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Bob Berkebile

Bob Berkebile is a founding principal of BNIM Architecture and has contributed 45 years to the architectural profession. Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile.  Highly regarded by fellow professionals and the recipient of numerous awards, Bob has focused his career on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work.


Among his contributions to his industry, Bob is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system.  Bob’s work as an architect and thought leader in sustainable methodologies continue to increase the national and global momentum towards triple bottom line solutions in our built environments – solutions that seek to find a balance between people, planet and prosperity.  In 2009, Bob received a Heinz Award from Theresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for this leadership and commitment to the environment.


He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and is also a Distinguished Alumnus.  He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LL.D), Honoris Causa, from the University of Missouri. 

Achievements, Awards, and Professional Recognitions

  • Elected to the AIA College of Fellows, 1989

  • Elected as an Honorary Fellow to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s College of Fellows, 2008

  • Recipient of the 2009 Heinz Award

  • Recipient of the 2008 Mid-America Regional Council’s Regional Leadership Award

  • Recipient of the 2005 USGBC Leadership Award – Community Category

  • Recognized as the No. 1 Top 25 Environmental Champions for 2005, EnvironDesign® Journal

  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Energy Booster Award Recipient 2007

  • IIDA Mid America Leadership Award Recipient, 2007

  • KCADC Economic Development One Kansas City Award

  • KU Alumni of the Year, 1998

  • Finalist for Engineering News Record’s 1991 Man of the Year

  • Former member of the Governor’s Advisory Council

  • Former Director of Missouri Heritage Trust

  • One of 100 people selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rockefeller Foundation Symposium at Historic Williamsburg, Virginia.

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