About The Principals

  • Dr. Homer L. Williams, FAIA, NCARB

    Dr. Homer L. Williams, FAIA, NCARB

    Dr. Williams began his architectural practice in 1966, marking the beginning of what is today Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects. Over his 40+-year career he has designed a diverse array of projects including governmental, educational, commercial, hospitality, financial institutions and churches, among others, across the United States and seven foreign countries. He remains active in project development and design for a variety of WSKF projects. In 2010 Dr. Williams published "Building Type Basics for Banks and Financial Institutions," a first-of-its-kind authoritative book on bank design. His affiliations include the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, Missouri Council of American Institute of Architects, Missouri Bankers Association and Rotary Club. He is a member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and is past president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). During the 2012-2013 academic year Homer was appointed as associate professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • Mark S. Spurgeon, ALA, NCARB, EDAC

    Mark S. Spurgeon, ALA, NCARB, EDAC

    Over his more than 30-year association with WSKF Architects Mark has amassed a large and versatile body of work -- spanning health care, education, governmental, commercial, industrial and auto dealerships, among others. His trademarks are a practical approach to architecture, gaining an in-depth understanding of each client's needs and delivering projects that meet those needs and satisfy budget goals. His credentials include Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) by The Center for Health Design. His involvement in the business community and community service includes his current role as a member of the board for the North Kansas City Business Council, immediate past chair of the board for the Northland Chamber of Commerce, past president of North Kansas City Rotary and a past member of the Community Partners Advisory Board of the North Kansas City School District. 

  • Rick Kuhl, RA, MBA, LEED AP

    Rick Kuhl, RA, MBA, LEED AP

    Rick began professional practice in 1980 and has been associated with WSKF Architects since 2000. His widely varied project expertise includes governmental, public safety senior care/living, educational and health care, among others. He brings a thorough and rigorous approach to project planning and design through project completion. He has been a speaker and led tours of WSKF fire station projects in 2010 and 2011 at the annual Station Style conference sponsored by Fire Chief magazine. He has led project teams and designed many of the more than $50 million in public safety facilities WSKF has completed in the last decade.  He leads our many senior care/living projects with a keen understanding of the unique design needs of senior facilities, the owner and operator's perspective and a deep respect and sensitivity for the many seniors who call our projects home. Outside WSKF, Rick is active in the Parkville Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce and its Sustainability Committe, and the Knights of Columbus.

  • John E. Freshnock, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

    John E. Freshnock, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

    John began his architectural career in 1985 and has been associated with WSKF Architects since 1996. His broad experience includes projects spanning federal and other governmental facilities, educational, hospitality, housing, recreational, commercial and liturgical. John has led and designed many of the church projects completed by our firm for a range of denominations. He also has extensive experience in site and project master planning. John produces projects with rigorous detailing and economical use of material and structure. Inside our firm John advocates and cultivates our collaborative design method and, along with the other principals, works to create an environment that fosters open dialogue and an integrated multidisciplinary process. His community involvement includes volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America on the Council, District and Troop levels and membership in the Kansas City Kansas Rotary Club and First Lutheran Church.