KURT NEISWENDER, AIA, LEED AP
has a diverse background from a variety of architectural offices. He has over seven years experience in design and management of projects ranging from single family residential to international high-rise mixed use developments. Kurt has been licensed in the state of Michigan since 2009, is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and also is a LEED accredited professional.
Kurt received his bachelors of architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 2003. He is currently enrolled in a dual degree program at Lawrence Technological University, pursuing a masters of architecture with a sustainable design concentration and a masters of urban design with a sustainable urbanism concentration. Kurt’s background and experience has allowed him to receive one of very limited research positions within Lawrence Technological University. This prestigious position offers a full tuition scholarship and valuable research experience focused in southwest Detroit.
In the seven years between his bachelors and masters education, Kurt has worked in a wide range of architectural offices in New Canaan, Connecticut and Los Angeles, California. Since joining Earth Environments in August, 2010, Kurt has been involved in residential and commercial projects from Taylor, MI to Onaway, MI.
While in Connecticut he worked under Architect James Schettino where he helped design exquisitely detailed custom single family residential projects, and was the lead for three dimensional models for the office.
In 2004, Kurt moved back to Los Angeles, where he obtained a position with Togawa and Smith Architects & Planners. Working in the design department, Kurt was part of a talented team that conceptualized multi-family apartment and condominium projects ranging in size from 20 units to 500 units, and from San Francisco Bay to San Diego. He also continued to lead the team with the design of three dimensional models and renderings.
From 2005 to 2007, he carried positions at two offices; Deborah Waldrip Architects and Gruen Associates. With Deborah Waldrip Architects, Kurt designed and managed a custom single family remodel in Malibu, California, for the Hollywood creature creator, the late, Stan Winston. At Gruen Associates he worked on construction documents for the District Attorney’s headquarters for Riverside County California, and a competition entry for the expansion to Gunnar Asplund’s original Stockholm Central Library.
From 2007-2010, Kurt took a position with OJMR Architects, where he was part of the design team for a 2.7 million square foot condominium/mixed-use development in Karachi Pakistan known as Crescent Bay . Here he was in charge of a small team that developed five 25 story towers for the Karachi project.
Most recently Kurt has moved back to Michigan with his wife to be closer to family, while they both are pursuing further education and take advantage of the four seasons. Kurt Neiswender has a tremendous amount of experience coming from a diverse and varied background in architecture and design. He has a multitude of experience with clients, consultants (local and abroad), planning and zoning officials and fellow tradespeople.