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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 ...
08.21.20
COVID-19 is changing workplaces. Will the shift be permanent?

In March 2020, in what felt like an instant, many of us experienced a dramatic shift in how and where we work. With little time to plan, companies suddenly had their entire work force working remotely – many …

05.21.20
Waunakee Public Library honored by IIDA Wisconsin

Waunakee Public Library received an Award of Excellence from the IIDA Wisconsin chapter in a virtual Celebrate in Design event on May 14. Winning projects are deemed to have successfully addressed design challenges and responded to client needs, demonstrated …

05.13.20
Tour the world, virtually

As designers, we look to both the built and natural environment for inspiration. During a season of limited travel and exploration, here are a few of our favorite virtual tours of some of the world’s architectural and natural …

05.05.20
Madison Fire Station No. 14 Awarded AIA Wisconsin Merit Award

We are honored to announce that the Madison Fire Station No. 14 has received a 2020 AIA Wisconsin Design Merit Award from AIA Wisconsin. As a public building in a transitional urban neighborhood, the goal for the new fire station …

05.05.20
A Grand Slam for OPN at AIA Iowa’s 2020 People’s Choice Award

We are excited to announce that OPN swept AIA Iowa’s 2020 People’s Choice Award, which celebrates the role people play in architecture by allowing the public to reward the designs they love by voting. 1st Place- Lester Buresh …

02.20.20
Design for exploration’s sake at OPN Masterclass at Iowa State University

During this year’s OPN Masterclass at Iowa State University, 50 architecture students began their spring semester with a week of intensive workshops led by Cooper Union’s New York-based  architect, writer and educator David Gersten and co-collaborator at Arts Letters & …

12.12.19
Hancher: Celebrating collaborations

Three years after its grand and much anticipated opening, Hancher at the University of Iowa is still wowing audiences and award jurors. Hancher — designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with OPN Architects — was awarded Project …

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. …

11.25.19
Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building opens in Cedar Rapids

The opening of the Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building, home to both the Linn County Public Health and Linn County Child and Youth Development Services and name for two pillars of the community — Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris, was officially celebrated on …

11.22.19
Virtual reality brings 21st learning environments to educators

Educators know a  learning environment designed for the ever evolving needs of students isn’t about a magical number of square feet or incorporating the latest technological trend. Rather, it is about designing spaces conducive to today’s learning. Rows of …