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Valentine’s Main Street looks a little different lately. In summer 2019, the Nebraska Department of Transportation began repaving Highway 83, which runs through Valentine’s business district, and the Sandhills city got to work revitalizing its downtown streetscape. From revamping parking to installing greenspace, the town of 2,700 is creating a place where visitors feel welcome and residents feel at home. And it’s all been aided by a University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumnus, Austin Arens.
Growing up on the southeast side of Chicago sparked an interest in architecture for Davielle Phillips. After graduating from Lane Technical College Prep High School, he headed to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with his sights set on making an impact in his community through design. Now an Architectural Designer at Holland Basham Architects, he’s doing just that—and with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration from the university under his belt, he’s using what he knows to mentor future Husker graduates.
The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Charyl F. McAfee-Duncan, FAIA has been selected as this year’s Alumni Master. Charyl is a licensed architect and president and principal of the Dallas office of McAfee3 Architecture and Design. She is the first African American woman fellow of the American Institute of Architects in Dallas and the second in Texas, serving on various Dallas AIA committees. She has led significant projects in the areas of college campus facilities, recreational facilities, transportation and healthcare.
Charles F. McAfee
Charles F. McAfee, FAIA, is a longtime advocate of socioeconomic parity, designer of affordable housing, and the recipient of the distinguished 1999 Whitney Young Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
McAfee’s work has been constantly rooted in social responsibility, even before it became a common term, drawing his design approach from his life experiences of discrimination and segregation, culminating with the development of an affordable housing design and manufacturing plant.
Douglas Bisson is the Central Region Urban Planning and Design Principal at HDR, a global engineering, architecture, and planning firm, where he specializes in urban design and redevelopment. He is an expert in bringing together key city leaders, business owners, and residents to stimulate economic development and neighborhood revitalization using environmentally friendly, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development practices. He was the Project Manager for several notable initiatives in the region, including Aksarben Village, River’s Edge, and the Downtown Omaha 2030 Master Plan. He and his wife Liz live in Omaha.
Sherri (Arnold) Privitera, RA, ’94, ’96 Announced as the 2019 Alumni Master.
The College of Architecture is excited to announce Sherri Privitera, RA, as this year's Alumni Master. Privitera has dedicated more than 20 years to collegiate sports projects in the sports architecture industry. Her involvement in more than 65 projects at 50 universities, including the $266 million McLane Stadium at Baylor University, has made her one of the leading architects in sports facilities. As both a mother and the senior principal at the Kansas City-based architecture firm Populous, Privitera has become well versed at what she calls work-life integration.
The College of Architecture is pleased to announce alum and Professional Advisory Council member Jeff Monzu of LEO A DALY, AIA, has been named the winner of Healthcare Design’s HCD 10 award in the category of Architect. The annual award honors healthcare professionals in 10 categories, highlighting a broad spectrum of industry leaders and their accomplishments over the last year.
Kristine Dorn, IIDA, Associate AIA, '05
Vision Director/Principal, BVH Architecture College of Architecture
Kristine Dorn is president of BVH Architecture, an architectural firm engaged in the design and preservation of the built environment. After a career in retail marketing, Kristine found her true passion in interior design and began her career at BVH in 2005. Solid instincts and an ability to clearly see the heart of the problem and quickly find solutions have led her to find success across numerous projects in the religious, education, and business sectors. Kristine’s ability to hone and define clear messages and strategies has also led BVH to contribute to many cultural and historic projects across the Midwest, including award-winning projects like the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer and Rangeland Laboratory at Chadron State College. While also serving on several local community boards, Kristine is working with an internal team to develop strategic partnerships with other industry and community partners that hope to aid in solving community and social issues through the built environment.
Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP is a partner of Hatfield Group, a structural engineering and facades consulting firm that is based in New York. She has over 25 years of experience in the structural design of a wide range of complex projects including high rise, sports facilities, commercial, cultural, residential, and academic buildings. She is both a licensed structural engineer and architect.
The College of Architecture is known for its ability to inspire numerous alumni entrepreneurs. Nathan Miller, 2007 alumnus, has created a new startup business called Proving Ground which focuses on data-driven design in architecture, engineering and construction. Check out his new site at http://ProvingGround.io.
The College of Architecture is excited to announce this year we are celebrating our 45th anniversary of the storied London Study Abroad Program. What better way to celebrate this outstanding achievement than to reflect on the program through the eyes of one of our recent alums during her trip abroad.
Recently The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City purchased an art installation from Asymptote Architecture in New York called "Wing House" as part of their exhibit called Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture. Alumnus Matthew Slattery was part of the design team that worked on the "Wing House" project.
Thomas J. Trenolone
Tom Trenolone is an architect and design enthusiast who calls Omaha, Nebraska, home where he lives with his wife Amy and sons John “Jack” and Gunnar. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with degrees in Architecture and Advertising. Tom then attended graduate school at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning (MArch) where he was an AIA National Merit Scholar and member of the acclaimed design-build entity Studio 804. Tom leads the Great Plains Studios of HDR, where he is a Design Director and Vice President with the firm. He has most recently led the design for the new Parkland Hospital, a $1.27 billion healthcare facility in Dallas, Texas.
Jessica Varner (MIT, PhD Candidate), alumna of the UNL College of Architecture and the Yale School of Architecture, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Germany in Architecture History from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. As a Fulbright Student in Germany, her architectural history research in Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg region) will explore how chemically constituted building materials developed from the 1850s to 1920s.
Carl Kinkade (’93, ’00) seems to find trouble. It’s not that the Dannebrog, Nebraska, native looks for trouble. He simply follows it.
As a first responder for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kinkade travels on a moment’s notice to wherever disaster strikes. He went to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake that killed 200,000 people. He deployed for Hurricane Katrina, Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis, Kenya for the Rift Valley Fever outbreak and to Saudi Arabia during its pandemic.