Simon Mance

Simon Mance

Washington, DC, US



As a fresh young designer, I am interested in the social impacts surrounding the world of architecture.  I am an avid fan of Bryan Bell's Design Corps and support the kind of work that continues to give through community design.  I have been a panelist at the Structures for Inclusion Conference in Dallas, TX, where I presented on the process of designing and building the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, Kansas.  At the 2011 DesignDC conference in Washington, DC, I spoke about leadership opportunities for young designers in architecture firms.

Currently an architectural designer for Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey Architects in Washington, DC.



Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Technician

May 2013 - current

KCCT Architects, Washington, DC, US, Designer

- Log, review, and process shop drawings and product submittals. Manage the daily construction administrative tasks for a large new office building campus.
- Perform field measurements and documentation of existing conditions.
- Conduct personnel interviews for programming and phasing purposes.
- Prepare bid and permit documents.
- Prepare construction documents for several large embassy campus projects.
- Lead designer for marine residence in Muscat, Oman and co-designer for marine residence in Monterrey, Mexico.
- Chairman of the sustainability committee and previous chairman of the marketing department’s Branding Committee. Co-designer of the new KCCT ARCHITECTS website.

Oct 2008 - May 2013

Studio 804, Inc, Lawrence, KS, US, Designer/Contractor

Designer and Builder of a pre-fabricated modular structure that would be shipped to the town of Greensburg, Kansas. This holistic experience allowed for a comprehensive experience involving concept design, documentation of construction documents, and building the final product.

The Platinum 5.4.7 Arts Center was an idea that stemmed from the horrifying events from the Greensburg tornado. Switching last minute to build out pre-fab structure in Greensburg, the pressure was on. Designing and building the art center in a little over 4 months was truly a life changing experience. This passively and actively designed structure brought more than a community together after a damaging event. It was a chance for Studio 804 to push itself as a design company.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2008

EUA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Intern Architect

Created graphics for the Senior Housing Studio to add to the architectural library. Attended design and review sessions with Senior Architectural Staff.

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007


The University of Kansas, MArch, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Aug 2002 - May 2008


LEED Platinum Certification, Other

Awarded LEED Platinum Certification in 2008, making it the first LEED Platinum Certified building in the State of Kansas.


2008 Venice Architecture Bienalle, Nomination

Alternative designs representing some of the innovative approaches to building with communities in areas of extreme need that range from the rural poor in Hale County, Alabama, to migrant farmworkers in North Carolina, and tornado-affected residents of Greensburg, Kansas.


2008 Life Cycle Building Challenge, Honorable Mention

Lifecycle building is designing buildings to facilitate disassembly and material reuse to minimize waste, energy consumption, and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Also known as design for disassembly and design for deconstruction, lifecycle building describes the idea of creating high-performance buildings today that are stocks of resources for the future.


Wood Design Awards, Honorable Mention

The Wood Design Awards program is the only North American wide program that inspires wood building innovation and technologies by recognizing achievements in wood architecture annually. Wood: the greenest, most sustainable of all building materials. The judging was held at the National Gallery of Canada on Friday, November 21, 2008.


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