We deliver beautiful, integrated, living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition.
BNIM's instrumental development of the USGBC, LEED and the Living Building concept, combined with projects, methods and research, shaped the direction of the sustainable movement. Through this involvement, the firm has redefined design excellence to elevate human experience together with aesthetics and building performance. In practice, this multifaceted design excellence has yielded national acclaim, including the AIA National Architecture Firm Award, and consistent design recognition nationally and internationally.
BNIM is Building Positive. This notion describes how BNIM leverages its collective capacity for design thinking to solve local and global issues in a way that is focused on building the positive attributes of community and the built environment. As a multidisciplinary firm that is building positive, our disciplines collaborate significantly on meaningful work that is carefully conceived for multiple returns and measurable results.
Human Purposed Integrated Design
Our approach to meeting design challenges is a resolute commitment to Human Purposed Integrated Design, or HP.ID.
HP | Human Purposed is a deep commitment to humanity as the origin of inspiration, innovation, and prosperity.
ID | Integrated Design is the delivery of insights enabled by clear communication among a diverse team of active collaborators with refined expertise.
Our HP.ID process stresses the human component of design because in a world of algorithmic music selection and suggestive online selling, humans have insights, instincts, and vitality that must be valued above all. Human Purposed Integrated Design supports invaluable human insight by focusing on specific needs that can be met and enhanced through inspired design:
We seek disruptive innovations that are comprehensive and exceed performance requirements across multiple measures.
Our primary offices and job locations operate as "One BNIM." This strong support system provides focused, personal service centered in each office as well as firm-wide resources, including talent and technology, which are shared through a mesh of interaction. With the full capacity of our multiple offices and a studio structure to ensure everyone has a voice, we are a united in our drive for design excellence.
At BNIM, we have a long and rich history of support for the arts in our communities. We believe that arts have the power to transform and unleash cities, neighborhoods, businesses, and individuals. Our culture reflects our deep belief in the value and benefit that the arts bring to our business, as well as our clients and communities.
BNIM's employee success and review process, Thrive, is a three-pronged approach involving an advocate, mentors, and a studio director to support, inspire, and guide employees through every career stage. Feedback is a constant exchange for continuous improvement. Because this process is aligned with firm values and based on mutual trust, everyone has the tools to thrive.
Throughout our history, community involvement has provided an instrumental voice for us to shape numerous and diverse topics of public policy, urban design, planning, arts, education, and environmental and betterment initiatives that shape the communities where we work. We take an active role in learning new ways to improve our cities and neighborhoods through projects and volunteerism.
Human health and wellness is a principal goal in our projects and in our own workplace. We are committed to championing nutrition, work/life harmony, and physical fitness across all of our offices. We constantly seek improvement in and outside the workplace by providing flexible schedules, healthy snack choices, and resources for fitness and health as some of the solutions to refine the delicate balance of our daily lives.
OpenMind Night is a monthly innovation forum, where all BNIM offices come together to share what they are working on. From innovations in process to advancements in design, OpenMind Night is about the knowledge sharing, design innovation, and changes, both big and small, that make our work better.
Each year, staff from all offices come together for one day under the same roof for our annual Symposium. Our favorite day of the year, it is a time to reconnect and invest in unifying One BNIM, while taking stock of where we are, reinvigorating our design conversation, and reminding ourselves of our core values.
BNIM was founded in 1970 with profound enthusiasm for creating a practice designed for the future. As the firm evolved from a local, to a regional, to a national presence, the work created a legacy of prominent and enduring buildings and places. BNIM joined the debate around design excellence and sustainability very early and shifted the trajectory of this important conversation to what it is today. More about our legacy can be found here.
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