Conference Schedule

Registration Opens
Welcome & Architect One Cyrus Hotel Presentation

Opening Keynote
Session 1
Off-site Tours

Chit Chat - Foundation Fundraising Event - The Cyrus

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
7:00  AM    
7:45 AM    
8:45 AM 

9:30 AM  
11:00 AM   
12:00 AM    
1:30 PM    
6:00 PM

Session 2
Session 3
Closing Keynote
Lunch on Your Own + Evel Knievel Museum OR The Tee Box Golf

Awards Social - The Beacon

Awards Dinner - The Beacon

Award Presentations Begin - The Beacon

Thursday, September 15, 2022
8:00 AM    
9:00 AM    
10:15 AM    
11:30 AM    
12:30 PM   


6:00 PM

7:00 PM

7:30 PM


PLEASE NOTE:  Times and locations are subject to change prior to the conference

All Education Sessions, Tours, Chit Chat and Awards Celebration have been AIA CES approved.



Wednesday, Sept. 14



Cyrus Hotel Presentation  .5 LU/HSW 

Date: Wed. Sept. 14

Time: 9:00 am

Speakers: Scott Gales, Architect One | Seth Wagner, AIM Strategies |  Pat Tolin - MCPGroup 

1 LU

What started with a successful, growing company's simple desire to improve the overall quality of life in Topeka, while creating a destination-style centerpiece in Downtown Topeka, resulted in the design, development, and construction of The Cyrus Hotel. An upscale hotel to service high-profile guests had not existed in Downtown Topeka for more than 50 years.


Cody Foster, a local business owner, decided to grow his company's national footprint successfully by keeping their operations in Topeka. This commitment meant investing in the quality of life amenities locally to promote recruitment and retention of the clients and employees essential to that success.

This course will review the inception, research, design, creativity, and constructability of this unique boutique hotel, now a cornerstone of a reinvigorated downtown Capitol City. It is also a key ingredient in the economic development for Topeka.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  1. Be able to understand the importance of the collaboration and leadership responsibilities of an effective project team: client, architect, and builder. This will highlight the importance of maintaining clear goals, clarity of expectations, and balancing flexibility and tenacity to take on the challenges of developing and designing a boutique hotel for an urban infill site with limited surrounds having little or no logistical pliability.

  2. Be able to understand the importance of the fusion of clear design goals, appropriate building systems, and a method of constructing the project on a very small, inflexible site. The concentration of many workers and materials, a tight time-table, and a 16-month construction window meant every little detail needed to be minded by the project team regarding the structural integrity of the building, the site, and the overall soundness and efficiency of the building systems (life-safety, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems).

  3. Be able to understand the importance of the hotel's design, with a focus on the pedestrian engagement of the building's use in an urban setting. Successful downtowns always strike a critical balance between availability of close parking and the importance of pedestrian access to adjacent activities, events, and small locally-owned businesses surrounding the hotel for several blocks. These key components are what drive economic activity of a thriving downtown. The Cyrus Hotel is intentionally designed to bring its patrons and guests out onto the sidewalks, emphasizing the value of a walkable downtown.

  4. Be able to appreciate the opportunities and challenges that come with fusing repurposed historic buildings with new, efficient, and modern construction emphasizing sustainability, spatial quality, and the human experience. In a historic downtown setting, a successful, well designed project will most like be required to strike a balance between new construction and repurposed space.


3D Printed Rural Communities of Tomorrow - 1 LU

Date: Wed. Sept. 14

Time: 9:30 am

Speaker: Zachary Mannheimer - Alquist 3D

1 LU

Following the successful delivery of the first 3D printed, owner-occupied home in the world, Alquist 3D explains how their technology can change the economic and social landscapes of underserved communities. Whether it’s a shortage of child care, broadband, quality of life amenities, education, or medical services, solving the affordable housing crisis is paramount to revitalizing our towns. Mannheimer’s presentation offers solutions for the community of tomorrow.

At the end of this program, participants will have:

  1. A basic knowledge of 3D printing

  2. Learned about Community Development

  3. Basic knowledge of Broadband shortages

  4. Participants will have learned about cultural amenities creation



Session 1A

Project Team Capabilities: Building a Team for Success - 1 LU

Date: Wed. Sept. 14

Time: 11:00 am

Speaker:  James RoanHolmes Murphy

1 LU

In this practical and interactive workshop, you’ll learn how project team capabilities can impact claims and how to successfully choose projects based on your team’s capabilities. You’ll acquire tools and techniques to help you select the best project manager and team members for your projects, and you’ll gain an understanding of the phases of team development. Finally, you’ll develop an action plan for your firm.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  1. Understand the implications of project team capabilities on claims

  2. See the link between team capabilities and project selection

  3. Acquire tools and techniques to select the best project manager and team members

  4. Identify the phases of team development and develop a firm action plan



Session 1B

Documenting the Work of Kansas Architect, Charles McAfee - 1 LU

Date: Wed. Sept. 14

Time: 10:30 am

Speaker: Amy Van de Riet, AIA - Kansas University

Black/African American licensed architects make up a very small percentage of professional architects in the United States. The major collections used to store documented historic architecture are lacking in representation of Black/African American licensed architects.


The state of Kansas has nearly no known examples of documented architecture designed by a Black/African American licensed architect in any of the three major collections which hold this research. Without proper documentation and the ability to find information on these buildings, the work by these architects is essentially invisible.


One architect of great quality has been overlooked in scholarly research of architecture. Charles McAfee practiced in Wichita, Kansas opening his office in 1963. His work won many awards, but he is largely uncredited in multiple available databases. With funding from the KU Racial Equity Grant, Amy Van de Riet led a team of students in the documentation of the work of Charles McAfee in Wichita. This documentation will be presented along with the methodology for collecting it.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  1. Learn about the work of one of the first licensed African American architects in Kansas.

  2. Understand the different databases utilized to record historic structures in Kansas.

  3. Learn the process for documentation of the historic architecture, and how that is impactful to scholarly study.

  4. Understand that representation by documentation is an essential effort in the study of historic architecture


Thursday, September 15



Session 2A

No Time to Wait: Create your Firm's Succession Plan - 1 LU

Date: Thur. Sept. 15

Time: 9:00 am

Speakers:  James Hailey, AIA & Rich Majors, AIA - BRR Architecture

Succession planning is a must for maintaining a firm's continuity in business. Those firms without adequate plans may endure numerous challenges, so, therefore, firms must begin early, and be intentional, about identifying the critical positions within their organization which will need future talent, and develop action plans.  Identifying and promoting future leaders with ample time for training is integral to the process and is the only way to be successful.


In this session, James Hailey, AIA, and Rich Majors, AIA, the current co-chairmen of BRR Architecture discuss their journey of succession planning for BRR, the largest architecture firm in Kansas. They'll share their lessons learned from over the years and give examples of how to improve the process.

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Adapt several different concepts to develop a succession plan.

  2. Assign responsibilities for all stakeholders in preparing a firm for its succession plans.

  3. Identify the various nuances between business types – from a sole proprietorship to S-Corp.

  4. Understand why it is important to get people engaged and invested in your firm's future.


Session 2B

Adaptive Reuse, Global Pandemics, and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Rural America  1 LU/HSW

Date: Thur. Sept. 15

Time: 9:00 am

Speakers: Pulse Design Group: Callum Vierthaler, AIA, AIA, MBA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C; Basil Sherman II, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC; KVC Health Systems: Robert Eklofe, M.H.S.A.

Across America, rural communities are lacking adequate in-patient behavioral health facilities for the growing population of adolescents in need of psychiatric care. Designing a behavioral health facility requires an intricate understanding of compliance requirements and a rigorous methodology to the design.


This presentation will focus on the adaptive reuse of an office building into an adolescent behavioral health facility. We will illustrate how our team is helping navigate funding in a predominantly underfunded area of healthcare, the importance of adequate spacing to maximize personal space and mitigate the spread of infection, and the value of enhancing the patient experience through design. KVC Health Systems’ President, Robert Eklofe, will provide insight from the owner’s perspective on how design decisions enhance the clinical functionality of the space. Additionally, we will discuss how this facility is able to provide private, yet accessible care for underserved, rural communities. This presentation will help the audience understand how to approach designing rural adolescent behavioral health facilities to the benefit of entire communities.

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Examine a case study in adaptive reuse, taking an existing office building and converting it into a behavioral health facility, while maintaining compliance with
    current FGI, code, and health system standards.

  2. Explore a variety of approaches for breaking down the institutional look and feel of a behavioral health facility to provide a calm and inviting space for adolescents.

  3. Identify and understand best practices for facility design to accommodate adolescent patients and understand safety and security concerns with regards to anti-ligature, hardened assemblies, and infection control measures.

  4. Address the critical concerns with providing adequate behavioral health services in an underserved rural community.



Session 3A

KU & Studio 804: Hands On Design and Build - 1 LU/HSW

Date: Thur. Sept. 15

Time: 10:15 am

Speaker: Dan Rockhill - Rockhill & Associates

Dan Rockhill will present the work of Rockhill and Associates to serve as a segue to the presentation of Studio 804. Studio 804 is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation whose participants are graduate students of the University of Kansas’ School of Architecture and Design. With sustainability, affordability and constructability dominating their collective interests, Studio 804 educates students using a hands-on approach, not only doing the design but also doing all the building and producing one building per year, of which sixteen are certified LEED Platinum.

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Know how the use of construction materials for improved and efficient building
    performance, as well as recycled materials, are used as a means to reduce the amount of new material required.

  2. Comprehend how the projects relate to their surroundings and what applications have been incorporated to promote indoor/outdoor connections.

  3. Interpret how the strategies and technologies might work for the average client, enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint and maintain a pleasant living environment.

  4. Know how Studio 804 projects act as a platform for showcasing, interacting with, and educating students and the community alike about sustainable design technologies and new innovations in design research. 



Session 3B

One Kansas - AIA Chapter Organizational Sustainability - 1 LU 

Date: Thur. Sept. 15

Time: :10:15 am

Speakers: Will Chmylak, AIA - HOK & Terry Humphrey, Exec. Dir. AIA Kansas

This course will educate on the issues, the history and the necessary changes that will allow AIA Kansas to be fully sustainable. A briefing will be provided of the issues that AIA Kansas continues to deal with in regards to membership. 

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Fully understand the biggest challenge that AIA Kansas faces in regard to its sustainability as an organization.

  2. Understand how AIA chapters provide for their members and the importance of membership dues. 

  3. Understand the structure of AIA Kansas in association with AIA National.

  4. Participate in the next steps as it relates to getting necessary revisions to the alignment of AIA membership. 



Disruptive Technologies in Architecture, and You - 1 LU

Date: Thursday, Sept. 15

Time: 11:30 am

Speaker: Evan Troxel, AIA - Tect

Like it or not, the profession of architecture is undergoing substantial change. This is happening for many reasons... most notably because of technology. Architect Evan Troxel will share examples of emerging technologies that are already here or coming soon, and will shock you with the secret ingredient you must have to be ready to successfully navigate the future of our profession.

In this presentation attendees will:

  1. Explore specific examples of under-the-radar technologies changing the way architects are practicing today and in the near future.

  2. Learn what trends, market pressures, and social policies are driving the creation of these new technologies.

  3. Learn why and how some architects are migrating to the tech sector.

  4. Learn how technology will (and will not) solve problems in a profession with 5 concurrent generations occupying the workforce.