Lutheran Church of Hope – Ankeny is a place of visual and spiritual sanctuary within a rapidly expanding community. The pure white form contrasts the earth tones of the residential and mixed-use context. Inside, a gathering wall serves as an organizing element which grows from the chapel and increases in porosity to provide views to and from the worship environment.
Shawn is a Principal and the Director of BNIM’s Los Angeles office. He is a recognized design and thought leader known for cultivating a “culture of curiosity and collaboration” with his clients and teams. As a member of BNIM’s Executive Committee, his firm wide responsibilities include accelerating design thinking, driving business performance and promoting transformative ideas across multiple offices.
As a recognized design leader, Shawn is responsible for establishing the design direction on projects within the Los Angeles office using a design ethos that ties research and disruptive ideas to design performance and large-scale, positive change for clients of all types.
His diverse experience, which includes work for technology, creative workplace, education, and mixed-use clients, as well as ongoing academic partnerships with many of the industry’s most notable institutions, has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and featured in numerous publications and design journals.
Through a community-based and data-driven process, the City of Kansas City, Missouri and its project team, led by BNIM, are developing a plan for the expansion of the Downtown Streetcar Starter Line into a citywide network that creates new connections between people and places and catalyzes the revitalization of our neighborhoods. Streetcars do more than simply improve mobility. Streetcars are about fueling economic growth. By promoting development, raising property values, attracting businesses and residents, and helping to redefine our city, streetcars benefit everyone. Streetcars function as an urban amenity that increases vitality, commerce and activity along the corridor route(s). Support for the streetcar is an investment with demonstrated returns for residents, businesses, property owners, neighborhoods and the entire region.
Sometimes the universe conspires to present a course of action that is so obviously synergistic that it cannot be ignored. BNIM’s engagement with Human-Centered Design is one such occurrence. Synergistic because it ultimately led to the opening of a Youth Enrichment Center in one of Des Moines most underserved