AIA, NCARB, President
A Principal of RDM Architecture founded in 1979, Rick McDermott
received a Bachelor of Arts from Kansas State University, College of
Architecture, Planning and Design and certification from the
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He
was elected President of the Kansas City Architectural Foundation in
2006; is a past President of the Kansas City Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects; past Chairman of the Heart Forest
Foundation; past member of the Main Street Design Review Board;
former member of the Ward Parkway Homes Association Board of
Directors; former member of the Board of Directors of Union Hill
Arts, Inc.; and past Board of Directors member of the Center for
Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE).
Richard Farnan, AIA, Vice President
A native of Weston, Mo, Richard Farnan graduated from the
University of Kansas with a B. Architecture in 1973. Beginning a
career in Kansas City with Kivett & Myers, he continues to work
today with HNTB Corp. Farnan serves as a lecturer and studio critic
at the School of Architecture at KU. A veteran of several
charitable organizations serving at-risk youth, he was one of the
original members of the AIA Scholarship Committee. He is a member of
the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and
has served the chapter as a former Director, Chair of the Selection,
Urban Design, and Design Committees, and was recently elected Vice
President of KCAF.
Kevin Harden, AIA,
Kevin Harden is a principal in the architecture firm Gastinger
Walker Harden Architects. He has been actively involved in the
community and has served as President of the American Institute of
Architects, Kansas City, Chairman of the Leadership Group Centurions
of the Chamber of Commerce, and is serving as the Chairman of the
Mission Hills, Kansas Planning Commission. Kevin is a graduate of
the University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Urban Design.
Vicki Graft, Treasurer
Vicki Graft, a certified public accountant (CPA), provides
consulting, administrative and compliance services for qualified
employee benefit plans. She has a BBA degree in finance from Kansas
State University, and an M.A. degree from the University of Texas at
Arlington. Graft is a member of the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants, ESOP Association and American Society of Pension
Professionals & Actuaries.
A native Kansas Citian, David Boutros is a historian and Associate
Director of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Kansas City
which holds a large collection of materials relating to the built
environment, including more that 300,000 sheets of architectural
drawings. He earned a M.A. in History and a M.P.A. from UMKC.
Boutros has been active with local and regional historical and
preservation organizations for more that 30 years.
Kathleen Burke, AIA
Kathy Burke is a Principal with
Gastinger Walker Harden Architects. She received a Bachelor of
Environmental Design (1979) from the University of Kansas School of
Architecture and Urban Design. She has served as president of the
Kansas City Architectural Foundation and the American Institute of
Architects; and been active with the Union Hill Neighborhood
Association Board and the Union Hill Design Review Committee.
Arthur Davis III
Art Davis has over 22 years experience in the public and
not-for-profit sectors, most recently spending as Associate Director
for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City responsible for
coordinating support for revitalizing Kansas City’s Downtown and
urban core neighborhoods. Previously, Davis was City Administrator
of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and also worked in various administrative
capacities for the cities of Lenexa, Kansas, and Dallas, Texas.
Davis obtained his BA in Public Administration and Political Science
from William Jewell College, and a MA in Public Administration from
the University of Kansas. In 2005, Art Davis formed the Art Davis
Group LLC to provide management and community consulting
services for cities, counties, and other governmental and
non-governmental entities. He is also a partner with the Kansas
City Property Company LLC, a firm focused on development and
revitalization of small and medium sized commercial buildings in the
Kansas City region.
Dawn Kirkwood has been Executive Director of the Kansas City
Chapter of The American Institute of Architects since January, 2002.
In this capacity, she is responsible for operational and
programmatic functions of the Chapter. With a strong background in
organizational development and the establishment of strategic
partnerships, Kirkwood’s focus is on extending the influence of
architects in community and built environment issues. A graduate of
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kirkwood also has an MBA from
the University of Iowa.
Marvin Manlove, AIA
A Principal with Kansas City based 360 Architecture, Marvin
has actively used his degrees in Architecture and Interior
Architecture from Kansas State University in service to many of the
communities leading businesses. His is often involved with
businesses in establishing strategic plans and designs for real
estate and office planning. Manlove is a Board member of the Kansas
City Area Economic Development Council and serves as the 2006
President of the American Institute of Architects in Kansas City.
Daniel Serda, PhD
Daniel Serda serves in a dual appointment as executive director
of the Kansas City Design Center and assistant professor in the
Graduate Program in Urban Planning at the University of Kansas. He
holds a Master in City Planning (MCP) and Ph.D. in Urban and
Regional Studies from MIT, and A.B. in Government from Harvard
University. He is a native and current resident of Kansas City,