About Our Team

Architecture / Engineering / Interiors

Our team of architects, engineers, and designers are passionate about creating environments which inspire, endure, enhance and add to the fabric of the Communities that we are privileged to work in. Our staff provides a great spectrum of experience and knowledge and are eager to provide the expertise needed to design spaces that creatively address our client’s unique needs.

Denny Sharp
President / FEH Design
Denny Sharp

decades of service + experience

In 1898, Andrew H. Foss, a 22-year old Norwegian immigrant began designing and building railroad depots throughout southeastern Minnesota. From that start, FEH DESIGN has grown into one of the region’s longest operating               Architecture / Engineering / Interiors firms.

Our design practice is intentionally diverse complemented with specialized expertise in several markets. We thrive on the energy of the variety of projects and clients that we serve. Every project is an opportunity to learn more about an organization, a person, a process or a community…and each design is an opportunity to test ideas, expand our thinking and positively impact that organization, that person, that process or that community. This is what continues to drive us.

Our Long History

  • 1898 Young Professional, Andrew H. Foss creates Foss Company begins designing railroad depots.
  • 1908 Foss Company completes Glenwood Public Library, our first Carnegie Library!
  • 1910 Foss’ first school designs are completed in Wendell and Ada, Minnesota.
  • 1928-1942 During the Depression years, Foss Firms completed many government projects for the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
  • 1958 The Sioux City Office opens.
  • 1960’s The postwar baby boom brought the need for more elementary schools. Foss and Company became a pioneer in energy efficient designs and a leader in the planning of school buildings with open classrooms.
  • 1974The Sioux City Office begins doing business as Foss Engelstad Heil, Inc.
  • 1982Foss Engelstad Heil, Inc. and Payne, Champion, Bernabe, Inc. of Des Moines merge to create FEH Associates Inc.
  • 1994Our long-time administrative assistant and cheerleader, Betty Van Nyhuis loses her battle with cancer. The Betty Award for outstanding employees is created in her honor.
  • 2000'sThe historic Orpheum Theatre is restored and the $53 million dollar Tyson Events Center is completed in Sioux City.
  • 2011FEH Associates Inc. opens offices in Dubuque, Iowa and our first Wisconsin office.
  • 2015FEH Associates Inc. rebrands as FEH Design to clearly state who we are and what we do.
  • In Recent Years Our team has grown in teammates and services. Recent awards include: 2019: PSMJ’s Top Architectural and Engineering Firm, 2020: AIA Central State’s Outstanding Emerging Professional Friendly Firm, 2018: Wisconsin’s Library of the Year – Milton Public Library, 2020: Excellence in Energy Efficient Design – Dubuque Co. Roads Shop. We are proud of our dedicated team that continues to build our brand.

OUR CULTURE

At FEH DESIGN it is our mission to create a better world through design. This begins with teamwork in our offices. As you can tell by our long history, we have created a firm that employs and fosters exceptional talent. Today young professionals make up 41% of our entire firm.  FEH has created an environment that allows for YPs to grow fully and quickly, become leaders in the firm, and be promoted for their hard work.

Firm culture is a very important part of today’s workplaces. At FEH, Cruise Directors are appointed to facilitate company outings, in-office shenanigans and to spear head the overall office positivity and togetherness. Our teammates are also encouraged to become active members of professional and community organizations of their choice. Every team member brings unique talents to the table, and together we are reimagining the built environment.

Think you are a good fit for our FEH culture? Check out our careers page and tell us why!

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Employee Testimonials

  • FEH provides an environment for not only young architects to thrive, but to also feel like family. They have created a sense of community in the office, one that supports both professional and personal growth and places company culture as one of its highest priorities – going as far to even hire an office Director of Goodness (DOG).

    Cory W Sharp
    Cory Sharp, AIA
    Associate Principal / Architect
  • Community engagement is highly encouraged, and two memberships are paid for by the company to further encourage involvement. Beyond the work, our team at FEH is very supportive and flexible with life outside of the workplace and frequently help each other out.

    Emily Sewell
    Emily Sewell, AIA
    Architect
  • Working with FEH is accelerating my career forward. Since joining, I have had every opportunity given to me that I could ask for. The staff are quick to assist me as I learn. On top of that, everyone is friendly and share a strong team spirit.

    Patrick Schnell
    Patrick Schnell, AIA
    Architect