Justen is a senior designer with FNI and design lead for the Michigan studio. With over a decade of professional experience, he relies on his diverse skillsets and hands-on approach to transpose concepts into dynamic architectural space. He believes that successful projects leverage both theoretical and practical concepts centered on one ideology; architecture and design should focus on generating high-functioning and inviting spaces. Every project is unique and requires a specialized design workflow.
He holds a Masters of Architecture and Bachelors of Applied Science degrees from Lawrence Technological University, graduating with honors. Justen continually seeks new methods of design expression and embraces the latest tools; BIM, parametric design/scripting, 3D visualization and prototyping. He also has adamant interests in graphic design and photography. His fundamental design ethos; design is form of expression and communication about how concepts unify with perception.
Recent projects with FNI include conceptual planning and design for Cedar Falls Elementary, a new 550 student K-6 school in Cedar Falls, Iowa; renovation and addition of Summit Middle School in Boulder, Colorado; and creating new Learning Communities at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
From early on in his career, Justen has been exposed to all facets and phases of architectural projects working as a designer and project manager. He embraces change and applies that innovative approach to his work. Prior to joining FNI, Justen worked on various educational projects within the city of Detroit including; The Argonaut Building redevelopment, a $145-million renovation to the existing GM headquarters; University Prep High School; University Prep Middle School, attached to the Detroit Science Center; University Prep Elementary II School; and University YES Academy. In addition to educational projects, he also has professional experience in the markets of healthcare, retail, automotive & industrial, civic and arena projects.