UDG Principal Ken Rhyne Serving as Guest Speaker at Virginia Tech’s Interior Design Lecture Series on November 1

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Ken Rhyne, Principal with UDG, is a noted Native American designer. He is making a special presentation to the Interior Design students at Virginia Tech on November 1.

It is an honor to speak with the next generation of interior design professionals. By sharing from my experience, I hope to motivate the students to pursue their dreams with a strong passion.

Nationally-recognized Native American designer Ken Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group (UDG), is speaking to students at Virginia Tech on November 1 in Burruss Hall as part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies' lecture series. Rhyne was invited to speak to students in the college’s interior design program based on his successful and diverse design career. While visiting the Virginia Tech campus, located in Blacksburg, VA, Rhyne will also participate in a roundtable session and conduct portfolio reviews.

“It is an honor to speak with the next generation of interior design professionals,” said Ken Rhyne, Principal with UDG’s Atlanta office. “By sharing from my experience, I hope to motivate the students to pursue their dreams with a strong passion. Interior design plays such a pivotal role in our society. Good design has the power to enhance environments where we live, work and play, making the profession extremely important and highly rewarding.”

About Ken Rhyne, Allied AIA, AICAE, Principal, UDG:

Rhyne, a Principal with UDG, is a noted interior designer and pivotal part of the firm’s leadership team. 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 a talented blues singer and harmonica player and is regarded by many as one of the most accomplished blues rock/southern rock artists of our time. The Ken Rhyne Band was a Nammy (Native American Music Awards) nominee for Best Blues Album of the Year. Rhyne is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

Through his design, music and civic involvement, 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.

About the award-winning architectural firm UDG:

Founded in 1975, UDG offers architectural, interior design, master planning, product design, and purchasing and logistics services to its worldwide clientele from offices in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, and gaming projects to corporate office, university facilities, and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 38-year history, UDG has completed more than $6 Billion in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors and 15 design competition awards, and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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