Achelpohl joins MCC Foundation board

kachelpohl_photo jpg (2)Kathy Achelpohl, principal of architecture firm BNIM, has joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors.

As the head of BNIM’s higher education sector, Achelpohl has led architecture projects at colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of California-Los Angeles and UMKC. She also co-led the development of the award-winning Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Prior to joining BNIM, Kathy worked in New York in the offices of Edward Larrabee Barnes and Mitchell Giurgola.

Achelpohl holds both a bachelor of architecture and a bachelor of environmental design from the University of Kansas. She is an Ewart Scholar at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and holds professional registrations as a Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction. She serves on the boards of the KU School of Architecture, Design & Planning and the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects.

In the community, Achelpohl serves as a commissioner for the Kansas City Missouri Municipal Art Commission and is active in the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City and the Brush Creek Community Partners. She is an alumna of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions leadership program and she has been honored with the Thayer Medal, the AIA Scholastic Award and the AIA Certificate of Merit.

Under the leadership of board president Carolyn Watley, Achelpohl will serve a 3-year term on the MCC Foundation board of directors.