BNIM Presents at the Living Future 2022 Conference

BNIM Presents at the Living Future 2022 Conference

BNIM will present on the Tom and Ruth Harkin Center at the Living Future 2022 Conference. This year’s conference will focus on themes of Restoration and Justice, featuring presentations and discussion to “collaboratively address solutions to our climate emergency, environmental and materials health, and share insights and strategies for rectifying racial inequities and injustices in our communities.”

BNIM Principal, Kevin Nordmeyer and Associate, Jason Kruse, joined by Michelle Huggins, Planning and Design Manager at Drake University, and Joseph Jones, Executive Director of the Harkin Institute, will present Human-Purposed Integrated Design – The Harkin Institute as part of the Day One Session: Just Future.

The presentation, which takes place on Monday, May 2, 11 A.M. PDT / 1  P.M. CST, will focus on addressing inclusive design process for the Tom and Ruth Harkin Center which engaged underrepresented voices of the disability community to create a building that aims to elevate standards for universal design.

Key Learning Objectives include:
  1. Be empowered to convene and facilitate dialogue with a broad range of voices in the disability community within their organization to determine strategies for creating a more inclusive environment.
  2. Describe the challenges and barriers encountered by those with disabilities and understand the impacts those challenges can have on health and well-being.
  3. List specific design strategies aligned with multiple building certification programs to create more equitable and inclusive environments for those with disabilities.
  4. Develop universal design standards and policies for their organization to systematize inclusive design.


The Living Future 2022 Conference will take place virtually May 2 – 13, 2022. Attendees of BNIM’s session have opportunity to fulfill 1 General LFA CE Credit and 1 AIA LU/HSW.