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09.16.19
Polk County Justice Center honored by AIA
The Polk County Justice Center Annex has been honored by the Justice Facilities Review with a Citation Award. Thirteen projects demonstrate the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in the United States. Seven of the ...
05.22.19
Canned food fights hunger

The theme of this year’s Canstruction at Valley West Mall in Des Moines may have been Heroes and Villains, but OPN Architects’ partners whose generous donations each year make it possible for our team to buy thousands of …

04.16.19
DeForest joins OPN Des Moines

In March, OPN welcomed Gabe DeForest to our Des Moines team. Gabe DeForest joins OPN as an architect. He has his masters of architecture from Kansas State University and nine years of experience in educational, healthcare, multli-family, and …

02.13.19
Two more join the OPN team

OPN continues its momentum of sustained growth with two new members of the OPN family — Chad Schumacher in the Cedar Rapids studio and Deidre Zihlman in the Des Moines studio. Chad Schumacher joins OPN as a construction …

01.25.19
OPN welcomes Kristin Lewis, AIA, to firm partnership

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Kristin Lewis, AIA, to our leadership team as an Associate Principal. With a lifelong penchant for painting and drawing, Lewis says she knew she wanted to be an architect …

01.25.19
Katie Harms takes on Associate role at OPN

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie Harms, AIA, to Associate. A registered architect for more than a decade, Katie joined OPN’s Cedar Rapids studio after graduating from Iowa State University in 2003. In her tenure …

01.07.19
OPN Cedar Rapids Welcomes Three

We are thrilled to welcome three new members to the OPN family in our Cedar Rapids studio. Monica Bailey joins our Cedar Rapids studio as an Architect with a masters of architecture (2013) from Iowa State University. She …

11.02.18
Pop-up exhibit explores the meaning of home

Home. It haunts and eludes us. A definition of home that describes a physical place with four walls and a roof — like a house or an apartment — fails to capture the breadth and meaning of that tiny, …

10.30.18
OPN’s Cedar Rapids studio grows by three

Join us in welcoming Ishita Lalan, Jenna Jensen, and Kelly Slota. Ishita Lalan joins our Cedar Rapids studio as an architect with a bachelor of architecture degree (2015) from Vadodara Design Academy in Vadodara, India. She brings a …

09.19.18
Future architects invited to explore profession, process at OPN Architects Cedar Rapids

An architect spends at least four years in college followed by hundreds if not thousands more hours studying for a series of exams before they are granted licensure. Being an architect for a day, though, that’s a dream …

09.14.18
Three new creative strategists bring diverse talents to OPN’s marketing team

Creative Strategists Holly Pohlmeier (Des Moines), Danielle Miller (Cedar Rapids), and Danielle Reinhardt (Madison) have joined OPN Architects, each bringing a unique expertise and background to the role. With a bachelor of architecture and environmental studies from Iowa …