ABOUT US

We are experts who plan, design, manage and deliver unique solutions.

Origin Design® (formerly IIW) is a full-service professional design firm offering architecture; engineering, including land development, municipal, structural, traffic & transportation and water resources; field services and land survey.

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Our people.

Our highly qualified team meets the needs of our clients with creativity, talent and technical expertise.

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Client-focused creatives and technical experts. Let’s get to know each other.

Meet our team

What we do.

We deliver impactful, sustainable solutions to help the clients and communities we work with thrive and grow.

What starts as just an idea, can rise to transform an entire community. More importantly, it can profoundly and directly impact the quality of an individual person’s life—not just today, but tomorrow and beyond. That idea starts here.

WORKING ON TOMORROW

Let’s work on tomorrow. Together.

Our mission.

Together we deliver solutions.

Our vision.

Go To Firm: To be the most sought after and most respected in the markets we serve

Sustainable Growth: Growth in capabilities, relationships and locations

Our values.

Our history.

Building on our past.
Shaping tomorrow together.

Since 1982, Origin Design (formerly IIW) has built a reputation of delivering impactful, sustainable solutions. Our team has helped the clients and communities we work with thrive and grow. That won’t ever change.

Our history
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I have a great deal of confidence in this next generation of employee owners, and I’m very enthused about their capabilities and dedication to the same mission as its founders. We do not want that to change.

Dennis Waugh Co-Founder

Follow our journey.

Marc Ruden is celebrating 15 years with Origin Design. Congrats, Marc! We're lucky to have you on our #origincrew and we can't wait to see what you'll accomplish in the next 15!

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Steve Fuerst is celebrating 25 years with Origin Design. Congrats, Steve! We're lucky to have you on our #origincrew!

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We can't think of a better way to get together with our employee owners than Arcade Games & Gino's East Pizza. We had a great time seeing our employee owners & their families at our Backpocket Event this past Wednesday. Thanks to our awesome Employee Relations committee for coordinating this event!

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A few of our employee owners attended Young Professionals of Dubuque's annual Symposium earlier this week. Shoutout to our very own Codi Putnam for planning such a great event!

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Mark Fassbinder recently rejoined Origin Design's architecture team! We're excited to have you back on our #origincrew and can't wait to see what you'll accomplish! Welcome back, Mark!

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Troy Wright recently joined Origin Design as our Human Resources Manager. We're excited to have you on our #origincrew & can't wait to see what you'll accomplish in your role! Welcome to Origin Design, Troy!

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We had a great time at our Employee Owner Meeting yesterday at the Diamond Jo! Check out these photos from our day together!

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In honor of ESOP Month, we're celebrating our Employee Owners all throughout the month of October! We kicked things off last week with Bob & Lou's Coffee, Magoo's Pizza and Candle Ready Cakes and we're continuing the fun this week! Stay tuned to see what else we get up to & to hear from some of our #employeeowners about why they love being employee-owned!

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Hey Cyclones! We're back on campus today for Conversations & Connections in the College of Design! Stop by and chat with Mat Townsley & Zach Thielen to learn more about Origin Design & our #career opportunities!

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We're hiring! Are you currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Master of Architecture program? We want you to join our #origincrew as an Intern Architect next summer! Think you might be interested, find out more here.

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Welcome to Origin Design, Jeff Brummel! Jeff joins Origin Design as a Senior Relationship Manager working out of our #QuadCities office. We're excited to have you on our #origincrew Jeff & can't wait to see what you'll accomplish!

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Are you attending the IRWA Fall Conference at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, today? Stop by Booth 65 to chat with Marc Ruden, Jim Bousley, Chris Becklin and John Berns to learn more about what Origin Design can do for you!

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