Amanda Schnatz, AIA, NCARB

Architect / Senior Associate

Born and raised in Omaha, Amanda joined BVH in May of 2022. Amanda completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she also lived briefly. 

Amanda’s interest in architecture started early, as her dad was a woodworker and she grew up helping him with projects around the house. Originally pursuing Civil Engineering, Amanda switched over to Architecture after a few Architecture & Art History classes and too many math courses. 

Outside of work, you can find Amanda spending time with her three boys and husband. When not busy with karate, basketball, or trips to the park to wear out the kids, you can usually find Amanda either gardening in the backyard or working on a small home improvement project. 

What is your favorite place you’ve visited?
I did a study abroad in a small French town, Clermont-Ferrand. While I was there, I was able to travel all over Europe, but the small town always felt special because of the history, the community, and of course the food.

What inspires you?
I am always inspired by the Client’s mission. Designing a building for a client is always a unique opportunity to create a space that can launch a community movement, or grow a local small business. Each project has an attribute that carries weight for the community it serves, and understanding that from the client’s perspective is something that motivates me.

What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I’ve learned that teamwork between the architect, owner, and contractor is going to be the driving force of a successful project. When the team is communicating effectively every thing runs smoother.

What problem would you like to solve with design?
I don’t know that design itself solves problems, I believe that people solve problems but that good design can provide a platform for them to do so.

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