Spotlight: Lucas Allen, Architectural Designer

We decided to sit down with the newest member of the Nosan Signature Homes team to get a better understanding of what he does on a day-to-day basis and the value he provides to NSH customers.  Let’s just say, Luke is definitely a key part of Nosan Signature Homes vision to transform the building industry by providing transparency to its homeowners.

Q: Can you walk us through what you do on a daily basis for Nosan Signature Homes?

A: It’s changing daily but put simply, I assist Terry in the architectural design of our homes.  I’m drawing plans and then adapting those plans and communicating changes.  Most of what I do right now is pre-construction and then the the architecture firm we’re working with on a given home draws up the changes and provides final constructions drawings.  When building a home, changes can be very rapid so my role allows us to easily talk about a change, mark it up, and then make that change on the computer in real time.  We can then quickly send that to the designer or homeowner so it translates very easily and confirm whether or not we're moving forward with the change.  The other benefit is that we’re able to see how spaces lay out in a very precise way (down to the ½”) and get more exact measurements for how a space will actually turn out if we move a wall a foot or a toilet over a few inches.  

The value in my role is being able to actually execute the design to build process that homeowners want in a way they can easily understand.  This process is newer and gives us a differentiating factor from other builders. It’s cool to try to bring a process into the future from how it’s been done for years.  My role could easily evolve though as we grow and the industry changes.

Q: What’s your favorite part of working for Nosan Signature Homes?

A: Learning a lot.  I come from a construction background and understand the realities of actual building vs. applying what I’ve learned in school.  Being part of the process in such a hands on way provides tons of learning opportunities.

Q: Tell us about your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?

A: We’re working on a spec home which is very fun because we get to make a lot of creative decisions.  It’s a very fluid process and open ended as opposed to working with an architecture firm who comes up with the plans first.  I’m also getting experience working on the facade of the home, as opposed to just tweaking the interior, which is something I would never get the exposure to work on at this stage in my career at a large firm.  I love that I get to understand the context and have the background of what I’m working on at Nosan Signature Homes.

Q: Tell us about your background and how you got into architecture

A: I come from a construction background; my family owns a roofing company and I worked my way up through there.  However, when I decided to go back to school, I knew I wanted to be the top decision maker in whatever field I was in, which in the building industry is the architect.  I’m a few classes away from completing my undergraduate degree and then will get my masters.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Fishing and hunting

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 Luke hard at work making some changes to the facade of a home