Rick Seely Promoted to Principal at OPN

Des Moines, IA – Richard Seely, AIA is now a principal at OPN Architects. An Associate since 2005, Seely has built an extensive portfolio of high-profile and award-winning work. He joins Terry Gebard, AIA as principal in the Des Moines office.

Seely’s practice has been built on the planning and design of large, complex projects for wide range of clients – including work at the state universities and for Fortune 500 companies. Notable projects include the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, a LEED Gold building that was recognized by the American Institute of Architects – Iowa Chapter with an award for design excellence, and Bright Grandview Clubhouse, a civic project which also won an AIA award for design in 2012. Seely’s expertise extends to historic restoration projects, as well. His work includes the restoration of Salisbury House, a historic mansion which now serves as a museum and cultural center, and the restoration of Hoyt Sherman Place a grand, historic theater located in Des Moines.

Seely is widely recognized as a leader in the professional community. In 2011, Seely served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In his role he championed the responsibility of architects and firms to embrace innovative, sustainable design practices.