Fall Design Awards Season

Fall is what we call “design awards season,” where our own projects, and projects by firms we greatly admire, are judged for design excellence by peers. It’s always an exciting and rewarding time for the teams who work so hard to realize exceptional architecture.

AIA Kansas City

In the 2013 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence and Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Awards, BNIM took home recognition for three projects. The jurors for the Design Excellece projects included Mark Reddington, FAIA – LMN Architects, Deane Madsen, Associate AIA – Architect Magazine, and Margaret Cavenagh, AIA – Studio Gang Architects. For the Allied Arts & Craftsmanship awards, the jury consisted of Eric Hoffman, AIA – Washington University, May Tveit – University of Kansas and Mitchell Squire – Iowa State.

BNIM Des Moines - Merit


Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Citation


Iowa Utilites Board - Office of Consumer Advocate Stair - Merit (Allied Arts and Crafts)


Central States

In the 2013 AIA Central States Region Design Awards, BNIM was the proud recipient of three awards, the most of any firm represented. Jury Chair, Michael Folonis of Michael W. Folonis Architects presented the awards.

Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Citation

The Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Photo: James Ewing

Michael Folonis, FAIA: The design has a multitude of wonderful elements. The building’s transparent, textured skin, skylights and the use of the roof as exterior space made an exceptional place for learning.

Satoshi Teshima, AIA: A simple building shape reveals a wide array of interaction and learning opportunities with maximum flexibility within.

Greensburg City Hall - Merit Award

Greensburg City Hall, Photo: Farshid Assassi

Michael Folonis, FAIA: We think of traditional city halls having to be made of brick. It seems that tradition still exists. The modernist building introduced an unpredictable approach with a multifaceted roof design. The combination of brick perimeter walls and sculptured roof results in a stunning composite.

Angela Brooks, AIA: A thoughtful civic symbol of rebirth, beautifully executed. The roof, a piece of sculpture (that lets natural light into the building) is also the ‘front porch’, combining old and new ideas into one great building.

Satoshi Teshima, AIA: A beautiful symbol of a resilient community coming together after a big natural disaster.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity - Citation

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Photo: Farshid Assassi

Angela Brooks, AIA: The designers creatively restored and left in place enough of the existing architecture to tell a story about the history of the building while creating a new space for a completely different use. The reuse of the existing chimney into a new skylight creates the most dramatic and beautiful space and is a reminder of a time long past.

Here are a few other awards from this fall:

In September, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies selected BNIM’s Des Moines Office for The American Architecture Awards for 2013.

We also learned that The Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall of Entrepreneurship and Innovation received a 2013 PCI Design Award in the international award competition for excellence in precast concrete design and construction.

The Rockhurst University North Parking Garage took home a 2013 AIA KS Honor Award.

Rockhurst Parking Garage, Photo: Mike Sinclair

In Iowa, Iowa Utilities Board-Office of Consumer Advocate has stacked up three ASHRAE Awards: Second Place in the National ASHRAE Technology Awards, First Place in the Iowa Chapter ASHRAE Technology Awards and First Place in the Region VI ASHRAE Technology Awards.