Nate Owings


Architectural Designer






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Nate is an architectural designer with over two decades of experience, having worked on projects of various sizes from private high-end residential homes to K-12 school design and now justice facility design. He has received several awards for his work, both as a practitioner and as a graduate student.

As early as he can remember, Nate has been compelled to express himself through drawing. This drive brought him from being an inspired young student studying local buildings to managing large-scale higher education renovations as a design professional. Education is an important part of Nate’s professional journey and career, and he often returns to the University of Kentucky College of Design to teach classes and participate in design reviews. Nate also regularly participates in a local program called Ace of the Bluegrass, an organization that fosters teaching architectural and engineering classes at the high school level.

When he’s not at work, Nate is kept busy with his two boys and can be found in a basketball gym or on a soccer field with them. He and his wife can also be found renovating their 1929 Bungalow in Lexington’s Hollywood neighborhood, or he might find time to play the drums in a band with a group of other busy dads.

Get to know Nate

What is the best part of your job?

Bringing designs from conception to completion with a good team. It is always a journey, always unexpected learning opportunities.

What is an interesting fact not many people know about you?

I had long hair in high school, and I played in a very loud punk/heavy metal band.

What is your favorite buiding or landmark?

The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, by Louis Sullivan, for its lavish detailing and near-perfect acoustics born of its masterful architectural form.

What is your advice to young professionals in your field?

Sketch and write as much as possible, daily if you can. They are the basic tools and generators of creativity. It’s less about the work they produce than it is about the parts of your mind they activate.