Braden Cooper

Braden spent three summers interning with OPN before joining full-time after graduation. He has wanted to be an architect for as long as he can remember, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. While in school, Braden was a member of the Bussard Award winning design team. He also had the opportunity to work on historic and contemporary projects with STARTT Architects in Rome. A Des Moines local, his favorite thing about the design industry is the relentless sense of optimism and ingenuity you find in the people we share the profession with.

Q. What inspires your work?

A. I’m inspired by the stories behind the spaces we design and the people we design them for.

Q. If there was a movie about your life, who would star as you?
A. Tom Hanks, everyone likes Tom Hanks movies.