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Iowa Architects Elected to Lead Committees for 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020   (1 Comments)

Iowa Architects Elected to Lead Committees for 2020


Des Moines, Iowa (January 16, 2020) – The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), has elected several individual members to serve as leaders of over twelve committees for the year 2020. These leaders help the chapter to advance its mission to be the voice of the profession of architecture, promoting the value of good design, and advocating for the health and safety of the public. Without the volunteer hours put forth by these committee chairs the chapter would not be able to reach as many communities statewide.


Justin Burnham, Assoc. AIA

Iowa Architect Magazine Editorial Board

Justin Burnham, Assoc. AIA is an associate architect at substance architecture in Des Moines. He graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University in 2007 and has a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Justin has served as an adjunct instructor at Iowa State University and is an active member and volunteer with AIA Iowa. Justin was appointed editor of the Iowa Architect Magazine at the end of 2019 and will serve a 2-year term.

Joe Copley, AIA

Emerging Professionals Committee

Joe Copley, AIA is an architect with CMBA Architects in Des Moines. He graduated from Iowa State University’s Architecture Design Program. Copley was on the AIA Iowa Convention Committee for 4 years, serving as the 2017 Convention Co-Chair, and is a past President of the CIAS Board. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee and aims to help provide opportunities and resources to young architects and architecture students.  He is passionate about collaborating with emerging architects and Associate AIA members in the area in—helping to provide them with the tools he and other young architects looked for in the early days of their careers. 

Jason DeVries, AIA

Convention Committee

Jason DeVries, AIA is an architect with INVISION Architecture in Des Moines. Jason’s construction background combined with architectural education and experience gives him a unique view of the design process. Dedication and the ability to work beyond the project confines are his keys to exceeding client expectations. During the growing months, Jason operates a one-acre vineyard he started in 2006, a tribute to his family’s farming roots. Jason has served on the AIA Iowa Convention committee since 2011 and will be Co-Chair of the committee for 2020.


Dan Drendel, AIA

Spring Conference Committee

Dan Drendel, AIA is Principal at Slingshot Architects, a multidisciplinary team driven by meaningful work created through personal relationships. Slingshot engages community so that people and place transform. 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, Second Vice-President of the AIA Iowa Board, chaired the AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee, was a committee member of the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee, and was on the editorial board for the Iowa Architect magazine. Dan is currently serving as the AIA Iowa Board Vice-President.

Matthew Gaul, AIA

Government Affairs Committee

Matthew Gaul, AIA, believes in making the world a better place through advocacy and design. An architect with international integrated design firm DLR Group and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Iowa, he is passionate about the people and places his works with. Matthew spent the first four years of his career working in San Francisco. While in California he earned his license, joined and eventually lead the AIA SF Emerging Professionals Committee, was elected to the chapter board, and served as a committee member of Equity by Design. Since moving back to Iowa, he’s become active in AIA Iowa’s Government Affairs Committee, Emerging Professionals Committee, and the Pleasant Hill Public Arts Advisory Commission. In every role Matthew is keen to listen to every stake holder, work with every constraint, opportunity, and participant, and deliver. He practices mentorship, leadership, strategic planning, and elected representation to further the groups, causes, and projects he is a part of.

Danielle Hermann, AIA

Nominating Committee

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 impactful projects in the Des Moines community including work recently completed in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Krause Gateway Center, work with The Principal to reimagine their downtown campus and headquarters, 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 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 Bachelor of Architecture in 2001, and Master of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.

Thomas Hurd, AIA

Disaster Assistance Committee

Thomas Hurd, AIA founded Spatial Designs, a firm that works on diverse projects that specialize in high performance buildings, sustainable design, and renewable energy, in 1983 after working for two other firms in Iowa. He earned his bachelors and Master of Architecture from Iowa State University. He has served on AIA Iowa and AIA national committees, including the AIA National Solar Subject Matter Expert Committee in 2016, and two years as Co-Chair and one year as Chair of the AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee. He has also served as the AIA Iowa Disaster Assistance Coordinator since 2007. In addition to his AIA committee affiliations, Hurd has also served on dozens of other committees and boards, including serving as president of the BioVillage USA, LLC Board from 2009 to 2018; serving on the Iowa Heartland Credit Union Board from 2009 to present; and was a FEMA Certified Disaster Management Interoperability Services Operator from 2005-2007, among many others. Hurd has received multiple awards, most of which pertain to sustainability and disaster preparedness; he was recognized as lead designer for the World’s First Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Fueled Tractor in 2009-2015, was awarded the Solar Hero Award by Solar Today magazine in 2010, and was recognized for being part of designing the Disaster Exhibition at the Iowa State Fair Campground Multi-Purpose Shelter in 2014 and 2015. He became Co-Chair of the Disaster Assistance Committee in order to help others.

Steve King, AIA

Membership Committee

Steve King, AIA 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.


Jason Kruse, AIA

Public Relations & Disaster Assistance Committees

Jason Kruse, AIA is an architect at BNIM. Jason attended Iowa State University and has been with BNIM for 8 years. Jason is an architect who is committed to the connection between people and place. Kruse has served on several AIA Iowa Convention Committees in the past and served on the Public Relations committee for 3 years prior to becoming Co-Chair of the Committee in 2019. Kruse will also serve as Co-Chair of the Disaster Assistance Committee in 2020. Kruse believes AIA Iowa exemplifies the idea that a success for one is a success for all and works on behalf of the entire design community to share the importance of good design throughout Iowa communities, and he is honored to serve AIA Iowa’s continued mission as Co-Chair of the PR Committee and Co-Chair of the Disaster Assistance Committee.

Michael Lewis, AIA

Government Affairs Committee

Michael Lewis, AIA is an Institutional Team Leader at 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. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and was Senior Vice President and Managing Principal at Durrant for 11 years before he moved to Shive-Hattery, Inc. in 2012.  Lewis is Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, an AIA Iowa Committee whose purpose is to communicate legislative concerns and lobby on behalf of the AIA Iowa Membership, their practices, and the profession of architecture while upholding the ethical commitment of an architect—to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Nick Lindsley, AIA

Finance Committee

Nick Lindsley, AIA, is project architect and shareholder at Neumann Monson Architects, an innovative design practice with studios in Iowa City and Des Moines.  Lindsley graduated from Iowa State University, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) with a secondary major of Environmental Studies in 2009.  He has helped lead projects recognized with awards for design excellence from AIA Iowa, AIA Central States Region, and IIDA Great Plains Chapter.  In 2018, he was awarded with AIA Iowa’s Young Architect Award.  He has also served as President and Board Member of the AIA Iowa South East Iowa Architecture Section, an editorial board member for Iowa Architect Magazine, and Assistant Professor of Practice at ISU. Nick is serving as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for 2020.

Kent Lutz, AIA

Professional Development Committee

Kent Lutz, AIA is a Principle Architect at CMBA Architects, a Des Moines firm that seeks to inspire the public with “upward thinking” and a whole new approach to collaborative excellence with a team that is inspired to think “up” to the next level of innovation and creativity through the design process. He attended the University of Kansas and has been with CMBA Architects for 23 years. He works on projects in the category of Higher Education and was a board member of CIAS. Lutz has also served the AIA Iowa Chapter as the Convention Committee Chair and has worked on awards, facilities, and workshops for AIA Iowa’s Annual Convention. He is currently the Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He joined the Professional Development Committee because he believes the AIA Iowa Chapter is strong and he wants to help it continue to grow while helping its members continue to advance.


Jamie Malloy, AIA

Awards Committee

Jamie Malloy, AIA is owner and principal architect at Studio MELEE in Des Moines. During his 18-year career, Jamie has had the opportunity to design, manage and oversee the construction of nearly 300 projects ranging in size from $20,000 to $20,000,000 and ranging in scope from public art installations to federal buildings. Jamie has a long history of working on many significant K-12 educational projects for the Des Moines Public Schools and other districts across the state of Iowa. He has completed projects ranging from complex district master planning to new facilities, renovations and secure entry configurations. Jamie has served on the AIA Iowa Fall Convention Committee and is in his first year as Awards Committee Chair.

Shannon McGee, AIA

Convention Committee

Shannon McGee, AIA is an architect at INVISION, a planning, architecture, and interiors firm that builds collaborative relationships resulting in holistic and innovative solutions for its clients and communities. She attended Iowa State University and has been with INVISION for almost 4 years. She is currently working on primarily healthcare projects, one of which is a clinic addition to Monroe County Hospital & Clinics in Albia, IA. McGee has also been working on projects in the kitchen/restaurant industry, a distillery, and on a Ronald McDonald House. Shannon was previously chair of the Awards Committee for AIA Iowa. Outside of AIA Iowa, she is also co-chairing the Educations & Programs Committee for Iowa Women in Architecture and is a Team Leader for ACE, where she mentors high school students interested in the construction industry.


Edd Soenke, AIA

Disaster Assistance Committee

Edd Soenke, AIA is the Principle and owner of The Design Partnership, a firm well versed in the design of environmental learning centers and program management. He earned his BS in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1966 and founded TDP in 1973 in West Des Moines, IA, where he focuses on building projects in categories of Education, Historic, and Religious across Iowa and Nebraska. Soenke was elevated to Fellow in The Construction Specifications Institute in 1995 after serving as president in 2007. After serving as an active member since 1974, Soenke was also on the Board as Treasurer of the National Institute of Building Sciences, where he developed disaster assistance programs inside and outside the United States. He won NIBS top honor is 2016 while continually serving as chair of the Low Vision Design Committee. Soenke has been an active member of AIA Iowa since 1972 and served on the Board and on the Iowa Architect Magazine Committee in the 1980s. He also chaired and co-chaired Architects-in-the-Schools, the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s Community Design Program Committee, where he helped lead 18 charrettes over the years. Soenke is Co-Chair of the Disaster Assistance Committee and is dedicated to the mission of the Committee. He utilizes his experience gained from being co-chair of the FEMA Disaster Assistance Teams for the flood recovery of Cedar Rapids in 2008 and Grand Forks in 1997 to establish and educate AIA Iowa members for flood and hurricane recovery teams for Iowa.

Hoang Tran, Assoc. AIA

Emerging Professionals Committee

Hoang Tran, Assoc. AIA is a design professional with INVISION Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 2013 from Iowa State University. Hoang has lived in Des Moines for over 15 years, and serves the community as a volunteer with many organizations, including AIA Annual Fall Convention Committee, AIA Public Relations Committee, Iowa Architecture Foundation walking tour guide, ArtForce Iowa artist mentor, ACE mentor, and Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. He also served as Associate Director for the AIA Iowa Board in 2019.

Joe Wallace, AIA

Public Relations Committee

Joe Wallace, AIA is an Architect at OPN Architects, Inc., a regional, knowledge-based design firm with more than 110 designers working on projects across the Midwest. Wallace earned his Master of Architecture from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been with OPN for 7 years. He works on all types of projects, but is primarily focused in the corporate, civic, and K-12 markets. His favorite project experience to date was the opportunity to work alongside Renzo Piano throughout the design of Krause Gateway Center in downtown Des Moines.  Wallace is actively engaged in his community in several ways. He’s earned his Citizen Architect certification on both Advocacy and Community Tracks with AIA Iowa. In addition, he served on the jury for the AIA Iowa Educator of the Year Awards in 2015 and is a member of the City of West Des Moines Public Art Commission Work Group. At OPN, He chairs the annual United Way Campaign for United Way of Central Iowa and plays an integral role on the Canstruction team for the Annual Central Iowa Foodbank. In support of OPN’s 40th Anniversary in 2019, Joe has taken a lead role in a community design project, securing partnerships and fundraising to complete a new camp store for Easter Seals Iowa’s Camp Sunnyside.  As Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee, Joe is passionate about the influence of positive, insightful design and serving AIA Iowa’s Membership by increasing the public awareness in the state of Iowa (and beyond). He enjoys interfacing the general public, allied membership, and the professional architecture community through fun, impactful initiatives.

Alan Wieskamp, AIA

Government Affairs Committee

Alan Wieskamp, AIA has been an architect at the Iowa City location of Shive-Hattery, Inc., for 15 years. Shive-Hattery is a Midwest-based architecture and engineering firm with 8 offices located in 4 states that has provided single source solutions to clients with unique design services for 125 years. A graduate of Iowa State University, he works on a wide variety of projects with a focus on working for Government (City, County, State, and Federal) with a specialty for historic preservation and rehabilitation. Early in his career, he was able to do the research on and document the most important historic properties in the United States, most notably the White House, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Independence Hall, and most of the other buildings within Independence Historic Park. Everywhere Alan has lived, he has volunteered in some capacity. He was the Planning and Zoning Commissioner for City of Hills; chaired a special committee for revisions to the zoning code for the City of Sioux Falls, SD; was a board member and vice-president/president elect for AIA South Dakota; Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Design-South Dakota (non-profit group that provides master planning design services to small communities); was a board member of AIA Iowa; and is the current co-chair for AIA Iowa’s Government Affairs Committee. Alan has worked with government entities his whole career, and his passion for finding common ground with various stakeholders fits well with the mission of the AIA Iowa Government Affairs Committee.


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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Steven J. Oberbroeckling says...
Posted Thursday, June 18, 2020
Thanks Justin, Joe, Jason, Dan,Matthew, Danielle, Thomas, Steve, Jason, Michael, Nick, Kent, Jamie, Shannon, Edd, Hoang, Joe and Alan. Sincerely, Steve; Steven J. Oberbroeckling, AIA, Licensed Professional Architect - Iowa 03072 (Oberbroeckling & Associates PC [Professional Corporation – State of Iowa, 42-1421268] O&A PC) 205 Terrace Road; Des Moines, Iowa 50312-5425 (office and residence) oberbro@netins.net office and residence: (515) 282-8419. mobile: (515) 305-9408

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