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Advisory Board

The Architectural Studies Advisory Board supports and facilitates the Department of Architectural Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia in fulfilling its mission. Emphasis of the Board is on the continuous improvement of the department’s design programs and aligning them with current and emerging priorities in the design profession. The board provides advice to the department faculty and leadership regarding academic program development and student career outcomes. Advisory board members are experienced architects or interior designer affiliated with leading design firms in the nation or government agencies. Each member is appointed for a three-year term and may serve up to two 3-year terms.

Current Members

Brian Ayres (2016-2018)
Account Executive
Tandus Centiva
(314) 324 0086 (cell) (866) 629-4332 (fax)

Regional Account Executive for Tandus Centiva – a Tarkett Company. Manages the eastern Missouri, and central to southern Illinois region. Working with architects, designers, and end users to position “Fit For Purpose” flooring solutions including Powerbond, Modular Tile, Broadloom, Woven, Luxury Vinyl and Solid Vinyl Tile. In the construction related industry since graduating from ITT Tech with an architectural studies degree, and with Tandus Centiva since 2002. Associate member of IIDA, MSPMA, GSLA-SPMA, APPA and serves as a board member of Living Word Christian School in O’Fallon, MO.

Scott Barton, AIA, IIDA, A4LE (2017-2019)
Partner / Design Director
Hollis + Miller
1828 Walnut Street Suite 922, KC, MO 64108
(816) 442-7700

Scott has worked with numerous clients across a variety of industries including: education, collegiate, mixed-use, hospitality, retail, office, municipal and faith-based. He has been instrument on several notable projects with Hollis + Miller, which have been recognized by education and design industry leading organizational awards, including: Joplin Soaring Heights and Joplin East Middle School (Association for Learning Environments) and Liberty North High School Addition (AIA Kansas).

True to his generous nature, Scott believes in giving back. He is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lee’s Summit. He has served as a guest lecturer and adjunct design professor at The University of Kansas and at other area schools in his dedication to mentor others and elevate design thinking. His involvement in the design industry and in the education industry includes serving as a member of the Olathe School District’s 21st Century Academies District Advisory Group, mentoring architectural design students at local universities as well as students at local area high schools in the Greater Kansas City Area.
Scott joined Hollis + Miller Architects in 2009 and is a member of key industry organizations including the Association for Learning Environments, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Interior Design Association. He graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

Samuel Beckman, NCARB (2015-2017)
ACI Boland Architects
1421 E. 104th Street, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 763-9600 (office)

Bachelor of Science – Environmental Design, University of Missouri 1994; Masters of Architecture, University of Kansas 1997. Sam is a registered architect with his M Arch from the University of Kansas (1997) and his BSHES Environmental Design from the University of Missouri (1994). Sam joined ACI Boland Architects in 2002 and has over 18 years of experience. As a principal/partner of the firm, he has been involved in a variety of project types. ACI Boland Architects is an architectural, planning and interior design firm with more than whose designs respond to the unique journey of each project and client with 45 professionals located in Kansas City and St. Louis Missouri. The firm’s portfolio of work includes healthcare, academics, retail, hospitality, senior living, corporate, multi-family, industrial, and specialty projects. Sam is known by his colleagues as the project orchestrator and team player. Outside of the office Sam enjoys working on his 90 year old house, golfing, fishing, and has a competition BBQ team.

Charles ‘Chuck’ D. Bouse, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C (2013-2016) (2017-2019)
UM System Architect
Facilities Planning and Development
(573) 882-9350

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Drury University in Springfield, MO; licensed architect in Missouri; member of American Institute of Architects. As the UM System Architect, Chuck provides professional services to the four campuses of the University of Missouri System; maintains the University architectural design standards, and the design and construction policy and procedures; reviews and approves architectural plans and specifications; and performs code consulting. Prior to his current position, Chuck was the Campus Architect at Missouri University of Science and Technology for six years, responsible for designing and overseeing construction of campus renovations. Chuck has also worked in the private sector managing his own architecture practice and construction company. He has a diverse design and construction background ranging from subdivision-land development planning, residential, corporate, retail, restaurants, Fire dept. and EMS facilities, medical, industrial, factory, and religious facilities.

Robert M. Buckman (Bob), AIA, NCARB (2014-2017) (2018-2020)
Architect/Designer/Project Manager
KWK Architects
(314) 489-8851

Educated with a Master of Architecture 1995, California State Polytechnic University and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design 1992, University of Missouri Columbia-Cum Laude, Bob is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and Colorado. His design philosophy advocates the highest possible aspirations for a project that work well at all levels- functional, aesthetic, and economic. With a variety of building types including Higher Education, K-12 Education, Parks and Recreation, Corporate, Cultural/ Civic, Residential, and Mixed-Use experience, he has worked as a Designer, Project Architect, and Project Manager. Notable award winning projects include Maryville University’s Student Center, the Walter Coulter Science Center at Westminster College, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Express Scripts Corporate Headquarters, The Jewel Box restoration in Forest Park, and an off the grid Ranch in Colorado. Bob is currently practicing at KWK Architects as a project design manager for Higher Education Projects. His previous office experiences include The Sutton Studio, Christner, and DHA in St. Louis along with several smaller design firms in Missouri and California, in addition to serving as the architectural acoustics instructor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Barbara Buffaloe (2015-2017) (2018-2020)
Sustainability Manager
City of Columbia
(573) 817-5025 (office)

Barbara Buffaloe is the City of Columbia’s first Sustainability Manager. There she is responsible for integrating short and long term sustainable comprehensive action plans, resource conservation, and related sustainability programs and operations to advance a more sustainable, vital and well-planned future for Columbia, Missouri. As a result of her successful administration of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), the City of Columbia realizes over $100K in annual energy savings. She has presented on these realized savings and additional sustainability programs and projects at national conferences, such as the DOE-sponsored Better Buildings Summit, the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ Leadership Academy, and multiple local and regional meetings. Buffaloe also serves as leadership for the Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network, a network of sustainability managers and directors from seven states whose charge it is to create additional momentum for promoting sustainability throughout the Heartland. She joined the City from the University of Missouri where she was an instructor in the Department of Architectural Studies and a Housing and Environmental Design Specialist with MU Extension.

Laura Haller, LEED AP, NCIDQ (2018-2020)
Design Manager, Planning, Design & Construction
BJC HealthCare Planning & Design
Mailstop 92-92-281; 8300 Eager Road, Suite 600C
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 273 0900 (office)

Laura is a Senior Design Manager with BJC Healthcare, with over 25 years of experience in the Commercial Design Industry. She graduated from the University of Kansas with BFA in 1989 and went on to obtain the following certificates Nation council for Interior Design Qualification and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional. She has had professional experience in Hospitality, Corporate, Retail, Government, Recreation & Wellness, Industrial, Preforming & Art Centers, Education and Healthcare. Currently she is working on the new 64 bed Barnes Jewish Hospital in West County on Olive in Creve Coeur, MO.

Anne Kramer (2011-2014) (2015-2017)
Senior Manager, Project Design/Construction at Cushmand & Wakefield
721 Emerson, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 392-2626 office
(855) 829-4219 fax

Bachelor of Science in HES Architectural Studies, University of Missouri – Columbia. Anne is a project and design manager at DTZ (Formerly Cassidy Turley) with 10 years of experience in commercial design. She joined Cassidy Turley in 2004 and currently is the project manager for multiple national and fortune 500 companies which include layout design, branding, bid and contractor review, construction document coordination and review, schedules and management of the construction. She is active in the community with CANstruction, IIDA, ASID and Ronald McDonald House.

Joe Meyer (2012-2015) (2016-2018)
Lawrence Group
(314) 242-1585 (office)
(314) 231-0816 (fax)

BS Environmental Design 1997 University of Missouri. Joe is the director for Lawrence Group Color’s Retail Studio and a stockholder with the company. Joe joined the Lawrence Group in 1997 and has successfully managed over 3,500 projects in more than 30 different states for major brands such as Edward Jones, National Vision, Baskin Robbins, and AMC Theatres. Joe’s broad experience in retail and restaurant projects allows him to balance the programmatic planning, legal code requirements, local jurisdiction details and the retail or restaurant brand with each unique location. Joe has recently completed over 140 AMC Theatre concession stand locations nationwide and has in depth knowledge of the kitchen equipment needs and demands on a project. In 2011, Joe and his team were named the Architectural Design Vendor of the year award from Cassidy Turley, one of his key client relationships for over 15 years.

Jody Miller (2015-2017) (2018-2020)
Simon Associates, Inc., Architecture
(573) 874-1818, ext. 208 (office)

BS Environmental Design at the University of Missouri in 1999. An architect at Simon Associates, Inc. in Columbia, MO, she has 15 years of experience in the field of architecture working on a variety of projects in Mid-Missouri including multi-family residential, retail, office, industrial and worship spaces. She has served on the board of directors for Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. Jody is a member of AIA Mid-Missouri.

Jennifer Miranda (2017-2019)
Senior Design Manager
Cushman and Wakefield
575 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63141

Bachelor of Science- Environmental Design; University of Missouri 2005. Jennifer currently serves as the Senior Design Manager for Cushman and Wakefield. Prior to Cushman and Wakefield, Jennifer was with ArcVision from 2006 to 2019. Jennifer has managed he Teavana account from initial space planning and design through construction completion. She managed and designed for the client from the early stages of the brand through acquisition by a corporate giant, successfully completing 300+ mall locations worldwide. In addition to Teavana, she has worked on several other accounts including Vera Bradley, BCBG, Travel Traders, idX world headquarter offices, Yum Brands and is currently managing the Signet Jewelers account leading the Zales and Piercing Pagoda brands.

Mandy Moore, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (2018-2020)

Mandy graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 2005 from Texas State and obtained a Master of Architecture in 2013 from the University of Kansas. She added a Master of Art in Architecture degree in 2014 while studying at the University of Stuttgart in Southern Germany. Inspired by Mies’ quote “Build, don’t talk”, Moore has pursued experiences ranging from designing and constructing a 3,000-square foot research facility with her own hands to traveling half way across the globe to study robotics and create research pavilions. While these experiences are not typical of her every day, they provided her with an insatiable desire to research and continually learn through her work. She is a LEED accredited professional, an Associate AIA member and is on the Kansas City Rescue Mission Board.

Ashley Rau (2017-2019)
Senior Project Interior Designer
(314) 754 4082

Ashley Rau, NCIDQ : 024192, is an alumna of the MU Architectural Studies program Cum Laude (2005) and Senior Project Interior Designer with HOK, formerly with Gray Design Group. She focuses on achieving client objectives through function and attention to detail. The majority of her work is for corporate clients, but the firm’s diverse clientele allows for experiences outside the corporate sector. Noteworthy projects include University of Missouri Student Center, RaboAgrifinance, Watlow Electric Advanced Technology Center, Nestle Purina campus renovations, Rawlings Sporting Goods, The Crossing Church and Lambert International Airport.

Mark Stegeman (2012-2015) (2016-2018)
Senior Interior Designer
HOK, St. Louis

BS, Environmental Design, University of Missouri – Columbia. Mark has worked for both Arcturis and Lawrence Group in the past. Through opportunities with local and national projects that range in the facility management, strategic planning, corporate interiors, hospitality, and sports & recreation markets, Mark has developed a well-rounded understanding of the practice and created award winning environments.

Kate Medin-Stockton, AAIA, LEED GA (2017-2019)
Design Professional
SAPP Design Architects
3750 South Fremont
Springfield, Missouri 65804
(417) 877-9600×220 (office)

BS Environmental Design, University of Missouri-Columbia; M-Arch, University of Kansas. Design Professional for Sapp Design Architects. She currently works on public projects (schools, libraries and community buildings) across the midwest. She has a background in construction, interiors and architecture and participated in the University of Kansas’ Studio 804 Design-Build program where she helped design & construct a 30,000 SF net zero Alternative Energy Research Facility in Lawrence, Kansas. After graduating with her M.Arch she took a fellowship in Dallas, Texas at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP where she worked on community projects ranging from permanent supportive housing, senior affordable housing, outdoor educational facilities and other neighborhood revitalization projects. She has worked with The Vecino Group where she collaborated directly with in-house developers, contractors, estimators and engineers to construct affordable housing projects for various impoverished demographics across the nation. She is current serving on the AIA Springfield Board of Directors, Chairing the local Young Architects Forum and serving on the City of Springfield’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Community Development. She is also active with the S.A.V.E. Coalition for Disaster Relief and involved with the S.E.E.D. (Social Economic Environmental Design) Organization.

Lindsay Webb (2017-2019)
Project Designer
Partners by Design, Inc.
363 W Erie Street, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60654

Laurie Williams (2017-2020)
Project Manager/Designer
Gray Design Group
(314) 646-0400 (office)
(314) 681-9487 (cell)

Laurie Williams, LEED Green Associate, NCIDQ : 031934, is an alumna of the MU Architectural Studies program with an emphasis in Interior Design, Magna Cum Laude (2010). She is a Project Manager/Designer and 7 year veteran of Gray Design Group. Gray Design, a commercial architecture and interior design firm, employs 39 professionals that work within a variety of project sectors including corporate interiors, hospitality, industrial and senior living. In 2017, the firm was named by Interior Design Magazine as a Rising Design Giant and by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of St. Louis’ Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Laurie specializes in corporate interiors and tenant improvement projects, using creative strategies to deliver high design for any budget and creating spaces that reflect to each client’s unique requirements and brand. Noteworthy projects include Weissman Dancewear, American Optometric Association Headquarters, St. Louis Sinus Center, CRB Engineering, Aschinger Electric, GFI Digital, AVI Systems and Essex Industries.

Ex-Officio Members

Cynthia Adams Francis, IIDA
Director of Interior Design
The Austin Company
13723 Riverport Drive, Suite 101
St. Louis, MO 63043
(314) 786-3117

Design Director – Interiors for a major design organization that designs healthcare projects throughout the United States. BS University of Missouri – Columbia – 1982: Sr. Interior Designer, Jacobs Engineering, #6 in the Interior Design Magazine – Design Giants in 2007. National Certification of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certified. Cynthia has been in the Commercial Interior Design profession for over 25 years with experience in all facets of the profession including project management, construction administration of corporate design including facilities design and healthcare nationwide. Her projects include Jacobs Engineering, Houston, TX; Herman Miller Showroom, Atlanta, GA; Bingham Dana, LLP, Hartford, CT; Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, IL; St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, CO; Ernst & Young in St. Louis, and Monsanto in St. Louis. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and a recipient of the Linda Wellons Richichi Award.

Robert Blaha

BS, Interior Design, Southern Illinois University. Joined HOK in 1980 and remained in the St. Louis office, concentrating on workplace issues and corporate interiors. After retirement from HOK he will be a Thesis Studio Visiting Instructor at MU.

Nick Peckham, FAIA, LEED AP
Peckham Architecture
(573) 489-0901

BS, Engineering, US Merchant Marine Academy; B.Arch and M. Arch, University of Pennsylvania; licensed architect in Missouri and seven other states; NCARB; member of American Institute of Architects, Design Futures Council, U.S. Green Building Council – LEED Accredited Professional; member of the Board of Directors of AIA Missouri, UMC Museum of Art & Archeology, Alzheimer’s Association. Broad architectural practice since 1978.

Robert B. Price (Robbie), AIA, LEED AP
Simon Oswald Architecture
2801 Woodard Drive, Suite 103
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 443-1407

BA Economics, Duke University; M. Arch, University of Miami, Florida; Registered Architect in Missouri; Associate with Simon Oswald Architecture in Columbia, Missouri, an architectural and interior design firm specializing in higher education, healthcare, financial and corporate projects. Board Member of AIA Missouri; Past-President and Board Member of AIA Mid-Missouri; Board Member of the Boone County Community Trust and Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Anthony Randazzo, L.C.
Lighting Associates
(314) 606-6442 (office)
(314) 531-3737 (fax)

University of Missouri BS, HES Alum. Works with the architectural and engineering community to design a lighting system on many different types of building projects. Through the use of lighting calculation software a lighting scheme will meet the client’s requirements, current lighting standards and current energy codes.

Frank Sovich
Marathon Building Environments
(573) 875-7115 (office)
(573) 875-7116 (fax)

BS Business/Marketing, University of Missouri, Columbia. Partner, Marathon Office Interiors. Skilled in technical areas of Manufacturing Management and strategic planning. Areas of expertise include: Educational and Organizational Development Programs, Recruitment and Succession Planning, Compensation / Benefits Design and Administration, Labor / Management relations, and Health and Safety. Past positions include Collins & Aikman Human Resource Manager; Textron Automotive Company, Trim Operations Human Resource Manager, Employee Relations Supervisor, and Senior Human Resource Specialist; May Department Stores, Famous Barr Division, Executive Training Program.

Tracy Stearns
300 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108-1938
(816) 472-2000 (office)
(816) 531-3388 (fax)

University of Missouri BS, HES Alum. Principal, Heinlein Schrock Stearns Architecture. Developed expertise in the interior design of sports, hospitality, retail and residential projects around the world; known for ergonomic approach and concept identity design. Member of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Formerly instructor at Parkville College, Kansas City, Missouri.