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Insights

04.01.20
Project of the Year: Waunakee Public Library
Waunakee Public Library has been named Project of the Year and Best Development – Education in this year’s Commercial Design Awards, sponsored by InBusiness magazine. The vibrant, multipurpose new 40,000 square foot public library serves as a space ...
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? …

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 …

11.04.19
OPN mourns Jim Miller’s unexpected passing

Our OPN family is grieving a loss after the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Jim Miller on Nov. 1. A native of Osceola, Jim knew he wanted to be an architect when he received his first …

11.04.19
Renovation supports mental health services in Johnson County

OPN was proud to join NAMI Johnson County in November when the mental illness support and advocacy non-profit celebrated its new R Place Peer Recovery Center with an open house and ribbon cutting. Renovated and updated by OPN’s Iowa …