Profile

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CO-OP Architecture is a design and planning based firm dedicated to beauty, economy, and craft. We work on both large and small projects, and are always looking for great clients and interesting challenges. Our team is built around people. People that are competent, capable, interesting, fun, and smart. If you're one of these people and would like to join our team, email kathy@co-oparch.com for more information.

People

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Ali Kummer

Architectural Associate

Education:
Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (May 2020)
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture – South Dakota State University (2017)

Professional Experience:
Architectural Designer / Planner (June 2020 – Present)
Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture (Summer 2019)
Graduate Research Assistant – SDSU DoArch (Spring 2019, Spring 2020)
Graduate Teaching Assistant – SDSU DoArch (Spring 2018)

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups:
Associate AIA Member

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Anthony Dyk

Architectural Associate / Model Shop Manager

Education

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies – South Dakota State University (2014)
Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (2016)

 

Professional Experience

Architectural Associate / Model Shop Manager – CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD (2019-present)
Architectural Graduate – TSP, Inc., Rapid City, SD (2017), Sioux Falls, SD (2017-2019)
Architectural Intern – TSP, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD (2016)

 

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

Associate AIA

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Becca Woytassek

Student Intern

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture – South Dakota State University (2020)
Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (2022)

Professional Experience
Architectural Intern / Co-Op Architecture, Aberdeen, SD (2018 – 2021)

Affiliations
AIAS – South Dakota State University
Tau Sigma Delta – South Dakota State University

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Cassie Pospishil

Architectural Associate

Education

Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (May 2019)

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

 

Professional Experience

Architectural Associate (2019-Present)

Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture (2016-2019)

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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Christin Wiebe

Project Technician

Education

A.A.S. Computer Aided Design – Western Dakota Tech
B.S. Interior Design – Oregon State University
B.S. Housing Studies – Oregon State University

Professional Experience

Project Technician – CO-OP Architecture, Rapid City, SD
CAD Tech Intern – CO-OP Architecture, Rapid City, SD
3D Generalist Intern – RFA Engineering, Rapid City, SD
Planner/Project Coordinator/CAD – Sundeleaf & Associates, Portland, OR

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Cory Bleyenburg

Project Director

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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Elsie McGuigan

Student Intern

Education
Bachelor of Environmental Design – North Dakota State University (2021)
Master of Architecture – North Dakota State University (2022)

Professional Experience
Architectural Intern / Inside Outside Architecture Inc., Dayton, MN (2019-2020)
Drafting Intern / Legend Technical Services (2019-2021)
Urban Design Intern / Community Development Department of Rapid City (2018)

Affiliations
U.S. Green Build Council Student Organization – North Dakota State University
AIAS – North Dakota State University

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Jared Carda

Associate Principal Architect

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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Jason Kann

Project Architect

Education

Bachelor of Environmental Design – North Dakota State University (2008)
Master of Architecture – North Dakota State University (2009)

Professional Experience

Architect / TSP, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD 2013 (2014-2019)
Architectural Intern / Wold Architects and Engineers, St. Paul, MN (2013-2014)

IKEA / Business Planner/Kitchen Designer, Salt Lake City, UT/Minneapolis, MN (2009-2013)

 

Affiliations

 

AIA, NCARB (SD, MN)

Leadership Watertown 2018
Watertown Lions Club

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Josh Blohowiak

Project Technician

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

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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Kendra Hage

Architectural Associate

Education

Bachelor of Architecture (w/honors) – Iowa State University
Secondary Major in Environmental Studies – Iowa State University

Professional Experience

CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD
EAPC Architects Engineers, Sioux Falls, SD

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate

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Kenzie Trujillo

Student Intern

Education
B.F.A. in Interior Design – South Dakota State University (2022)
Minor in Graphic Design – South Dakota State University (2022)
Minor in Studio Arts – South Dakota State University (2022)

Professional Experience
Interior Design Intern / CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD (2021)

Affiliations
SDID Student Chapter – South Dakota State University (2021-2022)

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Kody Schochenmaier

Architectural Associate

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture – Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (2018)

 Work Experience:

Architectural Associate – Aberdeen, SD (2019 – Present) 

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

Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture – Aberdeen, SD (2015 – 2018)

 Prof. Affiliations / Community Groups

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

Aberdeen Senior Meals (2013 – Present)

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

Brown County Fair Board (2017 – Present)

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Kyle Raph

Principal Architect

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

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Molly Veire

Interior Designer

Education

Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Interior Design – South Dakota State University

Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies – South Dakota State University

Professional Experience

Interior Design Associate – CO-OP Architecture, Sioux Falls, SD

Interior Design Associate – Interstate Office Products, Sioux Falls, SD

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

SDID Member

SDID Design Expo Committee Member

SDID Program Committee Member

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Nate Krueger

Student Intern

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, Minor in Studio Arts – South Dakota State University (2020)
Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (2022)

Professional Experience:
Architectural Intern / Koch Hazard, Sioux Falls, SD (2020)
Architectural Intern / Allers Architects, Fort Dodge, IA (2019)

Affiliations:
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (2019-2021)
AIAS – South Dakota State University (2017-2020)

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Nikki Van Hill

Senior Interior Designer

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

Design Architect

Education

Master of Architecture – South Dakota State University (2017)
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies – South Dakota State University (2015)
Construction Minor – South Dakota State University (2015)

 

Professional Experience

Design Architect – CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, SD (2017-present)
Adjunct Instructor – SDSU Department of Architecture, Brookings, SD (2017-2018)
GA / Instructor – SDSU School of Design, Brookings, SD (2015-2017)
Student Intern – CO-OP Architecture, Aberdeen, SD (2012-2017)

 

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

8 80 Cities & Knight Foundation – Emerging City Champion 2019
AIA, NCARB
Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce – Board Member
Aberdeen Business Improvement District Board – President
Aberdeen Design & Appearance Committee
Aberdeen Development Corporation – Board Member
Aberdeen Downtown Association – President
Downtown Aberdeen Parking Board
Enhance Aberdeen Committee
Leadership Aberdeen – Class of 2018
Leadership South Dakota – Class of 2021
Signs of the Times (Historic Downtown Advertisement Restoration)

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Stacia Willems

Controller

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

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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Tessa Klarenbeek

Interior Designer

Education

Interior Design + Studio Art Minor – South Dakota State University

Professional Experience

CO-OP Intern – May 2019-2020
Interior Designer, Sioux Falls, SD – May 2020-Present

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Thomas Hurlbert

Principal Architect

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 President (Past Advocacy/Licensing Adviser, Secretary/Treasurer)
Trustee – South Dakota State Historical Society
2021 Sioux Falls Redistricting Commission (Central District Representative)
2019 Sioux Falls Events Campus Study Group
Sioux Falls Main Street B.I.D. Board (Past-Chair)
Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese Building Committee Board
Sioux Falls Building Appeals Board
McKennan Park Neighborhood Association (President)
Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary
Aberdeen Downtown B.I.D. Board
SDSU School of Arch Professional Advisory Committee
Avera St. Luke’s Hospital Advisory Board
Aberdeen Habitat for Humanity Board
Dakota Rising Fellowship Alumni
Leadership South Dakota Class of 2016
D.A.R.T. (Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization Team)
The Rock Garden Tour on SDPB Radio – (Oil Can?)

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Tom Oster

Planner

Education

Ed. S. in Education Administration – University of South Dakota

Master of Arts in Secondary Administration – Northern State University

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Northern State University

 

Professional Experience

Superintendent of Schools – Sioux Valley School District – Volga, SD – (2011-2016)

Secretary of Education – State of South Dakota – (2008 – 2011)

Senior Advisor – Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – (2011 – 2016)

Superintendent, High School Principal, Elementary School Principal – Avon School District – 18 Years

Athletic/ activities director – served as President of State Activities Association – 25

Member of Brown County Commission – Aberdeen, SD – 2 terms

Also has served as member of city council in Avon, SD and member of St. Michaels Hospital Board of Directors in Tyndall, SD

 

Professional Affiliations / Community Groups

CEO and President of Oster Consulting LLC

Co-Founder and Director of Dakota Education Consulting

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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

Contact

Aberdeen

1108 S Main Street, Suite #102
Aberdeen, SD 57401

phone: (605) 725-4852

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Rapid City

601 Kansas City Street, Suite #7
Rapid City, SD 57701

phone: (605) 716-3652

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Sioux Falls

300 N. Phillips Ave Suite #120
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

phone: (605) 334-9999

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