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12.02.20
Justice projects honored with AIA Justice Facilities Review Award
Polk County Criminal Courts and Madison Fire Station No. 14 have been honored by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice with a Justice Facilities Review Award. These projects demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural ...
02.23.21
OPN Internships Provide Valuable Experiences

Collegiate student internships are a valuable experience throughout architectural and design education. They offer an opportunity to experience company culture, get your toes wet in design and documentation of real projects, and gain a better understanding of where …

10.01.20
OPN earns Emerging Professional Friendly Firm distinction from AIA North Central States & Central States regions

As a firm committed to fostering the next generation of architects, OPN Architects is honored to have earned the designation of being an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm from both the American Institute of Architects North Central States Region and …

05.26.20
Give Back, Together

As we start to re-open we must not forget those who are still struggling and do not have a normal to return to.  Below is a list of organizations close to the heart of OPNers. If you are …

05.22.20
Welcome to OPN

OPN is thrilled to welcome a talented group that hails from around the globe. We’re excited for the perspective and passion they will bring and contribute to our studios. Welcome! Marzieh Akhgari, OPN Cedar Rapids Where are you from? …

04.20.20
Future Architect’s Portal Launches + Kid’s Design Contest

Since we can’t be in school right now, we created a guided learning activity that challenges kids to imagine and design their ideal classroom – just like our architects do. What types of spaces make learning easier or more …

03.17.20
A message from OPN about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is an unprecedented moment in our lifetime, but it is not the first time OPN Architects’ commitment to the health, wellness, and safety of our employees, clients, and communities has been tested.  In 2008, we found ourselves …

03.06.20
Celebrating the women of OPN and the women of architecture

Roughly half of all architecture students are women. Yet, according to the American Institute of Architects, women accounted for only 20% of its licensed members. Even fewer women have leadership roles at their firms. OPN promoted its first …

12.05.19
An architectural homecoming for Thomas Thatcher

Thomas Thatcher has been involved in the design of the Johnston City Hall and Town Center since, “I got a little tap on my shoulder. ‘Would you be interested?’.” The answer was an enthusiastic “Yes” from this lifelong Johnston resident. …

11.13.19
OPN women lead effort to build inclusive industry

OPN Architects will be represented by three of the four newly elected board members nominated to lead Iowa Women in Architecture in 2019-2020. Eli Goll Eli joined OPN in 2014. She has a passion for experiential learning and …

11.08.19
OPN celebrates United Way’s annual campaign

Each year our Des Moines and Cedar Rapids studios participate in a creative week-long fundraising effort on behalf of the United Way.  Supporting United Way is one way OPN is invested in the well-being of our communities. At …