ELLEN L. NYGAARD
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Learning piano at a young age and clarinet in middle school, it became clear Ellen had a passion for music. By the end of high school, she was a full-fledged band nerd—excited and eager to study music in college to become a “Music Therapist,” (whatever that means).
With a strong background in music, Ellen didn’t see herself in the field of design and architecture until after her freshman year. At that point, she realized she should probably invest her college years into a “real” career instead of crafting her hobby into one. Interior Design captured her interest and challenged her abilities. She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Interior Design degree in 2010. As an undergraduate, Ellen discovered her inner tree-hugger and fostered a strong interest in sustainable architecture and design. She joined her fellow tree-huggers in Eugene, Oregon to pursue a Master of Interior Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.
Ellen recently joined GSBS Architects, and has primarily designed religious temples the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has been involved in the interior design of numerous temples in the USA, Europe, Canada, and South America.
Outside of the office, Ellen greatly enjoys exploring Utah—preferably from the seat of her road bike. Hailing from St. George, Utah and spending part of her childhood on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, she has a deep love for the desert sunshine.
Ellen is a member of the US Green Building Council.
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