Community Involvement

Architecture and historic preservation are inextricably linked with community development.  Design decisions, development priorities, funding sources, construction employment, materials purchasing – these all have an effect on the broader community.

I see the Architect as a key player in these areas.  We can influence many of the decisions in a project and need to take that responsibility seriously.


Des Moines Urban Design Review Board

As a member of the Des Moines Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) since April 2018, I work to promote sensitive, durable, and sustainable development – our charge is to advise the City Council on City planning efforts and projects receiving City subsidy.  In this capacity, I have the opportunity to impact the early stages of…

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State Nominations Review Committee (SNRC)

Each state historic preservation program (in Iowa, the State Historic Preservation Office in the Department of Cultural Affairs) is required to maintain a state review board.  I have served as a member of the State Nominations Review Committee since 2017, meeting quarterly to Review National Register nominations and advise the SHPO on forwarding them to…

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Preservation Iowa

As part of my involvement in the historic preservation community, I have served on the Board of Directors for Preservation Iowa since 2013.  Preservation Iowa is a statewide non-profit historic preservation organization that promotes historic preservation efforts, educates communities about historic preservation, and connects people across the state to encourage effective action. http://preservationiowa.org  

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Mayor’s Task Force on Demolition and Historic Preservation

From 2014-2015 I served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Demolition and Historic Preservation.  This citizen board was tasked with providing feedback to City staff and the City Council as they developed a “demolition review ordinance” for the City of Des Moines. Ultimately, the ordinance was adopted and provides some additional review and protection for identified…

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Des Moines Rehabbers Club

The Des Moines Rehabbers Club is an organization whose mission is to promote revitalization in the City of Des Moines by encouraging, supporting, and promoting preservation and renovation. I am co-organizer and current Board Member.  This group is loosely based on one I helped organize in St. Louis in the early ’00s. Originally started by…

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