Carey Nagle, AIA, receives 2016 National AIA Young Architects Award

Des Moines, Iowa (February 25, 2016) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Carey Nagle, AIA LEED AP BD+C, an architect with BNIM in Des Moines, Iowa, is a recipient of the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award. This national award recognizes individuals who have impacted the profession through significant contributions and leadership early in their architectural careers. Nagle will be presented with the Young Architects Award at the 2016 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with other recipients from around the country.

In its announcement, the AIA writes: “Nagle’s award-winning high performance design projects have helped to define design excellence as a balance of design and building performance. Nagle is a holistic practitioner with a broad range of notable project experience, professional leadership and community contributions that demonstrate his rare combination of humility, integrity and drive.” (More here)

Nagle graduated with a degree in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) from Iowa State University in 2001. After five years at Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture (2001 AIA Firm Award Winner), Nagle joined RDG Planning and Design (2006-2008), where he gained a solid foundation as a project architect and LEED administrator on projects, including the Iowa State University College of Design’s King Pavilion addition (LEED Platinum), which serves as a living tool for teaching about sustainability. He joined BNIM in 2008 (2011 AIA Firm Award Winner), where he served as Project Architect for the Iowa Utilities Board/Office of Consumer Advocate (IUB/OCA) in Des Moines, Iowa, a widely published and recognized model of sustainable design and energy efficiency for future projects at all levels of government, American Enterprise Group (AEG) corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, and Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny, Iowa. In 2014, he began serving on the Des Moines Urban Design Review Board, which advises City Council on the design of public projects and private development projects throughout Des Moines, where he has been an advocate for the thoughtful integration of design and sustainability at many scales.

Nagle has given generously in his professional leadership. He has served as the AIA Iowa COTE Chair, as AIA Iowa’s appointed representative on the Iowa Governor’s Smart Planning task Force, and has often served as one of the AIA Iowa Convention committee chairs. Nagle has written and presented on topics related to building performance and client advocacy, including the presentation “This is Every Building: Achieving Market Rate Net-Zero-Ready” on the groundbreaking design of the IUB/OCA at Greenbuild and at the Corenet Global Summit.

His awards include a 2015 AIA National Honor Award for The American Republic Insurance Renovation; a 2013 AIA National Honor Award and 2013 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award for the BNIM Des Moines Office; a 2013 Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Award and finalist recognition from the Corenet Global Innovator Awards for the IUB/OCA; and other awards at the local, regional, and national level.

About BNIM
BNIM is one of the most important design firms working to redefine practice and building performance in architecture today. As early pioneers of sustainability in the building industry, BNIM continues to shape the national and global design conversation on design excellence and delivering transformational results for clients. The firm received the 2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award for their work. Established in 1970, the firm has emerged as a leading resource for out-of-the-box methodologies, innovative technologies and cutting-edge research in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape, education and workplace design. The firm has offices in Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and Des Moines, Iowa; and is incubating offices in Washington, DC and Madison, Wis. For more information visit