Our Team

Stan Spencer

Founder: Stan Spencer was a mechanical and systems engineer at Xerox for 20+ years. During that time he worked on every major clean sheet product in the company in New York, London, and Portland. His experience ranges from mono to color, desktop to high-end production presses, and xerographic to inkjet marking technology.  He holds 16 US patents and several others internationally.  Stan approached the development of the blökalöks building system from the perspective of product design and the mass production of one common component to achieve low cost and tight tolerances.

Chris Hacker

Advisory Board: Chris Hacker is currently Chair of Product Design at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Previously, Chris was Vice President Marketing and Design at Herman Miller.  Chris was the Chief Design Officer for Johnson & Johnson.  Chris was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™.  Under his leadership, Aveda was awarded the 2004 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  He is a member and past Chair of the Global Agenda Council-Design for the World Economic Forum.

Rusty Clifton

Founder: Rusty Clifton has over 15 years leading branding efforts for large brands such as Band-Aid, Listerine, Reach, Benadryl and MAC Cosmetics, as well as work for medium-to-small companies and start-ups. He has also worked with household names such as Disney, American Express, Nickelodeon and Mattel and has design awards from Cannes, Art Directors Club, Webby, One Show, Clio, and the AIGA, among others. Rusty holds an MFA in Design from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a BFA in Design from Brigham Young University.

James Conlee

Marketing: James Conlee  has directed strategy for over 100 million social followers. With 10+ years as a marketing strategist, he has consulted on projects for several Fortune 500 companies including - Berkshire Hathaway, HarperCollins, and Gold's Gym.

Ted Balderree

Design: Ted Balderree has a background in product design and digital design tools which has helped him contribute to the digital design landscape at automotive and consumer product companies, in the US and internationally. He has had experience in some of the largest design departments in the US (GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Nike) as well as working at the software companies that create the leading industrial design tools (Alias and Autodesk).

Tom Jensen

Web Development: Tom Jensen has been building technology solutions for over 20 years. He has lead teams and built web and mobile applications for organizations such as Kaplan Educational, Janssen Pharmeceutica, Schering-Plough, Avnet, Boise Inc., Deseret News, UC Davis, UCLA, and Boise State University. His skill set ranges from system and database administration to architecting and developing applications.

Our Vision

The American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, had a desire to use his talent to solve real problems that humanity faced. From an earthquake-proof house in Japan to improving the quality of life of the urban dweller. One problem he worked on for more than two decades, starting in the Great Depression, was how to make a house more affordable for a larger number of people. Twenty years later, in 1954, Wright said, “The house of moderate cost is not only America’s major architectural problem, but the problem most difficult for her major architects.”

He believed to create this moderately priced home, two things needed to happen. First, the owner needed to be involved in the construction, and second, a modular block needed to be used to compensate for any lack of experience of the builder.

The system he eventually created was called the Usonian Automatic Building System with “automatic” referring to the ability of the owner to design and construct the dwelling him or herself. In the end however, Wright’s dream failed, in part, due to technical issues resulting from the available technology of his time.

At blökalöks, we aspire to realize Mr. Wright's vision of solving the problem of affordable housing, more acute now more than ever. Today with the aid of modern materials and technology, we have taken the core principles of Wright’s dream (modularity and ease-of-use) and created a revolutionary new product called blöks™

Our blöks leverage a technology called Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) originally developed by the US Forest Service in the 1930s. Adopting a method pioneered by one of Wright’s students, each blök uses a rigid polystyrene foam core sandwiched by two structural panels, to create a modular SIP blök, which are then stacked to create floors, walls, and even roofs.  Mass producing this one common shape brings precision and low cost.

At blökalöks, we want to empower home builders in the US and homeowners in the developing world to construct homes which consume less energy, are more resilient to natural disasters, and which take less time, few tools, and no skill to build.