The Committee of Fellows, AIA Alaska Chapter is saddened to report that our colleague and friend Kenneth D. Maynard, FAIA, passed away on March 5, 2020, at the age of 88. Born in New Jersey, he grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended the Universities of Natal and Witwatersrand, graduating from the latter with a degree in architecture. With his wife Myrna, in 1960 he immigrated to Alaska and embarked upon a prominent career of more than 50 years. He designed numerous public buildings throughout Alaska, notable among them the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, which included the first three phases, the latter with Steven Goldberg, FAIA and Romaldo Giurgola, FAIA. Public schools, hospitals and clinics, university facilities, public utility headquarters, commercial offices, military buildings, civil aviation infrastructure, and residences were all part of his practice.
Ken volunteered in numerous positions for the AIA Alaska Chapter and the Southcentral Section. He served on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Design, Committee on Higher Education, and became a Northwest Region Director on the AIA National Board. He was the second Alaskan architect elevated for Fellowship in the AIA College of Fellows.
Ken was a founder and Charter Member of the Cook Inlet Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and served as one of the architects on the Board of Building Regulation Examiners and Appeals for the Municipality of Anchorage. He served on the Alaska Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. As a founding member of the Northern Design Course (NDC), a prerequisite for licensure in the State of Alaska. He was very involved in the start-up, managing, and lecturing in the NDC for many years and instrumental in the long term and continuing success of the course. He volunteered for civic and charitable organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, Western Alaska Council; and the Boards of the Anchorage Opera, Salvation Army, and World Affairs Council. His awards for, and contributions to the profession and society are numerous and Ken was recognized as the true Citizen Architect.
AIA Alaska Chapter has named our scholarship fund the Kenneth D. Maynard Scholarship Fund in honor of all his contributions to architecture and architectural education in Alaska.
AIA Alaska Committee of Fellows, Tom Livingston, FAIA, Secretary
Livingston Slone Studio