Legends & Leaders

This video series highlights AIA Kansas City architects and others who have helped shape the Kansas City community, lead the our chapter, and mentor new generations of designers.  

Kirk Gastinger, FAIAgastingerweb.jpg

Kirk Gastinger, FAIA, discusses influences on his career from educators, early work experiences, and as a founder of Gastinger/Walker.  As a national leader on environmental issues, Kirk describes the creation of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and other environmental activities.  Leadership on the locally initiated CUBE learning experience and work with the AIA Kansas City are also reviewed.  

Gastinger Interview >


Kivett.jpgClarence Kivett, FAIA


Clarence Kivett, FAIA, recognized as a major local force in the modern architecture style, Clarence was instrumental in the shaping of our city and in encouraging young architects to succeed. Kivett and Myers, in addition to designing major projects in Kansas City, served as a platform for the creation of over forty local and regional architectural firms, an achievement in which Kivett took pride.  Current perspectives from leaders that worked with him are provided in this video along with a 1989 KCPT Skylines interview lead by Linda Young.

Kivett Interview >


kite singleton web.jpgKite Singleton, FAIA


Kite Singleton, FAIA, recaps early international influences and work, leading to the formation of Abend/Singleton Associates.  His perspectives on public service and the challenges of implementing public transportation are explored along with an interest in reinvigorating areas in mid-town and the northeast areas of Kansas City.

Singleton Interview >



Linda Young Web.jpgLinda Ervin Young, Hon. AIA


Linda Ervin Young, Hon. AIA, Susan Mosby and Vernon Reed, FAIA, discuss the passing of Linda Young, one of the most effective executive directors of our chapter.  Excerpts of Linda’s 1980’s interviews from the KCPT Skylines program include many of our chapter leaders including Clarence Kivett, James Calcara, Bruce Patty, Dean and Ginny Graves, and others.

Young Interview >

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