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BNIM 2023 Symposium
Holding Space | BNIM 2023 Symposium 
BNIM staff from across multiple studios attended an annual Symposium event in our Kansas City office this May. As the first time gathering back together in-person after three years of virtual events, it was an exciting reunion to reconnect with our colleagues and to take the time to learn, discuss, refocus, and explore our work and the future of design.

The 2023 Symposium was inspired the concept of “Holding Space.” To hold space for someone is to make room, to give our time and focus, and to create place of safety and forum for expression. It is a call to action to stay attuned to the feelings of those around us and to be fully present as we engage with and navigate our work and daily interactions. As a practice, we considered how we hold space for each other, the environment, and the communities we work with through a spirit of empathy, generosity, and responsibility to inspire change and enhance the human condition.
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BNIM Associate April Trotter
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BNIM Associate April Trotter has been named one of the "20 to Know" in architecture by the Kansas City Business Journal, a series which showcases the depth and breadth of talent in the Kansas City area. Congratulations to April on this well-deserved recognition for her achievements as an architect and her dedication to supporting women in the industry!  
April’s leadership style, integrated approach to design excellence, and mentorship reflect BNIM’s core values as a practice. In addition to her role as a designer, she has held an integral role in leading building information modeling (BIM) initiatives and data efficiency efforts for the firm, ensuring that BNIM remains at the forefront of innovation in the industry. Her work and values extend beyond the firm and are exemplified in her involvement with AIA Kansas City Women in Design.  M O R E
ALL Book
The ALL Book is featured in World-Architects Magazine in an article that poses the key question for architects: "To publish, or to self-publish?" This topic has become increasingly relevant as advancements in technology have made it more convenient for architects to independently publish their own books. Seeking insights, World-Architects contacted BNIM to learn more about the experience of self-publishing.
ALL promotes the practice of inclusive design across the architectural profession with consideration and grace for people of all abilities. It tells the complete story of the making of the Tom and Ruth Harkin Center in a two-part flip book including the project design process and the guiding principles used to organize spaces: Generous Space, Equitable Experiences, A Clear Path, and Individual Empowerment. 
mindful - As a perfect mirror reflection of the letters bnim, mindful is this place for communication, where we reflect upon projects, people and events to share beyond the firm’s walls. 
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