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Rafael I Garcia Resume

Owner and President / Founding Principal / Principal of Design


Rafael I Garcia

As sole owner of Garcia Architecture, LLC (GA), Rafael is integrally involved in every aspect of the firm’s day-to-day operations, including: design, manpower management and human resources, operations, marketing and business development. As President, he leads the firm’s Executive Committee in long-range planning for continuing GA’s mission. As Principal of Design he brings hands-on involvement in every project undertaken by the firm. His designs have been honored with local, regional and national awards. Under his leadership, GA provides services to clients in the corporate, institutional, municipal, social service, and public safety sectors.

Community Service

In the Community

Metropolitan Community College Foundation – Board of Directors
Business Alliance for a Sustainable Economy-KC – Founding Member
American Royal – Board of Governors
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF)
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), Building and Grounds Chair
Starlight Theatre, Board of Directors, Theatre Plant Chair
Heart of America United Way (HAUW)
The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Founding Member
Heart of American Council, Boy Scouts of America
US Bank, Advisory Board of Directors
The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Advisory Board
Arts and Humanities Association of Johnson County
Workforce Investment Board of the Full Employment Council

Other Professional Service

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), Kansas City Advisors, Founding Member
Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City, Missouri, Board Member
Studio 150, The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Chair
Downtown Council (DTC), Member
ICON Advertising Museum, Board Member
KC150, A Celebration of the Heart, Steering Committee (Kansas City Sesquicentennial)
Kansas City, Missouri Housing Task Force
Project H.O.P. E. (Hope, Opportunity, Performance, Education through Entrepreneurship)
Rotary #13 of Kansas City, Missouri
CUBE – AIA Committee on Understanding the Built Environment Advisor
La Strada dell’ Arte Street Painting Festival, Founding Sponsor
VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), Examination Author & Chair

Hispanic Advocacy

Named one of two US Ambassadors to Acapulco, Mexico (promoting US commerce)
US Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs (representing Missouri)
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City (HCC/KC), President and Board Member

International Volunteerism

North American International Trade Corridor Program (NAITCP) Committee, (NAFTA legislation)
Sister Cities Committee and Delegation between Kansas City and Guadalajara, Mexico (Mayor appointed)
The Greater Kansas City People to People International (GKCPTP), Member

Academic Positions Held

University of Kansas, School of Architecture & Urban Design, Lawrence, Kansas

Instructor, Architectural Design

El Centro College, School of Architecture, Dallas, Texas

Director of Design and Architectural Advisory Chair

Volunteer Professional Projects

Peer design review of Starlight Theatre’s new stage
Designer, Kansas City Art Institute Masterplan
Peer design review of KCAI projects: Jannes Library, Artspace Art Gallery, Student Housing, Commons Area
Designer, Brush Creek Cultural Corridor Masterplan
Designer, Rotary Camp Nature Trail for Disabled Children
FOCUS/Odyssey 2000 Westside Facilitator
Peer design review of Rotary Camp Masterplan Facilities
Designer/Benefactor for KCAI Sculpture Project for “Hidden Valley Park”


University of Kansas, with honors

Master of Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Bachelor of Environmental Design

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