Tyler is a Masters of Architecture graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he has studied abroad in Tianjin, China; Añangu, Ecuador; and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Tyler is currently volunteering at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska and is contributing to the exhibition, "Michael Jones McKean | The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms." Tyler has also contributed to a number of other designs/installations at the Bemis Center in the past few years including the Bemis Center Dock Gardens.
Tyler is involved in his research, "Prioritizing Peri-Urban Development Principals: Eco-Ago Networks & Clustered Urban Developments." This research project is countywide agricultural+urbanization masterplan for Lincoln, Nebraska’s current and doubling population in Lancaster County. He has continued to develop his research and is expecting to deliver it to UNL Extension Board, Lancaster County Commissioners, and the Lancaster County City Planning Department.
In May 2010, Tyler was exposed to an Amazonian rainforest community named Añangu located off the Napo River in Ecuador's most biologically diverse Runa. This community is defined by its social and ecological relationship to its environment. Runa, meaning, “Fully living human being,” in the native Quichua language, is living with connection to the river, the land, and the community. This eco-physical and social condition has no obvious economic value, nonetheless is 100% sustainable. This experience diversified his interest in the physical and social landscape and has driven my exposure towards design as a tool for change.
"I am particularly interested in close relationships amongst other disciplines that revolve around the fundamental design principals of social-economical and eco-physical dimensions. I believe these dimensions and their interrelations, such as synergies and trade-offs are key sustainable solutions to any design problem."
Plasma Studio, Intern
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, US, MArch, Architecture
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, US, BArch, Architecture
This project dealt with the challenge of preserving the fragile culture and environment of an indigenous Ecuadorian community while simultaneously developing sustainable growth. Community participation and the collaborative process were the most vital components to the success of the master plan and schematic designs developed. Students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning worked together to protect the local culture, environment, and economy by designing sustainable development as a model for the region.
2010 China Abroad - Scott Killinger Fellowship, Award
Fall 2010 China Abroad at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China