Mayors' Institute on City Design

MICD Des Moines 2022

The Iowa State University College of Design, in partnership with the City of Des Moines, hosted a session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design from July 27-29, 2022.


The Iowa State University College of Design is consistently recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most comprehensive design institutions in the United States. The college includes seven departments, including Architecture, Community & Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture. The session will be hosted in partnership with the City of Des Moines, known as a hidden gem in the heart of the midwest with remarkable historic and contemporary architecture, accessible and vibrant public art, a lively riverfront walk, and a welcoming spirit.


Frank Cownie | Des Moines, IA (Host)
Robin Mouton | Beaumont, TX
Lacey Beaty | Beaverton, OR
Aaron Brockett | Boulder, CO
Rob Green | Cedar Falls, IA
Scott Conger | Jackson, TN
Wayne M. Messam | Miramar, FL 

Resource Team

Steven Lewis | ZGF ArchitectsLos Angeles, CA
Paul Mankins | Substance ArchitectureDes Moines, IA
Luis Rico-Gutierrez | Iowa State University College of DesignAmes, IA
Ciara Schlichting | Toole DesignMinneapolis, MN
Lisa Tziona Switkin | Field OperationsNew York, NY
Donald Young | D. R. Young AssociatesSan Rafael, CA


Cover photo by Des Moines Register

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