Wichita, Kansas — August 5, 2021. WDM Architects has announced that Andrew Jordan, RLA and Luke Scott, AIA have been promoted to principals. They join principals Matt Schindler, Scott Ramser and Stan Landwehr to lead the firm. Jordan and Scott have demonstrated a depth of knowledge regarding their area of expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence. We would like to congratulate them for their leadership and outstanding performance as we look forward to the future of our firm.
“Luke and Drew are talented designers and are a tremendous asset to the Firm, but more importantly, they are good men with excellent values and we enjoy working alongside them each day.” — Matt Schindler, AIA, President of WDM
WDM Architects is a 40-years-strong design firm with projects in the Wichita community and across the nation. Known for meaningful architecture and transformational projects, WDM notably kick-started revitalization of Old Town with the Eaton Place in 2001, the Intrust Bank Arena in 2010, John Bardo Center at WSU, and dozens of major projects at Sedgwick County Zoo and Botanica, the Wichita Gardens.
Luke Scott, AIA
Luke graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2005 and joined WDM in 2009. During his years at the firm, Luke has matured from architectural support to excel at project management. Recently, he was the Project Manager on the Shari Flaming Welcome Center for Tabor College in Hillsboro, from schematic design through construction administration.
“I believe that the most important part of the design process is effective communication and collaboration. This requires setting aside pride and preconceptions. Communicating with the client, the design team, and the builder is something that I always strive to do better.” — Luke Scott, AIA
Clients remark on Luke’s thoroughness and lack of pretense. He makes meetings, returns phone calls, comes prepared and listens respectfully. A great communicator, Luke is unflappable in his management of multiple projects — while ensuring their deadlines, quality and budgets are being met. Luke particularly loves the challenge of restoring and renovating historic buildings and can also help clients navigate the requirements of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), National Park Services (NPS), grant programs and low-income housing tax credits.
Andrew Jordan, RLA
While attending Kansas State University studying landscape architecture, Drew learned about zoo design and sought an internship with WDM. “It combined three things I loved most: the outdoors, the creative problem-solving process, and learning about animals and different cultures.” During his final year in school, Drew designed a tiger exhibit. After obtaining his degree in 2006, Drew officially joined WDM as an exhibit designer where his first major project was the Slawson Tiger Trek at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
“Each project starts with a goal-setting session where I just become a sponge, soaking up all that information, all those goals and all the passion from the people you are working with. These ideas just come to you, you’re sketching together and when you present them a ‘napkin sketch’ and their eyes just light up and they are just so excited. That is one of my favorite parts.” — Drew Jordan, RLA
Drew gives his all to each project, drawing on his love of nature and experiences creating zoo exhibits across the nation to incorporate unique and engaging features for local projects, like Naftzger Park and Botanica’s Carousel Gardens.