Licensed to Build: Celebrating BNIM’s Newly Licensed Architects in Iowa, Wisconsin

For an architect, attaining licensure often entails an exhaustive cycle of study sessions and ARE exams. As many can attest, it is no small achievement. We are thrilled to celebrate three newly licensed architects in our Des Moines, Iowa and Madison, Wisconsin studios, who all received their licenses in 2017.

Kayla Berkson, AIA has played an integral role on several projects during her six years with BNIM, including the University of Iowa Visual Arts Building (with Steven Holl Architects) and the American Enterprise Group National Headquarters Renovation. She is actively involved in the AIA at the local and regional level, currently serving as the AIA Central States Region Associate Director and co-chair of the AIA Central States Emerging Professionals Committee. Kayla is a licensed architect in Iowa.

Dana Sorensen, AIA LEED GA has been committed to achieving design excellence through rigorous attention to detail since he joined BNIM. This approach is reflected in his work on the Metropolitan Community College’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, the Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny, Iowa, and the Des Moines Heritage Trust building. He currently serves on BNIM’s Board of Directors. Dana is a licensed architect in Iowa.

Lana Zoet, AIA LEED AP BD+C practices a design approach that focuses on sustainability as an essential component to architecture, and she seeks solutions for environmental stewardship, design excellence, and the well-being of people. Since joining BNIM, Lana’s experience includes the University of Iowa Informatics Initiative, the Restoration and Addition to Mies van der Rohe's Meredith Hall at Drake University, and the Miesblock Commercial Building and Rowat Apartments for Nelson Development in Des Moines. Lana is a licensed architect in Iowa and Wisconsin.

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