Morgan Ronspies

Architectural Intern
Key Projects:
  • McDonald’s McCafe Interior Rebranding (with another firm)
  • CallisonRTKL Seattle Office Remodel (with another firm)
  • Baraboo Public Library Refresh (with another firm)
  • Rocklin Allen Residence (with another firm)

Morgan Ronspies

Architectural Intern

Morgan grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska, a small town of about 25,000 people. After graduating from Norfolk Senior High, Morgan moved to Lincoln to pursue a degree in interior design with a minor in business. In May 2017, she graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with her Bachelor of Science in Design. She is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Historic preservation has always been of significance to Morgan. She finds profound beauty in history and believes that the preservation of the built environment is important rather than tearing down and rebuilding. Similarly, adaptive reuse projects can be incredibly captivating. To see the traces of a building’s former program interlaced with a new design can make for a really interesting project.

In her spare time, Morgan enjoys taking her son, Owen, to visit the giraffes and elephants at the Henry Doorly Zoo and to play at the park or Omaha Children’s Museum.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
My favorite place I’ve visited is Florence, Italy. I stayed there for five weeks in 2013 and became partial to the city’s walkability, as well as its rich history and culture. This year I will be adding Barcelona and Costa Rica to the list of places I’ve visited.

What is your area of interest or research?
Historic preservation has always been of significance to me in the design world. I think there’s beauty in history. It’s important to me to preserve what can be saved rather than tearing down structures and rebuilding. Similarly, adaptive reuse projects can be incredibly captivating. To see the traces of a building’s former program interlaced with a new design can make for a really interesting project.

What are you listening to right now that is inspiring your work?
I circulate through different music genres and artists quickly, but right now I’m on a Beyoncé binge, particularly her Lemonade album. Her lyrics are empowering and inspire me to power through the late nights of design work for studio.

What is your favorite building or who is your favorite architect and why?
My favorite architectural project is Joseph Gandy’s depiction of John Sloane’s Bank of England as a ruin (1930). Just as we tour the Colosseum admiring its deterioration over the past two thousand years, to me the beauty of the bank as a ruin surpasses the structure as it exists intact today.