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For the future of architecture in Kansas

The 2022 Kansas legislative session has ended and election season has begun. Over the next two years, AIA Kansas expects the Kansas legislature to consider changes to the procurement process for building projects, evaluate the rules and regulations that govern architectural practice, update building and energy codes, and change professional licensure.


Of the 125 Kansas House seats up for election, 55 of those are uncontested and a further ten only have primary challenges. Sixty races will be contested in the general election, which means that it is more important than ever for Kansans to ensure their voices are represented wherever they can.

AIA Kansas has created a guide to the 2022 elections for your easy reference. If you have questions about the guide, contact Reily Goyne.


Important Dates

Tuesday, July 12 - deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election

Tuesday, July 26 - deadline to request a primary advance mail-in ballot

Tuesday, August 2 - Primary Election


Tuesday, October 18 - deadline to register to vote in the General Election

Tuesday, November 1 - deadline to request a general election advance mail-in ballot

Tuesday, November 8 - General Election



Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. 


Click here to register to vote online. You must have one of the following documents to meet photo ID requirements:


  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by Kansas or another state

  • U.S. Passport

  • U.S. Military ID

  • ID card issued by a Native American tribe

  • Employee badge or ID issued by a government office

  • Student ID card from an accredited post-secondary education institution in Kansas

  • Concealed carry license issued by Kansas or another state

  • Public assistance ID card issued by a government office



This year, Kansans will have one constitutional amendment on the primary election ballot and two constitutional amendments on the general election ballot.


Any Kansas voter can vote during the primary election on ballot measures, even if they are unaffiliated or there are no contested primaries.



This year’s electoral maps will be different due to redistricting. Changes to Congressional districts include the split of Wyandotte County, Lawrence’s move from the Second to the First Congressional District, and the shift of Chase, Marion, Morris, Geary, Wabaunsee, and Lyon Counties from the First District to the Second. State House, Senate, and School Board districts have also been redrawn.


The Kansas Secretary of State’s office is currently updating voting district information on the website, which will be completed by July 13 when advance ballots begin to go out.


Click here to view the new map for the four US Congressional Districts.

Click here to view the new map for the 125 Kansas House Districts.

Click here to view the new map for the forty Kansas Senate Districts

Click here to view the new map for the ten State Board of Education Districts


Candidate Information

Below is a list of candidates for federal and statewide office. 

US Senator

  • Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Manhattan (Incumbent)

  • Joan Farr, R-Derby

  • Mike Andra, D-Wichita

  • Paul Buskirk, D-Lawrence

  • Mark Holland, D-Kansas City

  • Robert Klingenberg, D-Salina

  • Michael Soetaert, D-Alta Vista

  • Patrick Wiesner, D-Overland Park


US Representative


  • Rep. Tracey Mann, R-Salina (Incumbent)

  • James “Jimmy” Beard, D-Garden City



  • Rep. Jake LaTurner, R-Topeka (Incumbent)

  • Patrick Schmidt, D-Topeka



  • Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Shawnee (Incumbent)

  • Amanda Adkins, R-Overland Park

  • John A. McCaughrean, R-Kansas City



  • Rep. Ron Estes, R-Wichita (Incumbent)

  • Bob Hernandez, D-Wichita


Governor/Lt. Governor

  • Gov. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka (Incumbent)

  • Lt. Gov. David Toland, D-Iola (Incumbent)

  • Richard Karnowski, D-Emmett/Barry Franco, D-Seneca

  • Attorney General Derek Schmidt, R-

  • Independence

  • Katie Sawyer, R-McPherson

  • Arlyn Briggs, R-Kincaid

  • Lance Berland, R-Kincaid


Sen. David Pyle of Hiawatha has switched from Republican to Unaffiliated and has launched a campaign for Governor. He must collect the signatures from 5,000 registered Kansas voters to join the general election ballot in November. Currently, he is not officially registered as a candidate for Governor.

Secretary of State

  • Scott Schwab, R-Overland Park (Incumbent)

  • Mike Brown, R-Overland Park

  • Jeanna Repass, D-Overland Park


Attorney General

  • Kris Kobach, R-Lecompton

  • Tony Mattivi, R-Topeka

  • KS Sen. Kellie Warren, R-Leawood

  • Chris Mann, D-Lawrence


State Treasurer

  • State Treasurer Lynn Rogers, D-Wichita (Incumbent)

  • KS Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria

  • KS Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker.


Insurance Commissioner

  • Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka (Incumbent)

  • Kiel Corkran, D-Olathe


State Board of Education

Half of the State Board of Education is elected every election cycle. Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are up for election this year.


Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be up for election in 2024.


District 1

  • Jeffrey Howards, D-Leavenworth

  • Danny Zeck, R-Leavenworth


District 3

  • Michell Dombrosky, R-Olathe (Incumbent)


District 5

  • Jean Clifford, R-Garden City (Incumbent)


District 7

  • Ben Jones, R-Sterling (Incumbent)


District 9

  • Jim Porter, R-Fredonia (Incumbent)

State Legislature

After Sen. Bud Estes passed in February 2021, Sen. Ronald Ryckman Sr. was appointed to fill the vacant seat. Since the vacancy occurred early in the Senate term, the seat is up for election this year to fill out the remainder of the term.


KS Senate District 38

Sen. Ronald Ryckman Sr., R-Meade

Jose Lara, D-Liberal


Hawver’s Capitol Report has published a guide to the 2022 Kansas House races with contact information, what districts are having primary elections, just general elections, or seats that are uncontested. Click here to read the guide, shared with permission from Hawver News Co LLC.

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More information coming soon!

Young Architect Forum (YAF)

YAF Connection: 2021 Q4 Release

In a rapidly changing industry, young architects and designers grapple with new business models, alternate career paths, tools to advance design analysis, and unique ways to facilitate collaboration.


Click on the image to view the Q4 publication


 Kansas Architectural Foundation

2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients
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Ashlyn Reece

Third-Year Master of Architecture Student

University of Kansas


Madeleine Gillispie

Fourth-Year Master of Architecture Student

Kansas State University

Welcome to the New 2022 AIA Kansas Board!

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Letter from the 2022 AIA Kansas President, Will Chmylak, AIA

Advocacy and educating for the future of the profession are top priorities

Welcome to the next century of AIA Kansas! Coming off of our 100th anniversary in 2021, I am honored to be a part of the next 100 years of AIA Kansas. The thought of what our profession will be like in the next ten years, much less the next century, is anyone’s guess, however I'm anxious to get it started.


I see this next year as a great opportunity to continue our efforts and at the same time expand into new areas which will promote and protect our profession. Truly one of AIA Kansas’ strengths will be to continue advocacy for Kansas architects within the state legislature. Our profession continues to be in the mix for legislators and we will continue to make sure our voices are heard.  


As the architecture enrollment continues to fluctuate, I would like to see how we can better serve the future of our profession. Colleges and especially high schools need more encouragement from architects so that we can build our future. Education about architecture and the impact our profession has on our communities should be shared with these young minds so we can build our future with bright new talent.


Finally, I am looking forward to seeing how we can continue to improve our state’s overall representation. Strength is in numbers and we are at a point where in order to achieve our goals, we must have a unified organization. We will continue to strive in getting our state in full alignment at the state and national levels.


We have a great opportunity in front of us to get this next century for AIA Kansas started. I ask you to join me in providing your full support and participation so that we can continue to promote our profession


Will Chmylak, AIA

Hoefer Welker 


BRR Names New President & CEO: Mariah Meyer, AIA

Congratulations, Mariah!

BRR Architecture (BRR) announced that Mariah Meyer, AIA, has been appointed as the new president & CEO of the 300-person architecture firm. An experienced architect and exceptional leader, Meyer succeeds James Hailey, AIA, who will stay with the firm as co-chairman of the board. She is the sixth president and first female president & CEO in the history of the firm. Her appointment became effective January 1, 2022.


Meyer joined BRR in 2010, leading projects across both retail and hospitality sectors. She was named principal in 2017 and promoted to Executive Vice President in 2019. She was recognized as one of Kansas City Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2019 and has overseen numerous award-winning client projects.


“We are exceptionally proud of the firm’s growth in the past few years, and yet we are humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to lead this team into the next decade,” Meyer said. “BRR embraces a culture of collaboration and growth, and we look forward to further expansion in the coming years.”


Mariah Meyer, AIA, is an active member of AIA Kansas. She has been a speaker at the AIA Kansas conference and served on various committees through the years. Mariah has taken on leadership roles on the AIA Kansas Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer in 2021. 

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Meet Our Newest Team Member

Christy Cauble Davis

Meet Christy Cauble Davis, the newest member of TERRY HUMPHREY Public Affairs Group, Inc, who staffs AIA Kansas. She is a 5th-generation Kansan who has a reputation for getting things done. Christy worked for the State of Kansas during the Graves and Sebelius Administrations, leading the charge to establish the state rehabilitation tax credit program, which has generated billions of dollars in economic impact. As a volunteer advocate, she successfully led a grassroots campaign to sustain funding for the program.

Christy has served on numerous commissions, associations, and national boards furthering historic preservation and economic development, and currently serves on the Morris County Hospital Foundation board and the City of Council Grove's Economic Development Committee.

From 2013 to 2019, Christy was Executive Director of Symphony in the Flint Hills, a non-profit organization whose mission is to heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. In 2020, she was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Kansas’ First Congressional District.

In addition to lobbying, Christy will be managing communications and client services. Please join us in welcoming Christy to our team!



Friendly Firms

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2021 CSR Emerging Professional Friendly Firms Awarded


Firms Awarded:

  • Neumann Monson

  • HFG Architecture

  • FSA, LLC

  • GH2 Architects

  • Architectural Design Associates, P.C.

  • Bruce McMillan Architects

  • TreanorHL

  • DLR Group

  • MA Architecture

  • Winterrowd Talley Architects Inc.

  • M+H Architects

  • Hollis + Miller Architects

  • FEH Design

  • Travois Design

  • BRR Architecture

  • BBS Architects | Engineers

  • Sapp Design Associates Architects

  • Paragon Architecture

  • Wilkins Architecture Design Planning

  • Hoefer Welker

  • Reed Architecture & Interiors

  • Lamar Johnson Collaborative

  • Pulse Design Group

  • Dake Wells Architecture

  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

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1st Place

University of Nebraska


2nd Place

Drury University

Tri Commons

3rd Place

Oklahoma State University

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2022 CSR Student Design Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners!

The student charette took place on Thursday, September 30th with 13 teams from 7 universities participating.


Students were prompted to provide design solutions to further foster community and inclusivity in the bustling neighborhood of Strawberry Hill in the KCK area. The program challenged teams to identify opportunities to build upon the neighborhood’s strong sense of community and diversity, encouraging surrounding neighborhoods in the metro area to do the same.


Teams designed their concepts from start to finish from 8am to 8pm on Thursday. On Friday, October 1st, teams presented their completed projects followed by jury deliberations.


The jury included Dallas Felder: Senior Project Designer at HOK, Michelle Ohle: Principal at DTLS Landscape Architecture, Tyler Meyr: Managing Director at the Lamar Johnson Collaborative and Ed Thomas: Architect and Project Manager at BRR Architecture. With more mutual contenders among the jury members than prize places, it was a difficult decision. 

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“Emily achieves design excellence on every project because she’s an exceptionally talented architect, but also because she truly cares about her clients, their goals and needs, their end users, and their needs…her love for her clients shows in the design concepts and every detail thereafter.”


Ben Hutton, Hutton Builds

2022 AIA Kansas Young Architect Awarded

Emily D. Taylor, AIA
Hutton Builds

Emily discovered at a young age that she loved solving difficult problems in a way that made the world look better. She received degrees in both Architecture and Spanish at Oklahoma State University where she received the 2016 Bailey Memorial Scholarship and was honored as a Senior of Significance. Emily was hired as an architecture intern at Hutton in 2015 and was hired full-time after graduating college in 2016. She quickly became an indispensable member of the Hutton design-build team due to both her remarkable architecture talent and exceptional client service skills. Emily is involved in AIA Kansas and W, A Community of Young Professionals in Wichita. In her spare time, Emily coach’s youth softball, plays recreational softball, dabbles in photography and graphic design, and hangs out with her husband and dogs.


She speaks English and Spanish, but is also fluent in building owner, crazy design dreams, construction documents, construction superintendent, marketing, and theology.

Congratulations, Emily!

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2021 AIA Kansas and Central States Region Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners!

Conference attendees and their guests enjoyed a virtual celebration via Zoom with this year's Design Award winners Thursday, October 7. The program was hosted by Grant Thome, AIA, and featured comments about the winning projects from CSR jury chair Brandon Pace, FAIA, and AIA Kansas jury chair Dallas Felder, AIA. The CSR Student Design Competition winners were announced by Kristy Johnson, AIA, and the Emerging Professionals Friendly- Firm Award was announced by Malcolm Watkins, AIA. The winning project pictures are now available on the AIA Kansas website, along with a slideshow of all submissions.  View winners and all entries here.


2021 Emerging Professional (EP) Friendly Firm Award

Applications now being accepted

It is with great pleasure that the AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committee announces the opening of the 2021 Emerging Professional (EP) Friendly Firm Award application!


What is the EP Friendly Firm Award?

The EP Friendly Firm Award celebrates architecture firms that create nurturing environments and professional development opportunities for emerging professionals. An emerging professional, as defined by AIA, is a student, recent graduate, or architect licensed within the last 10 years.


Application Process:

Applications are open now through the AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals website:

*Applications will be accepted until 5PM CST on August 31st.


At least one emerging professional and at least one firm principal should sit down and fill out the application together. The questions are intended to be used as a framework and documentation of that conversation.


Once the linked application is complete, please send an email confirmation of completion, a JPEG logo to be used at the CSR Design Awards Ceremony, and any additional supporting information beyond the linked application to by 5PM CST August 31st.


Please include the subject heading "2021 EP Friendly Firm Confirmation and Supporting Information”. Firms that meet the minimum 22-point threshold will qualify as "EP Friendly Firms" and will be recognized as such at the CSR Design Awards Ceremony on October 7th.


The highest-scoring firms that support emerging professionals above and beyond or in other exceptional ways will be recognized as an "Outstanding EP Friendly Firm".


Thank you for your support in building the future of our profession!


- AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committee - 


Emily Roesler

AIA CSR EP Committee Junior Co-Chair


EDGE Leadership and Business Education Program

Strong engagement with first two sessions

On Thursday, April 15th, the inaugural AIA Kansas EDGE cohort kicked off with 17 participants. These participants represented firms across Kansas, both large and small, and with a variety of practice models.


Bernie Fried, a Baker University and business consultant professor, led the first two sessions about “Integral Leadership and Management” and “Intrapreneurial and Entrepreneurial Mindsets”. In the first session, Bernie spoke about the qualities that distinguish managers, leadership positions, and leaders, and participants learned to execute these roles using GAP and SWOT analyses, amongst other tools. 


During the second session, participants learned how to apply an entrepreneurial mindset in their practice and the value of culture in their firms. This culminated in an exercise where they discussed their firms’ mission, vision, and core value statements - if available - and either crafted their own or proposed potential changes to their current statements.


New Conference Format

Designed for greater accessibility and flexibility

This year, the AIA Kansas Board of Directors decided to change the format of the annual conference to give more people the opportunity to participate, as well as preventing Zoom fatigue.


This year's conference event is a series of virtual education sessions, two each day throughout the summer, with each day's sessions centered around a singular theme. The dates for the conference events are June 29th, July 27th, Aug. 24th, Sept. 14th, and Sept. 28th. There are 14 CEUs pending, 4 of which are HSW.


We have also scheduled 3 tours and a 100th-anniversary celebration of AIA Kansas on Aug. 17th. Manko Windows will be hosting the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for a virtual tour presentation, followed by a tour of Manko's facilities and a networking luncheon. The afternoon will feature a tour of Bill Snyder Family Stadium's South Endzone addition.


Thanks to the feedback we received from the survey we sent out, we decided to offer the in-person tour date. Many respondents liked the virtual format for shorter educational events, but are eagerly anticipating seeing one another at in-person events.


AIA Kansas Turns 100

Celebrate with us!

t’s our 100th birthday! As part of the celebration, we share with you a bit of the history of our development as an organization.


The American Institute of Architects probably moved into Kansas between 1917 and 1921, when several University of Illinois graduates in architecture started practice here. Few individuals practiced architecture in Kansas at the time. By the late 1920s, the heads of the departments of architecture at The University of Kansas and Kansas State Agricultural College made up most of the membership of the Kansas Chapter. During the Depression, interest in the Institute declined because there was relatively little architectural work and not much money to pay dues.


The original charter for the Kansas Chapter was requested by Cecil Baker, Theodore Gerow, Earl Glover, and Lorentz Schmidt and was issued by the National AIA on April 2, 1921. One of the early architectural offices was Mann and Gerow (1910-1925) of Hutchinson.


In 1930, only a few architects were members of the American Institute of Architects in Kansas. However, in the mid-1930s, Kansas architects formed the Kansas Society of Architects, which was not affiliated with AIA. This organization lasted until 1942 when members voted to disband and recommended that all members join the AIA.


During the early 1940s, AIA again drew interest, and the Kansas Chapter gained strength. By 1948, there were 77 corporate members and 16 associate members. Fifty-one members attended the annual meeting in February 1948. In April 1954, the Kansas Chapter had a membership of 96 corporate members and 48 associates. The 1978 roster listed 3 Fellows, 21 Emeritus, 216 Corporate, and 55 Associate Members.


In April 1954, the student chapter of AIA at Kansas State boasted 113 paid members while KU had an active student chapter consisting of 60 members.


On October 4, 1954, the Kansas Secretary of State accepted the application of incorporation as submitted by the Kansas Chapter. Effective January 1, 1976, the name of the Kansas Chapter was changed to “The Kansas Society of Architects, AIA.” This was done with the encouragement of the national organization to provide more continuity and greater public visibility for AIA across the country.


Today, AIA Kansas continues to provide education and support to over 700 members through advocacy, continuing education, business support, and professional networking.


Our source for this information was “A Concise History of AIA in Kansas” by Charles L. Marshall, AIA, Topeka, Kansas, 1979.


Architecture Amendment Narrowly Defeated

Substitute for House Bill 2066, which changes the path to licensure to be based on work experience instead of complying with qualifications pursuant to existing Kansas law, passed the Senate 36 Yea to 2 Nay, with one member passing and another absent.


Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, R-Galena, opened the discussion summarizing the bill and stating the need for it due to Kansas's out-migration and the upcoming Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) by the Department of Defense (DoD). Sen. Longbine, R-Emporia, echoed the need for this bill by stating that it is a top concern for the Governor's Military Council and the command at Fort Riley.


Sen. Hilderbrand brought forth a technical amendment that passed on a voice vote.


Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, introduced an amendment to add architects to subsection (r) of the bill, allowing the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions (KSBTP) to assess applicants for architecture licenses using the "substantially equivalent" qualifications standard, the same provision extended to engineers and the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.


Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, spoke to the amendment and reminded the Senate that licensure has the purpose of regulating occupations and professions, and seeks to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the consuming public. Sen. Francisco drew attention to the similarities in the licensing structures between engineers and architects. She also cited the design-bid-build procedure and the liability that architects take on by holding the contracts. Sen. Francisco mentioned the value that our NAAB-accredited universities add to the state by the sheer number of out-of-state students they attract and the economic impact those students have.


Sen. Hawk's amendment fell short by 2 votes. The 16 Yea votes were: Corson, Dietrich, Doll, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Holscher, Kloos, McGinn, O'Shea, Pettey, Pittman, Steffen, Sykes, and Ware. The 17 Nay votes were: Alley, Bowers, Erickson, Fagg, Gossage, Hilderbrand, Kerschen, Longbine, Masterson, Peck, Petersen, Ryckman, Straub, Suellentrop, Thompson, Tyson, and Wilborn. There were 3 present and passing: Baumgardner, Claeys, Warren, and 4 absent and not voting: Billinger, Holland, Olson, Pyle. Click here to see the votes and find your senator's information.


AIA Kansas mounted a significant grassroots advocacy campaign to protect the profession. We issued multiple legislative alerts and directly contacted members to reach out to their Representatives and Senators in key districts. Architects called and emailed their legislators, garnering support for the amendment, and it was effective. Thank you for standing up for your profession.


You can watch the floor discussion here from 1:40:30 to 2:18:09 and final action from 5:42:00.


If you have questions or comments, contact Terry Humphrey at or call 785-221-8215.


AIA Kansas to host Central States Region Design Awards in conjunction with Kansas Design Awards

Plan now to submit your entry!

Call for Entries: April 1

Deadline for submissions: July 23

Submission Fees: CSR - $175/per entry  Kansas - $150/per entry  (Students: $25/per entry)

Additional details will follow soon.


The AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding architecture from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Entries must be designed by AIA CSR members or must be projects completed within the Central States Region and designed by a fellow AIA member. Questions? Contact Kelly at


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2021 National Grassroots advocacy event

Focus on leadership development

Michael Grogan, AIA Kansas President, and Terry Humphrey, AIA Executive Director, attended the annual AIA Leadership and Advocacy Event on February 16-19. Also attending the event were: Neil Angrisano, Marilina Gustafson, Kimball Hales, Maresa Kemper, Timarie Trarbach, Kelly Engelke, and Reily Goyne.


The Grassroots Leadership & Advocacy Event was designed to help AIA’s leaders reach their fullest potential in their components and communities. With a wide range of leadership opportunities offered, the event focused on a curriculum that allows leaders to acquire and enhance their skills to lead boards and focus on specific hands-on practice exercises. There were many occasions for attendees to collaborate on AIA initiatives and exchange information and ideas with their counterparts around the country.


To find resources from this year's event, click here. Please note that access to keynote speaker recordings ends September 19.

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Resilience '21

As Climate, Health and Economic Threats Mount for Communities, Practitioners Offer Agenda for Building a Resilient Nation

Washington, DC – A set of 10 recommended federal actions the Biden administration can take in the first 100 days of the administration, has been released today by Resilience 21 (R21), a coalition of practitioners from across the US working to safeguard communities from risks from a changing climate. The 100-day action plan for the new Administration lays out steps for shifting from crisis response to proactive planning that can at once address the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the nation in the years ahead. Click on the image to the left to read more.


Maria Kutina, AIA, NCARB promoted

to Principal

HTK Architects

HTK Architects is proud to announce the promotion of Maria R. Kutina to Principal. Maria has provided an exceptional commitment for our clients, projects, and to the internal development of the firm. This promotion reflects our growth and long-term plans for the continued success of HTK Architects. Congratulations, Maria!

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Thomas Carmona remembered

He brought people together

Thomas Carmona, of Schwerdt Design Group, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Friday, January 1, due to complications from COVID-19.


He was active in the Topeka Chapter of the AIA and the Forge Section of the Greater Topeka Partnership. He was a graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka in 2020 and was a member of the 20/30 Club of Topeka.


Lauren Fitzpatrick, an SDG team member, agreed to share a few memories with us.


"We are all saddened here. I find daily little funny reminders of him. Folders named hilariously or notes and comments on progress drawings that are worded in a way that he knew would make me laugh or at least crack a smile when I found them.


"I recall back to one of the first projects I worked on with him. He started an inside joke with the team and even went so far as to have custom T-shirts made all because he knew it would make us laugh.


"He even started new traditions at SDG, like changing St. Patrick’s day to what he called Mexican St. Patrick’s day where he insisted we indulged in margaritas, chips, queso and the like. 'Hey, margaritas are green,' he said.


"He was always there when anyone was having a rough day. He always had a way of cheering you up. He was the guy that had a random funny movie quote ready for any situation. He was the glue that brought everyone together, our hype man at any occasion! He brought people together at work but his reach stretched far beyond that. He will be missed."


Thomas was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and graduated from Maize High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Fort Hays State University in 2002. He attended Kansas State University and then moved to Topeka. He later received his Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas in 2017.


He leaves behind his wife, Miranda, as well as a son and a daughter. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. A fund has been set up for his children's education: "Thomas and Lucina Carmona Education Fund" through Envista Credit Union.

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Meet the new AIA president

Grogan excited to represent Kansas and continue work on important initiatives and advocacy efforts

Michael Grogan, the 2021 AIA Kansas president, was born and raised until high school in Houston. He spent his high school and college years in Hot Springs and Fayetteville, Arkansas. There, he also worked in residential construction and landscape design and construction. (Actually, he focused on retaining walls, rip rap, and “hardscaping,” for he freely admits he knows embarrassingly little about plants). In the 25 years since graduating from the University of Arkansas with his B.Arch, he has practiced in Phoenix, Memphis, St. Louis, New Haven, and Boston before settling in Kansas in 2017 as an assistant professor at Kansas State University.


His early career experiences in Arizona and Arkansas focused on individual buildings and single-family homes. During his six years in Memphis, he gained an interest, which continues to this day, in adaptive reuse and urbanism. After practicing for nine years, he attended Yale University for his M.Arch. He then practiced and taught at Northeastern University, and a few years at the Rhode Island School of Design, in Boston for the next 11 years.


As he and his wife April (who, as a non-architect, amazingly has put up with him in a usually graceful manner for 25 years) became empty-nesters, Michael decided to apply for tenure-track teaching positions. The ideal opportunity emerged at Kansas State University, where he is focused on increasing student exposure to preservation and building reuse. At AIA Grassroots last year, Kermit Baker emphasized that “building retrofits” accounted for 44% of billing in the United States since 2009. Kansas State has proven an excellent forum for this focus, due to enthusiastic students and the availability of many excellent professionals and reuse projects throughout Kansas.


Though relatively new to the state, Michael is enthusiastic about calling Kansas home and representing our AIA chapter, the state’s numerous great professionals, and the deep architectural history and culture. With fellow Kansans Christopher Fein and Robert McLaughlin, Michael recently authored one of three short articles about modern architecture in Kansas for Docomomo US ( and he is focused on researching and learning more about the state’s deep architectural heritage.


As the current AIA President, Michael will continue working with the excellent AIA staff and Board on the initiatives and advocacy efforts inherited from Past President Malcolm Watkins. Surrounded by this energetic group, he is excited to represent the state in regional and national matters for a hopefully bright 2021!

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New visual identity implemented to support AIA priorities

To signal a big change, you have to change something big

In 2019, triggered by the increasing threat of climate change, AIA committed its full influence to eliminate building carbon emissions by 2040. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing demonstrations for social justice, AIA pledged to pursue racial equity – in our association, in our profession, and in the communities we build.


As an organization, AIA is evolving to reflect new, 21st century challenges. To achieve maximum influence and impact, AIA’s updated visual identity, approved by the Board, signals that evolution and reinforces commitment to achieving meaningful change in the built environment.


“AIA’s vote to propel the full force of our resources toward climate action marked a defining moment for our organization, and this year’s decision to pursue racial equity with the same urgency is another turning point,” commented AIA 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA. “Architects understand how design communicates meaning, and this logo underlines AIA’s commitment to designing a zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, just, and equitable future for everyone.”


COVID-19 Relief Package update

Includes updates to Paycheck Protection Program

Congressional lawmakers passed a government spending bill that included a COVID-19 relief package for the American people. The new law provides over $900 billion in economic relief to U.S. businesses and affected communities to help them further weather the pandemic’s economic and health impacts.


The law includes changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that are of significant interest to architecture firms and have long been championed by AIA.


A new provision clarifies that firms who received a PPP loan will be allowed to deduct expenses paid with those loans. This key improvement will prevent a tax liability increase next year for firms who received PPP loans. In addition, many AIA components will now be eligible for a PPP loan since the law now allows 501(c)(6) organizations to apply for relief (if there are no more than 300 employees and less than 15% of time is spent on lobbying).

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AIA National announces winners of two distinguished awards

See who won!

AIA National has announced the winners of two of its most prestigious awards: The 2021 Gold Medal and the 2021 Architecture Firm Award.


The Gold Medal is the AIA’s highest annual honor, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. The Architecture Firm Award recognizes one firm that has produced notable work for at least a decade.


This year's Gold Medal winner is Edward Mazria, one of the world's foremost experts on the built environment's role in both causing and curing climate change. To read more about Mazria's background and achievements, click here.


The Architecture Firm Award winner this year is Moody Nolan, a firm dedicated to the ideals of diversity since its founding. Moody Nolan has long operated at the critical junction of architecture and citizenship, demonstrating that responsible design requires a marriage of art, function, and community. To read more about the firm's history and achievements, click here.

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NEW! AIA Kansas leadership program begins mid March, registration opens soon

Program brings experienced architects and emerging leaders together

The architectural profession is full of exciting opportunities for budding leaders who will champion the innovative practices and business models of the future.


To meet this growing need within the industry, AIA Kansas is creating a program to help experienced architects and emerging leaders develop their leadership skills.


Want to be involved? Applications will be available early January. The program will consist of 5 virtual sessions with the first one beginning on Thursday, March 18th.