Leann Pederson Named to Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2024

February 29, 2024
Interior Design Healthcare

A respected interior designer, Pederson has been honored for her professional success and contributions to the community.

RDG Planning & Design Interior Designer and Senior Partner Leann Pederson, IIDA, CHID, LEED AP has been recognized as a member of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2024. The Forty Under 40 Awards are an annual recognition of 40 local leaders under the age of 40, honoring both career achievements and community involvement. Winners are selected by a panel of past recipients and will be officially recognized at the ceremony on March 28, 2024.

“Leann is incredibly driven and passionate about serving our clients. She is instrumental in changing the face of healthcare design, how it is delivered, and improving the experience of providers and patients alike,” said RDG Architect and Senior Partner Nate Gieselman, AIA, NCARB. “It is a privilege to work with her and see the influence of her passion on the team and the clients in the country.”

Pederson has practiced interior design for 15 years. Throughout her tenure at RDG, she has contributed to projects across the firm’s markets, including design for healthcare, education, hospitality and sports projects. As one of only five Certified Healthcare Interior Designers in the state of Iowa, Pederson has contributed significant leadership and guidance to RDG’s Healthcare Market, guiding teams toward innovative design solutions that enhance patient and staff experiences and promote safety and efficiency. She has worked on many notable healthcare projects, including designs for Nebraska Medicine, The Iowa Clinic and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and has also contributed her talent to Des Moines University’s new ground-up medical and health science campus.

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition. I’m driven by listening to client needs to deliver solutions that will benefit them far into the future,” said Pederson. “I appreciate that RDG is a highly flexible company that values its people and provides work-life balance as I’m raising three busy boys.”

Beyond her professional endeavors, Pederson has dedicated much time to professional and civic organizations. As a volunteer and leader, she has significantly impacted the interior design profession, particularly through her work with the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter. Her leadership roles, including a three-year term as president, led to substantial advancements within the organization, benefiting students, professionals and educators alike.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director