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.

#tbt On April 26, 1999, Origin Design (formerly IIW) became an ESOP. Co-founders Carl Schoenhard & Dennis Waugh (pictured) originally enacted the ESOP as a way to secure the future of the company following Schoenhard's retirement. Now over 20 years later, Origin Design is 100% employee owned.

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day! Our project support and administrative staff ensure our projects & day-to-day operations at Origin Design run smoothly! We're so lucky to have them all on our #origincrew!

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#tbt Codi Putnam, Director of Finance, reflected on the last four years at Origin Design and her favorite memory was when the company became 100% employee owned. "One of my favorite memories was getting to hand out checks to the 22 shareholders that came together & agreed to be bought out in order for us to become a 100% employee-owned company. It was a big commitment for those involved to better the future of the company."

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Tim O'Brien is celebrating 30 years at Origin Design. We're so thankful for your hard work & dedication over the years! Happy Anniversary!

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We're Hiring! Are you or someone you know looking for a career in the A/E Industry? Check out our open positions & apply here!

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Amanda Kennedy, Emily Crowe and Macy Mislivecek had a great time connecting with attendees at the Dubuque Area STEM Festival! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth!

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#tbt We asked Cody Kelchen what his favorite project is that he has worked on since starting at Origin Design 2 years ago. The answer: "My favorite project I have worked on while at Origin Design was a local industrial project. There were some unusual challenges with this project that really struck my curiosity; one being the presence of coal.....Using our best judgement, we had to determine how much, if any, coal residue was acceptable underneath our roadway without causing long term damage to the pavement structure. I learned so much both in the field and in the office from this project."

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Emily Crowe is officially a Licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois! Congrats, Emily! We're so lucky to have you on our Structural Team. Learn more about Emily's journey to becoming an SE here.

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your families this week? Join us at the Dubuque Area Family STEM Festival at the University of Dubuque this Thursday, April 7th from 4 to 7 PM. Amanda Kennedy, Emily Crowe, Gertrude Heimerdinger & Macy Mislivecek will be at Origin Design's Booth & are excited to meet you & share all about STEM.

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Cody Austin is celebrating 15 years at Origin Design. Congrats, Cody! We're excited to see what you'll accomplish in the next 15.

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Come join the #origincrew! We're hiring a Construction Inspector to join our Field Services Team. This position could be located at our headquarters in Dubuque, IA, or in our Quad Cities Office in Davenport, IA! Learn more & apply here.

Happy National Surveyors Week! It's easy to celebrate when you have such a talented group of surveyors on your crew. Thank you for all you do. We're lucky to have you!

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