Meet Kevin Harms, September’s Employee Spotlight

Kevin Harms is an Architectural Studio Manager at CASCO + R|5 and has been with our firm for over 8 years. He is a registered architect in 8 states and has over 34 years of diverse architectural experience. He maintains strong client relationships as well as provides leadership and overview throughout a portfolio of complex designs within the retail, automotive, senior living, healthcare, education, business and community sectors.




What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

It is hard to identify a single thing that is my favorite.  I think if I were to have to narrow it to one single thing it is finding solutions to difficult Architectural problems.  It gives me the ability to be creative at very small details and helping others to see that there is often more than one way to solve a problem.

How do you define success?

The definition of success has several facets, I think the most important are:

Satisfaction with what I do;

ability to balance work and family;

confidence that my work has had positive impact on my co-workers and the environment.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

There are a lot of historical events I wish I could have witnessed……the end of the Civil War would have been near the top, but I think the Gettysburg address would have to be at the top.  In case you didn’t notice I do like American History especially the events leading to the civil war, the civil war and reconstruction following.  It was such a dynamic and interesting part of American history.  Unfortunately, I don’t get as much time as I would like to study it, but anytime I get a chance to see a Civil War historic site I don’t miss it.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

If I could choose a single super power, it would be the ability to see through walls and floors and even the earth. Sort of like “x-ray” vision but stronger.

People would be surprised if they knew:

I am fascinated by weather.  I would be a storm chaser if my family didn’t think that that was the craziest thing, they had ever heard of……I have seen a weather event of two storm masses collide and eventually form a somewhat destructive tornado a few miles from my childhood home.  I also was able to view the damage of the Joplin tornado a few yeas ago the week after the tornado hit.  One of the most awe inspiring events of nature’s destruction in the Midwest.  Second to that was the events leading to the Great Flood of ’93.  I was a damage assessment team member for St. Charles County Government, this allowed me to be a personal witness to the destruction of nature with that event as well.  Secondary to the destruction of nature is the human factors and stories that I was able to hear as a result of these events. Stories of both survival and recovery.  Very interesting!!