Designing for WELLness

As a new and relevant certification standard within the design industry, the WELL Building Standard goes beyond sustainability and resource conservation to encompass human-centric design. The standard explores how building design, operations, and behaviors can advance human health and wellbeing. With a history of focusing on the humans within a space, BNIM employs a human-purposed integrated design ( approach, which shares strong alignments with the WELL Building Standard.

COTE Top Ten 2019: Asilong Christian High School

As a founding member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the establishment of the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards, we are continually thrilled by the quality of projects and number of designers committed to building in a similar manner, with a focus on performance metrics as a major driver of design excellence. The annual awards program, which AIA calls “the best-known recognition program for sustainable design excellence,” launched in 1997.

Defining “Good” Development at 31st and Troost

Troost. The name looms large in Kansas City’s conscience. It is a symbol of racial and economic segregation and public and private disinvestment. For residents up and down Troost Avenue, the street also symbolizes a deep and lively culture; one that embodies life’s complexities, joys, struggles, and sense of community. One that stands in stark contrast to the prevailing stereotypes. Changes are happening along the corridor, and at the intersection of 31st Street and Troost Avenue. Multi-family housing is going up to the north.

Living Generously as OneBNIM

Last year we celebrated the spirit of giving for the 2017 holiday season and encouraged people to give generously. This year, as we reflect upon what it is to be OneBNIM and as we redesign design, we realize that inherent to our mission is the notion of living generously. The difference, of course, is that the single acts are outweighed by a practice of continuously contributing to a whole that outweighs the sum of its parts.