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Des Moines Metro Architects Elected to 2018 AIA Iowa Board

Monday, January 8, 2018  

Des Moines, Iowa (January 8, 2018) – The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), has elected several Des Moines Metro area individuals to serve on the 2018 AIA Iowa Board of Directors: Dan Drendel, AIA, Secretary; Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, ISU Representative; Danielle Hermann, AIA, Vice President; Tonia Householder, AIA, Second Vice President; Steve King, AIA, Director; Brandon Maxey, AIA Iowa Student Affiliate Member, AIAS President; Matt Ostanik, AIA, Past President; Kelly Paskert, AIA Iowa Allied Member, Allied Membership Director; Matthew Schultz, Associate AIA, Associate Director; Gary Van Dyke, AIA, President; and Kerry Weig, AIA, Director.


Other AIA Iowa elected officials outside of the Metro include: Douglas Foreshoe, AIA, Director; Lisa Kalaher, AIA, Director; Nick Lindsley, AIA, Director; and Alan Wieskamp, AIA, Director.


Dan Drendel, AIA, Secretary

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 Associate Director on the AIA Iowa Board, chaired the AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee, was a committee member of the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee, and is on the editorial board for the Iowa Architect magazine.


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. Hauptmann has practiced architecture in Switzerland, Spain and the US. She holds a BARCH degree from the University Texas at Austin, an MA with the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD work with TU Delft. Her research draws on a trans-disciplinary approach to architecture, including disciplines such as philosophy, culture and media studies, social science, and neuroscience.


Danielle Hermann, AIA, Vice President

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. Hermann was honored with a 2016 AIA Iowa Young Architects Award, the 2017 AIA National Young Architects Award, and a 2013 Design Achievement Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Design.  Hermann received both her Bachelors of Architecture in 2001, and Masters of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.


Tonia Householder, AIA, Second Vice President

Tonia Householder, AIA is a Managing 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 many healthcare projects throughout the state, including several critical access facilities, 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. 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.


Steve King, AIA, Director

Steve King graduated from the University of Kansas in 1992 and has led teams on a variety of project types, including; sports venues, corporate campuses and civic buildings. His passion for historic preservation led him to his current position leading the State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa. King combines his expertise in architecture and historic preservation by overseeing the state’s efforts to identify and preserve Iowa’s historical assets.


Brandon Maxey, AIA Iowa Student Affiliate Member, AIAS President

Brandon Maxey, AIA Iowa Student Affiliate Member, is a third-year architecture student at Iowa State University. He plans to add a sustainability minor to expand his future practice. Originally from the Kansas City area, Ames is a bit of a change in scenery, but he is enjoying his time in Iowa – while missing the KC BBQ.  Outside of school, he spends much of his time tinkering with his 3D printer and cheering on his favorite soccer teams, Sporting Kansas City and Arsenal FC.


Matt Ostanik, AIA, Past President

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.  In 2016, Ostanik won a Design Achievement Award from ISU in recognition of his outstanding creative and professional achievements.  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.


Kelly Paskert, AIA Iowa Allied Member, Allied Membership Director

Kelli Paskert enters her second year as the AIA Iowa Allied Membership Director after serving as the Vice-Director for two years. Actively involved in the architectural and construction communities, Paskert is also on the board of the Central Iowa Construction Specification Institute, and is an active member of National Association of Women in Construction, Master Builders of Iowa and the Design-Build Institute of America. Earning her degree in Marketing from Buena Vista University in 2004, Paskert has experience in all phases of marketing, sales, business planning and strategy execution. Paskert is the Marketing & Sales Director at Skold Companies, where she has been consulting with Architects and General Contractors throughout the Midwest since 2011.


Matthew Schultz, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director

Matthew Schultz, Assoc. AIA, is a small business owner and entrepreneur.  He operates Elevated Custom Builders, a full-service design and build firm located in Ankeny, Iowa.  He received his college education from Iowa State University, a Bachelor of Architecture in 2012 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.  He has been involved within the AIA Iowa as previous AIA Iowa Convention Co-Chair, and member of the Emerging Professionals Committee and the Iowa Architect Magazine Editorial Board.  Schultz was honored to participate in the Class of 2017 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.


Gary Van Dyke, AIA, 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 has serviced on the AIA Iowa Board since 2013.  Gary previously served on the board of the Iowa Architectural Foundation.


Kerry Weig, AIA, Treasurer

Kerry Weig, AIA, is a Director at INVISION Architecture, Planning and Interiors, a collaborative studio of designers with offices in Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa.  Weig graduated from Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) in 1998.  She has served as a volunteer on a number of AIA professional committees and community organizations including the AIA Public Relations Committee, Iowa Women in Architecture Board, State Center Development Association Board, Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa Facilities Committee and STEM mentor, YWCA of Des Moines Board of Directors, and most recently, the Governor’s North Central Region STEM Advisory Board.  She also serves on several other positions in her community and church.


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 or call 515.244.7502.

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