Association of Professional Futurists

Cindy Frewen

Frewen Architects Inc/University of Houston
Leawood / KS / United States / North America


Professional Background
architect, urban futurist, speaker, teacher, writer
Areas of Expertise
cities, architecture, sustainability, design, business, strategic planning
Other organisation memberships
WFS, WFSF, American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA College of Fellows (FAIA), US Green Building Council (LEED AP), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Kansas City Design Center Board of Directors, University of Kansas School
Short Biography
Dr Cindy Frewen, FAIA, urban futurist and architect in Kansas City, teaches the Design Futures Workshop and social change at the University of Houston graduate program in Strategic Foresight. She consults, speaks, and writes on the future of cities and design futures, specializing in the intersection of people, technology, and complexity. Clients include UNESCO, US AID, United Nations Development Program, US Treasury Department, General Services Administration, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, IBM, and Innovaro. In addition, she writes a column for The Kansas City Star and chairs the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists. A business owner for three decades focused on sustainability, community development, urban design, and public work, Cindy was the chief architect for planning and design of the Kansas City downtown civic center and Ilus W. Davis Park, a two-block commons linking City Hall and the Charles Whittaker United States Courthouse.

Frewen is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and a Distinguished Alumna for the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design. Her design work was included in the AIA national traveling exhibit “That Exceptional One” and her firm was recognized as the first Woman-Owned Business of the year by NAWBO Kansas City. She sits on the board of the University of Kansas School of Architecture, is Vice President of the Kansas City Design Center, co-founded the Kansas City Architectural Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, has served on over thirty boards and committees, and is a member of numerous architectural, planning, communication, business, and pro futures organizations. In addition to architecture, Cindy has an MS in Futures Studies (University of Houston-Clear Lake) and PhD in Communication/Visual Rhetoric (University of Kansas).