Actual Architecture Company is an internationally recognized architecture and design firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, but operating around the world with expansive vision. The firm draws on backgrounds in architecture, landscape, and art to provide informed, highly considered design for a wide range of clients, sites, and projects – from individuals to art institutions, urban to rural settings, and furniture to large buildings. By maximizing the potential of academic and professional practices, and with an open mind to creative collaboration, Actual Architecture Co. integrates design-research, speculative design practice, with a commitment to building architecture that enhances culture and community.
The widely published work of Actual Architecture Co. (and as Min | Day Omaha) has garnered numerous awards including the prestigious Architectural League of New York’s 2016 Emerging Voices, Architectural Record’s 2009 Design Vanguard, 2007 AIA California Council’s Emerging Talent award, New Practices San Francisco 2009, Residential Architect’s 2010 Rising Star, and over 80 design awards from the AIA, ACSA, and IDEC, and from numerous design publications.View All Recognition
Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA
Jeff is Killinger Professor of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and former Director of the Architecture Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College with an AB in Visual and Environmental Studies, and received a Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley. At UNL Jeff runs FACT, an award-winning, academic/professional collaborative design lab and frequent partner of Actual Architecture. Jeff is a board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and servers on the boards of several nonprofits in the Midwest.
Dennis is a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he completed his Master of Architecture degree. His graduate experience includes frequent collaborations with FACT, Community Design and Planning with the City of Crete, NE, and multiple International Service-Learning projects. Dennis was a long-time designer at Min | Day in Omaha and is a founding member of Actual Architecture Co. He is currently working towards professional licensure.
Matthew Miller, RA
Matt is a registered architect in the state of Nebraska with over 10 years of experience split between Austin, Texas; New York, New York; and Omaha, Nebraska. Before joining Actual Architecture, Matt’s work experience was a mixture of architecture and fabrication. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS in Design and went on to receive a Master of Architecture at Texas A&M and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Matt is currently a Lecturer within the Architecture Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and volunteers at DoSpace in Omaha.
Selwyn Q. Bachus II
Selwyn is a Master of Architecture student at the Harvard GSD, and earned his B.Arch from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. He is interested in the overlap of practice and pedagogy, as well as community enrichment through design. In his free time Selwyn enjoys painting and discovering new music.
Ethan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he recently completed his Bachelor of Science & Design degree. In his time at UNL he was a member of FACT and involved in multiple research projects. He is interested in art and design history, photography, and making.
Bridget is an undergraduate Architeture student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is working towards her BS in Design and a minor in Art History & Criticism. The summer after her freshman year, Bridget had the opportunity to study abroad in London and Paris, which sparked her interest in architectural theory and historic preservation. She is hoping to do more traveling in the future, but in the meantime she enjoys painting, reading, and making music.
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Allied Practices are laboratories for material research and exploration. They combine design-research, academic engagement, commissioned work, furniture design, and student design\build projects.
MOD makes living more fun and work more creative. Inspired by everyday geometries, MOD is furniture – infrastructure for living and working – that embraces the impulse to re-arrange space. Each product has several pieces that can be combined, grouped, dispersed, stacked, and arranged, some are finite, others are finite. Jointly run by Actual Architecture Co. and Min Design, MOD creates objects that inspire improvisation.
FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team) is a collaborative student design\build studio at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture, that engages design, fabrication, and construction projects with cultural and non-profit clients. FACT is a forum for exploring the complex relationships between thinking (conceiving, designing, theorizing) and making. Where academic design studios focus on ideation, conceptualization, and design development, FACT explores the creative opportunities residing in the development and realization of projects. Actual Architecture Co. enlists FACT for experimental projects, and pro-bono work for communities and non-profits clients.