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Board of Directors

2020 Board of Directors


 

President

Tonia Householder, AIA
INVISION Architecture

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. 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. 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, which remains a passion of hers. She has served as a volunteer on several AIA professional committees and community organizations including the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals and AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committees, AIA Central Iowa Architects Section, Government Affairs Committee, ACE mentor program and Joppa Outreach. In addition, she works to positively impact the architectural profession by working with these various organizations to promote achievements and collaboration throughout the surrounding Central Iowa Communities. As a 2016 Graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and recipient of the 2019 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award, she hopes to expand this impact and outreach throughout the state by sharing a consistent message and tools to create a framework for conversations throughout our communities that can be understood by all.

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Vice President

Dan Drendel, AIA
Slingshot Architecture

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.

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2nd Vice President

Kerry Weig, AIA
INVISION Architecture

Kerry Weig, AIA, is a Principal 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 the Governor’s North Central Region STEM Advisory Board.  She currently serves on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, the Main Street Nevada board, and several other positions in her community and church. Kerry is motivated by her dedication to service-to clients and teammates professionally, to her family personally, and to the communities she is involved with as a result of both.

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Secretary

Steve King, AIA
RDG Planning & Design

Steve King, AIA joined RDG Planning & Design as an Architect in late 2019, bringing his wealth of program management and architecture skills to the highly collaborative, multidisciplinary design firm. His 27-plus years of experience ranges across a variety of project types, from corporate and residential to historic preservation and adaptive reuse. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his projects and design work. Steve understands the work of the architect in a broad context, having prior experience as Iowa's Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer/Chief Preservation Architect, as well as high-level participation in agency planning and business development. His active involvement and leadership in civic and professional organizations keeps him continually open to new approaches and ideas. 

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Treasurer

Nick Lindsley, AIA
Neumann Monson Architects

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.

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Past President

Danielle Hermann, AIA
OPN Architects, Inc.

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 Bachelors of Architecture in 2001, and Masters of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.

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Director

Naura Heiman Godar, AIA
RDG Planning & Design 

Naura Heiman Godar, AIA is a studio director and senior partner at RDG Planning and Design, an architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, visual art and planning corporation.  Naura has lived in Des Moines for twelve years and served the AIA in many capacities during her tenure. Naura serves as the AIA board representative for the Iowa Environmental Council, is an active Rotarian in the West Des Moines club, a board member of the Des Moines Music Coalition, and a mom of two wonderfully energetic and inquisitive boys. She has built a multitude of building types and is conversant in many building conditions.  Heiman Godar received her Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2002.

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Director

Kevin Wagner, AIA
Substance Architecture 

Kevin Wagner is an Architect at Substance Architecture, a collaborative design practice established in Des Moines, Iowa in 2005. He joined Substance in 2011 after making the move from Chicago to Iowa in 2005. While at Substance, Kevin has managed several projects for large corporate, residential, and Board of Regents clients. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University, and has served as an adjunct lecturer for the University’s architecture department, contributing to an ongoing office investigation into the Mississippi River Watershed region, and continues to participate as a critic on design studio juries. His work has received numerous awards and has been featured in national and international publications and exhibitions. Wagner has presented workshops at state-wide conferences as an member and former Co-Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee, and is currently serving as Director on the AIA Iowa Board of Directors. In 2017, Wagner was the recipient of AIA Iowa’s Young Architect Award.

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Director

Pete Franks, AIA
Franks Design Group 

A Pennsylvania native and well-rooted Iowa transplant, Pete Franks, AIA, is a graduate of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.  He has been a Registered Architect and AIA member since 1992.  His professional experience includes time with firms in Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Omaha.  Pete is the president of The Franks Design Group, PC of Glenwood, Iowa; an architecture practice specializing in the appropriate treatment of existing and historic buildings.  Since the firm’s 2006 establishment, their historic work has been recognized by Main Street Iowa and Preservation Iowa.  Prior to joining the AIA Iowa Board in 2019, Pete’s professional and community service included presenting at multiple conferences and continuing education events, eight years as an elected school board member in southwest Iowa’s Mills County.

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Director

Jacob Allen, AIA
Rohrbach Associates PC

Jacob Allen, AIA is a project architect at Rohrbach Associates PC and a resident of Iowa City. He has served on the Southeast Iowa Architects Section for three years and is also a board member of the CRANDIC chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, and prior to receiving his Master’s of Architecture from Iowa State, he spent several years working as a contractor. Jacob has worked as a project architect for both design firms and developers, working on a diverse range of project types of various scope across the state of Iowa. His volunteer work has included teaching architecture for the ACE Mentorship and IowaBIG programs.

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Director

Lisa Kalaher, AIA
PLaN Architecture

Lisa Kalaher is an architect and community activist residing in Sioux City, Iowa. She is an instigator of change and progress. In 2010 she co-founded PLaN Architecture, where she and her firm have received numerous recognitions in both design and community engagement. She has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s community-based culture. In addition to practice and volunteerism, Lisa has continued her entrepreneurial spirit and founded Mod House Interiors in Sioux City to help fill a much needed gap in modern furnishings. Lisa is committed to raising awareness of the merits of design in our communities and has fashioned a career to achieve that end.  

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Associate Director

Noah Diemer, Assoc. AIA
Shive-Hattery Architects & Engineers

Noah Diemer, Assoc. AIA, is an architect at Shive-Hattery Architects and Engineers, a multi-disciplinary firm that strives to build trusted, long-term relationships for those we serve. During his time at Shive-Hattery, he has worked on a wide range of project types, ranging healthcare to higher education to non-profit. He has also had the chance to give back to the community through AIA Iowa’s Canstruction, for which he has been the Shive-Hattery team leader for several years. Noah received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2015. Since that time, he has continued to promote architectural education by being a mentor for the Waukee APEX program, a program for students interested in careers in architecture and engineering.

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Allied Director

Todd Mithelman 
Mannington Commercial 

Todd Mithelman has worked in the architectural and interior design communities for nearly 30 years, representing Mannington Commercial in Iowa and Nebraska. A native Iowan, Mithelman received his degree in Business Management from Luther College in 1990. He has been actively involved in both AIA and IIDA serving on various committees and supporting each organization as a legacy sponsor. He was IIDA Great Plains Chapter Industry Representative of the Year in 2014 and currently serves as a public member of the State of Iowa Interior Design Examining Board. Active in church and local school groups, Mithelman and his wife Colette, live in Johnston and have three adult children. He loves to golf, landscape, and BBQ.

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ISU Representative

Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA
Chair, Department of Architecture

Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University. ISU Architecture offers two professional degrees: BArch & MArch, as well as a Master of Science research degree program. It is home to approximately 500 students and 40 faculty. Prior to her arrival at ISU 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. Deborah lectures and publishes internationally on her research, which draws on a trans-disciplinary approach to architecture, including disciplines such as philosophy, culture and media studies, social science, and neuroscience. 

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AIAS President

Benjamin Hansen
Iowa State University

Benjamin Hansen is a fifth year Bachelor of Architecture student at Iowa State University. He will be graduating in May of 2021 with a minor in sustainability. Growing up in nearby Bondurant, Iowa, he has always been determined to become a Cyclone. When not in class, he enjoys photography and watching his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Central States Region Strategic Counselor 2019-2021

Mindy Aust, AIA
MA Architecture 

Armed with a passion for public architecture, coupled with a commitment to mentorship and community involvement, Mindy Aust has devoted her career to thoughtful design of public spaces, including multiple award-winning federal government, public library and university campus projects. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in entrepreneurial studies from Iowa State University in 2001. As a Principal of MA Architecture, she is a strong advocate for excellent design and its benefit to communities. Aust uses her expertise to advance the profession in multiple contexts. As a complement to her architectural work, she is a leader within the AIA serving as President of AIA Iowa in 2016, as well as serving on a number of community boards and committees. In recognition of her significant contributions to the profession early in her career, Mindy was recognized with a 2016 National AIA Young Architect Award and a 2018 ISU Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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Central States Region Strategic Counselor 2018-2020

Laura Lesniewski, AIA
BNIM, Kansas City, MO

Laura Lesniewski, AIA, has been with BNIM in Kansas City for 25 years.  She works across a broad range of project types, all searching for sustainable solutions that engage the individuals and communities for whom they are designed. Most recently, in 2018, two projects have been recognized by AIA Kansas City, AIA Kansas, and/or AIA Central States with design awards.  The first is an addition and renovation to Jacob’s Well Church facilities in Kansas City, Missouri that focuses on providing diversity of gathering spaces, accessibility to the existing structure, and hospitality to visitors.  The other project comes from a ten-year partnership with a remote rural community in northwest Kenya who saw the need for secondary education in their community.  The result is the ongoing establishment of Asilong Christian High School, a campus that emphasizes response to regional climate, incorporation of local culture and labor, and more durable construction techniques while incorporating local materials.  Lesniewski became a regional Strategic Councilor first because she was asked by her local component, AIA Kansas City. The role of the Council is intriguing to her in its mandate to be the think tank of the Institute, to imagine the future, and to test ideas that may benefit all members and the profession at large.

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