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11.22.23
Historic courthouse and fire station win Justice Facility Review awards
Polk County Historic Courthouse and Marion Fire Station 1 have been honored by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice with a 2023 Justice Facilities Review Award. The Justice Facilities Review documents best practices in ...
11.22.23
OPN Senior Project Architect Robert Wheat serves AIA Wisconsin as President

Rob Wheat’s service to AIA Wisconsin began with on the editorial advisor committee of the state magazine two decades ago. In a few months, he will wrap up his tenure as the organization’s president. As AIA Wisconsin President, …

10.24.23
New Faces for Fall

We have welcomed numerous new staff to the OPN family, all of which are extremely talented. Each person brings a different background, skills, and approach that will bolster any team.   Ashlee Boelter,¬†OPN Des Moines Where did you …

05.31.23
15 Interns Spend the Summer with OPN

We are excited to welcome this talented group to OPN for the summer. They offer us fresh perspectives and we will endeavor to repay them similarly. Welcome to OPN …   Hannah Newhouse Cedar Rapids Studio What school …

05.08.23
Malorie Hepner earns Young Architect Award

Congratulations, Malorie Hepner for being recognized with a Young Architect Award from the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin chapter! A project architect at OPN, Malorie is a leader in our Madison studio, in the Madison design community, and …

05.02.23
4 New Staff Added to OPN

We’re excited to have four new, talented professionals joining our studios in Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines. Each one of them brings a unique perspective and skills to our practice and culture. Welcome to the OPN family …

02.08.23
Seven promoted for commitment to each other, practice

Our 2023 promotions are a group of extraordinary professionals who have shown consistent growth in their career at OPN. All OPN employees embrace our responsibility to care for each other and our planet through extraordinary design and a …

12.09.22
Shannon Liggett earns ACHA certification

Experienced, Certified, Preferred OPN’s Healthcare Planner, Shannon Liggett, achieves American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) certification. ACHA provides board certification to architects who specialize in healthcare through a rigorous and thorough testing process, portfolio submission, and continuing education …

10.06.22
Retreat 2022: #OPNMPLS

Over OPN’s 40+ year history, as our firm has grown from 10 to 50 to more than 100, we have treasured our annual tradition of bringing staff from throughout the Midwest to a central location to connect, celebrate, …

09.08.22
Summer season brings new staff

This summer has brought so much light to the OPN studios between the sunshine and smiling new faces. We have added multiple new members to the OPN team the past few months in all 5 studios. Our newest …

06.16.22
OPN is proud to be a place of empathy and inclusivity

The built environment has a powerful effect on humanity. As architects, we have an obligation to not only advocate for equitable and inclusive environments but to actively participate in the resolution of systemic problems that are at the …