Professional Review Panel


The Professional Review Panel was created to review Substantial Construction projects (other than pools and sport courts) and make a recommendation to the ARB on whether the ARB should approve, approve with stipulations, or deny the project. The ARB must agree with the Panel’s recommendation or provide sufficient justification for not following the recommendation. The Professional Review Panel consists of the City Architect, City Administrator, City Planner, and three other consulting professional architects/ designers. The submittal deadline for Substantial Construction Projects (other than pools and sport courts) is seven weeks before the ARB meeting date. The meeting with the Professional Review Panel will be scheduled once an official submittal of the project has been made and will take place before the ARB hearing of the project. There is a non-refundable fee of $2,000 that must be paid when the project is submitted to City Hall. The fee to appear before the Professional Review Panel will not be applied toward the building permit fee. The meeting with the Professional Review Panel does not take the place of the Pre-Application Conference required for new homes. The ARB meeting will remain the public hearing where neighbors and interested parties are allowed to comment and an approval or denial of the project is made.


  • Mary Deacy 
  • Dana Gould 
  • Rebecca Riden 
  • Joy Swallow  
  • Matthew Walter 

Joy D. Swallow, FAIA, Professor + Chair Emeritus, founded and directed the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Three degree programs were housed in the department-- Architectural Studies, Urban Planning + Design and Urban Studies. AUP+D was honored in 2016 with the Trustees Award for Community Engagement at UMKC, and in 2014 the Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement.  Named a 2011 Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, she was awarded the 2012 Leadership Award from the University of Missouri System, and Educator of the Year by the American Institute of Architects / Kansas City Chapter in 2009.  Joy holds a Master’s of Architecture, and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Kansas State University. She has practiced in the architectural profession in Missouri, Kansas, Philadelphia, PA, District of Columbia, and Omaha, NE, and is a registered architect.

Mary Deacy,  Mary received her Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas in 1999 and her Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College in Claremont, California in 1976.  She gained valuable experience in industrial, government, and residential projects while working for other architectural firms, including Bibb and Associates and RDM Architecture, and received her architecture license in July of 2004.  Mary founded Summit Architecture, P.C. in 2004, which specializes in additions and renovations to older homes.  In 2010, May co-founded Eco Abet, a nonprofit design firm, which facilitates design charrettes for community organizations.  Mary is licensed to practice architecture in both Missouri and Kansas and is LEED certified.