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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Iowa Building Developments, United States of America. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the state. The focus is on contemporary Iowa buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Iowa Architecture News

May 15, 2021
Glass Cabin, Fairbank, Northeast Iowa
Design: atelierRISTING llc Architects
Glass Cabin Fairbank, Iowa home
photography : by Steven and Carol Risting
Glass Cabin, Fairbank
Reclaimed glass, natural materials, and the regenerated prairie on the land of a sesquicentennial farm entrusted to the grandkids was the genesis of the design-build for the off-grid Glass Cabin in Northeastern Iowa.

Nov 11, 2020
Lutheran Church of Hope-Grimes, Grimes, IA
Design: BNIM Architects
Lutheran Church of Hope-Grimes, Iowa building
photo : Nick Merrick
Lutheran Church of Hope-Grimes Building
Lutheran Church of Hope-Grimes is a satellite facility of a large, multi-campus Evangelical Lutheran Church in the heart of Iowa. The 21,150 sqft building serves as a community and worship center for a fast-growing congregation within an expanding rural community.

Iowa Architecture News 2006 – 2018

Aug 12, 2018
Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with OPN Architects
Hancher Auditorium Iowa City building
photo : Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
Hancher Auditorium Iowa City Building
Widely recognized for commissioning new works of dance and music, Hancher reaches audiences beyond the University of Iowa.

Mar 28, 2018
Voxman Music Building, IA
Design: LMN Architects
Voxman Music Building
photo : Tim Griffith
Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa
The Voxman Music Building celebrates musical performance at every turn, embracing a collaborative and exploratory student-driven model of education that treats every space as performance space. The building shares this sense of musical discovery with the community through a transparent expression.

Apr 7, 2017
University of Iowa Visual Arts, IA
Design: Steven Holl Architects
University of Iowa Visual Arts Building
photographs © Iwan Baan
University of Iowa Visual Arts Building
The Visual Arts Building replaces an original arts building from 1936, which was heavily damaged during a flood of the University of Iowa campus in June 2008. The new building forms an Arts Quad with Art Building West, which was designed by Steven Holl Architects and has drawn students from all over campus to its social spaces and library since opening in 2006.

Nov 15, 2016
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, IA
Design: Foster + Partners, architects
University of Iowa Childrens Hospital
photography © Nigel Young_Foster + Partners
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
The new 50,000 sqm (530,000-sqft) children’s hospital focusses on making the often traumatic experience of being in a hospital more compassionate for young patients and their families. The hospital is the first phase of a larger masterplan by Foster + Partners, which will modernize the university’s healthcare campus and improve quality of care.

Apr 15, 2016
Shelters for US Soldiers by Iowa State University Graduate Design Students
Shelters for US Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan
images courtesy Iowa State University
Iowa State University Graduate Design Students Shelters for US Soldiers
Graduate design students at Iowa State University have created conceptual schemes for shelters that would house US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and help give them a sense of safety.
The schemes were produced as part of a new studio called In Harm’s Way, led by Lee Cagley, a professor and chair of the school’s interior design department.

Major Iowa Buildings, alphabetical:

Des Moines Public Library, Des Moines
Date built: 2007
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
Des Moines Public Library building USA
photo © Farshid Assassi
Client: Des Moines Public Library
RIBA International Award 2007

Figge Art Museum – New Museum of Art in Davenport
Date built: 2006
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
architecture competition winner – 10,000 sqm building area

Prinicpal Mutual Life Insurance Company – Expansion, Des Moines
Dates built: 1993-96
Design: Murphy/Jahn Architects

School for Art & Art History at the University of Iowa, Iowa City
Date built: 2007
Design: Steven Holl Architects
University of Iowa School for Art
photo © Andy Ryans from Steven Holl Architects
University of Iowa
The School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa, which opened in September 2006, was awarded in the RIBA International Awards for successfully negotiating its site at the crossing of two orthogonal paths in the campus, at a place where the city grid is interrupted by natural landscape in the form of a small lagoon and a limestone bluff. The jury writes “This engagement with the conditions of the elements of the site is one of the scheme’s most striking aspects. It feels like this would be a very good place in which to make and study art.”

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Farnsworth House, Plano
Design: Architect Mies van der Rohe
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Confluence Park, San Antonio
Design: Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys
Confluence Park San Antonio, Texas
photo : Casey Dunn
Confluence Park San Antonio

University of Iowa School of Art: RIBA Awards 2007 – RIBA International Award

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