Ken Rhyne Presenting Lunch and Learn on Native American Culture to Friends of the Braselton–West Jackson Library March 9, 2011

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Urban Design Group’s Ken Rhyne, noted Native American designer, is making a special Lunch and Learn presentation to a community group raising funds to assist the Braselton-West Jackson Library on March 9, 2011.

Nationally-recognized Native American designer Ken Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group, will speak about Native American Culture on Wednesday, March 9 at the Friends of Braselton–West Jackson Library’s Lunch and Learn program. The program will be held in the Community Room in the Braselton Court and Municipal Building located at 5040 Highway 53, Braselton, GA 30517. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am, and the program will begin at noon and last approximately 30 minutes. A $6 fee covers the cost of lunch, which is donated by The Friends organization, and all proceeds go to the library. Reservations are suggested. Please contact Diane Lemaster at 678-546-3380 for more information.

Rhyne has served as an advocate for Native American issues throughout his life. He is a Tuscarora Indian and a nationally-recognized designer with a talent for respectfully incorporating tribal culture into museums, cultural centers and other types of facilities. Rhyne enjoys talking about Native American history and has a gift for explaining complex issues, answering questions and helping dispel myths. Rhyne is also very familiar with the Braselton Library because he was one of the principal designers of the facility in 2006.

Rhyne, Allied AIA, is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE). He has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interior design projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his work.

His national portfolio includes the Museum of the Seven Feathers in South Carolina, Weedon Island Preserve Educational Center in Florida, Red Hawk Casino in California and the award-winning Cultural Resources Center for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Kampen Eagle Wing Center in Indiana.

Rhyne is also an accomplished blues singer and harmonica player, and the Ken Rhyne Band was a Nammy (Native American Music Awards) nominee for Best Blues Album of the Year in 2003. Rhyne is a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design, planning and urban design services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality and gaming to corporate and mixed-use.

In the firm's 35-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit


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