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Announcing BVH’s New Leadership Team


In the past few posts, we explored what we believe as a firm and introduced the newest group of individuals charged with ensuring those beliefs are reflected in our business practices. But true change occurs on all levels, and while we need high-level guidance to steer us towards our goals, leadership within the studios is also essential for guiding the day-to-day business operations of the firm.

BVH is proud to announce that four individuals have been called to direct those day-to-day business operations, and will lead the studio forward into a new era. Separate from – yet working in tandem with – the Board of Directors, these four studio directors were selected based on their contributions and ability to guide BVH toward excellence. Each director embodies our core beliefs, and the optimism that is the foundation for all we do.

Kristine Dorn, IIDA, Vision Director – Recently named principal in the firm, Kristine’s strategic vision of the company is complemented by her knowledge and experience of the design industry. Beginning her career at BVH in 2005, she has since been dedicated to developing employees and leading them toward their highest and best purpose. This people-focused philosophy has also inspired Kristine’s approach as she has worked with clients on programming and design to create environments that impact human behavior and influence the way people use space. As Vision Director, Kristine will be responsible for guiding the organization into the future through strategic business initiatives. She will work closely with the firm’s partners and staff to leverage business opportunities locally and within the Great Plains states that align with our core beliefs.

Steve Miller, AICP, Practice Director – Steve has worked for 25 years in the architecture and urban design industry as a city planner, community engagement designer and start-up business owner. His passion for building better communities for the people who live in them led Steve to work on projects ranging from comprehensive city plans to downtown redevelopment projects to regional watershed management plans. Steve’s passion for community engagement led him to specialize in facilitating citizen involvement and engagement processes for engineering, environmental, community development and urban design projects, for areas ranging in scale from neighborhoods to multi-state regions. As Practice Director, he is responsible for directing production methodologies utilizing industry tools and establishing successful teams in the pursuit of design excellence. Steve works to align team members with opportunities that uphold our core beliefs and utilizing their skill sets, encouraging personal and professional growth at BVH.

Mark Bacon, AIA, Creative Director – Mark’s ability to see potential excellence in projects and people makes him a successful leader both inside the studio and in the architecture and design community. Entrepreneurial, innovative and forward-thinking, he has an extraordinary ability to push his team to the limits, working tenaciously alongside while ensuring they never settle for the status quo. Mark’s impressive commitment to the craft of architecture and dedication to elevating BVH’s design practice has been repeatedly shown, most recently in his work for the Saint John Paul II Newman Center, Chadron State College’s Eagle Ridge and Rangeland Laboratory. He has developed a disciplined design process to translate client goals into projects informed by research, collaboration, thoughtful planning and rigorous detailing. Currently, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s College of Architecture. Mark’s new role as Creative Director will allow him to extend his talents to others, while defining firm-wide design strategies to uphold our core beliefs while maintaining consistency in projects and brand image.

Clay Lewis, Finance Director – As the newest addition to BVH, Clay brings a unique perspective to BVH with his ability to bridge the project management and financial aspects of the practice. His breadth of experience includes previously working at a large engineering and design firm on the East Coast, as well as assignments in Idaho, California, Colorado and Texas. Clay holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. As Finance Director, Clay will maintain an active role on projects by assisting design teams in project management and evaluating performance targets. In addition, Clay will work with the firm’s partners to develop firm-wide systems and processes that align with overall strategic business goals and design values.

Please help us celebrate these individuals and all they do for our firm. We’re excited to have them leading the way into a new era.