Architect Ken Rehler (1942-2005) established the firm in 1971, and was later joined by architects George P. Vaughn and John W. Koone to form RVK. Our rich history of growth and business success is interwoven with prominent projects, partnerships with valued clients, and an employee family that has grown in numbers, increasing our firm’s depth of talent and expertise.
Leader, family man and humanist
Ken launched his career by developing an office building and mini-storage warehouses. Over time, Ken’s list of defining attributes grew: architect, teacher, mentor, fiddle player, pilot, aircraft designer, innovator, conciliator, humorist, and savvy businessman. Ken started a family after marrying his high school sweetheart, Martha Curtis. When he opened his firm, he set office hours to start at 8:30 a.m. so he could take his children to school. He treated employees with respect and fairness, and encouraged them to put their families first, too. Ken’s intellect and curiosity drove him to investigate anything that caught his interest. In the mid-1970s, he foresaw that computers would advance the future of architecture. He became a sought-out expert and often spoke at seminars about computerization of the architect’s office.