BSB Design Reinforces Client-Focus Legacy With Recent Changes

In addition, BSB Design is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Rosen to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

June 18, 2014 |
June 12, 2014 (West Des Moines, IA) -- In April of 2013, BSB Design announced a strategic leadership transition by naming Dan Swift, AIA, the new President and CEO of the nationally-renowned design firm. Over the past year, Swift’s responsibilities have evolved to encompass the full scope of firm management. His 26-plus year history with BSB Design paired with his client relations skills and operational and organizational acumen make Swift well-suited to perpetuate the legacy of founder Jack Bloodgood: That everyone deserves to live in a home designed by an architect.
This founding principle of BSB Design guided the leadership and vision of former President and current Chairman of the Board Doug Sharp and Vice Chairman Doug Buster, and Swift intends to nurture the national presence and reputation his predecessors worked so diligently to develop.
Central to this goal is the development of strategically located design studios in Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Tampa, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. (design studios in Philadelphia and Orange County are slated to open in the 3rd quarter of 2014), supported by 3 full-service office locations in Chicago, Des Moines and Phoenix managing the production workload and deliverables for clients across the country.
Building on the strength of the firms’ market housing roots, BSB Design is also diversifying with the addition of experienced Market Leaders in Land Planning, Multifamily for Rent, Club Design, Green and Sustainable Design, as well as a Development arm focused on physician-based wellness and stand-alone medical facilities.
Swift said of this model, “A team approach gives BSB Design clients a strategic advantage in developing projects based on the firm’s exposure to diverse, nationally-based market segments. This new dynamic allows BSB Design’s high-level, high-skill design professionals to connect directly with clients on the ground while also enhancing production efficiency and quality.”
Swift began his tenure with BSB Design in 1987 after earning his professional architecture degree from Iowa State University, and has worked his way up through the firm from Staff architect to Business Director in the firm’s Tampa office on to Partner in Charge of opening the firm’s Dallas office then to Senior Partner in the Des Moines office. In his current role as President and CEO, Swift has plans to continue increasing the firm’s capability to serve clients on a national basis.
Along with the strategic planning initiatives and his leadership role as President and CEO, Swift plans to stay engaged by providing design services and fostering relationships with the firm’s customers from across the country. He continues his role as an expert speaker at industry events, including a recent webinar for the National Association of Homebuilders and his annual design presentations at the International Builders’ Show. Swift remains passionate about architecture and working alongside BSB Design clients to advance and invent new design trends that will lead to the next generation of client-driven, buyer-focused projects.
In addition, BSB Design is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Rosen, AIA, LEED AP-ND, to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. A thirty-year veteran in the industry, Rosen possesses a wealth of knowledge, experience, and accolades earned over a seasoned career involving more than 4,000 projects across the globe. Rosen has worked with a number of industry-leading architectural design studios, including his own regionally-award-winning firm for 23 years. At BSB Design, Rosen will become an integral part of the firm’s East Coast team with a focus on sustainable design.
As a pioneer in sustainability, Rosen describes himself as “green long before green was cool”. His project list includes a wide range of land planning, multi-family, retail, mixed use, and club design, both domestic and international. Rosen’s work regularly incorporates cutting edge technology, and his unique approach blends systems design and prototype design in applications ranging from single-family residential to light commercial to 40-story high rise projects. A self-proclaimed entrepreneur, Rosen also holds software and construction patents, including 3D web browsing software.
A recent project, “The Melford Village,” a 2,500 unit master-planned sustainable community in Bowie, MD, earned a 2014 Professional Builder Gold Award. He has also consulted on low-carbon industrial city design in China, is currently working on a 32-story building in Vietnam, and has enjoyed participating in recent episodes of Ty Pennington’s “First to the Future” internet show.
Dan Swift, AIA, BSB Design President, said, “Mike’s focus is on green design with a multi-family/mixed use emphasis in more urban locations. His impressive LEED qualifications will benefit BSB Design long term.” This includes being one of fewer than 100 architects in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED AP-ND credentials for his expertise in macro-level sustainability. Rosen is a regular speaker at industry events and maintains a ready grasp on market movements in green design, a presence that earned him selection to the task force charged with rewriting the National Green Building Standard certification criteria.

About BSB Design

Founded in 1966, BSB Design is one of the first architectural firms to specialize in housing and has become one of the country’s leading architecture and community design firms. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the firm operates nine regional offices nationwide.
In addition to their broad experience in residential architecture, the firm also designs a wide range of multifamily, mixed use, hospitality, resort and amenity projects. A full-service firm, BSB Design also specializes in community and town planning and landscape architecture services. BSB Design has won countless awards, is regularly featured in national trade publications, and works with 19 of the top 25 homebuilders on Builder magazine’s Top 100 builders list. For more information, visit
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