Cody Henderson graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree in 2006. He says, “Ranken gave me the tools so I could make an immediate impact . . . my first day on the job, I was able to dive into construction details with the knowledge to bring designs to life and make a lasting impression on the principals of the firm. Ranken fueled my curiosity for building technology which I constantly build upon to this day.” Kelley Raftery, Architecture Department Chair, says “Cody was without a doubt, a great student. More importantly, he has stayed connected with Ranken: taking students on job site visits, participating in project reviews, and serving on our advisory board for several years. I am excited to see where his career takes him because he is a rising star.”

Cody, Director of Science & Education for Feeler S. Architects (FAS), became president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), St. Louis chapter in 2020. On March 10, he won the 2021 AIA Young Architects Award, an award honoring individuals demonstrating exceptional leadership who make significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.

Client Matthew Conlon, Director for Capital Projects at Washington University in St. Louis, wrote, “Cody is very detail oriented and customer focused. He works diligently with the research scientists on the design of their laboratories, asking probing questions, defining and documenting their needs, and in some cases, educating the researcher on improved laboratory layout and functionality.”

Cody recalls, “As a junior we had a group project to design what would eventually become Walker Hall. Our team took over one of the projectors in the department for our group meetings and made design changes ‘on the fly’. We signed our drawings with the firm name ‘Team Projector.’”


Photos taken pre-pandemic. 1) 2021 AIA Showcase, 2) Cody volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, 3) Cody presenting to Ranken Summer Adventure Academy students
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