profile

CO-OP Architecture is a design and planning based firm dedicated to beauty, economy, and craft. We work on large projects and small projects, and we are always looking for great clients and interesting challenges.

Our team is built around people. People that are competent, capable, interesting, fun, and smart.

We like architecture. We don’t worry about creating our own signature style, but rather each project is designed with context and function in mind. We want to utilize light effectively, apply thoughtful materials, and make inspiring spaces. Details matter to us. Place matters to us.

Old buildings are good buildings. Usually anyway. We love old buildings and bringing them back to life. That said, we are fond of new buildings too.

We like dreaming, but we love doing. When we’re not doing architecture at work, we’re still creating. Whether we’re designing furniture, building soap-box derby cars, sewing handbags, hosting radio shows, crafting city design ordinances, contributing newspaper or journal content, saving main street, or restoring the old ’80 Chevy Silverado. Make, build, create, and contribute. That’s what we love doing.

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Andrew Grove

Project Manager

andrew@co-oparch.com

Education

Architectural Engineering – Southeast Technical Institute

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls/Aberdeen, SD
Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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Cassie Pospishil

Student Intern

cassie@co-oparch.com

Education

B.S. in Architectural Studies (w/ Honors) – South Dakota State University (May 2017)

 

Professional Experience

Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture (2016 -Present)

Shop Attendant – SDSU Wood Shop and Fabrication Lab (2014-Present)

 

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

American Institute of Architecture Students – SDSU

Travel Study – Chicago, IL

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Cory Bleyenburg

Project Director

cory@co-oparch.com

Education

Architectural Engineering – Southeast Technical Institute

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls/Aberdeen, SD
Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls, SD

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Jared Carda

Associate Principal Architect

jared@co-oparch.com

Education

Bachelor of Architectural Studies – University of Nebraska
Master of Architecture – University of Nebraska

Professional Experience

Project Manager / CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, SD
Architect Intern / Schlimgen Design, Rapid City, SD

Bricktender Foreman / S & S Masonry, Wagner, SD
Shop Attendant / UNL Architecture Shop, Lincoln, NE
Framer / Scott Martin Construction Inc., Rapid City, SD
Buyer/Planner / Novartis Consumer Health, Lincoln, NE

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Josh Blohowiak

Project Technician

josh@co-oparch.com

Education

Architectural Engineering (w/honors) – Southeast Technical Institute

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls, SD

Prof. Affiliations/Community Groups

Home Builders Assoc. of the Sioux Empire
Sioux Falls Architecture Forum
Harrisburg Flag Football Coach

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Justin VanMaanen

Project Manager

justin@co-oparch.com

Education

Architectural Engineering Associate Degree – Southeast Technical Institute

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD
Hula Design/Build, Sioux Falls, SD
Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls, SD

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Kody Schochenmaier

Student Intern

kody@co-oparch.com

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture

Academy of Art University – San Francisco

Expected date of graduation: December 2017

 

Work Experience:

Project Manager – Lamont Companies Inc. – Aberdeen, SD (2007-2012)

Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture – Aberdeen, SD (2015 to Present)

 

Prof. Affiliations / Community Groups

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) – Academy of Art University (2015-present)

Roncalli Cavalier Blast Committee Member (2014 – Present)

Aberdeen Senior Meals (2013 – Present)

Avera St. Luke’s Perpetual Adoration (2013 – Present)

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Kyle Raph

Principal Architect

kyle@co-oparch.com

Education

Master of Architecture – University of Nebraska
Bachelor of Architectural Studies – University of Nebraska

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD
Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls, SD
Architectural Concepts, Sioux Falls, SD

Prof. Affiliations/ Community Groups

Downtown Sioux Falls Design Committee
Sioux Falls State Theater Company

McKenzie Wolf

Interior Designer

mckenzie@co-oparch.com

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Nikki Van Hill

Interior Designer

nikki@co-oparch.com

Education

Interior Design + Minor in Business – South Dakota State University

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD
Canfield Business Interiors, Sioux Falls, SD

Prof. Affiliations / Community Groups

Editor for South Dakota Interior Designers
NDICQ Certificate #30946
LEED GA

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Spencer Sommers

Architectural Associate

spencer@co-oparch.com

Education

Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (May 2017)

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies – South Dakota State University (2015)

Construction Minor – South Dakota State University (2015)

 

Professional Experience

Architectural Associate – CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, SD (2017-present)

Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, SD (2012-2017)

Instructor – SDSU School of Design, Brookings, SD (2015-2017)

 

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

American Institute of Architect Students

SDSU Student Advisory Board

Study Abroad – London, Paris, Berlin

Travel Study – Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles

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Stacia Willems

Business Manager

stacia@co-oparch.com

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration – North Dakota State University
Bachelor of Professional Accountancy – Northern State University

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, SD
Thomas Hurlbert Architecture, Aberdeen, SD

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

NDSU Alumni Association
American Cancer Society Relay for Life

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Steve Miller

Project Manager

steve@co-oparch.com

Education

Architectural Drafting & Design – Dunwoody College of Technology
Construction Management – South Dakota State University

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD
Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls, SD

 

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Thomas Hurlbert

Principal Architect

tom@co-oparch.com

Education

Bachelor of Environment Design – Montana State
Master of Architecture (w/honors) – Montana State

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, SD
Hula Design/Build, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, SD
Koch Hazard Architects, Sioux Falls, SD
Martin E. Rich Architects, New York, NY

Prof. Affiliations / Community Groups

AIA, LEED AP, NCARB (SD, IA, ND, MN, CO)
AIA South Dakota Director, Secretary, Licensing Advisor
Aberdeen Downtown B.I.D. Board
SDSU School of Arch Professional Advisory Committee
Avera St. Luke’s Hospital Advisory Board
Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese Building Committee Board
Sioux Falls Building Appeals Board
Aberdeen Habitat for Humanity Board
Dakota Rising Fellowship Alumni
Downtown Rotary
Leadership South Dakota Class of 2016
D.A.R.T. (Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization Team)
The Rock Garden Tour on SDPB Radio – (Oil Can?)

Tom Oster

Planner

oster@co-oparch.com

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Wild Bill Hickock

Wiener Dog

Education

Non-traditional, from a cat named “Thunder Hawk”

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen/Sioux Falls, SD (mostly Public Relations)

Prof. Affliliations / Community Groups

Wild Bill is unaffiliated

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