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Paul Mankins FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Paul Mankins is widely regarded as one of the leading design practitioners in the Midwest. During the last three decades he has directed the design of significant corporate, residential, civic and higher education facilities recognized with over 50 design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). These projects include the Principal Riverwalk Pavilion and Pump Station along the Des Moines River, the renovation of the Oreon E. Scott Chapel at Drake University, and Des Moines’ New Central Library. In addition, he has taught architectural design at Iowa State University (ISU) since 1998, and is a frequent academic and professional design awards juror nationwide. In recognition of his contributions to the profession, Paul received the Design Achievement Award from ISU in 1998, the Young Architects Award from the AIA in 2003, and in 2004 he was elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows. In 2011, Paul was named a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA for his efforts leading the Institute, and in 2013 he received AIA Iowa’s Medal of Honor – the highest honor the chapter can bestow. As a complement to his architectural work, Paul is an Emeritus Board Member and past President of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation. In addition, he has served as a member of the Board of Regents for the American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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