Harold Adams


Chairman, Emeritus RTKL

B. ARCH 81’ Texas A & M University


Adams worked in Washington, DC for John Carl Warnecke & Associates, where he worked with President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy on several important projects. He was later the project manager for the president's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. He joined RTKL in 1967, became president in 1969, CEO in 1971 and chairman in 1987. Under Adams' leadership, RTKL has developed into an international practice with nine offices worldwide and a reputation for both design and management expertise. In addition to his fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, Adams holds a 'first-class Kenchikushi' license, awarded by Japan's Ministry of Construction and is a registered architect in the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and is active as a trustee and board member for a number of Baltimore and Washington arts, education and civic organizations. The winner of the Kemper Award for Service to the American Institute of Architects in 1997, Adams has devoted countless hours to the AIA as a keynote speaker, committee member and officer at both local and national levels including Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows in 1998.