Kemet Coleman is a member of BNIM’s innovative marketing team, Spark. He describes himself as having an unwavering faith in the power of cities, and he is passionate about Kansas City in particular. As part of his passion, he founded the Phantoms of KC Social Club, a grass-roots organization focused on celebrating Kansas City. Kemet excels in graphic design, event facilitation, branding, and public speaking.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
As a client development coordinator for BNIM, Carly Erickson uses her exceptional writing skills and keen eye for detail to share BNIM’s story, whether it’s through assembling proposals or writing blog posts. Since joining BNIM, she has quickly adopted its core values into her everyday life and approaches each project with these values in mind.
Carly has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and minor in English from the University of Kansas.
When you first walk into BNIM’s Kansas City office, you’ll be greeted by Wendy Morrow-Mitchell. Wendy is an experienced administrative assistant and graphic designer. She has an Associate in Arts Degree in Advertising and Commercial Art from Florissant Valley Community College, and she studied art and design at Southern Illinois University.
Josh Harrold is a project architect in Kansas City. He is a registered architect with a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Drury University.
Prior to joining BNIM, Josh worked on a wide variety of project types that includes a LEED Platinum carbon neutral fire station in Dallas that is helping to establish future city project delivery requirements; work for Missouri State University; Stoutland Schools Addition & Renovation; and USGBC North Texas Green Building Resource Center.
Jeremy Nelson is an architectural graduate in BNIM’s Kansas City office. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Kansas with a Master of Architecture. While at KU, he had the opportunity to study abroad in France, and he also participated in the Kansas City Design Center. Prior to joining BNIM, he contributed to a variety of work including commercial, healthcare and hospitality projects.
Ashley Lawrence is an Architectural Graduate at BNIM. She is passionate about human-centered design, and she utilizes innovative design solutions to enhance the experience and abilities of people within a building. She is deeply engaged with her community, using her talents to create healthy environments and improve productivity. Ashley is also interested in building performance analysis — an approach that uses iterative tests, analysis and studies during the design phase to measure a building’s future environmental impact and performance.
Barrett Peterson is a recent graduate from Iowa State University. He also has a Bachelors in Community and Regional Planning from ISU. While at ISU, he worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant. Barrett works out of BNIM’s Des Moines office.
Tina Wehrman is an experience interior designer in BNIM’s Des Moines office. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the University of Northern Iowa. Her previous work includes several projects at the University of Iowa: the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, the Biomedical Research Support Facility, and the College of Public Health.
Daniel Siroky is an Architectural Technology Specialist in BNIM’s Kansas City office. In this role, Dan provides crucial desktop support, as well as produces architectural renderings. Dan graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor in Architecture. He also has a major in environmental studies and a minor in digital media, and he is a LEED Green Associate.
David Immenschuh’s understanding of interiors, as well as buildings, has led the firm in truly integrated solutions that serve user needs and comfort. His leadership in interior design changed the way architects select materials. The interiors group works with vendors and product representatives to educate them on sustainable design as it relates to interiors and FF&E. Under his direction, the interiors department collected information on materials in regards to off-gassing, recycled content, flexibility, longevity, economic benefit, all leading to healthier workplaces.
As the firm sets new standards in highly integrated design, Immenschuh has done in-depth exploration on moveable wall partition systems as they relate to the built environment. These studies included detailed questions of the manufacturers and plant visits to assist the team in selecting the best products possible for our client's goals.
David is an avid supporter of the fine arts community. He has helped several clients including H&R Block, CBIZ and Blue Cross Blue Shield to develop their art collections from well-known and emerging artists, locally and nationally.
Some of his most representative projects in space planning, programming and design include the School of Nursing and Student Community Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robert D. O'Byrne & Associates, Gateway 2000, the award-winning H&R Block World Headquarters, Universal Press Syndicate, Investors Fiduciary Trust Corporation (IFTC)/State Street, Citicorp Credit Services Buildings I & II, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Shook Hardy & Bacon law offices and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Expansion Project.
As BNIM’s Director of Design, Steve McDowell is an innovator, and his workplace is a laboratory for exploring ideas related to site, environment and technical investigation. He believes in a lively exchange of thoughts to stimulate exploration and sustain innovation. Steve maintains that good design is about people–their health, productivity and lifting the human spirit through design. His work is setting new standards in high performance design with projects such as The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY; Qualcomm Building AY in San Diego, CA; and the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Under his leadership, BNIM recieved the American Institute of Architects Firm Award in 2011.
Rod Kruse has built a reputation as one of the Central States Region’s strongest design talents. Rod’s body of work includes a diverse variety of project types for clients within both the private and public sectors. His portfolio includes a significant number of higher education clients and projects that include more than 110 projects and studies on 14 campuses. Well established as a leader in design, Rod’s work has been included in several traveling exhibitions, and he has lectured widely. Rod’s work and writings have also been featured in numerous national and regional periodicals including Architecture, Architectural Record, I.D. Magazine and Iowa Architect.
As Director of Practice for BNIM, Casey has furthered thought leadership within BNIM and the industry. A leader in his firm—and local and professional communities—his efforts have influenced the creation of new methodologies and industry tools that deliver solutions to address the challenges of the modern practice. Casey’s leadership has been widely celebrated and has led to many awards, including a Green Building Leadership Award presented at USGBC’s GreenBuild Conference.
Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. Highly regarded by fellow professionals, Bob focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work. In 2009, Bob received a Heinz Award from Theresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for his role in promoting green building design and for his commitment and action towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning. Among his contributions to his industry, Bob is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system.
Laura combines a rare blend of attributes that lends a spirit of collaboration and stewardship to her work. She enjoys the exploration and discovery of the unique characteristics of each project and is dedicated to pursuing the highest levels of sustainability to build truly thriving communities. Laura led the design team efforts on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, a prime example of a public/private partnership that features the first Living Machine™ in the State of Missouri, and she was project manager for the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, a LEED Platinum project. Her recent work includes one of the first Living Buildings in the world for the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and a net-zero community redevelopment in Montreal, Quebec.
Tom Nelson is a founding principal of BNIM. In this role and in his personal time, Tom has continuously been involved in civic affairs, particularly those affecting the physical shape of Kansas City. Tom’s commitment to his city is validated by the wide variety of professional and civic activities he has led among peers and urban planners. He was the founder of the AIA KC Chapter Urban Design Committee, the former Chairman of the Kansas City Plan Commission, and past Chairman of the Downtown Council Land Use Committee, the MARC Urban Core Growth Strategies Committee and the Chamber of Commerce Light Rail Committee. At a national level, in 2009 Tom completed a three-year term as regional director for the national chapter of the AIA. Throughout his career, Tom has been widely recognized and honored for his design skill and is regarded for his judgment in urban issues and urban design.
Doug Stevens leads challenging projects with unwavering enthusiasm for excellence and client service. An exceptional project manager, Doug ensures that he and his project teams follow through to the finest details of quality and organization. His extensive experience with projects of varying scopes and sizes--especially large, commercial, mixed-use and corporate projects--includes a commanding knowledge of development land planning, space planning, programming and design. Doug has played a key role on a number of award-winning projects at BNIM such as the IRS Kansas City Campus, Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center, Plaza Colonnade and H&R Block World Headquarters. Doug brings many advanced skills to the field of architecture, including pre-design planning, design development, project delivery and construction technology.
Craig Scranton directs BNIM’s Government practice area. As a project manager, he is particularly adept at working with complex design and management teams, which require special organizational attention and coordination. Having served as project manager for some of BNIM's most complex projects, he has developed an expertise in the design of office buildings and parking facilities. Craig recently competed the GSA’s Internal Revenue Service Kansas City Campus, a 1,000,000 sq. ft. facility on a 27-acres site in Kansas City’s urban core. He was part of the design team for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, where he was instrumental in developing a sustainability matrix. The Packard Matrix, as it became known, continues to help the architectural and construction industries understand how varied levels of sustainable design can impact the environment and business costs throughout the life of a building, beginning with initial construction.
Kevin Nordmeyer brings more than 20 years of highly relevant leadership and design experience to the profession. Prior to joining BNIM, Kevin served as director of the Iowa Energy Center, a research center at Iowa State University with a mission to conduct and sponsor research, education and demonstration projects focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Nordmeyer was the Founding Chair of the United States Green Building Council-Iowa Chapter and has served on several boards and commissions including the Iowa Environmental Council, AIA Iowa and the Iowa Commission on Energy Efficiency Standards and Practices. Kevin has also served as a lecturer in the College of Design at Iowa State University since 2003, where he focused on sustainable design education.
Matthew leads BNIM’s California presence from the firm's office in San Diego, CA. Matthew served as project architect for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Addition and Renovation. The building was named Time Magazine’s “Building of the Year” in 2007 along with receiving the national AIA Honor Award. Matthew recently performed a similar role on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. His involvement with large, complex projects has allowed him to hone his ability to understand and solve challenging project issues related to functional design, technical integration, long-range scheduling and project needs management. Additionally, his experience with smaller projects has shaped the way he responds effectively to budgetary and scheduling conditions. He is currently working on Qualcomm Building AY and AZ at Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus near San Diego, CA.
Greg Sheldon has a commanding knowledge of technical expertise and materials research that is highly respected and sought after. He is a curtain wall and glazing specialist due to his project expertise, which includes his role as Senior Project Architect on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Expansion and Renovation team. His meticulous method of preparation, technical expertise and boundless passion for the built environment contribute to his reputation as a respected and extremely proficient architect. In 2006, Greg was recognized as Architect of the Year by Kansas City's American Institute of Architects chapter.
Adam is a senior Project Architect and Project Manager with valuable experience in a wide range of services from design to construction documentation to construction administration. His strong skills on tenant finish projects have been exercised on a variety of building types within the public and private sectors, ranging from corporate offices and headquarters to schools. Recent projects include National Association of Insurance Commissioners Headquarters in Kansas City, MO; Kansas City Power & Light Headquarters in Kansas City, MO; and Qualcomm Pacific Center Campus Building AY and AZ in San Diego, CA.
Adam received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Arizona and his Masters of Architecture in Architectural Management from the University of Kansas.
Jan Duffendack, IIDA, is an Associate Principal at BNIM. She has participated in the programming, space planning and interior design of a broad range of projects, including hotels, law firms, conference centers, offices of all types, insurance companies and historic structures. She is an experienced and effective project manager as well as an integral project team member. Jan has a deep understanding of the dynamics of large and complex projects that involve multiple user groups and client participation.
Brian’s career spans over 25 years of professional experience in the field of architecture, during which he has served in a variety of project responsibilities. As a Project Architect, Brian has completed many award-winning projects at BNIM including, the 2011 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Buildings Award recipient Kiowa County Schools in Greensburg, Kansas; the Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center; and the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Brian’s experience in a wide range of project types gives him a deep understanding of the design considerations and complexities of designing high performance facilities.
Maria's role in the firm is focused on broadening BNIM’s exposure in key markets where the firm offers architectural design and planning services. She works to connect people with the value of architecture by exposing and promoting the firm’s key strengths as they align with goals for future growth. Maria is a 2000 Graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program.
John brings a wealth of professional architectural experience to his role as a Project Architect on many projects at BNIM. He has been responsible for all project aspects from programming and design to production and implementation and construction administration. His ability to analyze and resolve complex issues makes him an indispensable member of the team. He was a core team member for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO and most recently applied his considerable expertise to the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. John uses his leadership and ability to guide multiple design and construction disciplines to work together collaboratively and in unique ways. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.
Gretchen Holy, IIDA, brings more than 20 years of professional experience to her role as Co-Director of Design for Interiors. She leads the firm’s Interior Design work from BNIM’s office in Kansas City, MO. Under her direction, the firm's interiors group conducts important work focused on client and industry leadership in many areas including BNIM’s proprietary Vision-driven design process, defining the workplace of the future and creating vibrant environments that address sustainable design and human factors such as health, happiness and productivity — and the measurement the benefits related to these factors. She recently completed work on the much-anticipated Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which opened in August 2013.
Pilar Tromacek is an administrative assistant in BNIM's Des Moines office. In this role, Pilar supports many of the firm's day-to-day activities and keeps the Des Moines office running smoothly.
Pilar received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, majoring in Integrated Studio Arts and minoring in Design Studies/Business, from Iowa State University.
Carly Pumphrey is an Interior Architect with experience in a broad range of project types, including police facilities, cultural centers, corporate offices, churches and government facilities, to name a few. Carly contributes applied knowledge in LEED design for interior spaces, and her work has achieved various levels of LEED certification. Her list of projects includes the LEED Gold Kansas City Power & Light Headquarters; two high-performance new buildings at Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego; and the Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
Carly received her Masters of Arts in Interior Architect from Kansas State University.
With a formal architectural education, Branden Vissat serves as a Graphic Designer for BNIM. His understanding of design practices and tools combine with his graphic skill to support BNIM from a Client Development angle. Branden's work includes the design and promotion of BNIM's brand and collateral, supporting business development efforts, and working alongside project teams to design project deliverable documents.
Branden received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas in 2013.
Elvis Achelpohl is a design team member in BNIM's Kansas City office. Recent experience includes the Energy Technology Center at Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth, Texas, a project that is designed to exceed LEED Platinum and achieve net zero energy use; the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University; and Troxel Hall Auditorium at Iowa State University.
Elvis earned a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.
Samuel De Jong
Sam De Jong, AIA LEED AP BD+C, is a designer who pursues architectural design with rigor and close attention to detail. His particular interests focus on the interaction between people and their built environments. Backed by a strong understanding of construction, Sam believes that interdisciplinary design teams create an architecture that is of high quality and innovation. While at BNIM, he has played a key role on numerous projects, including leading the design effort on the mixed-used Rockhurst University Parking Garage, award-winning projects in Greensburg, Kansas, and Kansas City Power & Light Offices. His diverse experience further reinforces his dedication to the practice of architecture in a holistic manner to foster the progressive growth and change of the people and/or organizations envisioning and inhabiting the spaces.
Christina Hoxie is a member of BNIM's nationally recognized Planning and Landscape studio. Recently Christina has practiced the integration of design disciplines in projects such as the Eden Hall Campus Sustainability Plan for Chatham University; Campus Master Plans for Rockhurst University an the Kansas City Art Institute; the Greater Downtown Area Plan for Kansas City, Missouri; a Downtown Parking Plan for the City of Olathe, Kansas; and three Greening America’s Capitals projects through the EPA for various cities in the Midwest.
Christina received two Masters degrees from the University of Kansas, in Architecture and Urban Planning, and she recieved her BAchelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Houston.
Beena Ramaswami is a skilled Graphic Designer with a penchant for technology. In her role at BNIM, Beena designs, produces and manages the firm's brand and collateral, including project books and BNIM's website. She also assists project teams in the design of environmental graphics and project documents. Her experience at BNIM includes leading the design of the firm's website, bnim.com; several feature books including the formally published Flow and Power; environmental graphics for several BNIM building projects; and numerous project deliverable and fundraising documents.
Beena holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Anna University in Madras, India, and a Masters of Architecture from Kansas State University.
Adam Wiechman is a member of BNIM's nationally recognized Landscape and Planning studio. A proven self starter and valued team member, Adam contributes excellent problem solving and analytical design skills to his projects and the team. Adam has participated in a variety of higher education, parks, civic, and corporate campus projects. Recent projects include a two-building development for Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego; a high-performance parking and stormwater improvements project for Kansas City's Water Services Department headquarters; and the Westport Presbyterian Church, which was partially destroyed in a fire.
Adam received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University.
John Ambert is a design team member in BNIM's San Diego office. John specializes in the design & construction of high-performance, LEED Certified buildings using design-build, fast-track and bid-build delivery vehicles. Most recently, John has served as a key team member for a new two-building development for Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego.
John earned a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Sustainable Environments from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.
Vanessa Douthat is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's Kansas City office. Recently, Vanessa has been an integral team member for the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
Vanessa earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Kansas State University.
Elise Hubbard is a Landscape Architect in BNIM's innovative Planning and Landscape Studio. Elise’s interest in systems-based thinking design led her to BNIM, where she has collaborated on many urban design and planning projects including Kansas City’s Municipal Farm Sustainable Reuse Plan; Kansas City’s Grand Boulevard Streetscape Plan; Missouri State University's Garst Plaza; a Comprehensive Plan for Fargo, North Dakota; and a plan for the EPA-led Greening America’s Capitals program for Lincoln, Nebraska.
Elise received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.
Dev Malik serves as BNIM's Chief Operating Officer. As a member of BNIM’s Executive Committee, Dev oversees overarching firm management. His business acumen and architectural training play a key role in moving High Performance Integrated Design to higher levels at BNIM. He is particularly knowledgeable regarding information and design technology, in which capacity he establishes and implements information technology strategy to maintain BNIM's commitment to leadership and pioneering methods of empowering technology in sustainable design.
Dev studied architecture as an undergraduate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University Missouri – Kansas City Bloch School of Management.
Jonathan Ramsey is a licensed Architect and Associate in BNIM's Des Moines Office. Fully embedded in the State of Iowa's sustainable initiative, Jonathan leads projects with a goal of high-performing, integrated design. He has led a growing number of notable BNIM projects, including Troxel Hall Auditorium at Iowa State University; the new College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; a new single-family residence in Clive, Iowa; and an award-winning retreat in a bucolic setting in rural Iowa.
Jonathan received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University.
Matt has been responsible for project management of multiple projects, ranging from award-winning developer-driven medical office buildings and medical office complexes, to downtown mixed-use development, hotels, medical research facilities and institutional work. Located in BNIM's San Diego office, he has experience working with civic institutions, state entities and local universities. He is currently working on Qualcomm's Building AY and AZ at the Pacific Center Campus in San Diego and recently contributed to a feasibility study in his hometown of Durango, Colorado. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Arpit Balhara is an Urban Designer in the Landscape + Planning Studio at BNIM. Prior to joining the firm, he spent four years in New York City working at Ismael Leyva Architects. Arpit's projects include an expansion to the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri and Kansas City's Streetcar/Light Rail Expansion Plan.
Arpit has a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India and a Master of Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis.
Christianne Jordan is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's San Diego office. Most recently, Christianne has been an integral team member on a two-building development for Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus. The two buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Christianne earned her Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Digital Media Applications from Iowa State University.
Chad-Jamie Rigaud is a design team member in BNIM's San Diego office. Chad's strength is synthesizing ideas and vision into constructable solutions. Most recently, Chad has been an integral team member on a two-building development for Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus. The two buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Chad received a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor of Art / Art History from the University of Miami.
With a formal architectural education, Brandon Wlosinski serves as an Information Services Specialist at BNIM. His knowledge of architecture and deep understanding of technology combine in this role to support BNIM's presence as a cutting-edge national design firm. Brandon helps to support day-to-day technological needs at BNIM, but more importantly, he keeps his finger on the pulse of what is new and emerging in the arena of design technology.
Brandon received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2013.
Ishita Banerjee, AIA, is a design team member in BNIM's Kansas City office. Ishita's strengths lie in the construction documentation and construction administration processes, two areas that allow her to actively invest in her belief that every building should be both environmentally and socially responsible. Recently, Ishita has been an integral team member for the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. She has also been involved in the programming of a new Student Residence facility at Missouri State University and the redevelopment of Bancroft School in Kansas City, Missouri into an affordable housing and community center.
Ishita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Celina Echezarreta is a design team member in BNIM's San Diego office. Celina has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of buildings, from large and small-scale structures to intimate interior detail work, and many of the projects to which Celina has contributed have pursued and achieved various levels of LEED certification. Most recently, Celina has been a key team member for a two-building development on Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego.
Celina received her Bachelor & Master Degrees in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Jeremy Kahm is a Project Manager and Project Architect based in BNIM's Kansas City office. Jeremy's experience includes a key role on a variety of building types and project sizes, including both renovation and new construction. Recent projects include the renewal of Price Gilbert and Crosland Tower at Georgia Institute of Technology; Qualcomm's new AY Building in San Diego; and the addition and renovations of two dining centers at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Jeremy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.
Levi has a wide knowledge of materials research and fabrication processes, which feeds his obsession for excellence in craft and design. He carries this passion into his role as Project Manager. He is a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. Levi is currently working on the Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa. He has been involved in volunteer outreach projects, such as Iowa Flood Relief and Canstruction.
Paul Waters is an IS Systems Administrator at BNIM. To this role he brings extensive experience in systems administration, networks and technical support. Prior to joining BNIM, he was the IT Manager for Garsite, a global provider of aviation refueling equipment. His past work experience includes a broad range of industries including technology, education, and manufacturing.
Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Institute of Technology and a Masters of Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
Shelley Edie joined BNIM in 2000 as BNIM's Facilities Assistant. Shelley has a wide variety of responsibilities, including everything from general office administration to working with our clients providing space management services. Shelley is BNIM's "go-to" person for all things facilities related and keeps our office running smoothly.
Joe Keal is a Project Manager and Project Architect within BNIM's Kansas City office. Joe has been involved in a variety of project and client types in the institutional, civic and private sectors. His more significant projects include the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University; Sarofim Research Building at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston; Applebee's Restaurant Support Center in Lenexa, Kansas; and the LEED Platinum Kiowa County K-12 School in Greensburg, Kansas.
Since 2008, Joe has served as a part-time faculty member for the University of Kansas School of Architecture where he earned a Master and Bachelor of Architecture.
Thomas is a project leader for complex initiatives including comprehensive plans, corridor and area plans, development code and design guideline overhauls, and other projects. Shaped by a conviction that effective outreach and collaboration are essential to successful planning, Thomas's public outreach experience ranges from developing and implementing public participation programs, to facilitating staff and appointed committees, to developing partnerships between city government, public agencies, and private organizations. He has recently worked with the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Springfield, Massachusetts; the Oglala Lakota Tribe in South Dakota; and Fargo, North Dakota on comprehensive planning efforts. Thomas has a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas.
Kyle has architectural experience in various building types and phases of design across the country. A graduate of Kansas State University, Kyle was a part of the Kansas City Design Center, a collaborative studio of architects and planners that created an urban vision plan for the West Bottoms of Kansas City. He has lived, worked, or studied in both Germany and Japan, which has given him a breadth of experiences that he draws upon to inform his work.
Kyle is very active in the architecture community in Kansas City, being a part of the American Institute of Architects, Young Architects Forum, and USGBC Emerging Professionals. He was the lead communications and exhibit designer on Transform Kansas City, a collaboration between the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance and the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' Young Architects Forum showcasing how sustainable transportation can transform Kansas City.
Barb Cugno, IIDA AIA LEED AP, serves as a Project Architect and Interior Designer in BNIM's Kansas City office. Currently, Barb is a team member on the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Other projects have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Ogletree Deacons Law Office, and the School of Nursing and Student Community Center and Fayez S Sarofim Center for Research Building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a member of the AIA and IIDA and former chairman of the AIA Tours Committee.
Barb has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University.
Joshua Boehm is a Planner and Urban Designer in BNIM's Planning and Landscape studio. His training and experience in planning has stressed the design of the built environment and its social, economic, and environmental ramifications. Currently, Josh is contributing to the KCMO Streetcar Phase Two planning project. His involvement in the project has endowed him with a deep understanding of the project's vision from the varied perspectives of city staff, residents and business owners.
Joshua received his BA in Urban Planning & Design and Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Zach is an integral member of BNIM's planning team. He is a land use and economic development planner with a passion for creating prosperous and sustainable communities. His interest and experience is in economic development, where he has completed analysis and created recommendations for workforce diversity and employment trends. Zach's recent disaster recovery and comprehensive planning experience includes the Fargo Comprehensive Plan, the Nashville/Davidson County Long-term Recovery Plan, and the Greensburg, Kansas Sustainable Comprehensive Plan. Zach graduated with a master of urban planning from the University of Kansas. His student work received the New Horizons award from the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Paul Kempton is a licensed Architect in BNIM's Des Moines office. He is an integral team member on a growing number of notable BNIM projects, including an expansion to the Des Moines Community Playhouse and the Overland Park Downtown Parking Plan.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Sarah Murphy is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's Kansas City office. She is an integral team member on a growing number of notable BNIM projects, including the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University; the EPA Region 7 Headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas; and several highly sustainable projects at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.
Sarah earned a Masters of Architecture with distinction from the University of Kansas.
Kristin Atkinson serves as BNIM's Chief Financial Officer. To this role, she brings a deep financial knowledge and broad set of experiences along with amazing business acumen. Kristin's prior work experience includes serving as CFO for Cramer, a company that designs and distributes commercial furniture, CFO and Vice President of Development for Samson Dental Practice Management, CFO of Union Bank, and Vice President of Finance for Ferrell Capital. She also serves on the Finance Committee for The Women's Foundation.
Kristin has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Missouri Southern State University.
Philip's expertise encompasses sustainable regional and urban design principles and policies supporting green building, renewable energy, water conservation and climate impact reduction. He is currently working on Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus, and has pulled project permits ahead of schedule at every critical milestone. His work as Assistant Vice President of Architecture and Planning at CCDC included developing local, state and federal green building and energy policy. In more than 30 years of practice, he has developed expertise in urban design and planning for redevelopment, community master planning, firm management, project management, architectural design, computer drawing, specification writing and construction administration. Philip’s breadth of project experience encompasses a comprehensive range of projects. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nick Fratta is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's Kansas City office. He is an integral team member on a growing number of notable BNIM projects, including a two-building development on Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego; an expansion to the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri; and the reconstruction of Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City.
Nick earned a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas.
Jeremy Knoll is a Project Manager at BNIM with a deep passion for green building and social equity. His recent work includes the revitalization of Bancroft School in Kansas City, Missouri, into a neighborhood center with 50 affordable and LEED-H Platinum certified apartments, a health clinic, and neighborhood association offices. In addition to this work, Jeremy is energizing the development of the Laugh-O-Gram Studio (Walt Disney’s first animation studio) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jeremy serves as a volunteer leader nationally, regionally, and locally for both the US Green Building Council and the not-for-profit organization he co-founded, Historic Green. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Rachel has been with BNIM since 2006 and holds the position of Practice Management Administrator. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Her knowledge of the design process and practice at BNIM informs her diverse role, as she works alongside project teams and to support the day-to-day administrative needs of the firm.
Kara has served as a Project Architect and key team member for high-profile projects across a wide range of building and client types, and each experience has deepened her applied knowledge of building design and performance. Her experience has included an expansion to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., a new structured parking facility at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Lewis Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University, the Health and Wellness Center at Little Big Horn College, a new high-performance corporate headquarters and Restaurant Support Center for Applebee’s International, and a new headquarters facility for the EPA Region 7. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Vincent Gauthier's wealth of experience lies in leading development in the public and private sector. He is knowledgeable about how communities and municipalities function and cultivates deep interaction with clients to realize systems-based solutions and implementation success. He leads a well-established and collaborative group of BNIM planners who have worked on such projects as the Sustainable Comprehensive Plan for Greensburg; KS; Tuscaloosa Forward Generational Master Plan, Tuscaloosa, AL.; Rebuild Springfield, Tornado Rebuilding Master Plan & Strategy, Springfield, MA.; City of Fargo Comprehensive Plan, Fargo, ND; and many others.
Karen Krauskopf is a licensed Architect in BNIM's Kansas City office. She is an integral team member on a growing number of notable BNIM projects, including a two-building development on Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego and the EPA Region 7 Headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas.
Karen earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.
Carey Nagle is a Project Architect in BNIM's Des Moines office. He has emerged as a strong leader in the design and management of high performance and sustainable projects. Carey's broad range of project experience consists of several office buildings, higher education projects, theaters, and museums. Carey recently served as Project Architect for the LEED Platinum-rated Iowa Utilities Board / Office of Consumer Advocate Office facility for the State of Iowa. Other recent projects include the Psychology and Learning Center at the University of Iowa, and a new addition for Pioneer Hi-Bred's Innovation Center.
Carey received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
Danielle Buttacavoli is a design team member in BNIM's San Diego office. Danielle has extensive experience working collaboratively to bring high-quality design for high-performance facilities to life. Most recently, Danielle has been an integral team member on a two-building development for Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus. The two buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Danielle received a Master of Architecture from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale University.
Erin uses her architectural education to enhance her role as Director of Communications for BNIM. She currently leads the firm’s communications, public relations and social media outreach. In her career with BNIM, she has developed experience with graphic design, signage and branding projects that explore form, texture, detail and craft. Her passion for the power of words led her to graphic design, and ultimately communications, as an extension of her ongoing architectural studies and a companion to enrich the architectural experience. She has numerous book projects for the firm, including Power, about the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity and Nurture and Symbiosis, books that explore the design of two important projects at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Vladimir has more than 30 years of international experience as a practitioner and an educator. He brings to BNIM a critical and strategic perspective in developing urban design approach and working with design teams on generating and sustaining it. He has contributed to a variety of significant projects ranging from international urban design competitions such as Edmonton Airport Redevelopment, to urban development planning and design studies like View High Soccer Complex in Lee's Summit, MO and Chatham University Eden Hall Campus Master Plan, as well as numerous building designs. In addition to BNIM, Vladimir is the Director of the Kansas City Design Center, an academic urban design program that centers on building synergetic relations between professional and civic communities and academia.
Jeff Shaffer is a design team member in BNIM's Des Moines office. His experience in a variety of project types for both private and public clients has allowed him to work effectively within a complex team environment. Recent project experience includes a two-building development on Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego; a new Preschool and Psychology facility at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa; and a study for Dickenson Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
Janelle Kimsey is an administrative assistant for the Landscape and Planning studio in BNIM’s Kansas City office. She has a Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University. Previously, Jangle has worked at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, where she wrote grants for artist workshops, gave tours, and created after-school programs for kids. She has also volunteered for Project Change.
Catherine Callaway is a Project Architect in BNIM's Houston office. Catherine has worked on the design, technical documentation, and LEED certification of a number of institutional, corporate and educational facilities. Recent work has included a new Energy Technology Center for Tarrant County College District, which has goals of LEED Platinum and net zero energy; Westside Senior Education Center; the new Water Works Education Center; and the renovation of the International Coffee Building.
Catherine received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Davidson College and a Master of Architecture from The University of Houston. She is an active member of her professional community and has been a contributing member of the Gulf Coast Green Conference and the Rice Design Alliance.
Rohn Grothenhuis is an experienced Project Architect whose work spans a variety of project types and scales. His project experience includes the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center; Sea Life Aquarium, Crown Center; Christopher Elbow Chocolates; renovations to the Westin Hotel at Crown Center; Polsinelli Law Offices in Washington, DC, and Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Rohn has a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University, where he remains active on the professional advisory board. He also serves on the stream team with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and as a Boy Scout Troop Leader.
Marcia Krupich is the long-standing executive assistant to BNIM Principals Steve McDowell, Casey Cassias and Bob Berkebile. She also serves as the Director of the Administrative Studio and, along with her studio, is responsible for the day-to-day administrative needs of the firm. Her background in supporting architectural firms, along with her invaluable understanding of the inner workings of BNIM, keep things organized and running smoothly.
Hans Nettelblad directs BNIM’s Existing Building sector, which retools and repositions existing buildings to perform better and provide healthier environments for workers. Hans understands how key renovation strategies can help building owners and developers increase market positioning. In 2007, Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Hans to the Kansas Energy Council, an expert panel that encourages energy-related production, research and development, conservation and other energy-related economic development. His experience serving as project architect for ongoing projects at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in addition to leading several projects in the rebuilding of Greensburg, KS led to him being named The American Institute of Architects’ Kansas City Chapter “Architect of the Year” in 2008.
Emily Kruse is a member of the interiors studio in BNIM’s Kansas City office. She has a Masters in Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University. While at KSU, Emily a student mentor, a member of Women in Design, and on the staff of KSU’s Oz Journal. Her personal philosophy when it comes to thoughtful design emphasizes the role that psychology can play. Understanding what people do and feel on a daily basis allows her to create healthy, productive, and inspiring spaces.
Ryan Camp is a Project Architect in BNIM's Kansas City office. In this role, Ryan has served as an integral team member for many of BNIM's significant projects, including the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, two new, high-performance buildings at Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego, and several highly sustainable projects at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.
Ryan received his a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas.
Gunnar Hand is a Certified Planner and a member of BNIM's nationally recognized Planning and Landscape studio. Gunnar has applied experience in demographic and data analysis, community consensus building, public outreach, policy and design guideline development, city and regional planning best practices, and creating comprehensive plans of action. His most recent work at BNIM has focused on a citywide initiative to establish a Streetcar network in Kansas City, Missouri.
Gunnar received a Master of Science for City and Regional Planning as well as a Certificate in Physical Planning/Urban Design from Pratt Institute. He also earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.
Jason Kruse is a design team member in BNIM's Des Moines office. Jason's experience includes a collaborative background centered on sustainable design and technologies. Recent work includes a Campus Master plan for AIB College of Business; a new South Annex for Seamans Center for the Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa; and a new Psychology and Learning Center at the University of Iowa.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Architecture with Minors in Digital Media and Entrepreneurial Studies from Iowa State University.
Jon Sloan is a licensed Architect in BNIM's Des Moines office. To his projects, Jon brings experience leading and documenting complex projects with construction budgets in excess of $50 million. Jon's work includes a the new Art Building at the University of Iowa and the new Troxel Hall Auditorium at Iowa State University.
Jon has a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
Ruthie Harrison is an experienced Human Resources Manager whose prior work experience includes both non-profit and corporate organizations. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Management from Baker University. She serves on the Board for the RevoCup Foundation and is an active volunteer in refugee resettlement and immigration services in her local community.
Kayla has served as a building information model manager for multiple projects, creating and merging together complex models requiring extensive and continuous communication within the project team. As an innovator, she is continually looking for ways to improve the project process by integrating her strong working knowledge of existing and new design technology. Her passion for using design to create solutions using team collaboration is a natural fit for her role at BNIM. She has worked on the Psychology and Learning Center Study and the Visual Arts Building, both at the University of Iowa. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
Dana Sorensen is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's Des Moines office. In this role, he is committed to achieving design excellence through rigorous attention to detail. Dana's recent work includes the Art Building Replacement project at the University of Iowa; a private residence in Clive, Iowa; and a new Visual Arts building at South Dakota State University.
Dana earned a Bachelor of Architecture with Minors in Digital Media from Iowa State University.
Laura Chmielewski is an administrative assistant in BNIM's Kansas City office. Having graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Architecture, Laura brings her knowledge of how designers work and think to enhance the inner workings of the office. She utilizes her role of administrative assistant to support the marketing team and the administrative staff on various levels. She also enjoys the role of event planner and works with our hospitality group to keep provisions in line with BNIM's core values.
Erik Heitman is a Project Architect and Project Manager in BNIM's Kansas City office. Erik played a major role in the renovations and additions to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, making significant contributions toward the design and project management of the museum’s Adelaide Cobb-Ward Sculpture Hall, Sarah & Landon Rowland American Art Galleries, American Indian Art Galleries, and Susan B. and Mark A. Susz Galleries. In addition, Erik provided design support on the Bloch Building Addition and the Ford Learning Center. Other project experience includes Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri and Plaza Colonnade in Kansas City, Missouri.
Erik received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Alyssa Parsons is a Project Architect who has contributed to several high-profile projects at BNIM. Her portfolio includes significant contributions to the Qualcomm Pacific Center Campus AY and AZ buildings in San Diego; a Precinct Plan and new parking facility at Washington University; the production of several new high-performance buildings at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve; and the new EPA Region 7 Headquarters facility in Lenexa, Kansas.
Alyssa holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Kansas State University.
Jihee Chung is a member of BNIM's award-winning Planning and Landscape studio. Among other projects, Jihee has recently been a integral team member for the Spirit of 76 Complete Street Plan in Branson, Missouri; the South Cedar Creek Connectivity Plan in Olathe, Kansas; the East Precinct Campus Oval Design at Washington University in St. Louis; and the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jihee earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Yeungnam University in Korea.
Joshua has assisted in leading many community engagement and community charrette processes developing the vision and realizing specific values related to the integrated design process. He is adept with 3D visualization techniques to support design efforts and for utilization in vision and fundraising documents. He played a key role in numerous early stage master planning and conceptual design projects, including the University of Kansas NIST Construction Grant, which received a $12.3 million dollar federal grant. He served as a design team member for the award-winning Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity in Kansas City, MO. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
New verbiage could be found in the other document to replace this: Kristin is an experienced Project Architect with flexible skills which make her a valable team resource to project teams at BNIM. She was a core member of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art team, where she generated construction documents for the building’s public spaces and led intense coordination efforts with a multitude of engineers for the nearly 50,000 square feet of new gallery space in the Bloch Building. She was the Project Architect for the Kansas City Power & Light Headquarters, a 200,000 square foot project pursuing LEED Gold certification. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and is a registered architect in the state of Missouri.
James Pfeiffer is a Project Architect and Designer in BNIM's Kansas City office. James' background includes significant roles in architectural design, concept development, and construction documentation and administration. His experience spans a variety of building types including convention centers, outdoor plazas, office towers and parking facilities, including award-winning buildings like the Lewis and Clark State Office Building in Jefferson City, MO; a new LEED Platinum City Hall in Greensburg, Kansas; a new two-building development on Qualcomm's Pacific Center Campus in San Diego; and the WIN-GEM building at UCLA.
James recieved a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Phaedra is a licensed architect and an associate at BNIM Architects. She has a Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University. Her experience as a consultant for LEED compliance and policy implementation, materials selection and specification, sustainable building and infrastructure design is an extention of her belief in a holistic view of sustainability. She has worked on many of BNIM's most sustainable projects including the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Sustainability Matrix and Report in Los Altos; the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, in Jefferson City; The Kansas City Regional By-Product Synergy Initiative. Most recently she is working with the USGBC to develop a conceptual tool called REGEN, intended to help designers and community leaders who are working with an regenerative approach to design and planning.
Emily Thompson is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's Kansas City office. In this role, Emily supports project teams through each phase of the design process. Most r ecently, Emily has been a integral team member for the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
Emily earned a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky.
Laura Pastine, AIA LEED AP, is a Senior Design Architect with 17 years of experience in architecture and sustainability focused on developing projects of high design excellence benefiting both built and unbuilt environments. With a dedication to community architecture, institutions, creative workplaces and cultural projects, Laura is devoted to crafting memorable spaces in the public realm. Laura’s expertise in experience-based design has expanded her practice into arts spaces and exhibition design, most recently completing the Nelson-Atkin’s Museum of Art’s Plains Indians – Artists of Earth and Sky feature exhibition.
Before re-joining BNIM, Laura founded an architectural practice that used contemporary design and constructed solutions for small businesses and non-profits, balancing budget and client needs to deliver high-impact spaces through a discovery-based design and lean production process. In the past, she has served as a team member for the Kiowa County Schools project, the Greensburg Business Incubator and the Egyptian Gallery at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
Laura has a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
Sarah has worked on a wide variety of project types with a diverse range of clients including governmental, corporate, institutional, retail and residential. She focuses primarily on specification writing and brings to each project a vast knowledge of materials and systems. Many of her projects focus on integrating sustainable design including multiple building designed to achieve Living Building Status. Sarah has played a key role in developing BNIM's "green" master specification and has consulted on a number of projects assisting other firms to provide LEED specifications.
Emily Lucas is an Urban Planner with a passion for developing integrated systems and environmental solutions. Her prior experience as a Policy and Planning Associate for KC Healthy Kids, a Manager with Bridging the Gap and a Market Manager for the Lawrence Farmers Market compliment her Urban Planning experience.
She has a Master of Urban Environmental Planning from the University of Kansas as well as Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kansas State University. She is active in the Heartland Conservation Alliance and the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition.
Jim is Director of Landscape Architecture services for BNIM. A land use planner and landscape architect, he is a versatile leader with project responsibilities ranging from site programming and analysis to master planning, from needs assessment to site design, construction documents and construction administration. His expertise in stormwater management, best management practice (BMP) design and urban planning as well as in the design of environmentally sensitive landscapes led to BNIM receiving a grant from the U.S. Green Building Council to study BMPs for on-site stormwater management.
Aaron Ross is a Landscape Architect and serves as the Director of Design for Landscape Architecture at BNIM. Aaron is committed to the idea that all good design solutions are rooted in sustainable ideas. His interest in sustainable design and urban redevelopment projects initially led him to BNIM, where he has collaborated on many urban design projects including EPA Greening America’s Capitals - Jefferson City, MO, Greater Downtown Area Plan for Kansas City, MO; Make It Right Eco-Playground in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward; and Applebee’s International Support Center.
Aaron holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the College of Architecture Planning and Design at Kansas State University.
Elif Tinney serves as Co-Director of Design for Interiors. She is leading the firm’s interiors work on projects such as Qualcomm’s Pacific Center Campus from BNIM’s office in San Diego, CA. Elif believes that carrying the vision of the client through all the stages of design is critical and that a successful design solution is defined by the integration of sustainable concepts with cost effective and beautiful design solutions. Elif recently led BNIM’s collaboration with the American Institute of Architects and Hanley Wood on a project that defined the office of the future, which became known as the “Open Source Office.” The concept was featured at the 2012 AIA National Convention.