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Nadav Bittan received a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University. While at KSU, Nadav was a mentor and college ambassador. Since joining BNIM, Nadav has been an integral team member for a renovation and expansion at Seaton Hall at his alma mater and has assisted on the Price Gilbert - Crosland Tower Renewal at Georgia Institute of Technology. Nadav has experience working on projects for all scales, cultures, and climates.
Lindsay Green is a driven design professional in BNIM’s Los Angeles office. She possesses the ability to think critically and act with agility to deliver award-winning, transformative solutions for her clients.
In her 15 years of experience she has actively participated on all phases of projects, across multiple client industries, and across all scales of projects from 300,000 square-foot corporate campuses to small branding engagements.
Lindsay received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
As the Client Development Manager for BNIM, Carly Erickson uses her passion for writing and keen eye for detail to share the myriad facets of BNIM’s story. Since joining BNIM, Carly has quickly adopted its core values and approaches each project with these values in mind, whether it is assembling proposals or writing blog posts.
Carly has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and minor in English from the University of Kansas.
Kyle Goebel is a landscape architect and member of BNIM’s award-winning Planning and Landscape studio, where he brings integrated, comprehensive design solutions to each project. Kyle’s focus is making certain that site systems work together to create beautiful, productive landscapes, with an emphasis on each project site’s water story.
His recent urban design and site planning work includes the design for the Maintenance and Operations Building at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, and the Keeler Court Affordable Housing Project in San Diego, California. Locally, he recently assisted on the Paragon Star Mixed Use Soccer Complex in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Kyle is a Professional Landscape Architect in the state of Missouri, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) member, and a LEED-Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Clemson University.
As a recent graduate, Michael has spent his first year at BNIM developing valuable skills from architectural graphics and representation to construction documentation working on the Research Library of the 21st Century at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A deep passion for the aesthetics and philosophy of architecture has led him to a human-centered exploration of materials, light, construction, and technology including biofeedback equipment and parametric modeling software. Currently, Michael is working on a renovation and expansion at Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
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.
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Tina Wehrman is an experienced 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.
Allison Pericich is an Architectural Graduate in BNIM’s Kansas City office. During her time at the University of Kansas earning a Master of Architecture, Allison studied in Germany and interned in France; she also worked on transit-oriented and education projects. She is focused on the intersection of architecture, transportation, landscape, and infrastructure and is passionate about design’s ability to support health and enhance daily life.
James Baker supports BNIM’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning studio, along with various other projects, as an Administrative Assistant. A graduate of the University of Kansas’s African American Studies program, James is interested in the effect of urban planning, development, architecture and design on immigrant communities and communities of color. He is also interested in the integration of research into BNIM’s practice. James previously worked with the Shawnee Mission School District as a Spanish interpreter and with the Kansas City Public Library as a research and writing intern.
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.
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; the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, CA; and the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Under his leadership, BNIM received the American Institute of Architects Firm Award in 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has also served 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. In 2016, Kristin was recognized as a CFO of the Year honoree by the Kansas City Business Journal.
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.
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.
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 25 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.
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.
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 the Pacific Center Campus Development 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.
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 has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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.
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 Maffry, Principal and Chief Business Development Officer, is responsible for business development, strategic planning, and business oversight at BNIM, and she serves on the firm's Executive Committee governing body. In part due to Maria’s guidance, BNIM has established a reputation for design excellence, sustainable practices, and thought leadership while becoming an international practice. She is a visionary leader who leads from her core personal values and sees no limit to what is possible. Throughout her career, Maria has advocated for the next generation of leaders by inspiring them to actively participate and contribute their talents.
Maria is a 2000 Graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program and was named to the 2015 class of the Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.
Samuel De Jong
Sam De Jong, AIA LEED AP BD+C, is a project architect who pursues design with a deep level of care and rigor. His passion of design for social impact is coupled with the belief that interdisciplinary teams create architecture of high quality and innovation. While at BNIM, he has played a significant role in the design, documentation, and implementation of numerous projects, including the award-winning Rockhurst University Parking Garage; the revitalization of Bancroft School; a new Patient-Centered Care Learning Center at the University of Missouri School of Medicine; numerous high-performance projects with the Boy Scouts at the Summit Bechtel Reserve; and the reconstruction of Westport Presbyterian Church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celina received her Bachelor & Master Degrees in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Karen Krauskopf is a licensed architect in BNIM's Kansas City office, focusing on impactful design and the human experience. She is an integral team member on a growing number of notable BNIM projects, including a two-building development on the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego and the EPA Region 7 Headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas.
Karen earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.
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.
Phaedra is an architect, built environmentalist, and associate at BNIM. She co-founded the division of BNIM that for fifteen years helped focus the firm’s work in sustainability and regenerative design and development. With over 20 years of experience in architecture and the sustainable design movement, she has collaborated on many of the firm’s noteworthy high performance projects. She manages the firm’s AIA 2030 Commitment, Carbon Neutral Initiative, and directed the firm’s partnership with Biomimicry 3.8. She creates opportunities to incorporate biomimicry and regenerative design and development processes into BNIM’s work.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Feldmann offers 15 years of experience leading complex projects, having successfully directed and managed complex phased projects for a number of public and private sector clients. Tom works closely with the design needs of his clients and continues an interactive relationship throughout the duration of the project. He understands that the architect / client partnership is the most important facet of the development process. Prior to joining BNIM, Tom managed the nearly $40 million, multiple phased University of Iowa Dental Science Building project. He became a respected and sought-after project leader for the University of Iowa and other clients throughout the Midwest.
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.
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.
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 the Pacific Center Campus in San Diego; and the WIN-GEM building at UCLA.
James received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
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.
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.
Rohn Grotenhuis has more than 23 years of experience as an architect, during which he has touched all aspects of the profession — from design and project management, to contracts and staffing. Throughout his career, Rohn has won numerous awards as a designer. His work spans a variety of project types and scales, on all of which he maintains a focus on nurturing client relationships.
Rohn is an integral member of the team working on the renewal and transformation of two library facilities on Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus. Prior to joining BNIM, his project experience includes the Sea Life Aquarium at Crown Center; Christopher Elbow Chocolates; Outfield Buildings and the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, both at Kauffman Stadium; St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium Suites and Club Spaces; the International Student Center at Kansas State University; Congregation Beth Torah; and JA Rodgers Academy of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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 was recently appointed as a committee member of the Heritage Commission in Independence, Missouri.
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 the Pacific Center Campus Development 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following her studies at Kansas State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture in 1993, Janell Rock launched her interior architectural and design career in Kansas City. Over the past 22 years, she has played an integral role in a wide variety of highly successful projects, including the Sprint Center in Kansas City and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Her strong desire to pursue the beautiful and seamless integration of architecture and interior design, along with her client-centered approach, fuels her enthusiasm for every project, regardless of project type.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philip's expertise encompasses sustainable regional and urban design principles and policies supporting green building, renewable energy, water conservation and climate impact reduction. 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.
Gretchen Holy, IIDA, brings more than 20 years of professional experience and is an Associate Principal at BNIM. 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.
Danielle Buttacavoli is an urban planner and design team member in BNIM's San Diego office. Danielle has extensive experience working collaboratively to bring high-performance communities and facilities to life. Most recently, Danielle has been an integral team member on the Block D Makers Quarter project, and the LEED Gold Pacific Center Campus Development. As a certified AICP, Danielle is also involved with the Pacific Beach EcoDistrict and assisted Civic San Diego with community outreach efforts.
Danielle received a Master of Architecture from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale University.
Christina Hoxie is a member of BNIM’s nationally recognized planning and landscape studio. With a diverse background in interiors, architecture, and planning, Christina looks for opportunities to integrate design disciplines and work closely with the people of each community to determine policy, programs, and designs that will help to achieve their aspirations for a more resilient future. Her recent projects include Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Development on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; Flint Hills Frontiers, an ecoregional plan for 19 counties in Kansas; campus plans for the Kansas City Art Institute and Chatham University’s Eden Hall; Marlborough Community Coalition Catalyst Plan; Transit Oriented Development Policy for Kansas City; Southern Indiana Regional Development Plan; and three EPA Greening America’s Capitals projects in the Midwest.
Christina received two Masters degrees from the University of Kansas, in both Architecture and Urban Planning, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Houston.
Josh Harrold 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; USGBC North Texas Green Building Resource Center; and the AIA National award-winning Exeter Schools.
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 the Pacific Center Campus Development 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.
Elise Hubbard pursues design that nurtures the human spirit and cultivates thriving communities. Elise is inspired by the beauty and brilliance of natural systems, and loves exploring how nature can integrate and inform sustainable architecture. Her recent urban design and planning work includes the design and construction of Westport Presbyterian Church, site improvements at Kansas City's Water Services Department headquarters, and visioning for the Marlborough Catalyst Plan.
Elise is a registered Landscape Architect and Green Roof Professional. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.
Sarah Murphy is a Graduate Architect in BNIM's Washington D.C. 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.
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 the Pacific Center Campus. The two buildings achieved LEED Gold certification.
Christianne earned her Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Digital Media Applications from Iowa State University.
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.
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 the Pacific Center Campus Development 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.
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 was 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.
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; the Pacific Center Campus Development 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.
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. In 2016, Carey was received the AIA National Young Architect award.
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.
Joe Keal is an Associate Principal at BNIM's Kansas City office. He 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.
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.
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 the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego; a high-performance parking and stormwater improvements project for Kansas City's Water Services Department headquarters; and the Westport Presbyterian Church, part of which was previously destroyed in a fire.
Adam received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Pacific Center Campus. The two buildings achieved LEED Gold certification.
Chad received a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor of Art / Art History from the University of Miami.
Lana Zoet is an Architectural Graduate in BNIM's Des Moines office. With a Master of Architecture and BA in Interior Design, Lana seeks to thoroughly understand the user and translate their needs designed spaces which foster performance and provide inspiration. She has been involved in various organizations and recognized for excellence in service, studies, and teaching. Lana’s professional experience includes an array of projects with focus in sustainability, higher education and human-centered environments. Lana is passionate about using her work to improve the lives of people and the condition of our planet.
Dan Brown is a Graduate Architect at BNIM. He has a passion for urban architecture and its role within sustainable urban ecology. He uses an iterative design process to enhance the complex relationships between the human and urban scales. Dan is also focused on building performance analysis — a process that uses conceptual studies to test and analyze a building’s design, performance and future environmental impacts.
Dan is a distinguished graduate from the University of Kansas, where he received his Master’s degree in Architecture, while acting as a student mentor and graduate teaching assistant. Dan has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas, as well as Under Graduate degrees in Communication and Sociology from the University of San Diego.
His most recent work includes Price Gilbert – Crosland Tower Renewal for the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as the Patient – Centered Care Learning Center at the University of Missouri.
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 recently, Emily has worked on projects for Georgia Tech University and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is currently assisting in construction administration for the University of Missouri.
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.
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.
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, Janelle 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.
Kelly is a graphic designer from Seattle who moved to Kansas City with her husband Cal and dog Henry in the fall of 2014. A passion for editorial design led Kelly to pursue a career in visual communications. She uses her love of layouts and experience in crafting dynamic compositions to assist in the interview and proposal process at BNIM.
A fashion enthusiast and pursuer of the minimal, she believes in the impact of intention, the power of purposefulness, and the boldness of simplicity. She is zealous about communicating/story-telling visually and evoking thoughtfulness in others. When not designing, Kelly can be found in the dance studio, cooking, traveling with her husband, or designing and making jewelry.
Liz Sears joined BNIM as the Administrative Assistant in Human Resources. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Denver. She previously worked in not-for-profit management and was the Marketing Coordinator for a publishing company that specialized in onsite convention materials for professional organization and trade associations. Her passion is using her administrative skills as a site coordinator for Angel Tree’s Christmas program, providing a connection between inmates and their children during the holiday season.
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.
Daniel Eddie is an Architectural Graduate at BNIM’s Kansas City office. He is interested in the intersection between pragmatism and aesthetics within sustainable design solutions. Daniel believes that successful projects are created through innovative solutions that balance performance analytics, emerging technologies, community engagement, and beauty. His past experience includes work in the construction industry, and he has spent time instructing design computation as a Lecturer at Iowa State University.
Melanie George is a Graduate Architect in the San Diego office. Most recently, she has been an integral team member on workplace projects for the County of San Diego. Prior to joining BNIM, she gained experience at a local San Diego development firm, as well as the DOE.
Melanie earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona.
Matt Kastel joined BNIM’s Kansas City office as an experienced architect. Over the past 16 years, Matt has worked on a wide variety of projects. He recently served on the Department of Interior Architecture Advisory Committee at Kansas State University. He and his wife have two children.
Kyle Patneau joined BNIM’s Kansas City office as an experienced architect. He is an active member of AIA Kansas City, having participated in the Pillars Program and volunteering for the Educational Outreach committee. Kyle’s past experience includes work in office design, commercial retail and restaurant design, and multi-tenant shell building design. He is also a furniture designer and fabricator, and he was an Arts Incubator member from 2006-2011.
He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
Originally from Dallas, Dylan Rupar graduated this past May from Kansas State University with a Masters of Architecture. Dylan participated in the BNIM Summer Studio in 2013 and is excited to be back at BNIM, in its Kansas City office. While studying at K-State, he placed first in the Beaux’s Arts Ball Art Competition and the Sunset Funerary Chapel Competition.
Stephen Sanda joined the BNIM Des Moines team as an experienced architectural graduate. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. Prior to joining BNIM, Stephen worked in Omaha, Nebraska where his projects included the School of Dentistry; Lauritzen Outpatient Facility, University of Nebraska Medical Center; and the Learning Community Center of North Omaha. He recently served as President for Oration Omaha, Toastmasters International and is currently a board member for Love’s Jazz and Arts Center.
Erin Hurd is an Interior Designer in BNIM’s Kansas City office. She has a passion for creating spaces that are tailored to the unique needs of those who live, work, and learn in them. She believes that thoughtful, imaginative design has the potential to elevate the culture of companies and communities. This philosophy and her design approach are reflected in her current work at BNIM, crafting embassy properties for the US State Department around the world connecting US consulates with the local cultures and climate. Erin’s specific focus on graphics, custom furniture solutions and utilizing authentic, sustainable materials allows her to express the voice of her clients through its interior space.
Erin earned her Master of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University.
Andrew Mixdorf is an Architectural Graduate in BNIM’s Kansas City office. He has a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in digital media from Iowa State University. Since coming to BNIM, Andrew has worked on several projects at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.