PLAIN is a design-build collective that constructs ordinary buildings from engineered lumber. It presents the pedagogy of “design-build” teaching as a means to challenge student’s expectations of the nature of architectural work.

PLAIN Design-Build presents XX-LAM – The architecture of curved, cross-laminated timber in a Nine Square Grid.




COA Associate Professor Jason Griffiths has received a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant to build  The Eastern Redcedar Design-Build Microdwelling cabin (The Mizer’s Ruin)



The Santee Sioux Family Resource Center is an example of how the College of Architecture can bring a meaningful change for Nebraskans who live in challenging situations. Our project will begin construction in January of 2019.
Emerge combines a ongoing discourse on contemporary forestry practices with advanced cross-laminated timber construction.
ASHED, a showcase for South Sioux City’s Ash reclamation program and the first cross-laminated timber building in Nebraska was built in response to the growing concern of Ash tree depletion by the Emerald Ash Borer.
Cladding and louvers of the cabin refer to techniques of cross-ventilation.