Dan Spiry, AIA

Architect / Principal
Key Projects:
  • College of Architecture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • The Fruehling Residence, Grand Island, NE
  • Southwest and Northstar High Schools, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena Exterior Design, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Willa S. Cather Dining Complex

Dan Spiry, AIA

Architect / Principal

Dan joined BVH in 1976 after graduating from the University of Nebraska with his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies. He grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, and transferred to Nebraska after completing his freshman year at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

For the past 42 years, Dan has applied his design leadership by engaging BVH’s governmental, education, and faith-based clients in a collaborative, consensus-building design process. He pursues clarity of design concepts in his projects that is translated in building plan and section organization, material logic, and a seamless integration of structural, mechanical, and lighting systems. He has observed the ebb and flow of architecture style and fashion during his tenure in the practice. As a result, he seeks lasting authenticity in his work.

Dan leads an active life outside of architecture that includes bicycling, motorcycling, boating, and photography. His favorite getaway is bicycling the Michelson Trail near his boyhood home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He and his wife Jodi have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

What inspires you?
A long and lonely bicycle ride on the Michelson Trail north of Rochford, South Dakota. 

What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned over the course of your career?
To pursue architectural design as place instead of object making. 

What are you doing right now that is inspiring your work?
I am focusing on monochrome photography as a means of learning to see light and find composition in the ordinary.

What is your favorite building?
My favorite building is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion because of the spatial experience that is created by a minimalist juxtaposition of material rich planes and natural light.