Theodore “Ted” Seligson has committed his career to advancing architectural practice, education, and preservation. 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 firm’s signature modern designs. In 1962, Seligson established his own practice in which he worked for more than 40 years, receiving more than 25 local and national honors. He has also been instrumental in the preservation movement, both in Kansas City and nationwide. Ted worked with Congressman Richard Boling to save and restore the west front of the United States Capital building. He was also instrumental in establishing the Landmarks Commission of Kansas City. Ted 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.
Q: What buildings have you preserved in Kansas City?
A: I was instrumental in preserving Union Station, New York Life Building, The Scarritt Building and Arcade, and more!