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Pillars Leadership Program

AIA Kansas City is proud to introduce Pillars, a leadership training program for AIA Kansas City members. The purpose is to prepare a representative cross section of the chapter’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of both the architectural profession and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The training program includes active participation in programs and exposure to community leaders and issues. Applications are accepted for the program once each year. Criteria for acceptance include proven career success and community involvement. The benefits of the program include: development of relationship skills, skill development, team performance, and chapter and community leadership.

Topics that will be discussed throughout the year include: politics and advocacy, academia and mentorship, business and legal issues, project delivery and partnership, communication methodologies, outreach, industry trends and economic development.



Nicholas Bosman, AIA - BRR Architecture
Diamond Bronson, AIA - Hoefer Wysocki 
Zac Buckmiller - Lankford | Fendler + associates
Jesse Crupper, AIA - hufft
Julie Garvey, AIA - McCownGordon Construction
Janet Getz, AIA - TreanorHL
Ellen Hailey, AIA - Helix Architecture + Design
Nicole Mater, Associate AIA - DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
Ryan McCabe, AIA - BNIM
Danny McGrail - Henderson Engineers
Mandy Moore, Associate AIA - Odimo
Michael Patrick, AIA - Hollis + Miller Architects
Vanessa Petersen - PMA Engineering
Jean Stoverink, AIA - Gould Evans
Timarie Trarbach, Associate AIA - Populous
Callum Virthaler, AIA - Pulse Design Group

April & MaY 2018 Overviews

April History.jpgThe April session of Pillars was the first of two sessions dealing with transportation in Kansas City.  The emphasis of this session was on the historical development of various transportation systems and current transportation issues.

To kick things off, the class had lunch at Spokes Café | Cyclery and learned about a unique space allowing diners and cyclists to interact with one another.  Next the class moved to HNTB where they heard two presentations about the history of transportation in Kansas City.

The first presenter was Cydney Millstein with Architectural & Historical Research.  Her presentation focused on mass transit in Kansas City.  The street car system was a large part of this presentation.  Next Michael Wells, historian at the Kansas City Library, presented on the massive construction of the downtown highway loop, which extended multiple decades.
The class then walked along the west side of the downtown loop, stopping at the Lewis and Clark Park at the Northwest Corner.  This allowed the class to discuss the condition of the Case Park and the effect that the highway has had on economic development and connectivity.

The class arrived at the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) office to have a panel discussion on current transportation issues.  The panel included Eric Bunch, BikeWalkKC Policy Director, Ron Achelpohl, Director of MARC’s Transportation and Environmental Department, and Shawn Strate, Planning Manager at KCATA.

The May session focused on the future of transportation in Kansas City. We began with a presentation by Tim Sylvester, founder and CEO of Integrated Roadways. His company focuses on embedding technology into pavement systems to provide a digital network of collecting data and generating revenue through the street system. His presentation also focused on how much street improvements are currently needed, the massive amount of street replacement/improvements needed, and the incredibly small budget the government has allocated for such needs. 

Following the presentation, the group toured the MINDDRIVE facility. The program allows less fortunate students to receive unique hands-on experience building and renovating electric cars, classic cars, and much more. This provided us an inside view of a very successful community outreach program geared towards STEM initiatives. 

To conclude the transportation sessions, we decided to explore the crossroads neighborhood on a very unique transportation system – the Pedal Hopper. We traveled to various local establishments while learning more about Kansas City transportation with a very fun game of trivia.


Year in Review

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Pillars applications

Applications go out each year in April.


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