April Trotter Named one of 20 to Know in Architecture by Kansas Business Journal

April Trotter Named one of 20 to Know in Architecture by Kansas Business Journal

BNIM Associate April Trotter has been named one of the "20 to Know" in architecture by the Kansas City Business Journal. The Kansas City Business Journal's "20 to Know" series aims to showcase the depth and breadth of talent in the Kansas City area and provide a guide for those looking to expand their network. Rather than featuring people readers may already know, the series introduces new faces and highlights the contributions of those making a significant impact in their industry.

April’s leadership style, integrated approach to design excellence, and mentorship reflect BNIM’s core values as a practice. In addition to her role as a designer, she has played a crucial role in leading BIM initiatives and data efficiency efforts for the firm, ensuring that BNIM remains at the forefront of innovation in the industry. These values go beyond the firm and are exemplified in her involvement with AIA Kansas City Women in Design (AIA KC WID). As co-chair of the committee, April is committed to advancing diversity and fostering inclusivity in the architecture and design industry. She plays an active role in organizing events and initiatives that support and promote women in design, including mentorship programs, networking events, and educational opportunities.

April’s passion for mentorship is a testament to her commitment to making architecture and design accessible to all, and is evident in her natural ability to inspire and guide others. Her involvement with AIA KC WID provides her with an opportunity to connect with peers, share knowledge and best practices, and contribute to the Kansas City community. By actively working to create a more diverse and inclusive architecture and design community, she is helping to ensure that everyone benefits from the positive impact of the built environment. This year, April co-led the initiative for the WID Day of Shadowing event, which aims to reach out to the up and coming architect/engineer generation by providing high school students across the area with early exposure and opportunities to learn about the industry.

Having worked on a long list of education and civic projects, April dedicates most of her work to collaborating with non-profits and clients who make a strong, positive impact on the local community. Most recently, April served as Project Architect for the Girl Scouts Camp Tongawood project in Tonganoxie, KS; and the BOK Financial project in Kansas City, MO. Camp Tongawood is envisioned as a regional hub for STEAM learning, immersed in nature and the outdoors to provide educational experiences that inspire, challenge and empower girls. The BOK Financial project, located at 17th and Grand Boulevard, brings a new purpose to the former ‘old Kansas City Star Building,’ enabling street-level activation in the Crossroads by implementing a banking drive-thru and walk-up ATM.

Congratulations to April on this well-deserved recognition for her achievements as an architect and her dedication to supporting and promoting women in the industry!