Interns enhance OPN with varied interests, experiences

We love expanding our OPN family each summer with a cadre of talented men and women. This year, we welcome:

Cedar Rapids

Abby Nelson received a bachelor of science in design in 2018 and is now working toward her master of architecture (2020) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Abby is a music junkie and loves discovering new music.

Colton Howell will graduate in spring 2019 with a degree in architecture and a minor in sustainability from Iowa State University. Aside from his studies, Colton has traveled to Jamaica and Dominican Republic for mission trips.

Hasan Shurrab joins OPN for an extended, one-year, internship. Hasan worked as a teachers assistant at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Palestine. He is involved in many organizations and was a board member of Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts.

Rylee Higgins just wrapped up her fourth year at Iowa State University with plans to graduate with a bachelor of architecture in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycles.

Des Moines

Erin Copeland received her bachelor of business administration in 2015 and is expected to graduate with a master of architecture in 2019. She works for the department of architecture at Iowa State and is heavily involved with organizing their public programs.

Leigha Duckett, a native of Johnston, studies at Iowa State University and is expected to graduate with a bachelor of architecture (2021). Her previous experience includes Reiman Gardens Design Build Pavilion, Kids Living Brave, and AHeinz57.

Madeline Bany, a Cedar Rapids native, is expected to graduate Spring 2020 with a bachelor degree in architecture. She was awarded BWBR Prize Finalist Spring 2018 and is an active Iowa State Design Ambassador and peer mentor for first-year students in the design program.


Hsu (Edward) Fang, a student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is expected to receive his bachelors degree in 2020. Edward is from Taipei, Taiwan and was in Taiwan’s military for four months.