On staff at Pappageorge Haymes Partners (PH) since 1983, Ken is the firm’s most tenured partner. His experience and special expertise in designing and executing technically complex projects, particularly in the category of adaptive re-use and historic renovation, has earned industry-wide recognition for excellence. He has served as senior project architect on many highly acclaimed projects including; Infinite Apartments, Metropolitan Tower, the Buckingham Student Center, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and the Pomeroy Apartments which attained LEED® Platinum certification. Ken’s work has been honored nation wide with such distinguished awards as; the J. Timothy Anderson Award for Historic Rehabilitation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award, the Urban Land Institute’s Vision Award for Historic Redevelopment and the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence.
Recent work in Chicago includes; The Arc at Old Colony; the redevelopment and modernization of the 17-story Chicago Landmark Old Colony Building from commercial usage to apartment-style shared residences, the 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneer’s” Veteran’s Apartments; a new permanent supportive housing new construction and adaptive re-use development targeted to low-income veterans and their families, and 1323 S. Michigan Avenue; the conversion of a 7-story Chicago Landmark building from commercial to residential use. Other projects currently in-progress include the historic renovation and adaptive re-use of the Schulze Baking Company Building, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Armour Hall, and the residential and commercial conversion of four of the city’s historic school buildings.
Early in his career, Ken was a part of the original Donohue Studio Group in Printer’s Row founded by Harry Weese in 1977, after which he worked with many local architects and artists including; Holabird & Root, Ken Schroeder, Baus & Dring, Verginio Ferrari, and Robert Gordon. He also began a business performing as-built building surveys in support of Chicago area renovation projects. Later, he worked at H.S. Nachman & Associates as an engineering consultant specializing in electrical reconstruction and code compliance work before joining PH.
Ken’s professional activities include guest appearances as guest lecturer and panelist at conferences and symposia for numerous industry organizations including: The American Institute of Architects, The Chicago Architecture Foundation, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, the Urban Land Institute and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Additionally, Ken is a member of the Advisory Board for the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois, where activities concern planning and administration for a 14-building Campus on the National Historic Register.