BNIM Announces New Principals, New Leadership

Kansas City, Mo. (May 14, 2014) — BNIM announced today that the firm has appointed new leadership, including Principals, Associate Principals and Associates. Kevin Nordmeyer, Maria Maffry, Dev Malik and Matthew Porreca have been named Principals of BNIM. The four will become the new operational leadership team for the firm and have full operating authority over the firm’s five offices, working with BNIM’s existing leadership group to enhance firm operations. This structure bolsters BNIM’s ability to support and sustain steady expansion that has resulted in additional offices in other markets, international work and an increased staff.

Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA and Matthew Porreca, AIA will add day-to-day operations to their roles, in addition to continuing their roles in design and project related work to fully represent the growing BNIM offices of Des Moines, Iowa and San Diego, Calif.

Maria Maffry, Principal, Chief Business Development Officer, will continue to lead the firm’s client development and Dev Malik, AIA, Principal, Chief Operating Officer will continue in his role of firm management and business oversight.

Looking toward the future, BNIM is committed to identifying and developing young leaders to carry the strong legacy of the firm into the distant future. As such, BNIM is pleased to announce the addition of new Associate Principals and new Associates to the BNIM leadership team. The new Associate Principals are James Pfeiffer, Aaron Ross, Joe Keal, Vincent Gauthier, Carey Nagle and Elif Tinney. The new Associates are Josh Hemberger, Sam DeJong, Jeremy Kahm, Erik Heitman and Jonathan Sloan.

“We are fully committed to a singular, yet diverse and multidisciplinary ‘One BNIM’ in order to achieve consistency in our brand across all offices and markets where we maintain a presence,” says Casey Cassias, BNIM Principal and Director of Practice.

Each of the firm’s new leaders possesses the qualities of design leadership, thought leadership, client leadership, and talent leadership. The newly promoted staff is spread across BNIM’s Kansas City, Mo., Des Moines, Iowa, and San Diego, Calif. offices.

“A few years ago when BNIM received the AIA firm award, we made a conscious decision to go against convention and be listed as 'BNIM' instead of 'Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell.' This choice recognized all of the talent that strengthens BNIM and acknowledges the spirit of entrepreneurship in our staff,” says Steve McDowell, CEO and Director of Design. “Building upon the legacy of our now retired early leaders Tom Nelson, Bob Berkebile and David Immenschuh, we acknowledge our future as 'ONE BNIM' with unified voice, values and expanded leadership.”

These organizational changes and new leadership appointments are a proactive step to address the opportunities ahead and prepare the next generation of leadership and succession to secure the firm’s position as a leading-edge design firm into the future while delivering the conscientious service that BNIM is known for.

About BNIM
With 43 years of experience, BNIM is one of the most important architectural firms working to redefine practice in the realm of green architecture today and is the recipient of the 2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award. As early pioneers in the arena of sustainable design, BNIM continues to shape the national and global agenda for responsible architecture and design excellence. Established in 1970, the firm has emerged nationally as a leading resource for established methodologies, innovative technologies and cutting-edge research in architecture, planning, landscape, education and workplace design. The firm has offices in Kansas City, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Houston, Texas; San Diego, Calif.; and Los Angeles, Calif.