Joining BVH in 1999, Cleve’s interest in architecture extends beyond pure aesthetics and focuses on people encountering, interacting and responding to a space. Whether it includes enlightening moments or areas of respite, for him, design is about creating a beautiful experience. His role on project teams includes project management and design, and providing thought leadership in 21st Century learning environments.
Cleve grew up immersed in the arts, and he has continued this passion while serving the community via board appointments for local organizations including the Lincoln Community Playhouse and the Lincoln Arts Council. Additionally, he is inspired by different cultures as a conduit for experiencing the world in a new way.
Cleve is dedicated to his wife, Tina, and their two children. He’s also a big kid at heart and loves kids’ movies. When he’s not spending time with his family outside of the studio, Cleve’s interests include traveling, photography, gardening, woodworking and cooking.
What is the favorite place you have visited?
Cinque Terra, Italy.
What are you optimistic about?
Humankind is truly bettering itself right now and the built environment is one part of that, as is our impact on the environment. We’re leaving this Earth better than we found it.
How do you engage your community?
I volunteer in schools and mentor students in middle school, high school and college.
What is your area of interest or research?
Education — I enjoy thinking about how we can create educational spaces to impact how kids receive information while fostering various learning styles.
What is your inspiration?
Discovery of inspiration in the real world.