Jonathan Ramsey AIA

Jonathan Ramsey AIA

Des Moines, IA, US



Jonathan Ramsey  AIA  NCARB  LEED AP BD+C

Jonathan is a registered architect and an Associate at BNIM. He guides commercial and residential clients through the design and construction process with his multifaceted communication skills, employing creative and analytical thinking to arrive at solutions that elegantly and efficiently achieve project goals. He is both a collaborator and leader, adept at managing project team members and specialized consultants to complete complex projects on time and in budget.


Trusted Client Leader

Lead client team of diverse stakeholders at Iowa State University through a multi-year design process for an $8.1m construction project, identifying needs and successfully implementing appropriate solutions.

Experienced Project Manager

Managed workflow, schedule and budget for 8 projects totalling over $27m and 136,000 SF. Consistently achieved documentation deadlines and aligned project scope with budget.

Creative Vision Coordinator

Developed creative vision and directed teams of consultants and colleagues through a highly collaborative integrated design process incorporating hundreds of interconnected decisions.

Sustainability Expert

Employed triple bottom line values to develop low and no cost design strategies which contributed to a building that has been measured to use 34% less energy than the ASHRAE 2010 baseline.  Achieved LEED Gold project certification.

Information Synthesizer

Researched, developed and delivered LEED for Existing Buildings training program to University of Iowa Facilities Department. Based on success of these programs, was hired to develop feasibility studies for pursuing LEED certification of two existing campus buildings.

Award Winning Architect

Recognized at the state and regional levels for the highest level of design excellence.


Review Portfolio of Selected Works


BNIM, Des Moines, IA, US, Associate / Project Manager / Project Architect

May 2007 - current

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, US, Part-time Lecturer | Adjunct Faculty

Architectural Studio Instructor (3 semesters)

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

HLKB Architecture, Des Moines, IA, US, Project Architect

Mar 2005 - May 2007

Machado Silvetti, Malibu, CA, US, Design Team Construction Representative - The Getty Villa

Sep 2001 - Mar 2005


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Henry Adams Medalist

Aug 1998 - May 2001

Miami University, Oxford, OH, US, Bachelor of Environmental Design

Summa Cum Laude

Aug 1992 - May 1996


AIA Iowa Honor Award, Award


AIA Central States Region Honor Award, Award


AIA Kansas Honor Award, Award


Henry Adams Medalist - Harvard University, 1st Place

Awarded to top-ranking MArch graduate.


Areas of Specialization