Kevin Keim,is a designer, writer, and photographer who loves the architecture and landscape of America. A native of Pittsburgh, Kevin decided to become an architect after spending his youth among the works of H.H. Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright, traveling with his family to all the places that shaped, since colonial times, the origins of the United States.
He began working with Charles W. Moore after he graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. When Moore died on December 16, 1993, Kevin oversaw the creation of the Charles Moore Foundation and became its Founding Director in 1997.
The foundation preserves Moore’s extraordinary home and studio compound in Austin, Texas as a center for architectural and place related studies. Its programs include residencies, publishing, conferences, lectures, and internships.
Kevin co-authored with Charles Moore, an architectural life, which was published by Bulfinch Press. He was the editor of You Have to pau for the Public Life: The Collected Essays of Charles Moore, published by MIT Press.
Kevin also invented and established Placenotes travel guides, which are distributed nationally by the University of Texas Press. He has personally written, designed, and photographed 13 editions for Austin, the University of Texas Campus, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, West Texas, Seattle, Portland, Santa Fe, New York City, and Pittsburgh. Many more are in the works, including the new digital platform for Phone and Tablets.
Kevin is also the author of A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags, (DK Publishing) which he wrote with his father Peter Keim, who has the most extensive collection of antique Stars and Stripes in the nation.
Kevin is also an architectural designer whose work was recently featured in MODERN magazine. He is also a designer of graphics and information systems. Recently, Kevin served on the board which succesfully persuaded UNESCO to declare the San Antonio Missions a World Heritage Site, the first such designation for any place in Texas.
Adam Word Gates is a native of rural South Texas and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. During his time as a student Adam was worked side jobs and summers for a several carpenters and craftsmen and was also active as a Singer/Songwriter and producer in the Austin music scene.
In work and avocation Adam is fueled by his insatiable curiosity, his love of people, and his dedication to craft, communication and storytelling.
Adam is currently an Intern Architect pursuing his license in San Antonio, Texas. His podcast "Where the Hearth Is" can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and at www.wherethehearthis.net. "