Alumni Profiles

‚ÄčKatie Harms

(BArch 2003 Architecture)
Architect, OPN Architects
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Key accomplishments: First woman from Iowa to receive American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award; founded AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committee to help guide emerging professionals through the internship and licensure process.

Critical skills: Design acumen, collaboration, communication (especially being able to convey an idea and sell it), keeping up with technology.

Recent projects: Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse, Cedar Rapids Event Center, Iowa State University Coover Hall Addition and Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa, winner of an AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Merit Award.

Most rewarding: I play many roles at OPN, from producing construction documents to designing and managing projects to working with clients and coordinating with consultants. I enjoy seeing a project through to completion and the reward of a happy client.