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Justin Brouillette

Owner, Nack StudioPortland CNC


My formal training in architecture sharpened a lifelong curiosity into deconstructing, ideating and creating.

Discipline is the result of repeated practice and I found early in university that I could transfer design thinking to any problem or challenge. “Designer” has become a simple moniker for the wide-range of interests I pursue.

In my work, I strive to create unique, beautiful and always useful results – whether a product for our line or a client’s identity.


Owner, Portland CNC

July 2017 - Present

We specialize in high-precision CNC routing and superb design consulting. 2D/3D milling, customization, nesting, design / build.

Founder & Designer, Nack Studio

March 2011 - Present

Our products and work have been featured on websites such as: Fab, Touch of Modern, The Grommet, Bezar, Uncrate and Design-Milk, Behance as well as more than a dozen retailers in many countries.

Junior Architect at MG2 Architecture

August 2012 - August 2013 (1 year)

Costco Canada – Facade Design, Site Planning, Construction Documents & Permit Coordination

Architectural Intern at HDR Architecture, Inc.

May 2011 - August 2011 (4 months)

Was tasked with everything from designing an urban park to modeling as-builts, construction documents and award submissions.

Architectural Intern at Randy Brown Architects

May 2009 - August 2009 (4 months)

A summer internship with Randy Brown proved to be very intensive. I worked on awards submissions, interior home design, office infill and construction documents.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Masters of Architecture

2010 - 2012

  • Research Assistant at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    August 2011 - May 2012 (10 months)

  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

    2010 – President, Freedom By Design Director

Bachelor of Science in Design, Architecture

2006 - 2010

  • Graduate Research Assistant at REIs: Renewable Energy Infrastructures

    March 2009 - December 2010 (1 year 10 months)

    Worked with Professor Chris Ford of UNL-ARCH and two other graduate students to research the possibilities of renewable energies in the realm of urban space. Design, existing site modeling, and research of products were involved in this project.

  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

    2009 – Vice-President, Advisory Board to College of Architecture

Skills & Expertise

  • Architectural Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Photography
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Urban Design
  • Graphic / Web Design
  • Videography

Honors and Awards

Portable Laptop Stand Patent

2012 – United States Patent D652,044 Issued 10 January 2012
Inventors: Justin Brouillette, Nicholas Pajerski

SiteScapes Design Competition Winner

2011 – Barristro Collection Design Award

2011 – the Prop laptop stand

Emerging Terrain Stored Potential 2 Selection

2011 – Food Miles

AIAS National Chapter of the Year

2010 – Served as President

Young Architects, Forum - Monster of Design [REIs]

2009 – Research Assistant to Chris Ford at UNL


"Justin is a fantastic person to work with not only for the personal connection he made with us and our business, but also because he is constantly surprising us. When we come to Justin with an idea he makes it better. We told him what we wanted in a website and he built what we wanted and improved it even more. We would recommend Justin and MAKE collaboration to anyone looking to improve their image and website."

— Josh Horsley, Follow the Harvest

"While serving on the AIA Nebraska board along with Justin representing the student chapter, Justin brought an energy level to the board with engaging idea's to keep interaction between students and professionals. Justin did a good job of representing the student population."

— Kevin Riley, Associate Director, AIA Nebraska

"As president of the AIA Lincoln Chapter Board, I had the pleasure of serving with Justin while he was representing the University of Nebraska AIAS Student Chapter as it's President. Justin represented the student chapter very effectively and approached his role on the Board with creativity and thoughtfulness. We very much appreciated his efforts on the Board."

— Todd Hesson, Encompass Architects

"While volunteering together on the AIA board, Justin listened carefully to what each of the other board members had to say. Often times, his own creative contributions were submerged unless called upon to share. He served as an excellent liaison between students and professionals and his enthusiasm is appreciated. He is a natural born leader and decisive problem solver. Potential employers should know that is good reputation and character are worth consideration. I am confident that Justin will have a successful career."

— Richard Burton, Plan Review Engineer, City of Lincoln