Russell Lewis

Russell Lewis




Qualifications Summary

Senior Level Architect, NCARB and currently licensed in the states of both Missouri and Kentudky, with over twenty-five years of  experience performing in a wide range of  professional  roles and skills  including  firm management * project management * design * office management * team leadership  & mentoring * business  development * construction  documents  preparation * bidding & negotiations * facilities management * construction administration * project closeout and acceptance

Proficient in a wide range of building types including corporate office buildings and interiors,  courthouses , K-12 education, higher education with extensive  science & technology, law offices, children’s museums, public housing, airport facilities,  zoological master plans



Circuit Executives Office - Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts, St. Louis, MO, Assistant Circuit Executive for Space & Facilities

Assistant Circuit Executive Space & Facilities, Sep 2004 – Jun 2011

•Established a climate of cooperation and trust among court constituents of the space and facilities process

•Built a solid client relationships that resulted in a need to increase the use of technological capabilities and travel budgets to respond to the increased workload volume

•Facilitated acquisition and build out of space to meet program requirements, budgets, court compliance requirements for a seven state geographical region

•Provided oversight and input into the completion of five major new and renovation courthouse projects ranging in construction cost from $60 million - $280 million

•Performed site reviews of in progress construction projects, attended major product selections for major construction projects, reviewed submittals, attended and provided input on major mock-ups

•Represented the Courts in matters of design issues and in appropriate technical applications, furniture selections and acquisition, interior finishes, technology integration as well as collaboration and coordination with other government agencies

•Provided leadership to a staff consisting of an architect, interior designer and administrative assistant

•Developed and managed spending plans of approximately $2.5 - $3.0 million dollars per fiscal year designated for tenant build outs, furnishings and existing space modifications and additions

Sep 2004 - Jun 2011

HOK, St. Louis, MO, Vice President - Senior Project Manager

Vice President, Jan 1997 – Sep 2004

•Established a reputation of integrity and created cohesion among the project team which led to quality design, excellent client and consultant relationships and achieving projects exceeding expectations

•Participated in the marketing and business development efforts

•Performed the role of senior project manager for major corporate office facilities, science & technology campuses and building projects and corporate production facilities

•Assisted with the internal operations of the group, determining project team structure and members, mentoring and evaluating staff, selecting outside consultants, establishing and managing project budgets, determining fees and conducting project reviews and insuring quality control

•As project manager I coordinated and implemented LEED elements to be incorporated into projects and successfully completed many projects of this type

•Designed projects as part of a team and independently

•Negotiated and administered contracts with owners and consultants on behalf of the firm

Jan 1997 - Sep 2004

By Design, Inc., St. Louis, MO, President

President, Jan 1984 – Jan 1997

•Formulated and executed the business & marketing plans, that created the architectural firm known as By Design, Inc. which began as a two-person office located in St. Louis, MO, and grew to a 20+ person firm generating annual fees of approximately $2.4 Million - $2.8 Million with office locations in St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO and Belleville, IL

•Created and executed marketing plan that secured clients such as St. Louis Board of Education-St. Louis, MO, Kansas City Board of Education-Kansas City, MO, Francis Howell School District-St. Charles, MO, State of Missouri, University of Missouri-Multiple Campuses, Ralston Purina-St. Louis, MO, St. Louis Public Library-St. Louis, MO, Public Housing Authority-St. Louis, MO

•Interviewed and selected staff and actively developed their ability to contribute to the firm while providing needed individual professional growth opportunities for each staff person

•Established a reputation for integrity and fostered cohesion of the project team which lead to quality design, excellent client and consultant relationships and achievement of exceptional project designs

Jan 1984 - Jan 1997

Peckham, Guyton Albers & Veits, Inc., St. Louis, MO, Architect

Graduate Architect/Project Architect, Jan 1977 – Jan 1984

•Completed a series of zoological projects from initial concept through construction, including projects at the St. Louis Zoological Park that included the Big Ape Renovation, Bird House Renovation, Reptile House Renovation, Big Cat Exhibit, Zoological Gates and other modifications for the facility

•Project architect role for a new corporate office building as a lead working with one of the partners, the lead designer and a staff of three, following project from conception through construction

•Led the entire effort from programming through construction for a medical office building at the Deaconess Hospital located in St. Louis, Missouri

•Led a successful design competition team for a major corporate client's dining/meeting facility winning and completing the project through construction

Jan 1977 - Jan 1984


Washington University, St. Louis, MO, MArch, School of Architecture

Jan 1974 - May 1976

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, BArch, Shool of Architecture

Sep 1969 - Dec 1973

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