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Michael Shaughnessy
Ottawa USD 290
Friday, December 13, 2019

Michael Shaughnessy


Ottawa High School:  1957

Kansas State University (B.A.):  1962

After graduating from OHS, Mike attended Kansas State University where he studied architecture.  Before embarking upon his career, he served six months of active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Mr. Shaughnessy became the Director of Design and a founding partner of Shaughnessy Fickel and Scott Architects, Inc. in 1973. In the late 1970’s, he became a leader in incorporating active solar heating systems in commercial buildings and in 1977 and 1978 presented papers on his solar designs at conferences on solar engineering in New Orleans and San Diego.

Under Mr. Shaughnessy’s design leadership, SFS has established and maintained a reputation for quality architecture, earning over 36 design awards.  His work has been highlighted in three books and numerous architectural magazines.  Among his nationally recognized church designs are the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at KU and the renovation of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  In  2004, he was selected to design the prestigious Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, Columbia. 

Mike and his wife, Kay, live in Kansas City, Missouri.  They are the parents of seven children.