OPN’s Iowa City, Des Moines studios grow

OPN Architects’ studios in both Iowa City and Des Moines have recently welcomed new faces.

In Iowa City, Josh Moe and Elizabeth Seiberling both bring years of experience to OPN’s newest studio.

Liz holds a Master of Architecture (2010) and Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology (2005) from Iowa State University. A Project Architect at OPN, Liz has focused her career on the design of health care environments at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, the Department of Medical Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, and Unity Point in Muscatine. She lives in West Branch, where she serves on the West Branch Historic Preservation Commission. Next time you see Liz ask her about her honeymoon. The story gives a whole new meaning to a hot romance.

Project Architect Josh Moe comes to OPN with a Master of Architecture (2011 – University of Cincinnati), Master of Music (2007), and Bachelor of Arts  (2005). Notable projects include the historic Chelsea/Knutson Building in Cedar Rapids; Central Vivarium at the University of Iowa; and the Payne Whitney Gym at Yale. His master’s thesis focused on the role of historic preservation in rural communities with limited economic drivers. Much of his non-profit work has focused on historic preservation policy. An Iowa City resident, Josh is president of Preservation Iowa; a past vice president of Friends of Historic Preservation, and past board member of of AIA SEIAS. We hear he’s pretty good in a showdown too. Just ask him to c’mon down.

In Des Moines, Ken Hagen and Emmie Brady bring more than a decade of expertise in their respective fields.

Ken, a project architect at OPN, graduated with his Bachelors of Architecture (2003) from Iowa State University. His career has focused on learning environments for both higher education and PreK-12 clients, including the recently completed Schindler Education Center at the University of Northern Iowa as well as projects for Des Moines Public Schools and many others in the Kansas City metro area. A Waukee resident, he is on the Schools Foundation Board. We suggest you don’t try to steal his pen.

Emmie Brady returns to her homestate of Iowa from Austin, Texas, where she practiced interior design at StudioSIX5. In Texas, her practice focused on interiors for senior living communities. A Sigourney native and Iowa State University graduate with a bachelors of fine arts in interior design (2012), Emmie is passionate about her friends, family, travel, culture, good food and nature. She is also a dedicated martial artist — she’s been practicing Taekwondo for 19 years.

OPN welcomes Josh, Liz, Ken, and Emmie to our family of more than 110 designers working on projects across the Midwest. OPN maintains studios in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Iowa City, Iowa, and Madison, Wisconsin. Our award-winning work spans a wide variety of client types including corporate, civic, higher education, health care, and libraries.