AIA Elevates Gould Evans’ National Managing Principal to College of Fellows

Anthony Rohr, AIA, NCARB, recognized for his notable contributions to the profession of architecture

Kansas City, MO – February 13, 2017 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce the recent election of its National Managing Principal, Anthony Rohr, into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The 2017 Jury of Fellows recognized Rohr for his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have positively impacted the profession and society on a national level, as well as those who have achieved a standard of excellence in their work. It is the highest honor the AIA can bestow upon a member, as only [approximately] three percent of its 90,000 members receive this prestigious distinction.

“Tony is a truly engaged practitioner dedicated to developing a more synthetic relationship between design and practice. He understands that good design is good business,” said Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Principal at Marlon Blackwell Architects. “While many in the field see these two as mutually exclusive, Tony has found ways to marry exceptional design with exceptional business, and thus ennobling the practice of architecture.”

Rohr is a graduate of the University of Kansas with more than 30 years of experience in developing programs and processes that integrate design with business, providing leadership within his firm and profession focused around the concept of “practice resilience,” and inspiring and supporting similar professional growth in others. He is known for his ability to draw from the unique characteristics of a client’s program, people, site and cultural context to build a compelling, thoughtful design narrative.

”It is humbling to be included in the College of Fellows, and I owe tremendous gratitude to all of the talented professionals that I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” said Rohr. “Gould Evans and our local AIA chapter have been so encouraging in my pursuit of a career founded on design thinking and client engagement. I simply love being an architect, and I feel fortunate to be in a leadership role that allows me to guide others to achieve the same success and satisfaction.”

Throughout his career, Rohr has used research and design to build communities. He has overseen a wide range of public and commercial projects for clients who are interested in employing architecture to make a difference, including:

As National Managing Principal of Gould Evans, Rohr is responsible for ensuring the firm’s work resonates with its design vision, extending beyond its practice to create positive outcomes for people and communities. He assumed the role during a period of transition and was able to rejuvenate the firm, developing a new vision and strategic direction that has led to more design-focused success.

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