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10.01.20
Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center earns AIA Honor Award
For the first time our firm’s history, OPN Architects is celebrating an AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Award.   Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center Excellence in Design | Honor “Very clever and beautifully composed; not an easy ...
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 …

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 …

04.07.20
Public opinion rules in the 2020 People’s Choice Award

Each year during the Architecture Month, the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter celebrates the role the public plays in architecture by allowing you to reward the designs you love by voting in the annual People’s Choice Award. This …

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 …

03.26.20
3 OPN projects honored by Masonry Institute of Iowa

On March 9, the Masonry Institute of Iowa (MII) recognized eight architectural projects in Iowa as this year’s recipients of MII’s Appreciation Award.  These designs were recognized because of their use of masonry. Three OPN projects – Skogman …

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 …

03.13.20
New Pinney Library branch features many firsts for Madison Public Library system

After years of dreaming, planning, fundraising, and construction, Madison Public Library finally celebrated the opening of the new Pinney Library branch on March 11. The opening is much needed and highly anticipated. In recent years, usage of the …

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 …

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 & …