Kevin joined BVH in May 2018 after 11 years in Chicago studying and practicing architecture, while honing in on the best pizza, coffee, and donut shops in the city and playing bass guitar in an experimental rock band called Maurice. Prior to achieving his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kevin received his Bachelor in Art History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studied music production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Kevin believes in the power of ideas, bringing a critical mind and unique graphic sensibility to thoughtful and progressive design exploration. Kevin’s interest in architecture comes out of his love of drawing and the clarity and accessibility of diagrams and visual communication. He appreciates hand-crafted work and aspires to build more things with his own two hands.
Kevin gets immense joy and fulfillment from time spent with his wife and son. Together, they are a formidable Pisces trio– traveling, seeking unique dining experiences, and rejuvenation from large bodies of water. Kevin and his wife have also lived in Nashville, TN and Vancouver, BC, Canada along the way. Kevin grew up in Ralston, Nebraska, where he led a garage band and lettered in Math in high school.
What project are you most proud of?
Lathrop – an incredible opportunity to be a part of transforming a dilapidated and socially stigmatized WPA housing project into a vibrant new community. With public river access, various types of communal green spaces, a mix of incomes and unit types – all with unique views to public green space, the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago – it’s a special place.
What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned over the course of your career?
There are valuable learning opportunities in every situation.
What are you reading/watching/doing/listening to right now that is inspiring your work?
Right now, David Byrne’s book How Music Works – such a unique perspective on music’s relationships to architecture and space. Bjork also inspires me, almost daily – she’s incredible – always innovating and experimenting: playfully and seriously, emotionally and intellectually – while composing into cohesive and conceptual wholes.
What problem would you like to solve with design?
People standing on the left side of escalators and moving walkways. Walk left, stand right!