Bob Berkebile Receives OneKC Award

Kansas City, Mo. - BNIM Architects today announced that Bob Berkebile, FAIA, founding principal of BNIM Architects, was presented with the Kansas City Area Development Council’s OneKC Award at their annual luncheon at the Kansas City Convention Center. The KCADC selected Berkebile for his contributions in setting a new standard in Kansas City for green design, as well as his efforts to create more sustainable communities around the globe.

The OneKC Award is presented each year to an individual, community or company that has demonstrated the OneKC spirit through exemplary regional partnership, community leadership or corporate achievement. Past OneKC honorees include Mayor Kay Barnes and Mayor Carol Marinovich.

“Bob’s innovative approaches to green building design have had a direct impact on the social, economic and environmental vitality of Kansas City,” said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of KCADC. “Through his leadership with diverse collaborative teams, he’s made a noticeable, positive and uncommon contribution to our two-state community that have touched the lives of our 2 million area residents.”

As the founding chairman of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and a contributor to the creation of the of the U.S. Green Building Council, Berkebile and his associates have set new design standards for resource efficiency at the building and community scales including energy, materials and human resources. Berkebile currently serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Building News, The Center for Global Community, Athena and New Earth Organization; he was a member of the U.S. Green Building Council board and currently serves on USGBC’s Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Berkebile is highly regarded by fellow professionals for creating beautiful environments that are restorative and pedagogical. He has conducted numerous sustainable design charrettes
and workshops for the White House, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Park Service, FEMA and the Canadian Provincial Architects. He has lectured extensively at universities including Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford and Rice and at international conferences including The Earth Summit in Rio. “It is truly gratifying to be honored in my hometown for my professional contributions,” added Berkebile.

Recently completed BNIM projects in Kansas City include the City Hall North Entrance addition, the IRS Kansas City Service Center, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building and Existing Building Renovation.