Denny was our president from 2004-2022 and is now enjoying retirement… with a side of architecture. He is a kind mentor, master rendering artist, and a humble leader. Denny recognizes each team member’s unique talents and encourages us to reimagine the built environment.
How did you decide on your career path?
When I was in junior high I took a mechanical drawing class. My teacher liked my drawings and suggested I look into architecture. Well, I didn’t know what an architect is or does. So I broke out the handy Encyclopedia Britannica and did a little reading. Wow, this sounded pretty interesting, and I was thinking that I could actually get paid to draw! So I decided to go for it and started taking all the drawing classes I could get. Then went on to Iowa State University and drew some more. Then you know what happened? I got a job that paid me to draw!
What is your favorite part of the design process?
I enjoy interacting with clients during the exploration of design ideas and options, especially at Spark Sessions.
How are you creating vibrant communities through design?
Over my career I have been involved in a wide range of project types that have impacted communities all over the Midwest. Through design, these communities become better, more interesting, and more inspiring!
What makes Des Moines a great place to live?
Living downtown there is always something fun happening in the neighborhood. And it’s all walkable!
Where is your favorite place to visit in the Midwest?
All the Iowa small town squares with a remarkable courthouse.
Family: My wonderful wife Kelly
Pet: Puppy Jake Foundation Dog in training.
Bucket List: Racing a car at Watkins Glenn.
First Car: Black ’62 Chevy Impala hardtop.
Team: Iowa State Cyclones.
Collection: As many cars as I can store.
Music: 60s and 70s rock.