Obituary: Roger Kingsland III / Founded Lawrenceville architectural firm

Jan. 27, 1951 - Dec. 24, 2011
December 30, 2011 12:00 am
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Roger Kingsland III, founder and managing partner of the Lawrenceville architectural firm Kingsland Scott Bauer Associates, died at home of pancreatic cancer on Christmas Eve.

He was 60 and lived in an Aspinwall house he designed.

Mr. Kingsland and two other architects, Dave Bauer and Todd Havekotte, started the firm in 1984, working from the Heinz estate in Fox Chapel, where Mr. Kingsland lived in the gatehouse. Another architect, Grant Scott, joined a few months later, and the firm soon moved to the North Side.

Mr. Havekotte left the company in 1997, and two years later the partners set up shop in Lawrenceville, where they converted an old undertaker's horse stable on Butler Street into their offices.

By then, KSBA had shifted from general work to specializing in the design of corporate call centers noted for advanced ergonomic workstations, natural light, sound-masking and raised floors for better temperature control.

Mr. Kingsland recognized the call center niche in the early 1990s, realizing that the typical windowless, noisy call center room was not good for employee health or productivity. By designing a more worker-friendly environment, he said, companies could reduce turnover and cut costs.

Locally, the firm designed centers for PNC Bank, AT&T, Allegheny Power and Consolidated Natural Gas, among other corporations, and Mr. Kingsland marketed the idea around the country.

"Roger was the one that pushed it the most," Mr. Bauer said. "He felt the strongest about the future of that niche."

The firm has since designed 90 call centers in 20 states and several countries, including one in Pueblo, Colo., that won an award in 2008 from the Colorado International Facilities Management Association.

Mr. Kingsland, former president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was a no-nonsense sort who espoused right-of-center views and saw himself as a capitalist first, architect second.

Away from design work, Mr. Kingsland sang in the choir at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, which he designed after the original was destroyed in a 1999 Palm Sunday fire.

Energetic and athletic, he also had a lifelong love of the water dating from his boyhood days sailing on the Miles River in Maryland and at summer camps in Maine. In 1996, he spent 17 days sailing across the Atlantic with a friend, Jan McCoy, 57, of Fox Chapel, along with Mr. McCoy's parents and two others, traveling from the Canary Islands to Barbados.

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.
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