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Des Moines Metro Architects Elected to 2020 AIA Iowa Board

Thursday, January 2, 2020   (0 Comments)

Des Moines, Iowa (January 2, 2020) – The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), has elected several Des Moines Metro area individuals to serve on the 2020 AIA Iowa Board of Directors: Tonia Householder, AIA, President; Dan Drendel, AIA, First Vice President; Kerry Weig, AIA, Second Vice President; Steve King, AIA, Secretary; Danielle Hermann, AIA, Past President; Naura Heiman Godar, AIA, Director; Kevin Wagner, AIA, Director; Noah Diemer, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director; Todd Mithelman, AIA Iowa Allied Member, Allied Director; Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, ISU Representative; and Brandon Maxey, AIA Iowa Study Affiliate, AIAS Representative.

Other AIA Iowa elected officials outside of the Metro include: Nick Lindsley, AIA, Treasurer; Jacob Allen, AIA, Director; Pete Franks, AIA, Director; and Lisa Kalaher, AIA, Director.

Tonia Householder, AIA, 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.  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.

Tonia 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.

Dan Drendel, AIA, First Vice President

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.

Kerry Weig, AIA, Second Vice President

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.  Kerry 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.

Steve King, AIA, Secretary

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. Steve combines his expertise in architecture and historic preservation by overseeing the state’s efforts to identify and preserve Iowa’s historical assets.

Danielle Hermann, AIA, Past 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, Danielle 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.  Danielle 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.  Danielle received both her Bachelors of Architecture in 2001, and Masters of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.

Naura Heiman Godar, AIA Director
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. She 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.  Naura received her Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2002.

Kevin Wagner, AIA, Director

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. Kevin 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, Kevin was the recipient of AIA Iowa’s Young Architect Award.

Noah Diemer, AIA Associate Director

Noah Diemer, 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.

Todd Mithelman, AIA Iowa Allied Member, Allied Director

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, Todd 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, Todd and his wife Colette, live in Johnston and have three adult children.  He loves to golf, landscape, and BBQ.

Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, ISU Representative

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. Deborah 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.

Brandon Maxey, AIA Iowa Student Affiliate Member, AIAS President

Brandon Maxey is a fifth-year Bachelors of Architecture Student at Iowa State University. He will graduate in May of 2020 with a sustainability minor and a digital media minor, and hopes to utilize those in 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 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. 

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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