Danielle Hermann, an Associate Principal at OPN, was honored by AIA Iowa as this year’s Young Architect at the state convention on Sept. 22.
It’s a well-deserved designation. Danielle has established herself as a leader in the firm and within the field. An advocate for diversity in the industry. She is a founder and charter member of Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia), a non-profit education organization to sup-port and promote women involved in the design and construction of the built environment. Danielle is also the founder of AIA Iowa’s Diversity Committee which explores relevant issues within the architectural community and assists in the development of programs and initiatives that foster and sustain cultural breadth and inclusion. She is a secretary for the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the “I Have a Dream” Foundation Board.
She has been recognized for her commitment to the industry both by her peers with a Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University’s Alumni Association and the College of Design in 2013 and her community. Danielle was named one of the Des Moines Business Record’s 40 Under 40 in 2012 and received Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards from the City of Des Moines in 2007 and 2011. In addition to her work at OPN, she has held the position of Lecturer at Iowa State University, teaching third-year architecture students. She received both her Bachelors of Architecture in 2001, and Masters of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.
Though her background has afforded her the opportunity to touch a broad range of project types, her work with historic structures and corporate environments stands out. Danielle has been involved in the restoration and rehabilitation of some of the Des Moines area’s most significant historic sites, such as the renaissance of the historic East Village neighborhood, the restoration of the Salisbury House, the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, and her work at Terrace Hill, the Iowa Governor’s Mansion. Danielle has also executed a Master Plan for The Principal Financial Group that is transforming its global headquarters, and is currently leading work on the Krause Gateway Center in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Danielle, who is originally from West Union, and her husband, Dr. Joseph R. Hermann (’99 animal science, MS ’02 animal nutrition, PhD ’08 vet microbiology), have two daughters: Lily and Claire.