Lucas Tryggestad


Technical Principal



Interested in the craft of architecture and the applications of digital design, Lucas Tryggestad specializes in designing and realizing technically complex building systems. A native of Illinois, Lucas draws upon his Midwestern roots, as well as a global portfolio spanning five continents, to apply his contextual knowledge to projects both locally and abroad.

His project work includes 100 Mount Street, an office tower that is efficiently designed to minimize the carbon impact of construction, and AMIE 1.0, a research partnership between SOM and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory exploring energy efficiency and the applications of 3D printing.

With every new project or research endeavor, I’m interested in the craft and quality of design, and the cross-disciplinary applications of emerging technologies to improve the practicality and constructability of our work.

Lucas’s research interests include auto fabrication, additive manufacturing, and 3D printing in the realization of built work. A proponent of design education and pedagogy, Lucas has lectured at his alma mater, the University of Illinois—an institution with a legacy of integrating architectural, technical, and structural design—as well as the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Tennessee, among other institutions.

Selected Work