Tell us what made you decide on your career path … LEGO’s. As a kid I was always spending time building, re-building, creating new objects and finding ways to develop what I had imagined. LEGO’s blend in multiple aspects of architecture including art, math, physics, space allocation, form and most importantly creativity.
Tell us about your favorite hobby outside of the office … My favorite hobby outside the office is to coach and referee soccer. I’ve been involved in the sport for 37 years as a player, coach and referee. Due to a shortage of referees the past couple of years, my daughter, son and I decided to get certified to help out and we’ve been having a blast doing it.
Tell us about your favorite project that you have worked on … My favorite project of all time has to be the Miracle League Park in Des Moines. Located next to Principal Park for our minor league Cub team, the Miracle League Park is an entire baseball field, concession stand, bleachers and picnic area solely dedicated to kids with disabilities. The Park gives every child with any disability the opportunity to play baseball. I also designed the Miracle League Park in Ankeny, a short drive from Des Moines. Now the two leagues are playing each other so the kids now get to have ‘home’ and ‘away’ games!
April 2021: The stockholders of FEH Design named Tyler Riley, AIA a Vice President.
Tyler Riley, who first joined FEH during his college internship, is a licensed architect in the firm’s Des Moines office. As Vice President, Riley’s role will expand to include executive board leadership along with overseeing the firm’s technology needs. He will continue to be a principal designer for the firm’s educational work.
Riley graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1999.
“I love the idea of combining math, chemistry, physics, history, culture, engineering, business, problem-solving, and art into a final design,” said Riley. “Architecture allows me to create something that envelopes each person differently, allows them to react differently to the space, and become inspired by the designs.”
Riley has been involved in many impactful education projects throughout Iowa including Okoboji Middle School, Bondurant-Farrar’s Morris Elementary, Muscatine’s Physical Education Building and Jefferson Elementary, and Webster City High School’s Gymnasium.
Riley’s passions include promoting leadership in Des Moines, teaching architecture, fishing, refereeing soccer, and traveling. He is active in Okoboji Schools’ No Boundaries program and a past board chair of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Riley’s travels include many lakes, United States’ National Parks, and even an African safari.
He is currently working on projects for the school districts of West Liberty, Okoboji, Laurens, Stratford, and Webster City. Riley is also designing a library remodel for Algona Public Library and a building demolition for the Coors Office Building in Golden, CO.