Vision, Leadership, Results: The Critical Path to High Performance Design

Exemplary results require vision and exemplary leadership. Consider these examples: exemplary athletes visualize their success and have exemplary coaches; exemplary symphonies visualize a performance and have exemplary conductors; exemplary businesses have a strong vision for their future and have exemplary CEOs.

Exemplary performance requires vision and exemplary leaders. Vision is essential; leadership is essential.

#KCDialogue #ActonClimate

On Friday, September 27 BNIM, together with American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and BASE-KC, hosted a Sustainability + Business Event at the Bloch School to facilitate the important conversation on how to Act on Climate Change.

The event invited business leaders, agents of change, and those interested in sustainability and business from Kansas City and the region to participate in the dialogue on how Kansas City government, organizations and businesses can drive impact on climate change locally and inspire change nationally and internationally.

Is the New B-School more like a D-School?

After a mere 24 months (and some might say impossible challenge) of design and construction, the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation opened its doors Monday, August 19, 2013, to insatiable excitement and anticipation for the year ahead.

Bloch Executive Hall has all the typical program spaces students have come to expect in a top ranked B-School: a high capacity auditorium, tiered case study rooms, seminar rooms, and a finance lab.

Animation of an Urban Setting

There are many facets of the design process that push and pull us, as architects and designers, in different directions, be it a client, budget, schedule, contractors, consultants, social or environmental responsibilities — the list can go on and on. The challenge is then to navigate that path to the finish line, meeting and exceeding the expectations for the project, and retaining a beautiful piece of architecture when it’s all said and done.

Promoting Partnerships for Integrated, Post-Carbon Development

Converging crises of climate destabilization, environmental deterioration, rising inequity, and economic turmoil call for extraordinary responses by organizations and institutions at all levels. For their parts, Oberlin College, Oberlin City School District and the City of Oberlin have launched a series of projects that join the many strands of sustainability including urban revitalization, green development, advanced energy technology, sustainable agriculture and forestry, green jobs and education into an integrated response.

Community Service at Cherith Brook

At BNIM, we deeply value embedding ourselves within our community in our personal and professional lives. For each of us, community commitment looks a little different. I’m constantly amazed at BNIM staff individual involvement with organizations and efforts of all types — locally and beyond. We value working side by side on volunteer projects together. Sometimes we participate in community-wide efforts, I think back to The United Way Day of Caring or Christmas in October, but most often we are called to action by one of our own.

Kettner Nights Sizzles in San Diego

BNIM has long embraced the arts through a culture of supporting and celebrating the fine and performing arts. In each of the cities where the firm has offices, the firm proactively engages with local artists to become a part of the fabric of creativity and expression. In San Diego, BNIM sought a location in Little Italy, near Kettner Boulevard, so in order to become an integral participant in the monthly Kettner Nights art events.

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