Nastvogel decided to study architecture at Virginia Tech. He went as a HUD Fellow. When he graduated, he worked in the construction industry. Nastvogel built lots of not spectacular houses. “The trick is to take a mediocre design and make it distinct,” he explained. “There were lots of hidden subtleties in the houses I designed. For example, if you leave the doors open, sunlight shown from one end of the house to the other.” Builders like to have three or four series of homes. When Nastvogel did the designs, he made the design of the lower end models, just in different configurations.