ARCHITECTURAL GLASS ART, INC. is a unique glass studio, focused on expanding the role of glass in architecture. Combining emerging technologies with sophisticated design, Architectural Glass Art, Inc. (A.G.A.) provides distinctive custom work as well as an innovative standard series of architectural glass.
Founded in 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky by G.B. Alberts, the studio earned a reputation for its original designs and high level of craftsmanship. In 1991, the company was purchased by its former president, Kenneth F. vonRoenn, Jr., an internationally recognized glass designer. vonRoenn, who was educated as an architect (M. Arch., Yale U), combined his extensive experience in glass with his education in architecture to focus the company’s direction on new and innovative ways for glass to serve the broader needs of architecture. He expanded the staff of highly skilled artisans and experienced managers to attain this vision.
As a designer, vonRoenn has been noted for his unique applications of new technologies and the harmonious integration of his work into architecture. From his own practice of architecture, vonRoenn understands the needs of architects and designers. From this awareness, he has organized the company to address these concerns with the objective of making the inclusion of glass in a project expedient and cost effective, while maintaining the highest level of design and craftsmanship.
With its tradition of sophisticated design, highest standards of craft, and its innovative application of emerging technologies, Architectural Glass Art, Inc. is a dynamic resource for the design community.
Kenneth F. vonRoenn, Jr. - President & Lead Designer
Kenneth Frederick vonRoenn, Jr. began
his career in glass in 1970. In 1981 he earned his masters degree
in Architecture from Yale University, then went on to work as an architect
and glass designer. In 1991, vonRoenn bought Louisville Art Glass
Studio and renamed it Architectural Glass Art, Inc., where he serves
as head designer and president, managing a staff of thirty. He expanded
the company redirecting its focus on new roles for glass in architecture.
The studio has become recognized for its innovative application of
J. Page von Roenn - Vice President
Architectural Glass Art, formerly
Louisville Art Glass, has been in von Roenn’s family since
1896, making her the fifth generation to carry on the tradition.
She has worked at the studio off and on from 1991 in everything
from production to marketing and design.
Ursula Vourvoulis - Vice President, Project Development
Ursula Vourvoulis has a diversified background which is of great benefit to her position as Director of Project Development at Architectural Glass Art. She has a degree in Graphic Design from Sheridan College of Art in Canada and worked for a number of years as Art Director for various national magazines. She was also President of Art Directors Club in Toronto, and on the Board of Directors of National Magazine Awards Foundation. Since 1992 she has worked in architectural glass as a designer, a studio co-owner and as a national sales manager. Ursula works with AGA's clients to develop design solutions for their projects as well as with AGA's production staff to develop new techniques and technologies. Her extensive knowledge of casting, lamination, fusing, printing, carving and painting greatly expands the range of AGA's capabilities.
Charles D. Hansen - Vice President, Operations
Charles D. Hansen's sense
of detail and inquisitive nature makes him a creative force at
Architectural Glass Art. His education in Fine Art at the University
of Louisville and University of Kentucky gives him a strong studio
foundation from which to build. Hansen continues to grow as an
artist through his ceramic and photographic pursuits.
Don Carlos Thomas - Designer
Don Carlos Thomas has been in the architectural glass business for over thirty years. He earned his degree in Fine Arts and teaching from Western Kentucky University then went on to work as a craftsman at Louisville Art Glass, which would later become Architectural Glass Art. After leaving Louisville Art Glass, Thomas worked for River City Glass and then started his own studio, which he ran for twenty years. He returned to Architectural Glass Art in 2002 as a staff designer and craftsman.
Thomas has extensive experience in both design and fabrication, specializing in glass painting. He is one of the most talented and accomplished glass painters in the country today. He focuses primarily on ecclesiastical commissions and offers unique interpretations of age-old themes.
photos by Vivian Knox Thompson