December 9, 2020

Tony Jones Receives AIAKC President’s Award for Advocacy

Nerman Family President Tony Jones’s unwavering support of the local architecture community was recognized yesterday when he received the President’s Award for Advocacy of Architecture from The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIAKC). Over the past five years, KCAI has used local architects and contractors for five major campus projects including the Barbara Marshall Residence Hall, Wylie Dining and Café Nerman (Helix); Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall (Hufft); The Tony Jones Studios (Gould Evans); David T. Beals Studios for Art & Technology (Gould Evans); and the restoration of historic Vanderslice Hall (GastingerWalker&). The campus transformation caught the attention of AIAKC Board of Directors President Ryan Warman who created a special award to celebrate Jones. “We honor the Kansas City Art Institute as advocates of architects and architecture, as they demonstrate the value of collaborating with design professionals in our community to enhance the experience for their students, faculty, and staff,” said Warman. Helix Principal Alissa Wehmueller admires Jones’ devotion to Kansas City architects and his collaboration with neighborhood and community groups. “Tony is the best kind of client in the way he both challenges and trusts the people he works with. It’s a gift that he gives his trust read more…

November 23, 2020

Graphic Design Alumna creates Biden campaign branding

Aimee Brodbeck (’08 Graphic Design)  The following story is a celebration of the exceptional career of an alum of KCAI and should not be viewed as a political endorsement.  Social impact work has always been important to Graphic Design Alumna Aimee Brodbeck, so when she got the chance to lead the design for the Biden campaign, she jumped on it. She volunteered her time and designed the iconic, patriotic red, white, and blue logo. And, she didn’t stop there. She created a complete marketing suite of SWAG, GIFs, yard signs, emails, and other materials that helped to position Biden for the win. The brand was used by the campaign from April 2019 until Kamala Harris joined the ticket in September. How did you get involved with the Biden campaign? I was working for the ad agency Mekanism, and I received a text from Tom Lyons during a meeting asking me, “how do you feel about politics?” The opportunity came through the agency’s relationship with Creative Alliance, a foundation that donates creative efforts to social impact work. They previously worked on the It’s On Us campaign, an Obama-Biden initiative that raised awareness and fought against sexual assault on college campuses for read more…

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