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.
The University of Iowa Visual Arts Building will replace the School of Art and Art History functions that were housed in the 1930's Art Building, which experienced significant flood damage in 2008. The facility will provide studio space for ceramics, sculpture, metals, photography, print making, and 3D multimedia. It will also include space for graduate student studios, faculty and staff studios and offices, and gallery space. The design team is currently contemplating sustainable design strategies including daylighting, natural ventilation, thermal mass storage, a geothermal well system, earth tubes and numerous other concepts. BNIM is working with Design Architect Steven Holl Architects.
On the first Saturday in December in the year 2000, I was unpacking boxes in our then-new offices in the Power and Light Building when the phone rang. It was John O’Brien, artist and gallery owner, demanding that I stop what I was doing and walk down to his gallery at 19th and Baltimore. I knew John as a neighborhood leader when our firm was