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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 ...
06.12.20
OPN welcomes 8 students to studios for summer internships

OPN proudly welcomes summer interns to each of our studios every summer because we firmly believe in the importance of growing and fostering the next generation of architects. We grow and learn from these emerging professionals as much …

05.27.20
Congratulations to our Learning Space Design Contest for Kids Winners

In April, we built a Future Architect’s Portal and launched the Learning Space Design Contest for Kids to think creatively about learning spaces while they’re attending school virtually.We asked them: Since we can’t be in school right now we’re …

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 …

03.06.20
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 …

01.28.20
Six start 2020 with new titles

As the new year begins, we’d like to take a moment to recognize our team’s hard work and commitment to excellence. Today we celebrate six team members in particular on their recent well-deserved promotions. Brian Lindgren – Senior …

01.21.20
New year brings three new faces to OPN

A new year brings three new team members to our OPN studios. Nick Culver joins our Cedar Rapids studio as an IT Specialist. He is an alumnus of Iowa State University with IT experience ranging from Apple, Inc …

01.21.20
Advocacy, service define Hermann’s term as AIA Iowa board president

At OPN, we believe that architects should use their talents and training to contribute in meaningful ways to the betterment of their communities. As a firm, we donate time, talent, and money to many organizations. Central to this …

01.14.20
Vicki Hyland promoted to Associate

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Vicki Hyland, ALEP, LEED AP, to Associate. An educator by nature, an engineer by nurture, and engager by all accounts, Vicki has been a member of OPN Architects’ education team …

01.10.20
A fond farewell to Craig Novak

After 34 years and many more memories Craig Novak, AIA, LEED AP retired from OPN on Dec. 20. A 1977 graduate of Iowa State University, Craig joined OPN in 1986. He remembers knowing he wanted to be an …

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. …