Bryan Solko, AIA, LEED AP

Architect / Principal

Bryan joined BVH in 2006 while finishing school at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Growing up in South Dakota provided a great awareness of our innate connection to the landscape, energy, and land conservation and simple-yet-creative design solutions inherent to the upper Midwest. It was while working in the construction field prior to becoming an architect that he realized a need for smart growth, better-designed communities and strong collaboration between the development, design, and construction practices, all of which thrust him into the study of architecture.

Bryan continues to hone his skills and interest in adaptive reuse, collaborative project delivery methods, and the overall process of creative design through projects, studies, and research. As a LEED AP, he also seeks to better understand and implement sustainable design concepts at a large scale in an effort to save energy and operating costs, improve human productivity, wellness, and happiness, restore damaged ecosystems, and mitigate natural disasters. For Bryan, these are some of the most important, relevant, and impactful topics in architecture.

“Work hard, play hard” best describes Bryan’s balance of work and life. Bryan enjoys daily breaks of gardening, bicycling, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, and motorcycle rides. He also finds the end of a long work week more palatable when he can look forward to drinking Carib brews, eating fresh Mahi Mahi sashimi, and puffing on a Montecristo at 7-Mile Beach, Grand Cayman with his awesome wife.

What is the favorite place you have visited?
Doolin, Ireland.

What is the most impactful thing over the course of your career?
When problem solving, take your first idea, jot it down, throw it away, and think of a better solution.

What is your favorite building?
Every concept sketch before it becomes a reality.

What is your area of interest or research?
Sustainable design.

What is the future of architecture and design?
Energy and water net-positive buildings.

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