Category : Architecture

Three Ways Design Can Help Prevent Burnout in Healthcare

Even as the country moves forward from the worst phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of burnout persists. Though many of the solutions are systemic, there are things designers can do to address the issue.

Healthcare worker burnout is nothing new.…

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Reinvesting in Valley Junction

How the design and construction of two new buildings in West Des Moines, Iowa reflect the community’s historic aesthetic, address a critical need and create opportunities for social connection.

In West Des Moines, Iowa sits a gathering place – what some have called the heart and soul of West Des Moines.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part Three: Find Your Purpose

In our third and final installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series, we discuss the value of purpose-driven work and how supporting and lifting up others benefits us all.

We officially close out our Women’s History Month interview series with a conversation focused on finding meaning in your career, how important it is to pursue work that excites you and what it means to be supported and offer support to others in return.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part Two: There’s No One Right Path

Our second installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series explores why representation matters and what it looks like to carve your unique path to success.

Last week, we officially kicked off our Women’s History Month interview series, with a conversation focused on how women can use their voice to advocate for themselves and each other, and how important it is to find a place where you can be your authentic self.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part One: Speak Up and Be Who You Are

Our inaugural installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series encourages women to use their voice, advocate for each other and seek out ways to be their authentic selves.

Every March, Women’s History Month offers the opportunity to honor and celebrate the contributions and impact of women The month also challenges us to consider how we can combat historic and systemic inequities, raise awareness about biases and act for equality.…

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A Blueprint for Success: Recognizing Women in Planning and Design

The first in RDG’s Women’s History Month series featuring women who challenge us to be better, dream boldly and create meaning together in everything we do.

Women have shaped our lives and communities in a myriad of ways, contributing their knowledge, expertise, skills and perspectives across a spectrum of industries and fields.…

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RDG Des Moines Office

My Summer at RDG

RDG Planning & Design’s interns reflect on their 2021 experience.

Each summer RDG Planning & Design welcomes a group of summer interns to the firm, offering students a real-life lens into the world of design and planning. During this time, RDG interns work alongside professionals in various disciplines and across multiple markets, learning directly from seasoned practitioners and getting hands-on project experience

As RDG’s 2021 class of interns make their way back to their respective universities, they’re taking a moment to reflect on their time with the firm, and how they hope to take what they’ve learned into the future.…

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Designing at the Intersection of Workplace and Urban Environments

An exploration of how to create programmable outdoor workspaces that offer choice and improve physical, emotional and cognitive well-being.

The beginning of 2020 came with significant uncertainty. As we moved forward in the year, the coronavirus began to seep into every facet of our lives, impacting a myriad of everyday experiences – including how and where many people went about their day-to-day work.…

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From the Ground Up: Integrating Story and Site in Higher Education

Exploring RDG’s innovative collaboration with Des Moines University to design a cutting-edge new health science education campus.

The year: 12,000 B.C.

The place: what we know today as Des Moines, Iowa.

Vastly unlike its modern iteration, the ground of this time is blanketed by the Wisconsin Glacier, a large glacial mass that scrapes and flattens the landscape of the upper Midwest like an enormous bulldozer.…

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WELL Design Series: Lighting for Circadian Rhythms and Mental Health

Exploring the WELL Light concept and how integrated teams can create built environments that are visually balanced, enriching spaces to work, live and study.

The concept of an integrated design approach – one that interlaces multiple disciplines to inform the design and construction of a space – is not a new one (we’ve been practicing this way at RDG Planning & Design since our founding).…

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