University of Minnesota

It’s about chemistry.

We understand that selecting an architect is really about finding that team that is the right fit. We believe every great vision must embody our partner and client’s aspirations. The best way to do this is through collaborative dialogue. We seek diversity in our partners, clients, and projects because we believe passionately that success lies in bringing people and perspectives together. A truly successful project is not only one  that is beautifully designed and exceeds our clients expectations, it is one where a lasting relationship is fostered and forged.

We look forward to meeting you soon.


ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL                                                           ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

  • Higher education expertise
    Partners with higher education clients throughout the Midwest since 1979
  • Design Excellence
    70+ Design Awards
  • A plan for your future
    Master plans are roadmaps that help campuses anticipate and respond to constantly evolving needs.
  • Our Studio

Working with us

What you can expect from us

  • an ego-free & respectful, collaborative spirit

  • a mutually beneficial and successful partnership

  • local expertise with boots on the ground

Your team of experts

Tate Walker Associate Principal
OPN Minneapolis
Associate Principal/Minneapolis Studio Lead
Kristin Lewis Principal
OPN Des Moines
Associate Principal/Higher Education Market Lead

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

For more than 125 years, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has led the way in educating pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. The college is well known for its high-quality pharmacy education, advanced practice models, patient care, drug discovery, product development, and contract manufacturing. With a new, state-of-the-art building, Iowa pharmacy can continue to deliver a contemporary pharmacy education and prepare its graduates to be the health care leaders and scientists of the future. The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy’s new, state-of-the-art building is a space commensurate to the college’s world-class contemporary pharmacy education that prepares its graduates to be the health care leaders and scientists of the future.

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Our Work

Our Portfolio

What we're saying

What our clients are saying

The vision and execution of these successful projects is due in large part to the OPN team. They listened, they developed innovative solutions, and they participated in every aspect of the meetings in order to achieve the successful outcomes. They were a true partner with the Tippie College of Business. They helped us realize new and innovative spaces for our students to work and relax in. Some of the comments students have made about the spaces are: "excellent", "vibrant", "very useful", and "awesome". Jim Chaffee, Assistant Dean, University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Get in touch

Kristin Lewis, Principal-in-Charge