“It is rewarding to see a project open after years of planning, design, and construction. All the hard work pays off when those doors open, and you get to see clients and others interact and use the space we designed.“
Get to Know Joah Bussert!
Joah is an architect that appreciates seeing people interact in a space he designed. From observing these interactions, he gains perspective to move forward to the next challenge. He views the process of planning, design, and construction like a puzzle. At first, the pieces seem separate, but he enjoys putting them together in a meaningful way to create beautiful and functional buildings and environments.
Roller Coasters and Skyscrapers
Early on, Joah had a strong interest in roller coaster design and would follow the announcements and construction of new rides around the country on early-internet forums. Growing up in Chicago’s suburbs, it was hard for Joah to ignore the skyscrapers and the city when he would visit downtown. He was also able to see many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects in the area. After an eye opening lesson on roller coaster design in a physics class in high school, Joah decided, with some encouragement from his mom, that architecture was the right fit for his passion and skills.
Joah has several favorite projects, but one that was especially memorable for him was the Glacier Bay Landing at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. It was exciting for him to design a project for a world-renowned client, while working with a team full of great ideas and lots of energy. The entire team cared about creating a great experience for all their visitors, down to every last detail, and it was fun for him to contribute to that.
We asked Joah for some fun facts, and we learned some new things about him:
- Joah loves traveling. Whether to new cities in the US or new countries, he loves exploring what other places have to offer.
- Joah also likes hiking, camping, reading, cooking, playing board games, doing jigsaw puzzles, seeing live music, and trying out new restaurants.
- One of Joah’s hidden talents is putting together a “mean cheese board.”
- His name is Hebrew and comes from the Old Testament.
- Joah’s family has a long history in the US. His great maternal grandfather (x13 or so) emigrated in the early 1630s and served as an early Governor of the Colony of Connecticut.
- He is also related to Daniel Webster, author of Webster’s Dictionary!