About Tim

Tim is a multi-skilled and creative architect who exemplifies aesthetic design sensibility, pragmatism and technical aptitude. He has been engaged in the design and execution of complex projects in a broad range of building types, sectors and sizes. As a result of Tim’s varied building training, he has a very holistic understanding of architecture. Tim is a versatile and talented architect who is a team player but is also self-directed and motivated. He has a strong sense of organization and an inclination of thinking outside traditional boundaries, resulting in thoughtful solutions. Through distillation and clarity, Tim’s design solutions pursue the essence of architecture.

What is your favorite building and why?

“The Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen. It was completed in 1957 and is the greatest integration of building, interiors and landscape of any architecture that I have so far experienced in-person. ”

What is one of your favorite quotes/sayings and why?

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see, by Henry David Thoreau. This simple and powerful quote gets to the importance of observation, noticing things around us and paying attention also speaks to qualities that are unseen (beyond physical) as well.”

Joined SVPA Architects

December 2021


The University of Kansas, Bachelor of Architecture, 1991

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

Building Enclosure Council of Iowa, Member

Des Moines Art Center, Member

Minnesota Public Radio, Member

The University of Kansas Alumni Association, Member


Licensed Architect in Minnesota

U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

I have been engaged in the design and execution of complex projects in a broad range of buildings types, sectors and sizes and as a result, I have a very holistic understanding of architecture.

- Timothy G. Vaughn, AIA, LEED AP