OPN Architects is growing. We welcomed more than 20 new employees and interns over the summer. Among the most recent to join OPN’s Cedar Rapids studio are: Andru Meiners, Michelle McCullough, Steve Miller, and Thomas Thatcher.
Andru Meiners is an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Prior to graduating, Andru interned at both CO-OP Architecture and TACKArchitecture. At each firm respectively, he worked on the Aberdeen Public Library, a welcome center for Presentation College and a master plan for the city of Sioux Falls. Andru is driven to make an impact on his community by improving the human experience through architecture. Andru lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife.
Michelle McCullough is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Michelle was an intern at HDR while studying in Lincoln. She’s traveled extensively, including studying in Ehiopia and working with children in Thailand and Ghana. She has a Masters of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver and a Masters of Architecture from University of Nebraska — Lincoln.
A Cedar Rapids native and Iowa State University graduate, Steve Miller has experience in multiple market and project types acquired during his nine years with the award-winning firm, Bushman Dreyfus Architects in Charlottesville, Va. There he led the design of a three-story community theater renovation and a 14,500-square-foot church addition as well as traveled to Africa to design a women’s health clinic. In addition to spending time with his wife and two children, Steve enjoys photography, wood and metal working, ceramics, and cycling. He joined the Cedar Rapids studio as a project
architect in July, and will be transferring to OPN’s Iowa City office
when it opens in August.
Thomas Thatcher, also an Iowa State University graduate, interned at Kelly & Stone Architects prior to graduating and joining OPN. He won a design competition for his design of an urban high rise hotel in downtown Seattle. While at ISU, Thomas studied in Rome, Italy, and spent a summer in New York city designing an alternative housing studio.