Urban Design Group Principal Ken Rhyne Invited as Guest Speaker for the Decatur Rotary Club's January 13 Meeting

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Ken Rhyne, Principal with the architectural firm of Urban Design Group, is a noted Native American designer and chart-climbing blues musician. He is speaking to the Decatur, GA Rotary Club on Friday, January 13, 2012.

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Rhyne has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interiors projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his projects.

Nationally-recognized Native American designer Ken Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group, is the guest speaker at the Decatur (GA) Rotary Club meeting on Friday, January 13, 2012. Rhyne will speak about his career in the design industry, his emphasis on sustainable design and his passion for respectfully incorporating diverse cultural elements and thematic design into his architectural and interior design projects. The meeting will be held at the Old DeKalb Country Courthouse located at 101 E. Court Square in Decatur, GA 30030.

About the Rotary Club of Decatur, GA:

The Rotary Club of Decatur, Rotary District 6900, is America's first suburban Rotary Club. The Rotary Club of Decatur, has grown from its humble origins in 1938, with its original membership of 19 members, to a membership of over 130 today. Decatur Rotarians, composed of leaders from Decatur and DeKalb County, gather each Friday at the Old DeKalb County Courthouse for fellowship, lunch and a guest speaker. For more information, please visit http://www.Decatur-Rotary.org.

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

Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group, 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. His album “Caught You White Handed” went to #1 across the Canadian charts upon release in 2008, followed by an "Album of the Year" nomination at the Native American Music Awards. Songs from the album were re-released in January 2011, and Rhyne’s music is once again rapidly climbing the charts. Rhyne’s music may be heard on AirPlayDirect at http://www.AirPlayDirect.com/KenRhyne.

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. 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.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning 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, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 37-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 http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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