Samuel H. Kaye, AIA
1940 – 2013
Samuel Harvey "Sam" Kaye was a 1963 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Mr. Kaye spent several years in Memphis where he was a principal in the firm of Walk Jones and Francis Mah, Inc. In 1974, he moved to Columbus, Miss. where he was an operating principal of LPK Architects for over 30 years. Since 1976, he worked with Downtown Columbus Unlimited, which became Main Street Columbus in 1984 and lead to the creation of the Mississippi Main Street Association. As a member of the American Institute of Architects, he served as the Mississippi Chapter President in 1979. Sam was a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he served as Advisor, 1989-1998, and Advisor Emeritus, 1999-2013. In 1992, as a member of the National Trust, he helped establish the Mississippi Heritage Trust where he was the chairman of the Steering Committee and Charter President from 1992-2003. He was also President of the Review Board for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Sam received numerous awards for his work including the 2010 Columbus Main Street Sam Kaye Award for Design Excellence, the 2012 MS Heritage Trust Award, the Al and Libby Hollingsworth Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 MS Historical Society Award of Merit, and the 2012 Dream 365 Unsung Hero Award. He was an architectural advisor for the Stephen D. Lee Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbus-Lowndes Fair Association.
We are forever grateful for Sam's personal and professional commitment to historic preservation, mentorship, leadership, and enduring friendship. Sam will not be far from our thoughts.
From his colleagues at LPK Architects