From Recreation Centers to Libraries and Senior Centers, Holli employs her expertise to develop projects that have a positive impact on people. Combining excellent project programming and planning skills, technical knowledge and the most up to date understanding of sustainable design, Holli crafts projects that are embraced by the communities they serve.
Hilton Ripplinger Principal, Director of Interior Design
Structures are built to capture space: the space within. This, more than any place and with the greatest intimacy, is where human/building interaction occurs. Hilton has spent thirty years pushing, pulling, carving, molding, sculpting the space within. His work to create captivating yet practical interior architecture, capped off with enduring finishes and furnishings, results in successful spaces of virtually all types.
Richard Price, AIA, LEED AP Principal
Richard Price is devoted to expanding educational opportunities for our youth through his professional work as well as with his personal time. For many years Richard had served as the California State Director for ‘Odyssey of the Mind’, an organization devoted to helping students of all ages develop problem-solving and team-building skills. Richard channels his passion for strong communities and young people in to the design of superior higher education and civic facilities. His rigor in quality communication with project stakeholders ensures successful projects, no matter the level of difficulty, scope, or size of project.
David Abraham, AIA, LEED AP ND Principal
With an appreciation for the richness created in mixed use environments, David Abraham takes pleasure in the design of retail, restaurant, office, residential, and inviting plaza spaces and is well versed in the multiple construction types and delivery methods associated with those various types of projects. Adept with master planning, Dave is able to conceptualize various options to confirm alignment with client goals and to explore opportunities for additional value very early in the design process. As an early proponent of Building Information Modelling (BIM) he has utilized computer modelling in activities ranging from conceptual massing to rigorous clash detection in complex environments. Recently, his work has been focused on urban infill and transit oriented development.
Victor Burbank, AIA, LEED AP Principal
As architects, we are trained to listen, ask the right questions and use our creativity and curiosity to pursue the best solutions for each client. Victor has been able to bring those skills to bear on K-12, higher education and various other project types in his twenty five years of practice. That privilege brings with it the responsibility to create better solutions for the owner, the occupants, our communities and our environment.
Josh Crawford, AIA, LEED AP Principal
Josh brings an exceptionally broad perspective to senior living projects. His experience with the business and marketing side of senior living projects adds to his understanding of the many facets of this market. Before studying Architecture, Josh was in the residential construction industry. As a Project Manager, he is well suited to coordinate the multiple aspects of this unique living project.