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 art, landscape, and architecture 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, and a commitment to building architecture that enhances culture and community.
Actual Architecture Co. was founded by Jeffrey L. Day, AIA after 15 years practicing as a founding principal of Min | Day in San Francisco and Omaha.
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, AIA
After 15 years practicing as a founding principal of Min | Day, Jeff reorganized the Omaha office as Actual Architecture Co. Jeff is Douglass 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 also sits on the boards of several non-profits 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.
Brett has a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in media arts from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is currently working towards a Master of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In his free time, Brett enjoys traveling, snow skiing, playing racquetball, squash, and golf, and flying.
Andrew is a third-year Architecture student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture. When not working at Actual Architecture Co., Andrew works with low-income children at McPhee Elementary School in Lincoln, NE. In his studies, he is interested in phenomenological and cultural/humanitarian design.
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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 do-tank, 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 engages creative opportunities through developing and realizing projects. Actual Architecture Co. enlists FACT for experimental projects, and pro-bono work for communities and non-profits clients.