Theodore H. Seligson

Theodore H. Seligson, FAIA, BArch53

Theodore "Ted" Seligson has committed his career to advancing architectural practice, education, and service to the community. For more than forty years, he served as principal and designer at his Kansas City-based architectural office, which became known as one of the most innovative design practices in the Midwest.

After earning his degree from Washington University, Seligson joined Kivett & Myers Architects in Kansas City. During his tenure, he became head of design and was responsible for some of the signature work produced by the firm, which was known for its "modernist" designs. In 1962, Seligson established his own practice, which focused on the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and urban design. Projects ranged widely in scale—including small residential interiors, residences, public buildings, banks, office and commercial buildings, and urban planning—and received more than 25 local and national honors.

For the past twenty-five years, Seligson has taught at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, serving as a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design since 2002. Among his previous appointments, he taught a master's studio at Washington University from 1975 to 1992.

Influenced by courses in art and archaeology that he took at WUSTL, Seligson has developed his expertise in art studies and collections. He has advised and assisted in acquiring art for collectors, and did volunteer work at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where he was a guest co-curator for two major exhibitions. A devoted community leader, he also has been instrumental in the preservation movement. Examples of his influence can be seen at Union Station, the Wainwright Building, and the west front of the United States Capitol Building.

Seligson was elected to the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows in 1979. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Award by AIA Kansas City, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Historic Kansas City Foundation.