Des Moines Metro Architects Elected to 2016 AIA Iowa Board
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Des Moines Metro Architects Elected to 2016 AIA Iowa Board
Des Moines, Iowa (January 6, 2016) – The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), has elected several Des Moines Metro area individuals to serve on the 2016 AIA Iowa Board of Directors: Mindy Aust, AIA, President; Nicole Becker, Student Affiliate of AIA Iowa, AIAS President, Dan Drendel, AIA, Director; Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, ISU Representative; Danielle Hermann, AIA, Secretary; Tonia Householder, AIA, Treasurer; Kayla Ohrt, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director, Matt Ostanik, AIA, First Vice President/President Elect; and Gary Van Dyke, AIA, Second Vice President.
Mindy Aust, AIA, President
Mindy Aust, AIA, is an Associate at Substance Architecture, a collaborative design practice based in Des Moines, Iowa. Aust graduated from Iowa State University, where she received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) in 2001 with a minor in entrepreneurial studies. With Substance since 2005, she has developed an expertise in the design of higher education and public projects. She has contributed to projects recognized with awards for design excellence from AIA Iowa, AIA Central States Region, and AIA’s national Committee on Design (COD)/Committee on the Environment (COTE) Design Ideas Competition. In 2011, her work on the renovation of the Cedar Rapids Historic Federal Courthouse won a prestigious American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum as well as a GSA Design Award. She has served on a number of AIA professional committees, currently serves on the Executive Board for the West Des Moines Historical Society, and is a past Board member of Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia).
Nicole Becker, Student Affiliate of AIA Iowa, AIAS President
Nicole Becker is a senior in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Iowa State University. She is the current president of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Iowa State University Chapter and a student affiliate of the AIA. Becker serves on two National AIAS committees, the Governance Committee and the Elections Committee. She has also been nominated as a student representative to the National Architectural Accrediting Board and volunteers with Lutheran Services in Iowa. Becker has previously served as representative for Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia) and on the AIAS National Task Force Committee.
Dan Drendel, AIA, Director
Dan Drendel, AIA is Principal at Slingshot Architects, a multidisciplinary team driven by meaningful work created through personal relationships. Dan earned a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. He has also served as the Association Director on the AIA Iowa Board, chaired the AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee, is on the editorial board for the Iowa Architect magazine and is a committee member of the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee.
Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, ISU Representative
Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University. Prior to her arrival at ISU in the Fall of 2013, she was the Director of the Delft School of Design - an internationally recognized platform for research and advanced education at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Her research draws on a trans-disciplinary approach to architecture, which includes disciplines such as philosophy, cultural & media studies, the social sciences and the neurosciences. Hauptmann holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and has practiced architecture in both Europe and the US.
Danielle Hermann, AIA, Secretary
Danielle Hermann, AIA, is an Associate Principal at OPN Architects, Inc., an architecture firm recognized for its seamless blend of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture located in Des Moines, Iowa. A strong advocate for diversity in the architectural field, Hermann is a founder and charter member of Iowa Women in Architecture and founder of AIA Iowa’s Diversity Committee. She has been a part of multiple projects in the Des Moines community including current work with Kum & Go for their new downtown corporate headquarters, work with The Principal Financial Group, prior work on the renovation of Hoyt Sherman Place auditorium and the Salisbury House & Gardens, as well as work on Terrace Hill, the Iowa Governor’s Mansion. Hermann was honored with a 2013 Design Achievement Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Design, as well as named one of the 2012 Forty Under 40. Hermann received both her Bachelors of Architecture in 2001, and Masters of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.
Tonia Householder, AIA, Treasurer
Tonia Householder, AIA is a Project Architect at INVISION, a planning, architecture and interiors firm that builds collaborative relationships resulting in holistic and innovative solutions for its clients and communities. As an Architect, she has led the design for several healthcare facilities throughout the state, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and locally at Mercy Medical Center.
Householder is a 2006 graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Architecture, where she continues to be actively involved in the University’s architectural community, performing studio critiques and guest reviews. This engagement has established a strong advocacy for the mentorship of emerging professionals. Householder serves as a local representative for emerging professionals on the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee, with a primary initiative to implement a statewide mentor program. She has also acted as a regional representative for Iowa, participating on the AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committee. Householder also contributes time volunteering for the ACE mentor program, encouraging the pursuit of Architecture, Construction and Engineering to high school students in the Des Moines area. In addition, she works to positively impact the architectural community by serving as a board member on the AIA Central Iowa Architects Section, promoting achievements and collaboration amongst the section. As a 2016 Class Member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, she hopes to expand this impact and outreach throughout the surrounding Central Iowa Communities.
Kayla Ohrt, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director
Kayla Ohrt, Associate AIA, is an Architectural Graduate at BNIM, a collaborative multidisciplinary design practice which strives to deliver beautiful, integrated living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition. She has contributed to several high-profile projects at BNIM, including the Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa. Kayla is a graduate of Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2011. She has served for several years on AIA Iowa’s Convention Committee.
Matt Ostanik, AIA, First Vice President/President Elect
Matt Ostanik, AIA, is an architect and a technology entrepreneur. He previously founded Submittal Exchange, a comprehensive online system for managing communications on commercial construction projects. Submittal Exchange was acquired by Textura Corporation in 2011. Ostanik received his college education from Iowa State University, a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001 and his Master of Business Administration in 2009. He has been involved within AIA Iowa as Chair and Member of the AIA Iowa Young Architects Committee, AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee, and the Iowa Architect Magazine Editorial Board. Within the community, Ostanik is a member of the City of Dallas Center Planning & Zoning Board. He has participated in the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute's Community Leadership Program, and he was recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as part of their 2013 Forty Under 40 class.
Gary Van Dyke, AIA, Second Vice President
Gary Van Dyke, AIA, is a Principal Architect at the West Des Moines location of Shive-Hattery, Inc., a Midwest based architecture and engineering firm with 9 offices located in 4 states that has provided single source solutions to clients with unique design services for 117 years. Van Dyke is a 1984 graduate of Iowa State University with practice experiences spanning over three decades with a current focus on healthcare
architecture. He has been a member of AIA Iowa since 1985 and is presently a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.
Other AIA Iowa elected officials outside of the Metro include:
Douglas Foreshoe, AIA, Director
Douglas Foreshoe, AIA, is a principal with Bergland + Cram in Mason City, IA. Foreshoe has managed or assisted on a majority of B+C’s large projects since joining the firm in 2001. His client experience throughout Iowa and beyond ranges from healthcare and wellness to civic and education. In addition to design and project management, Foreshoe wears several hats including providing information technology support and professional quality photography for the firm’s finished body of work.
Dale Mullikin, Allied Director Iowa City
Dale Mullikin enters his second year as the AIA Iowa Allied Membership Director after serving as the Vice-Director for the AIA Iowa Allied Membership for the previous two years. He has worked with architects for ten years and has done hundreds of AIA accredited presentations in architect offices and at the fall Iowa convention. Dale has been very active with the allied group working on the membership committee and implementing firm visits and socials for all AIA Iowa members. He is working to increase Allied Membership throughout all of Iowa. Mullikin is employed by ACH Foam Technologies as the Regional Sales Manager covering the Midwest. ACH Foam Technologies serves architects, building owners, local distribution and contractors throughout the United States, providing them with architectural grade Expanded Polystyrene used as a lightweight fill called Geofoam, Foam Control Plus used as insulation and Foam Control Roofing Insulation products. Dale lives in North Liberty, Iowa.
Toi Sullivan, AIA, Director
Toi Sullivan, AIA, is a Principal at FEH DESIGN a full-service architecture, structural engineering and interior design firm with four offices: Sioux City, Des Moines, Dubuque (Iowa) and Delafield (Wisconsin). She is a graduate from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. She has been with FEH since 1999. As a Principal, Sullivan is involved in a variety of project types including: corporate/commercial, education, religious, libraries, municipal, museums, and LEED certified. Sullivan is actively involved in the community and volunteers for several organizations including: Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission; Northwest Iowa Architects Section; Leadership Siouxland as past President; Sioux City Zoning Rewrite & Design Works Advisory Committees; I-JOBS (at the state level) where she is a past member of the Board of Directors.
Joseph Tursi, AIA, Past President
Joseph Tursi, AIA, is a Project Architect at OPN Architects, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. OPN practices a holistic blend of architecture, planning and design that provides exemplary service with innovative design solutions. OPN has locations in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Madison. A 1991 graduate of Iowa State University, Tursi is involved with the AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee in addition to the Executive Board.Joseph Tursi, AIA, President
Chris Wand, AIA, Director
Chris Wand is a Registered Architect in Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Nebraska; NCARB Certified; and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Accredited Professional. He has been working in the field of architecture since graduating from Iowa State University in 1991 and has served as Project Manager on such projects as Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School and the Port of Dubuque Public Parking Structure in Dubuque and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the Kirkwood Continuing Education and Training Center in Cedar Rapids. He currently resides in Cedar Rapids where he works for Primus Construction, a design-build firm, and serves on the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street Board. In Dubuque, he continues to serve on the Dubuque Main Street Board of Directors and the Dubuque Museum of Art Board of Trustees. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of SaveCRHeritage, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) and the Dubuque Historic Preservation Commission
Alan Wieskamp, AIA, Director
Alan Wieskamp is a Project Architect and group leader in the Iowa City office of Shive-Hattery, Inc., a 117 year old Upper Mid-West based architecture and engineering firm with 9 offices located in 4 states. Alan began his career as a draftsman following graduation from Kirkwood Community College and used those skills to later attend Iowa State University and graduate with his bachelor of architecture degree. Through Alan’s 20 plus years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, he has had a variety of experience in the design and delivery of all project types ranging from medical and nursing care facilities, K-12 education, commercial development, hotel/ restaurant and golf course projects and historic preservation projects working with the National Park Service and HABS/HAER on The White House and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC and First Bank, Merchant's Exchange and Independence Hall at Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia, PA.
Alan is a volunteer for Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of America and Knights of Columbus. He has been the zoning administrator for the City of Hills, IA and has served on Planning and Zoning committees for the City of Sioux Falls, SD. He is the co-founder of Design:sd, a non-profit design and planning facilitator for small communities in South Dakota. He was elected as the AIA150 representative for the South Dakota AIA component in 2005. He served as the SGN director for the state of South Dakota component, and he served on the AIA South Dakota board of directors for six years and served the positions of director, secretary, treasurer and vice-president/president elect.
Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects has represented the professional interests of America's architects. AIA Iowa, headquartered in Des Moines, is a statewide affiliate of the national AIA. AIA members express their commitment to excellence in design and are proactive in the design of livable communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA member architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. For more information, go to www.aiaiowa.org or call 515.244.7502.
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