Joe is a principal in BNIM’s Kansas City office. He is a leader and innovator in the firm’s digital design practice. His approach is rooted in the creation of high-performance spaces that enliven human experiences.

He is versed at leading complex projects, like the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, the renovation and expansion of North Kansas City High School, and the renovation and expansion of Seaton Hall and Seaton Court at Kansas State University.

Joe has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas, where his instruction was largely focused upon the use of digital design tools and sustainable design practices.

He earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Wednesday, Oct. 3                      
11:30 – 12:30 pm

Community Engagement – Lessons from Greensburg

Understand the critical importance of community engagement in the design process. Joe Keal and Darin Headrick will reflect on their experiences leading the rebuilding and design effort in Greensburg, Kansas following the devastating tornado which destroyed the community in 2007. They will share specific techniques and strategies that were successful in engaging the community in the design process and their insights into the community rebuilding effort’s successes, with 10 years of perspective. Joe’s approach focuses on engaging and supporting others in the collaborative design process to uncover design approaches rooted in high-performance that elevate and enliven the human experience. Darin is a true community leader and will share his inspiring perspective on the challenges of recovery and what the legacy of the rebuilding effort in Greensburg has created.