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As Principal Architect and an owner of CNH Architects for more than 30 years, Wayne brings creativity and experience to each of his clients’ projects. One of the first architects to ever be certified a sustainable designer, he has been nationally recognized for sustainable design, and several of his projects have received green certifications and Energy Star status. Wayne has successfully designed and managed hundreds of new construction and remodeling projects at every phase for both public and private clients.
Wayne’s long list of successful projects include community centers, office buildings, vehicle maintenance facilities, courtrooms, retreat centers, city halls, animal exhibits, retail stores, camps, recreational facilities, park shelters, laboratories, libraries, fire stations, clubhouses, and more.
I have traveled to countries in six continents and each one of these trips have been special in some way. Exploring the jungles of Costa Rica was probably the best trip with a young family and experiencing Vietnam the best with adult children.
I played competitive soccer up until a few years ago and still play pickup soccer with friends a couple of times a week.
Travel is one of my favorite pastimes and I have been to many wonderful locations around the world. A few that stand out are Thailand for relaxation and food, Greece for classical architecture, and New Zealand for its beautiful countryside.
During the summers of my high school and college years my best friend had a DJ business, and I would help him play at dances and other events. I know all the songs from the 70’s and 80’s, hits, and often deep tracks as well.
BIO COMING SOON
I developed my passion for architecture from my grandfather who got me interested in the industry at a very early age. He was an architect and would share his experiences with me, whether it was visiting one of his construction sites or touring around the cities looking at all the fascinating buildings.
Italy. I studied there in college and visited one other time. The food and ancient buildings keep drawing me back!
I enjoy the process and challenges of improving the built environment.
Vikings, Twins, Wolves, Wild, Lynx, MN United FC, Gophers, Saints, and the English Premier League
Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas
A sunny day on an ocean beach
Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings
Backpacking around Europe studying architecture during college was the trip of a lifetime! Seeing the ancient ruins and the historic architecture was a dream come true.
At 8 years old, I loved designing and building Lego houses and knew I wanted to be an architect even then. I love the mixture of art/creativity/drawing and science/math, it is the best of both worlds. I love problem solving and every day is something new, you are always learning.
When I was young, I enjoyed drawing houses on graph paper and loved looking at home floorplan magazines and deciding what I would do differently. In junior high and high school, I took as many art classes as possible. Along with being artistic, I liked to solve puzzles and figure out how to get things to fit, so Interior Design seemed like a good choice to use both my artistic and analytical sides.
When I think about all the places I have traveled, the best include great memories with family: going to the cabin in Detroit Lakes; visiting wineries and riding bicycles around Sonoma; snowmobiling in Yellowstone; seeing my kids on Fort Myers Beach and swimming in the Gulf for the first time; taking a private plane ride over Oahu; touring Jackson Hole.
To Africa on mission trips – experienced safaris and saw Victoria Falls
In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind
I share a ‘birth’ date with CNH Architects (November 12th)
Banff, hands down.
Then Glacier National Park and Whitefish, MT. The Gunflint Trail and Grand Marais are forever a favorite getaway as well, no matter how many new places I visit. Skiing, hiking, and exploring that area never gets old.
Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Gopher wrestling and gymnastics, and, via marriage, Iowa State Cyclone football
Life is better with a cat
I love history, specifically architectural and cultural history. This resulted in falling in love with learning every detail about a building or a city and the thought process of architects while designing.
Brussels, Belgium, where I lived for a very short 3 months.
In the summer – finding a new hiking trail; in the winter – finding a new thrift store.
Hanging out outside walking my dog or with friends and family.
Santorini, Greece. The views were fantastic, no matter where you where you could see the ocean. We took a 4-hour hike to the west tip of the island and ate dinner on the harbor as we watched the sunset. It was a moment that you feel only happens in the movies and it was magical.
I have a minor in pottery and hope to build a small studio at my house so I can start making art again. I also have a twin sister and have traveled through nearly all 50 states!