BNIM Hires Shawn Gehle, Starts Los Angeles Office

Kansas City, Mo. and Los Angeles, Calif. – September 8, 2015 – BNIM has hired Shawn Gehle as a Principal and member of the firm’s Executive Committee governing body. As a nationally recognized design and thought leader, his hire demonstrates the multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm’s commitment to establishing a significant presence in the global city of Los Angeles.

Shawn was formerly with BNIM from 1999-2005 before moving to Los Angeles to join the studio of renowned workplace innovator Clive Wilkinson. Shawn later joined Gensler, the world’s largest architecture firm, where his architecture experience and academic partnerships led him to be named a Design Principal. Over almost a decade, his leadership was key to establishing the “culture of curiosity” within the most prominent office of the global practice. He directed a studio concentrated on research-led design and delivery, which was viewed by the industry as a source for disruptive ideas and innovation tied to performance and large-scale change.

“My alignment with BNIM is an opportunity to bring added perspective and leadership to the practice while continuing to deliver innovative creative workplace, higher education, and mixed-use projects that are only possible through relentless curiosity and insightful research,” says Gehle. “BNIM is a design-led, client-focused practice with a reputation for impactful design, impeccable delivery and setting the industry benchmark for high performance buildings and sustainability. The combination of BNIM’s authentic values and technical consistency coupled with my reputation for design and catalytic change is an exciting collision.”

Though he will operate in Los Angeles, Shawn will hold a critical role on the firm’s Executive Committee governing body, which strengthens the link between design, business performance and transformative solutions for clients and the practice across multiple offices.

“BNIM is committed to making great strides in design excellence through high performance integrated design. Shawn’s hire specifically addresses our desire to expand the definition of design and planning to bolster our creativity, research, technical expertise, client management, performance metrics and project delivery,” says CEO and Director of Design, Steve McDowell. “I look forward to working closely with Shawn as we build the firm’s leadership in design, strategy and business intelligence.”

Shawn’s most representative projects in Los Angeles include a new building for the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University; The PROJECT at The REEF, a development just south of downtown Los Angeles; Santa Monica College’s new Health Physical Education, Fitness & Dance Building; PLAYMAKER School at New Roads School; and the 54-story Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at LA LIVE!, for which he was part of the design team. His recent research on the Office Building of the Future, the Future of Work and Work in the City have been recognized by industry leaders for insights on how creative, technological and demographic trends will foster urban growth and spark global innovation.

BNIM’s recent projects in Los Angeles include the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN) and Green Engineering and Metrology (GEM) building (Phase I), with Moore Ruble Yudell, on the UCLA campus; and a project for the Southern California Associate of Governments (SCAG), with AECOM and URS, to transform the City of Hawthorne's Dominguez Channel from stormwater infrastructure to urban open space and an active transportation amenity. 

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About BNIM
BNIM is one of the most important design firms working to redefine practice and building performance in architecture today. As early pioneers of sustainability in the building industry, BNIM continues to shape the national and global design conversation on design excellence and delivering transformational results for clients. The firm received the 2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award for their work. Established in 1970, the firm has emerged as a leading resource for out-of-the-box methodologies, innovative technologies and cutting-edge research in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape, education and workplace design. The firm has offices in Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and Des Moines, Iowa; and is incubating offices in Washington, DC; Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; and Madison, Wis. For more information visit