Gary Bowen, FAIA

Architect / Principal
Key Projects:
  • M's Pub
  • Gene Leahy Mall
  • Bowen House
  • Abrahams Library
  • St. Francis of Assissi Church, West Des Moines, IA

Gary Bowen, FAIA

Architect / Principal

A Nebraska native, Gary joined BVH  after work stints in London; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Quincy, Illinois; and Omaha. His project experience includes a wide variety of project types in locations from coast to coast. After attending Wayne State College for a year, Gary received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He returned 10 years later and received a Master of Architecture.

His list of notable projects include Omaha’s M’s Pub, Gene Leahy Mall, St. Francis of Assissi RC church in Des Moines, Iowa, and custom-designed homes in Arizona, Colorado, California and Nebraska. Evident in his work is the notion of expressing building materials and systems openly and in the incorporation of arts and crafts.

Gary believes that public service is an integral part of a successful professional life as evidenced by his involvement in many civic organizations. Watercolor painting and golf provide opportunities for relaxation outside the studio.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
England.

What is inspiring you right now?
Working on a volunteer committee to restore the Susan La Flesche Picotte Clinic in Walthill, Nebraska.  She was the first Native American doctor in this country.

What is your favorite building?
The Nebraska State Capitol; it’s a groundbreaking building that transitioned neo-classical architecture to modern.

What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned in your career?
Opportunities present themselves all the time; know which ones to take advantage of.