The 2016 Henry W. Schirmer Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated distinguished leadership and service on behalf of AIA Kansas and the practice of architecture over an extended period of time. Such services exceeding those expected in any official capacity has advanced the cause of our profession and provided an inspiration to fellow practitioners
This year we present the 23rd Henry W. Schirmer Distinguished Service Award to Gary Nevius, AIA.
Gary has not only provided distinguished service to the AIA, but he has also been an inspiration to so many in his numerous walks of life.
From a young age he knew that he wanted to be involved in design and construction working with his father, an engineer, on the renovation of their home and working with neighbors in the design of their homes. His dedication and motivation took him to the University of Kansas in 1970 where he studied architecture and engineering. He found a wonderful community of friends in his fraternity, Beta theta Pi, and in his third year of study, received a traveling scholarship to study and work in Cambridge.
Upon graduation Gary took a position with Black & Veatch in Kansas City while simultaneously completing his MBA in Business at KU. From Black & Veatch he moved to BNIM and ultimately started his own firm in collaboration with Craig Serig and Steve Palmer. Nevius Serig Palmer Architecture rebranded to Momenta in 2012 and has grown to eight employees with an extensive portfolio of work focusing on educational, civic, and collaborative work place environments.
During his 40 years of professional practice at Black Veatch, BNIM, NSP and now Momenta, Gary has been responsible for a broad range projects from small office renovations to complex, large scale corporate and institutional facilities.
He has also served his community at the board level of organizations such as the Blue Valley Education Foundation, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, United Community Services of Johnson County, and the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation where he served as President. Gary has been actively involved in the Overland Park Economic Development Council as well as the Lenexa Economic Development Council. Most notably he has served his profession as president of both AIA Kansas and AIA Kansas City as well an active member of the AIA Kansas Governmental Affairs Committee and State of Kansas Design Partnering Committee. He is currently a member of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Board of Directors and the Civil War Trust.
Gary has a passion for the contribution that architects can make toward the built environment and to the communities in which we work, live and play and has dedicated the better part of the last four decades to the development and enrichment of our built environments.
Congratulations to Gary in recognition of his receipt of the 2016 Henry W. Schirmer Distinguished Service Award!