Kansas City Design Center Names New Executive Director

The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC), a non-profit urban planning and design group, has named Terrance Clark, executive director. He comes from Thrive, a non-profit design organization based in the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta area, in Helena, Ark., where he was co-founder and executive director.

The KCDC, at 1018 Baltimore Ave., aims to advance the “understanding and application of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning in the Kansas City region by addressing issues affecting the designed environment, bringing together independent and objective research, new ideas, best practices and the resources of professionals, academics, governments, media and the interested public.” Recent work has explored the revitalization of the East Bottoms neighborhood and Prospect Avenue corridor.

The KCDC is underwritten by the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, and the city. The outgoing executive director, Vladimir Krstic, is a professor of architecture at K-State and will transition to director of academic programs for the center.