Shelly Simon Becomes Principal in New York A/E Firm
AIA Mid-Missouri bids a fond farewell to one of our own, Shelley Simon, as she leaves Columbia after more than 30 years of active and enthusiastic participation as a leader in the design profession and our local community.
Shelley has joined Beardsley Design Associates, a 70-person A/E firm with three offices in upstate New York, as Principal, building on her previous experience as co-founder of the 25-year old Columbia and St. Louis, Missouri architecture and interior design firm, Simon Oswald Architecture, Inc., and her recent position as Executive Director of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.
Licensed as an Architect in Missouri and New York, Shelley brings her 30+ years in the design and construction industry, her passion for community service, and her synergistic approach to leadership development to the integrated practice of design. She co-founded Columbia's first woman-owned design firm, Simon + Walther / Architecture and Interior Design, with partner Kathy Walther in 1987 providing integrated architectural and interior design services to central Missouri clients. They laid a solid foundation of clients and signature projects across the region, many of which are recognized as noteworthy such as Woodrail Centre, the Newman Center on the MU campus and First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City.
As principal of Simon Oswald Architecture (SOA) she oversaw the growth of the company and the expansion of strategic partnerships with local clients. This resulted in an impressive portfolio of work highlighted by corporate headquarters for MFA Oil and MFA Inc., Missouri State High School Activities Association and Missouri Employers Mutual, multiple bank projects for Boone County National, Landmark (First National Bank), Callaway and Hawthorn (Exchange Bank), and a long standing relationship with Columbia College that touched much of their campus including signature buildings such as the Atkins-Holman Student Commons and the LEED Silver certified renovation of Missouri Hall.
She has dedicated many years to professional activities on the state and local level, as well as leadership in community service, including United Way, the city’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force, WIN for Columbia, and many others, as well as 21 years' experience on the board of directors of a $1 Billion+ bank, with emphasis on financial analysis, audit, business and entrepreneurial development, and community involvement. Shelley was a active and participating member of AIA Mid-Missouri and served as the Chapter's President, helping to lead and shepherd our local organization in service to its members and the community.
All of us at AIA Mid-Missouri are proud to count Shelley Simon as one of our own, a designer of merit, a successful business owner, civic leader and local entrepreneur. She has consistently been engaged in community interests and brought leadership and respect to our profession. We wish her much success in her new capacity as principal of Beardsely Design Associates.
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