Pete joined SDG in 2017 after a brief attempt at retirement. He spent the majority of his career at two other local firms, beginning as a draftsman and working his way up to president. His notable projects include the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas campus, the Security Benefit Group Home Office building, and the State of Kansas Memorial Hall office building.
Pete holds an undergraduate degree in History, which he finds helps tremendously in preservation and renovation work. After graduation from KU, Pete worked for almost three years in the construction industry, to which he attributes much of his interest in making his projects easily constructible.
His experience has taught him that the real art of architecture lies in the ability to explore the client’s dream, and finds this is his favorite part of the creative process.
Pete keeps busy on weekends with his twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
If someone looked at my work and said “yep, I can see it, Pete designed that,” my reaction would be that I had done something wrong. Architecture projects aren’t about me or my firm, they’re about the client.
My wife Susan and I devote most of our spare time to family. We have 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. They keep us well traveled and relatively fit. When not herding progeny, you can find us gardening or relaxing in our back yard. And as a proud KU graduate, I rarely miss an opportunity to watch a Jayhawk basketball game with friends.