“Designing a place where people may spend the majority of their time is a very influential position to be in, so why not make happy, healthy places?”
Bethany’s day-to-day involves schematic planning through space planning; creative concept development; strategic trend assessment; visualization and renderings; custom installations; construction documentation and administration; environmental graphic design; and strategic experiential design. She also leads the Minneapolis architecture studio’s Design Club, and is a regular contributor to charrettes and the studio’s design culture.
With a background in visual arts and performance, Bethany is passionate about discovering new and creative ideas throughout the strategic planning, design and execution process. She loves creating spaces that not only function seamlessly, but also have personality and bring something fresh, fun and meaningful to the table.
Particularly passionate about empathetic design, Bethany considers her work on the Spero Academy project to be her most meaningful professional accomplishment since it allowed her to cater the design to research on supportive learning environments for children with autism. She has since presented on Spero Academy, in addition to co-authoring an article titled, “Empathetic by Design: An Inclusive, Research-based Process for Designing Schools for Children with Autism” for EDspaces Insights magazine.
Bethany’s past accomplishments include creating 70 separate illustrations for mosaic tiles for a hospital; designing two 60-foot-high ornate laser-cut screens for a church; and serving as the lead environmental graphic designer for a headquarters office. Bethany has also presented at NeoCon, and has received awards from both IIDA and the USGBC.