Recognized Achievements – RDG Welcomes New Partners

During our annual stockholder’s meeting, we had the pleasure of elevating and recognizing eight new partners. These individuals possess the talent, skill, expertise and dedication to clients that enable our continued success, and we proudly call them RDG family.


Mike Chambers, PE | Engineer: “I do what I do, because the first thing most people say upon experiencing an RDG-designed project is WOW! what a great electrical system!” But in all seriousness, Mike knows electrical systems, he’s worked in all aspects of the electrical design and installation process since beginning as an electrician’s apprentice in 1979. One of his proudest accomplishments is the High Trestle Trail Bridge, for its collaboration of art, engineering, lighting and landscape architecture and recognition as one of the nation’s top destinations for cyclists.


Patricia Boddy, PE | Engineer/Director of Sustainability: “I enjoy engaging with communities and focusing on projects with the means to achieve social, environmental and economic results.” Pat is a registered professional engineer with a master’s degree in water resources. She has vision and clarity to see potential in a project to be a “true community game-changer,” the drive to find the steps and consensus to implement, and the passion and energy to see it through to completion. Some of her proudest accomplishments include work on The Tomorrow Plan, Jester Park Nature Center, Clive Greenbelt, and Walnut Creek Watershed Plan.  She also champions our Design Residency, now in its 6th year, and enjoys working collaboratively with students, community members and practitioners through a process that integrates multi-disciplinary design.




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Nate Gieselman, AIA | Architect: “The best part of this career is building relationships, finding ways to put our clients in situations where they become successful – and doing it with a team of great people.” Nate’s incomparable contributions to healthcare, higher education, worship, housing, and school projects have helped propel RDG into a leading firm in each of these markets. A project that he is extremely pleased to have been involved with and excited to see become operational is The Nebraska Medical Center Lauritzen Outpatient Center.

Ryan D. Peterson, PLA, ASLA | Landscape Architect: “I enjoy connecting people to the outdoors; helping others see the natural environment for what it is … and … what it can be.” In Ryan’s 10 years at RDG, he has developed projects for clients that will significantly improve the condition of our land and waterways for years to come, and continues to challenge our cultural thinking on sustainability.

Naura Godar, AIA | Architect: “I love being a part of a team and being able to touch the fruits of my labor when a project is complete.” Naura brings energy and enthusiasm for working with groups, large or small, to determine the best design solutions. She is thrilled for the opportunity to begin work on the Iowa Events Center Hotel.

Matt Niebuhr | Artist and Designer: On being a creative: “My task is to listen and learn; to be a sponge, then with a leap of faith, articulate, translate, and transform it into an experience.” Matt uses his skills as both an artist and an architectural designer to help transform clients’ ideas into meaningful experiences in the built environment. A project that has meaning for Matt is Simpson College, Beneath the Whispering Maples, an integrated art and landscape plaza project, Indianola, Iowa and the recently completed ISU Research Park Core Economic Development Center offices, Ames, Iowa.

Michelle Sacco, AIA, LEED®AP BD + C | Architect: “I LOVE historic architecture and I want others to discover and appreciate good design.” Michelle serves as the LEED coordinator for our restoration studio, helping clients restore, preserve and rehabilitate buildings using the gentlest means possible. She believes every project has the unique opportunity to respect the past, serve the needs of current users, and create a statement for future generations to appreciate, and is extremely proud to have worked on the World Food Prize project from beginning to completion.

Jason Blome, PLA, ASLA, LEED®AP | Landscape Architect: “My mission as a landscape architect is to have a positive and meaningful impact on someone else’s life.” And since joining RDG in 2008, he’s done just that, in contributing to a wide variety of parks, community recreation, and sports projects.  A few that are significant to him, include the Iowa State University’s Cyclone Sports Complex, the Barbara Hibner Soccer Stadium and Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Precedence Park in Ankeny. Jason has served on the ASLA Executive Committee and is a member at the RDG designed Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny.

We recognize that innovation, leadership, dedication, and commitment are imperative to the growth and diversity of our firm, and we offer our sincere thanks and congratulations to each of these RDG team members!

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