October Professional Member of the Month


Collin R. Barnes, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C

RDG Planning and Design
Partner / Corporate Focus Market Leader

1.    Our profession is built on the value of relationships and opportunities; how do you prepare for a meeting with a new client?
I do research; the internet offers countless ways to connect and learn about others. I leverage that to ensure that our meetings are both efficient and impactful. I try to learn as much as I can early on… like, what are their organizational values/mission? What are they most recognized for? What connections might we have in common? Etc.
(It also never hurts to start the day off with some power poses!)
2.    We often design to improve the health of people and the environment; how do you wind down in the evenings to maintain a balanced lifestyle?
I spend time with my family.  We’re a no-tech household between the hours of 6 and 8pm, which allows us to unwind, disconnect, and spend “distraction-free” time with our kids (ages 2 and 5). When I’m lucky, I will squeeze in a run or yoga workout.
3.    In 2017 technology is at our fingertips - what is your favorite app and/or website?
My family uses the Google Home app a lot – this is a quick and simple way for us to coordinate calendars, shopping lists and other daily details that keep us on track. Others to check out include: Goodreads – for that list of inspirational design books that just keeps getting longer… ; Nixplay (photosharing); theSkimm (news); and Strides (goal setting/productivity tool).
4.    As professionals we are versed in community interaction and collaboration; what are you involved in outside the realm of architecture/design?
a.    Wildwood Hills Ranch Volunteer
b.    Lil’ Scholars Parent Advisory Committee Member
c.    St. Augustin Home and School Association Member
d.    Commercial Real Estate Women of Iowa (CREWIowa) Member
e.    Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute – Community Leadership Program Class of 2018

5.    We are Iowa Women in Architecture; who were the female role models that inspired you?
My mom. She’s been a remarkable example - both personally and professionally - reminding me to “Dress for the job you want, not for the one you have”; encouraging me to keep going because success does not come without failure, always showing strength, courage and resilience; demonstrating leadership; and knowing how important it is to celebrate life’s moments one day at a time.