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What Inspires You: Doug Wirth

“For me, design is not something that is intellectual; it’s much more of a spontaneous act.” I never think of myself as being particularly inspired… certainly not by any specific influences. My approach to design is mostly just to “Let It Happen”. Every project has at least some parameters (style, scope, type, scale) laid out…

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Getting Approved is a Big Deal

Anyone in the architectural field knows how challenging it can be to get a project from paper to approved to vertical. The countless tweaks to get from an initial concept to a built project will likely never be seen. The work behind the scenes means long, challenging hours and, more often than not, a project…

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A Home That Responds: Thinking Home Challenge

At BSB Design, we encourage our staff to put on their innovative thinking caps at every opportunity. In 2016, we held our first design competition challenging employees to create a unique and collaborative design for our Innovation Lab located at our corporate headquarters in Des Moines. This past August, a new design challenge was announced –…

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BSB Academy Participants are Announced!

BSB Design employees that will be participating in the first BSB Academy Tier 2: Boot Camp program were announced in February. The new program was introduced at the end of January and immediately started accepting applications from interested participants. Dan Swift, President of BSB Design, acknowledged and congratulated all 38 employees for completing and submitting…

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5 Trends to Ace Student Housing Amenities

“Intentional design should be focused through the belief that space is inextricably tied to use, place, and social custom.” – Mark Mitchell On February 13th and 14th, professionals in the student housing industry came together for NAA’s Campus Connex event covering student housing amenity trends. The event included a panel of four people: Chris Coleman…

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What Inspires You: Michael Crocker

I’m influenced by both past and present residential architectural design. It’s inspiring to go down the street of an established older neighborhood bursting with diverse architectural styles. There’s a reason they still feel good today. It’s also stirring to study modern high design homes with the latest design trends and technologies. I’m amazed at the…

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What Inspires You: Andy Penrose

Although I’ve learned through the years about the major architects and their individual styles, I find my inspiration to be less human derived and more compositional, natural and organic. Since my major field of study was art and not an architecture, my sources of inspiration might be somewhat different than most Designers. As an artist…

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International Builders’ Show Recap

We recently welcomed Steve Krob, our Market Development Director to our headquarters in Des Moines, IA. Within his first couple of weeks, he was busy at NAHB’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando making connections and soaking in all IBS has to offer. Being his first time attending IBS, he gave us a recap on his…

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