Recognized Achievements – RDG Welcomes New Partners

During our annual stockholder’s meeting, we had the pleasure of elevating and recognizing five new senior partners and six 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.

Our Newest Senior Partners:

Matt Niebuhr | Artist – Designer  “I appreciate the opportunity to explore ideas through drawing and experimentation with different tools – be it analog or digital.  The transformation of ideas into objects and experiences – is such a thrill! 

Matt Niebuhr is an artist and designer with over twenty years of experience in architecture. He brings a unique perspective to every project combining and utilizing several tools forming sensitive and insightful design responses interpreting and reflecting the client’s program and project aspirations. Matt enjoys working with clients and design teams through a process of research, discovery, and ideation with the intent that the dialogue to develop project vision begins together. Combining experience and artistic sensibility, Matt guides the possibilities that unfold to articulate and transform ideas into built reality.

Cathy Neumann, IIDA  | Interior Designer  “I want to improve the environment of all the projects I touch .. interaction and communication with our clients and design teams is one of the favorite parts of my job.” 

Cathy brings over 30 years of experience in project programming, space planning, furniture specification and procurement to a team and is LEED® accredited specializing in Interior Design and Construction (ID+C). She is active in her community, having served as President of the West Des Moines Public Library Friends Foundation, Scholarship Chair for American Business Women’s Association and recently becoming a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. A  meaningful and rewarding project for her is the Iowa State Capitol Restoration. Spanning several years, and various funding challenges, the research and discovery on site was exciting! Working with artisans to uncover and restore historic painting that had been painted-over for decades is an amazing experience!

 Nate Gieselman, AIA  | Architect  The most rewarding part of my career is building long term relationships and finding ways to put people in situations that allow them to become successful.”

Nate offers a wealth of project experience in diverse project types with a focus in healthcare and health science education.  He has a strong interest in and knowledge of healthcare design trends associated with efficient and comfortable spaces for patients, medical personnel and guests.  His involvement in projects have ranged from programming through documentation with a strong focus on design and constructability.


Naura Godar, AIA  | Architect  “I do what I do because I LOVE being a part of a team and being able to literally touch the fruits of my labor when a project is complete.” 

Naura brings enthusiasm for working with groups large or small to determine best solutions for clients. She takes a particular interest in construction administration, working closely with Owners and Contractors to assure the building is well built and the design intent is implemented. Naura is actively engaged in firm management and leadership. She serves on the quality control committee, works with the firm on managing risk and leads monthly discussions on the practice of architecture within RDG.  Naura enjoys the process of building in general but especially appreciates the recent experience working on the Food Bank of Iowa renovation. The mission of the organization paired with the transforming design and team of contractors invested in doing their best work at the lowest cost has been a rejuvenating experience for her. The team finished under budget, ahead of schedule and as friends.

Cory Scott, AICP  | Planner  –  “I have the great fortune of working with amazing people – both RDG and client communities.  These [now] lifelong friendships have led to magnificent change in cities and offer inspiring stories for making BIG ideas become reality.  The momentum of each project’s success is exciting, and I look forward to building new friendships through new challenges.”

Since joining RDG in 2000, Cory has been involved in all phases of project development. Cory has been published in numerous articles and spoken at State and National conferences about urban planning.  His plans and passion for communities have resulted in millions of dollars of new investment – both public and private funds, and honored by numerous awards.  His contributions to urban and rural communities and include projects for downtowns, corridors, neighborhoods, comprehensive plans, parks, campuses, market studies, preservation and reuse, and organizational strategic planning.

Our Newest Partners:

Left to right (bottom to top): Greg Pierce, P.E., Brian Halsey, AIA, Laura Kessel, PLA, ASLA, Scott Horn, AIA, Sean Page, AIA, Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP

Greg Pierce, PE | Water Resource Engineer
“I believe in using water as a resource to create unique spaces and places that function in harmony with the landscape.” Greg has over 20 years’ experience in Civil Engineering, guiding projects from early planning through implementation and operation. His key focuses are stormwater management, watershed planning, stream restoration, and civil site design. Notable projects – Walnut Creek Watershed Master Plan, Water Works Park, Ankeny Stormwater Assessment and Master Plan

Brian Halsey, AIA | Architect
“I do what I do to positively impact the lives of people by creating space to foster healing and enhance patient case outcomes through the built environment.”  Brian has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare facility programming, planning, design, and construction administration field observation for a variety of health systems. Brian provides cost-conscious solutions for healthcare facility implementation based on a best-practice, patient-centered approach to care, using Lean-Design concepts.  Notable projects – Creighton School of Dentistry, Shell Point Retirement Center Health Center

Laura Kessel, PLA, ASLA | Landscape Architect – Planner
“I am lucky to be in a profession and on a team where we can directly strengthen community connections, set the stage for memorable experiences, and reduce our environmental impact.” Laura uses her skill in landscape architecture and planning to create designs that work from the regional scale to the human scale. She strives to create timeless and sustainable designs that enhance our communities and campuses from an economic, environmental, aesthetic, and social perspective. Notable projects – Mason City Federal Avenue Streetscape and Plaza, Grays Station Neighborhood

Scott Horn, AIA | Architect
“I take great pride in taking a client’s vision and turning it into a physical reality.  Listening to a clients wants and needs and evolving them into a design solution is not always easy but walking through a completed project with a happy owner is absolutely euphoric.”  Scott is an experienced architect, a great team player, easy to work with, and extremely thorough.  He has the rare ability to combine work with an outgoing personality and is highly respected by contractors, owners, and colleagues.  Notable projects – University of Michigan Student Nursing, John Knox Village Skilled Nursing

 Sean Page, AIA | Architect
“I enjoy the making of things, and take pride in the opportunity to affect the build environment.”  Sean is a skilled architect bringing over nine years of experience in project management and construction administration. His passion for responsible, sustainable design is evident with each project, aiding project teams during the creative process, while his broad knowledge and skill as a BIM Leader supports teams during design development and documentation.  Notable projects – University of Minnesota Athletes Village, Loyola University of Chicago Athletic Practice Facility, and University of Connecticut Athletic District

Jay Weingarten, AIA | Architect
“I am most interested in creating spaces and places that improve the health of occupants, businesses, and communities through purpose driven design.”  Jay offers a unique skillset with a background in architecture and business administration. He is passionate about senior living and works closely with clients to define operational goals and craft spaces to support those goals. Notable Senior Living projects – Menno Haven Project Genesis, Shell Point Master Plan, Magnolia Manor

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