Dennis has been practicing design for 20 years, joining BVH in 2000. He grew up in Michigan and Tennessee but has lived in the Midwest half of his life, including raising his family here. He spent four years in the Air Force before earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Dennis’ perpetual optimism for the cultural impact design can have is revealed in his projects. His commitment to resolute higher education and religious projects advances BVH’s portfolio with clarity and conviction in how architecture can serve the community. His most recent efforts are focused on student housing projects at Chadron State College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the St. John Paul II Newman Center as well as Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. As a partner in the firm he is an advocate and leader for design excellence while championing the efforts of the staff. Through consistent refinement, Dennis has developed a rigorous project delivery method rooted in a deep understanding of program and site to extract the highest potential from staff, clients and projects.
His hobbies include remodeling his mid-century family home and spending time with family. Dennis enjoys sketching and travel. He has also been an adjunct professor at UNL.
What is the favorite place you have visited?
What are you optimistic about?
The opportunity to create great work with wonderful people in the studio and as clients.
How do you engage your community?
Our family supports our local church, including overseas outreach and community groups like City Impact and the Hope Venture.
What is your area of interest or research?
One area I am interested in is the social aspect of architecture and how it relates to human nature, in what ways architecture can affect how people live their lives. For example, how can it enhance a worship experience or encourage the collaborative nature of students.
What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by creative people who are passionate, solutions and the beauty of great architecture and art.