Dr. Cindy Frewen Wuellner
Wuellner, Ph.D., FAIA, APF is
Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Futures Studies
Department and Architect & Owner at Frewen Architects Inc.
Cindy founded and operated an architecture firm for 20 years before merging it with another design firm in order to shift her focus to the future of cities. Her numerous public projects garnered recognition and awards and concentrated on community development, master planning, and sustainability in civic, education, housing, and recreational facilities.
Example projects are the Kansas City Downtown Civic Mall Master Plan for 60 blocks of the central business district; Civic Council’s Downtown Corridor Development Strategies which involved urban planning and economic development for 4,000 acres, Kansas City; Missouri Police Department Facilities Master Plan for headquarters, training, and police stations, Charles E. Whittaker United States Courthouse Interiors; and the Ilus W. Davis Park, a two-block downtown civic commons that links the Whittaker US Courthouse and Kansas City’s City Hall.
Cindy is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a Distinguished Alumna for the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. Her design work was included in the AIA national traveling exhibit “That Exceptional One” and her firm was recognized as the first Kansas City Woman-Owned Business of the year.
As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design for two decades, she has taught design, ethics, marketing, professional practice, and the future of architecture and given numerous lectures and design juries at KU and other universities. She holds professional architecture licenses in multiple states and professional certificates from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED accredited design professional.
In order to research the long-term impact of design decisions on cities, Cindy blended futures studies, communications, business, and urban design in a doctoral program at the University of Kansas which she completed in 2007. She also completed a Master of Science with honors (Phi Kappa Phi) in Futures Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2004.
She sits on the boards of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and the Kansas City Design Center, cofounded the Kansas City Architectural Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, has served on over thirty boards and committees and is a member of numerous other organizations such as the Association of Professional Futurists, the World Futures Society, and the National Communication Association.
Cindy authored ABC’s of 21st century cities, 21st century cities: A is for Artificial Intelligence, 21st century cities: B is for Backward Futures, 21st century cities: C is for Co-creation, 21st century cities: D is for Disasters, The future of harmony and cities, Giving thanks for imagination, creative genius, and flow, Big Lessons for Working from Home, Hilarious Cities: Do You Live In One?, 21st Century Cities and Architecture Need Possibilianism, and Balancing Optimism, Waste, and the Newly Improved American Dream.
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