22 APRIL 2022 : AWARDS

Gould Evans’ Canary Studio Receives a Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association’s Southwest Chapter


PHOENIX, AZ – April 22, 2022 – Nationally recognized design firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce that the Yosemite National Park concessions renovations project has received a Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Southwest Chapter.

“Our team is honored to receive this award,” says Melissa Alexander, NCIDQ, IIDA, principal of Gould Evans and director of Canary, Gould Evans’ in-house experiential design studio. “This project was a practice in inviting the outdoors in; when we study space, we often look to the surrounding environment to pick up on a rhythm. The client group was generous and allowed us to explore local materiality and make these gathering places welcoming for any traveler.”

Within the majestic Yosemite Valley, three locations — Degnan’s Loft, Base Camp, and Curry Village — serve as refueling points for adventurers. Unfortunately, the existing facilities were not updated in 50 years and saw higher visitation than their initial capabilities.

Each concession’s identity was designed to create an intimate guest experience while embracing the infinite scale of the park. Through phased renovations, the team modernized the concessions while honoring the historic architecture and highlighting the sites’ natural splendor. Diligent research and coordination led the team to develop color palettes from historic textiles and select finishes to complement the original structure. Raw materials were chosen to create subtle palettes that invite the outdoor experience inside. The identities created underscore the rich history of the park and celebrate an exciting future.

With the park receiving nearly 5 million visitors each year, the concessions were renovated with longevity, sustainability, and a reverence for the original architecture. In partnership with the firm's other studios, the team underscored the natural world while developing a community space that improved visitors' comfort and experience.


About Gould Evans

Gould Evans’ award-winning designs are recognized for their specificity to people and place. Our diverse architecture portfolio stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit


About The International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

The IIDA is a global commercial interior design association that supports design professionals. It advocates for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design. To learn more about the Southwest Chapter, visit


About Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is an American national park in California, surrounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest. The park is managed by the National Park Service and covers an area of 759,620 acres and sits in four counties – centered in Tuolumne and Mariposa, extending north and east to Mono and south to Madera County. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness. To learn more, visit


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Pat Dimond

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Takes Place for the Central Station High-Rise in Downtown Phoenix


PHOENIX, AZ – April 13, 2022 – Nationally recognized design firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce, together with Medistar Corporation, GMH Communities (“GMH”), and CBRE Investment Management (“CBRE IM”), the ceremonial groundbreaking of Central Station in downtown Phoenix.

Situated in the heart of Phoenix, Central Station is a dynamic one-million-SF mixed-use development that sits adjacent to Civic Space Park and Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus. The Gould Evans team designed the buildings to merge seamlessly with the existing transit station to create a bustling urban hub. Central Station consists of two residential towers—one 22-story building providing fully-furnished student housing with 655 beds and one 33-story building with 362 unfurnished residential units. The project also features retail space, flexible creative office space, and two levels of below-grade parking.

Commenting on the project, Principal Krista Shepherd said:

“As noted by Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director Chris Mackay, this is the most complex site in the downtown corridor, yet those are precisely the kind of projects we are attracted to—the challenging and even gnarly ones that hold great potential and require creativity and persistence toward remarkable goals.”

According to Vice President Steve Valev:

“Our primary focus designing the project over the last five years has been creating a humane place full of creative juxtaposition that is entangled in everyday life and routine of the entire city.”

The Central Station project revitalizes the existing City’s bus and light rail transit hub into a mixed-use site that will enhance the experience for riders and transit personnel. A modern transit office is in the development center to provide optimal visibility, accessibility, pedestrian safety, and convenience. The project creates a connected ground plane linking the light rail, buses, the transit office, and public amenities.

Shepherd states:

“We are honored to be partners with so many and celebrate that which can only be achieved as a collective with a shared vision. Congratulations to Medistar, GMH Communities, the City of Phoenix, and the Layton Construction team.”

About Gould Evans

Gould Evans’ award-winning designs are recognized for their specificity to people and place. Our diverse portfolio stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit

Gould Evans Media Contact

Pat Dimond

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Gould Evans is Awarded their Sixth Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award for the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library

Former Abandoned Suburban Big-Box Store Transformed into 21st Century Library

Kansas City, MO – November 4th, 2021 – Nationally recognized design firm, Gould Evans, is pleased to announce the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library has received a 2021 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre of Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies


“Our team is honored to receive an American Architecture Award this year, “ says Sean Zaudke, Associate Principal of Gould Evans. “Libraries of today are no longer about books or maker spaces (although Indian Creek contains both). The library is more about quickly refocusing and repurposing its functions based upon community needs and the design places an emphasis on flexibility and embracing change. This project focuses on the functional transformation of the traditional library concept into a 21st century model.”

Re-establishing nature in a commercial retail setting, the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library adaptive reuse project is a story of transformation. The transformation focuses on the conversion of a vacant, big-box retail structure—inspired by daylight and a connection to nature that was non-existent in the big-box context. Underlying the 21st century library model is a focus on the future. The library achieves this focus in two ways: by designing for adaptability to future change and by integrating sustainability strategies throughout the design, including the 2030 challenge energy reduction, daylighting and a focus on community wellness. At the library's entry, users are greeted with a maker space, a café, a conference center, and a flexible workplace environment—with traditional library programs, reading spaces, and collections experienced deeper within the library. In this way, the Olathe Indian Creek Library becomes a community hub, creating a unique asset different than that of a typical public library.

In its 27th year, The American Architectural Awards® are the nation’s highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design in the United States. In 2021, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing in the U.S. and globally. Over 100 projects were selected by a distinguished group of Miami architects, educators, and developers. The full list of 2021 winning projects can be viewed here:

This is Gould Evans’ 6th American Architecture Award. Previous American Architecture Awards include the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center, Missouri Innovation Campus, University of Kansas Debruce Center for the Original Rules of Basketball, the Lawrence Public Library, and the NOAA La Jolla Lab Consolidation Project (Southwest Fisheries).

High resolution photos of the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library, taken by Michael Robinson, can be downloaded here.

About Gould Evans

Gould Evans’ award-winning designs are recognized for their specificity to people and place. Our diverse portfolio of architecture stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit

Gould Evans Media Contact

Lia Fondrisi

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30 JUNE 2021 : PEOPLE

2021 Associate Principal Promotions

We’re proud to promote these leaders who work across disciplines, providing a breadth of perspective and new possibilities for our culture, clients, and communities. Congratulations to Steve Brezovec, Heather Gentili, Teresa Jan, Whitney Lang, Betsy Lynch, Julie Nelson Meers, and Liz Thelen-Torres.



30 JUNE 2021 : PEOPLE

2021 Vice President Promotions

This new group of Vice Presidents joins an established cohort of highly valued associates, adding to their collective knowledge and influence.



30 JUNE 2021 : PEOPLE

2021 Senior Associate Promotions

Along with our new Associate Principals and Vice Presidents, each of these individuals has made significant contributions to the firm. We look forward to their leadership in creating an inclusive culture and impactful, enduring work.



25 JUNE 2021 : PRESS

Envision Kansas City’s Version of a Central Park

The Gould Evans Studio for City Design makes the case for urban freeway removal in "Closing the North Loop opens up brighter, greener future for KC," recently published in the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ). The North Loop is notably included in the Freeways Without Futures 2021 report as one of the country's worst highways. Furthermore, they argue that recent infrastructure updates have made this portion of interstate superfluous.
16 MARCH 2021 : PRESS

Strong Towns: Dennis Strait and Abby Kinney Discuss People-Centered Urban Planning

Dennis Strait and Abby Kinney "are going against the grain and fighting for the city they love," says Strong Towns.
Listen to The Bottom-Up Revolution podcast episode to learn more about their work moving Kansas City in a positive direction—along with colleagues and partner organizations Urban3, Incremental Development Alliance, and Strong Towns—"through concerted and creative efforts to know their neighbors, listen to resident concerns, and educate people on the city’s trajectory."

Canary Studio Honored with GDUSA Award

Our in-house branding and graphic design studio Canary Studio was recently awarded a Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) award for their work on ASU Foundation’s office installation.

Kelly Dreyer Joins the Aligned Board of Directors

Gould Evans is pleased to announce that Kelly Dreyer, AIA LEEP AP, has joined the board of Aligned—a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving education in Kansas and Missouri. Aligned believes the business community has the obligation, opportunity, and capacity to increase college and workforce readiness in students through an ambitious, aggressive, and comprehensive reform agenda.