Ken Hagen is a project architect at OPN who graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. His career has focused on learning environments for both higher education and PreK-12 clients, including the recently completed Schindler Education Center at the University of Northern Iowa as well as projects for Des Moines Public Schools and many others in the Kansas City metro area. A Waukee resident, he is on the Schools Foundation Board.
Q: What inspires your work?
A: Everything! Empathy for those you are creating for, the space or site which the project will be located, the sun angle, weather…Anything and everything should influence design. It is one of the things that makes design so unique, subjective, and special.
Q: What is one way you’d like architecture or design evolve?
A: To see the public see the true benefit of great design. So many times architects are thought of as a luxury. We provide such an in depth look at systems, programming…everything is so critical.