Greg Allen, AIAGreg Allen, AIA

Greg Allen, AIA

Year Joined: 1999

Professional Registration:

Kansas

Education:

Kansas State University, Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, 1976; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society ​

Greg has been a licensed architect since 1982. A longtime member of the American Institute of Architects, he has served on the AIA Historic Resources Committee and the AIA Disaster Assessment Team.

When Greg’s junior high aptitude test suggested that he consider a career in architecture, he quickly dismissed it and went on to pursue his love of music. As the rock-and-roll lifestyle ran its course, he was looking for what to do next when a visit with a cousin in architectural school appealed to his “head and hands” approach to life.

Greg is drawn to architecture because of its perfect balance between the creative and the methodical, the artistic and the technical. He loves that there are always unique problems requiring an elegant solution that satisfies the criteria and is flexible and buildable. He embraces the challenge of continuing to improve the process of doing architecture and of mastering the skills that support modern methods.

Favorite SDG Project:

The Hills Pet Nutrition research complex. Any time animals are part of the user-group it adds a new dimension to the project!

Best thing about SDG:

We have a great collection of people at SDG. There isn’t anyone here I don’t like, so that makes for a comfortable work environment.

SDG also recognizes that all people are unique, with different strengths and working styles, and there is not ‘one right way’ to do things. Supporting these diverse strengths and styles, and matching them to the task at hand, leads to maximum individual performance and job satisfaction.

Community:

  • City of Topeka Landmarks Commission, 2007-2012
  • Member of the City of Topeka IBC 2006 Code Adoption Advisory Committee
  • Past Chairman, Historic Preservation Asset Fund Review Committee
  • Vice-President, Central N.I.A.; worked on several neighborhood improvement projects
  • Downtown Topeka Rotary, participating in several community service projects
  • Worked on the Rescue Mission’s Children’s Palace community playground build
  • Local preservation projects, including Constitution Hall
  • Coached youth baseball and soccer, several years each
  • Led Boy Scout Explorer Post career education/training program for architecture
  • Planned and led several grade school architectural bus tours
  • Participated in several high school career days presentations
  • “Big Brother” (Big Brothers/Big Sisters) to an elementary student, three years

Life Philosophy:

Life is change. Regardless of experience level there is always room for improvement and opportunity to do better.

Someone he admires:

Abraham Lincoln; my mother – not necessarily in that order.

Famous Person He'd Like to Meet:

Jesus.  He’d be a very interesting guy.

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