Danielle Hermann, AIA, (shown third from left) along with other founding members of Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia), was awarded the Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University’s Alumni Association and the College of Design. iaWai is a non-profit education organization to support and promote women involved in the design and construction of the built environment.
Hermann is a project architect for OPN Architects, Inc. and past director of archives for iaWia. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the “I Have a Dream” Foundation Board. Hermann 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. She and her husband, Dr. Joseph R. Hermann (’99 animal science, MS ’02 animal nutrition, PhD ’08 vet microbiology), have two daughters: Lily and Claire.
With more than 50 years of combined experience as practitioners and educators in architecture and urban design, Danielle Hermann, Erin Olson-Douglas, LaDan Omidvar, and Ann Sobiech Munson in 2011 established Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia), a nonprofit educational organization to support and promote women involved in the design and construction of the built environment.
Through activities such as networking, peer mentorship, professional development, research initiatives, and community outreach programs, iaWia seeks to empower its members, celebrate the contributions of women design professionals, and serve as a resource for women at all stages of their careers. The group holds major quarterly events and engages in activities to increase the visibility of women in design and related fields, advocate for issues relevant to these women, advance women in leadership positions, and lead discussion about cultural change in design professions. A student chapter at ISU extends these opportunities to students and faculty and responds to their particular needs.
To read more, go to Iowa State University’s Alumni Association’s website.