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February 18, 2022


The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University has been awarded 'Best of Show' 2021 by 1000 Friends of Iowa.

Every year the 1000 Friends of Iowa selects the Best Development Award recipients, acknowleding developments that design for smart growth and employ sustainable practices. The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement was recognized in the special 'Best of Show' category for its comprehensive incorporation of smart building and development practices in one of the city of Des Moines' oldest neighborhoods.

Accessibility and sustainability was at the forefront of the site design for the Harkin Institute. Accessble parking was a key design driver in the site layout, with extra ADA parking stalls located close to each primary building entrance. Stormwater treatment and green infrastructure establish the character and aesthetic of the site, with a series of biorentention cells and native plantings surrounding the Institute and bringing awareness to sustainability in the everyday environment. The Harkin Institute is a Green Globes certified project.

Check out all the Best Development Award winners at this LINK.

Architecture: BNIM   //  General Contractor: Weitz  // Photography: Kelly Callewaert  //  In collaboration with Drake University

May 9, 2017


The Genus Team would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member, Fan Kai! We're looking forward to a great three months with him this summer. Fan Kai will be a 4th year Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Student when he goes back to school in the Fall.

May 4, 2017


Genus Landscape Architects has an opportunity for a talented landscape architect to join our studio as a project landscape architect, with opportunity for position advancement.  We are seeking someone who thrives on responsibility, is a multi-tasker, can run a project from start-up thru close-out and understands how to detail projects in the Midwest.  Appreciation for design excellence and attention to detail is a must, as is a collaborative spirit. A minimum of 4 years of private practice experience and registration as a landscape architect are strongly preferred. Competency with AutoCad, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite and SketchUp are requirements.
Resumes will be accepted thru 5 p.m. on May 19, 2017.  All applications and conversations will remain confidential.
Genus offers retirement plan with company match, family-friendly culture, paid time off- including bonus time for year end holidays, annual bonus program, competitive salary based upon skills/experience, insurance and career advancement opportunity.

Email cover letter, resume and PDF of work samples to:
Brett Douglas, ASLA, PLA