BNIM Announces 2021 Promotion

BNIM Announces 2021 Promotion

Kansas City, Mo. (May 20, 2021) – BNIM is pleased to announce the promotion of new Associate Principal, Katie Nichols in our Kansas City office.

Katie joins BNIM’s existing leadership in a collective effort to support the firm’s core purpose to “…deliver beautiful, integrated, living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition.” She has distinguished herself as a leader, mentor, and creative collaborator who embodies the firm’s values.

“First, it’s been a really challenging year and we want to thank everyone for your incredible contributions and efforts over the past many months,” said James Pfeiffer, BNIM Principal. “Your passion and commitment have resulted in high quality work- projects that have truly inspired change and enhanced the human condition! We recognize and are so excited about the incredible talent we have across One BNIM and want you to know that everyone’s contributions are seen and that they matter.”


First and foremost, Katie has been generous with her support on many projects, in a way that has also provided stability, knowledge and wisdom to her colleagues and teams. These projects include Keeler Court, Habitat KC, McCain Auditorium, and OBO-Freetown. She has been providing incredible leadership on both Beth Shalom as well as the College of Business Administration project for Marquette University. Through it all, Katie’s quiet confidence and resolve under pressure have been extraordinary. In part because of these qualities and her commitment to excellence in all things, Katie has earned the respect of our clients and become a trusted advisor. And her teammates love her- Katie is a natural problem solver and mentor who approaches each challenge with tenacity, perseverance and grace. Katie is thoughtful in her design approach and mindful of balancing beauty and performance, a true fit with BNIM’s Core Purpose. 

Beyond being a strong leader and contributor on projects, Katie has also been a leader in service of other internal and external efforts and activities. She has helped lead the office in two key areas over recent years. Katie is part of the Sustainability Group that has really catalyzed a re-focusing of our sustainability efforts across the practice, and has co-led the People Group with Ruthie Harrison, guiding conversations, exploring opportunities, and soliciting input from outside the group. Katie has also been a strong and visible supporter of AIA, staying involved with AIA Kansas over the years- including serving as Board President in 2018- and continues to help in the development of leadership programs within the organization.