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PROFILE

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designArc Group is committed to the belief that quality work thrives on collaboration and an ongoing emphasis on open feedback. We believe in learning from each other, fostering an environment where creative and motivated individuals can tap into their colleagues' expertise. This collective knowledge and energy drives our approach to every project, reflecting the highly motivated nature of our team.

 

Established in 2008, we are a close-knit architectural office offering diverse design services for South Dakota and the Midwest. Our hallmark is building personal relationships with clients, understanding the unique challenges each project presents, and delivering solutions that meet or exceed expectations. We maintain a sensible and fiscally responsible approach to design and construction, recognizing that hiring an architectural office is a significant decision. Over the years, we have expanded our portfolio to address commercial, residential, institutional, and historical needs within our community. Whether you have well-defined project plans or are in the initial brainstorming stage, we encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation policy. Our team is eagerly waiting to apply the breadth of their knowledge and experience to your project.

Les Rowland, principal and founder of designArc Group
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Les is the founder, business owner, and stamp-holder for designArc Group. Les’ broad background includes more than 24 years of design experience for many commercial, hospitality, health care, education, religious, and residential buildings. His experience extends throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana, and Iowa.

 

Whenever he’s able, Les is out bow-hunting or fishing, but he usually is enjoying his time together with his wife Sara and their three children, Benjamin, Madelyn, and August.

LES ROWLAND
PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT / FOUNDER

Thomas Squires, associate principal and project manager at designArc Group
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After obtaining a Master of Architecture from South Dakota State University, Tom dedicated a decade of his professional journey to designArc, where he currently holds the position of Associate Principal. Tom has knowledge of computer technology and experience in the design and management of a broad range of projects, including public projects, multi-family, institutional facilities, and master planning.

Tom is also an avid hunter when time allows, enjoys spending time with his wife and twin girls, and attending local sporting events on the weekends.

THOMAS SQUIRES
ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL / PROJECT MANAGER

Nicholas Kummer, associate and project manager at designArc Group
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Nicholas graduated in 2019 from South Dakota State University with a Master of Architecture. His devotion to preserving historic buildings has led him to take on an active role specializing in restoring existing buildings. Nicholas donates his time to this passion by working with the Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation. At designArc Group, Nicholas enjoys graphic representation, rendering, and construction detailing while integrating functional design.

Nicholas is a classic car enthusiast, hobbyist car mechanic, and enjoys the outdoors with his friends and family.

NICHOLAS KUMMER
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE /
PROJECT MANAGER

MATTHEW WEISS
ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL / ARCHITECT

Matthew Weiss, associate principal and architect at designArc Group
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Matthew graduated from North Dakota State University’s Master of Architecture program, class of 2014, and has been working at designArc Group ever since. Matthew is a licensed Architect in the state of South Dakota, and the document production manager for the team. He has experience in the design and management of a broad range of project types, including multi-family, general commercial, and institutional facilities, as well as master site planning.

Matt enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Jess, and children, Teddy, Evelyn, and newborn Jack.

Emily Linehan, architect and project manager at designArc Group
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Emily graduated from South Dakota State University with a Master of Architecture in 2019. She later joined designArc Group in 2020 and became a licensed architect in 2023. Emily provides design, graphic representation, renderings, master planning, computer modeling, and construction documentation.

Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys ceramics and traveling to new places.

EMILY LINEHAN
ARCHITECT / PROJECT MANAGER

Victoria Dubbelldee, student intern at designArc Group
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Tori joined our team as a Student Intern in 2021, expected to graduate with Masters at SDSU in 2024. Tori assists with a wide range of tasks including graphical representation, design development, and construction documentation. Her quick learning and willing attitude are very much appreciated at designArc Group.

Tori’s passions are painting, fishing, and going to the family cabin on weekends.

VICTORIA DUBBELLDEE
STUDENT INTERN

Stephanie Ouellette, operations at designArc Group
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Stephanie graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor of Business Management and a Master of Adult Education & Training. She also holds an active HR certification with the Society for Human Resource Management. With a diverse professional background, Stephanie enjoys collaborating with her team members to help make designArc a great place to work.

Outside of the office, Stephanie enjoys camping with her family, traveling, and reading a good book.

STEPHANIE OUELLETTE
OPERATIONS / LEAD HAPPINESS OFFICER

Kyle Jamison, associate and project manager at designArc Group
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Kyle graduated from South Dakota State University with a Master of Architecture in 2019. He joined dAG in 2021. When he's not working on production, Kyle uses his technological acumen to keep our machines updated and functioning within spec, and to solve the many IT questions that come up throughout the week. 

Kyle has an affinity for cars, photography, technology, and cutting-edge design of nearly any kind. 

KYLE JAMISON
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE /
PROJECT MANAGER

Joshua Wagner, associate and project manager at designArc Group
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Joshua, who joined designArc Group in 2022, earned his Master of Architecture in 2016 from South Dakota State University. While pursuing his degree he worked for the department of architecture as a teaching assistant, special projects manager, shop foreman, and graduate assistant. Still in contact with the department, he attends many student reviews, and has served as a visiting instructor teaching design fundamentals at SDSU.

After hours, Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He also dedicates time to expanding his musical skill set by exploring new techniques.

JOSHUA WAGNER
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE /
PROJECT MANAGER

Amber Engels, interior designer at designArc Group
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Amber joined designArc Group in 2022, after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from SDSU. She works closely with the design team, selecting interior finishes and assisting architects as needed. Her passions include seeing the value in existing buildings, preserving original character, staying conscious of maintaining a sustainable footprint, and maximizing functionality in each space she designs. 

 

Amber grew up on a farm and loves spending time outdoors either on the farm, hunting, or fishing with family. She can also be found at the next country concert or rodeo in the summer.

AMBER ENGELS
INTERIOR DESIGNER

Roger Larson, construction supervisor at designArc Group
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Roger's bio coming soon...

ROGER LARSON
CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR

Hermela Aboye, associate and project manager at designArc Group
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Hermela graduated from South Dakota State University with a Master of Architecture, and joined designArc in 2021. Born in Ethiopia and having earned a Bachelor’s degree there, she has a diverse educational and professional background. Hermela assists with graphic representations and construction documents, and has a talent for site analysis studies.

 

In her free time, Hermela enjoys traveling to visit her family and friends. She also enjoys reading, music, painting and other indoor activities.

HERMELA ABOYE
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE /
PROJECT MANAGER

Tyson Vogt, associate and project manger at designArc Group
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Tyson graduated from South Dakota State University with a Master of Architecture in the spring of 2022. With hard work and professional courtesy, Tyson assists with most primary architectural tasks as well as minor project management. His addition to the team is an invaluable asset which adds new life and a bright future to our quickly growing firm. 

Tyson is a veteran with the South Dakota National Guard, recently married his longtime sweetheart, and is devoted to raising housing standards for everyone.

TYSON VOGT
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE /
PROJECT MANAGER

Keith Scarlata, digital marketing at designArc Group
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Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Dakota State University in 2022. He joined designArc Group the same year and coordinates digital media, marketing materials, and Statements of Interest for the company.

Outside of work, Keith dedicates his time to maintaining his century-old house, assisting friends with vehicle repairs, and anything Dobermann.

KEITH SCARALTA
DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ali Kummer, associate and project manager at designArc Group
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Ali completed her Master of Architecture at South Dakota State University in 2020 and joined designArc in 2022. Quickly making her mark with exceptional skills in conceptual design, project coordination and rendering. Her expertise and passion in facility master planning and schematic programming help gain project momentum to bring your ideas to fruition.

​Ali has a green thumb, and frequently embarks on hiking adventures or anything involving the great outdoors. She also enjoys academic reviews, continuously seeking knowledge and self-improvement.

ALI KUMMER
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE /
PROJECT MANAGER

Mitch Nissen, construction manager at designArc Group
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Mitch's bio coming soon...

MITCH NISSEN
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Aliyah Immeker, student intern at designArc Group
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Aliyah will earn her Bachelor’s Degree this coming May, and plans to pursue a Master of Architecture the following fall. She plans to focus on historic preservation and energy conservation.

Outside of school and work, Aliyah loves to travel and is always up for trying new foods. She has a big family, and there is nothing she loves more than being with them.

ALIYAH IMMEKER
STUDENT INTERN

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