Louis is a Senior Designer and a Project Manager in the Minneapolis Studio. He has worked with clients and acted as a lead contributor on projects in 8 countries on 3 continents. One of Louis’s strengths as a Senior Designer is his ability to creatively interpret the needs of a school of any size, and translate those needs into a well-functioning design that meets both the current and future needs of the school. Louis believes in the ability of architecture to transform the world. Through thoughtful design, a school can improve a student’s ability to learn and more importantly give them a better chance at being successful in life. He uses sustainable, flexibly suited, variably sized, and interactive spaces as the core with which to design schools of the future for the clients all over the world.
Louis has been a member of the design team for over 25 projects since he started working for FNI in 2012. His key projects have been Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in Alberta, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Ontario, and Texas Teach University Satellite Campus in Costa Rica. His most notable role was leading in FNI’s collaboration with the Yew Chung International Educational Foundation, reinventing what learning looks like in their large and small scale school campuses across China.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Dakota State University in 2011 with a Master of Architecture degree and a B.S. in Environmental Design. His master’s thesis project reinvented the academic library, transforming it from a storage house of books to an interactive learning centric landmark on the college campus. This new model for the library allowed for the integration of ever-changing technologies and social trends as the basis of its futuristic design. His academic success has translated into innovative and forward-thinking designs in the professional world. Earlier in his career, Louis worked at a West Coast architecture firm gaining experience and assisting in the design of student housing and mixed use residential projects.
Louis is currently working to gain LEED certification.