Mike Konzen ’86 among Honorees at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
PGAV Destinations’ Principal and Chair Mike Konzen (Master of Architecture, 1986) has been selected to receive a 2018 Award for Distinction from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
The award recognizes exceptional professional achievements and service, most notably Mr. Konzen’s service to the community and Washington University, as well as PGAV’s contributions to the field of architecture.
“Mike is an inspiring leader, one whom I greatly admire,” said Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School and E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts. “He has built an amazing culture that supports his team’s creativity, directed major projects around the world, and brought those lessons home to St. Louis.
“He is enriching our city and— through his support of the Sam Fox School’s Alberti Program — helping to develop the next generation of architecture and design students,” Colangelo added. “We are proud to honor his remarkable commitment to St. Louis and to the Sam Fox School.”
Beginning in 2015, PGAV pledged $125,000 and the volunteer time of many designers as part of a five-year commitment to support the Alberti Program, which facilitates guest lectures, field trips, and studio projects promoting hands-on exploration in the fields of design and architecture for St. Louis-area students ages 8-16.
Currently employing 17 Washington University alumni, the firm recently established the PGAV Destinations Scholarship in Memory of Steve Zeilstra and Jim Wible at the Sam Fox School. This endowed $105,000 scholarship will annually support a young student/creator at the University in honor of the legacy and artistic mentorship of two great, late PGAV leaders. PGAV also participated in Sam Fox School’s CityStudioSTL Fellowship program in 2017 and 2018.
Mr. Konzen joined the Sam Fox School National Council early last spring under the leadership of Dean Colangelo. The Council operates with the primary goal of shaping programs that distinguish Washington University in the fields of art, architecture, and design education, both nationally and internationally. He has also been an active member of the School’s William Greenleaf Eliot Society, and provides an annual architecture scholarship, The Konzen Family Scholarship.
Mr. Konzen was recently featured in Forbes, USA Today, the St. Louis Business Journal, and St. Louis TV, and presented at the Marketing Outlook Forum, the IAAPA Leadership Conference, and the United States Conference of Mayors. For more about Mike Konzen, explore his contributions to the PGAV Destinations blog and enjoy his 2015 TEDx Gateway Arch presentation, Empathy and the Art of Destinations.
About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Now entering its sixth decade, the practice has evolved to become the ideal destination-consulting partner, skilled at developing growth-oriented master plans and translating those plans into successful projects. No other firm offers such an integrated approach to destination planning.
PGAV Destinations’ key clients include industry leaders such as Delaware North Companies, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Ameristar Casinos, Universal Studios, The Gettysburg Foundation, the Saint Louis Zoo, and many others. Recent assignments include planning and design at many of the world’s “must see” destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, the Georgia Aquarium, the Hoover Dam, and SeaWorld Adventure Parks. www.PGAVDestinations.com
About the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is an interdisciplinary and diverse community of artists, architects, designers, curators, and scholars dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research, and exhibition. The School’s unique structure allows it to build on the strengths of each unit—Art, Architecture, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum—and to draw on the resources of Washington University to create new knowledge and address the social and environmental challenges of our time. http://www.samfoxschool.wustl.edu.