Nicholas Moen

Nicholas Moen

Portland, OR, US



I am an architectural designer living in Portland, Oregon.  My background is in arts, cultural, education, and commercial office design.  I have done work for, among others, the University of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Public Library, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and the International Union of Operating Engineers. 

After completing my Masters degree in 2006, until relocating to Portland this summer, I worked full-time at the offices of Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  While there, I worked directly under lead designer James Shields, FAIA.  In addition to working at HGA, I have taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) for the past three years.  This experience has been invaluable to me as a professional by helping me to solidify my own beliefs about design and by keeping me engaged in academic architectural thought.  Most importantly though, teaching others has in turn taught me how to effectively communicate complex design ideas in a manner that can be easily understood.


HGA, Designer/Architectural Intern

Arts, Cultural, and Education Practice Group
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Architectural designer, assistant designer, renderings/presentation images, client
presentations, construction documents, detailing, shop drawings, document coordination,
engineering coordination, construction administration, COMcheck, marketing,
planning/execution of professional photography shoots. IDP complete.

Jun 2006 - Jul 2011

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Adjunct Instructor

School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP)
Adjunct Professor

Instructor for Architecture 310 - Fundamentals of Design.
For three years I have taught this sophomore-level design studio, which focuses on
composition, materials, tectonics, space, site, sustainability, drawing, model making, and presentation skills. Students develop projects for a portfolio that they will use to apply to the upper level of the architecture program at UWM. The studio is taught in conjunction with several other sections of the same course.

Write and present lectures to 100+ students en masse.

I also participate as an invited design critic for various other studios’ design reviews on a regular basis.

Sep 2008 - Dec 2010

Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Model Builder

I worked for the summer of 2004 building presentation models for this AIA award winning firm. All models were exhibited in the firm’s solo exhibit entitled “Work” at the Gallery of
Architecture and Urbanism at SARUP, UWM, and featured in the exhibition’s booklet.

Jun 2004 - Aug 2004


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MArch, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Aug 2003 - Dec 2006

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Bachelors, Bachelor of Fine Art- Illustration

Sep 1997 - Dec 2001


AIA Wisconsin Honor Award-Team member, Award

Award presented to HGA Architects for design of the Kerry Center in Beloit Wisconsin.

I was fortunate to be part of the architectural design team on this great project.


Thesis Award- UWM SARUP, 1st Place

Each year the School of Architecture at UW-Milwaukee holds a student design competition. The year I graduated, I won First Prize in the Thesis category.


David and Cynthia Kahler Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship based on design merit. One award per year.


UWM SARUP Student Design Competition, 2nd Place

Second place prize, graduate-level studios category.


AIA Chicago Student Award in Architecture, Honorable Mention

-Honorable Mention (fourth place prize)
-My work was exhibited at the annual Chicago AIA Awards Night banquet.


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