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As architects, we know the value of taking pride in your built environment, and we strive to create and preserve that pride. Since 1977, Berggren Architects has had the honor of preserving Nebraska’s finest architecture.

Today, we work in preservation and restoration, new sustainable construction, and consulting for all building types from churches and museums to courthouses and private residences.

Jerry L. Berggren, aia

Jerry L. Berggren, aia

Principal, Preservation Architect

 

Jerry Berggren founded the firm in 1977 in Lincoln, Nebraska and has since then been dedicated to the preservation of Nebraska’s finest architecture. The 1983 Jobs Bill was the milestone which introduced the firm to its most significant building type, the historic county courthouse. A project to improve the thermal efficiency of the windows at the Johnson County Courthouse in Tecumseh also initiated Berggren’s concern for energy conservation and an ongoing commitment to sustainable design.

In 1986, Jerry’s “Courthouse Trail” proposal to the state was approved. The Courthouse Trail experience solidified two career-long relationships with the Nebraska Energy Office and the Nebraska Association of County Officials. He continued to serve Nebraska’s county clients and in 2002 he became the recipient of the Honors Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This achievement was Berggren’s first nationally recognized award.

Today, Jerry Berggren has expanded his firm and employs professionals with abilities in historic preservation, architecture, interior design, sustainability, master planning and more. The future will undoubtedly hold more unexpected opportunities and challenges. He looks forward to each of those and you are invited to contact him directly regarding the architectural challenges you face.

Meet Our Team

Farheen Sirajuddin

Farheen Sirajuddin

Project Architect

 

Farheen, a citizen of India, began her career with formal education in that county achieving the status of architect. When her husband was transferred to the US, she seized the opportunity to study at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln graduating in 2019 with her Master of Architecture. She immediately became one of our full time employees continuing to work until her student visa expired in July of 2020. Having to return to India, we thought we had lost a valued employee. Thanks to COVID, we have had to learn to work remotely. From India, Farheen is once again joining us. This time as a contract employee and we are very grateful to have her back.

Garry Martin

Garry Martin

Production Manager

 

Garry has been working in the architectural field continuously since obtaining a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991. He had previously worked with Jerry Berggren as an intern in 1989, and the experience piqued his interest in the field of preservation. Garry leads the production team at Berggren Architects.

Janet Jeffries

Janet Jeffries

Architectural Historian

 

Janet has a career history as an educator, writer, and researcher in the field of historical and architectural preservation. She currently works as the College Historian for Doane College in Crete, NE and is the Curator for the Crete Heritage Society. Janet is currently employed as the firm’s Architectural/Preservation Historian.

Jessica Fujan

Jessica Fujan

Architectural Student Intern

 

Jessica joined Berggren Architects in 2019. Now in her third year of our Larsen Legacy internship program, she is heavily involved assisting with construction document. Including recent projects for Cass, Jefferson and Nemaha Counties. Jess has also become our liaison with the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Medi Arts as be explore greater uses of video and animation.

Brandy Nguyen

Brandy Nguyen

Architectural Student Intern

 

Brandy was recruited in 2020 by Jessica to become the next Larsen Legacy intern. During this year of his internship, he is taking charge of Berggren Architects outward appearance. Website development and polishing the proposal we submit are among his responsibilities. He is also becoming a significant help with the production of construction documents.

Alexi Caines

Alexi Caines

Architectural Student Intern

 

Alexi joined Berggren Architects in 2021. In her first year as a Larsen Legacy intern, her responsibilities begin with coordinating office operations and research. Her future responsibilities will include marketing as she advances toward preparation of construction documents and design.

Large Firm Projects

Our firm is involved in a wide range of projects from small historic houses to large public buildings in nearly every corner of Nebraska. We are also starting to reach beyond to other states, such as our involvement with the Wyoming State Capitol restoration effort.

Small Firm Culture

At Berggren Architects, we can offer an efficient, cordial work environment right in the heart of Downtown, Lincoln. Staff members young and old will get access to a variety of exciting historic projects!