Chief Architect

As chief architect, Larry Mares has the ultimate responsibility for the successful completion of all RVW’s architectural projects. As a project manager, Larry works with each client during project negotiation and planning – preparing contracts, supervising contract administration and handling correspondence. He supervises the development of drawings to see that they conform to architectural standards and monitors project budget development.

Larry began working for RVW in 1976 as an intern architect, focusing his efforts on drafting, specifications, design and field data. In 1982, he was promoted to staff architect and in 1986 became RVW’s chief architect. Larry is a shareholder of the firm and serves as Secretary/Treasurer on its Board of Directors.


  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
  • DPIC study courses.
  • Building Code Seminars
  • Personnel management and communication seminar.
  • Americans with Disabilities seminars.
  • Numerous continuous education seminars as required by AIA and several State licensing boards.


  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • AIA Nebraska
  • AIA/Western Nebraska Chapter; past president.
  • Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
  • University of Nebraska Architectural College Alumni Association, life member
  • International Code Council


  • Licensed architect in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Wyoming, and South Dakota
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certification
  • Member of the City of Columbus, Building Code Board of Appeals
  • Past Member of the Joint Committee on Professional Practice, sponsored by Nebraska Society of Architects and Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers

Larry is a past president of the Columbus Jaycees and is a life member of Jaycees International. Larry is the past president of the Columbus Chapter of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association. He is also a past board member of the Columbus Clean Community System. Larry enjoys playing golf and the saxophone and attending Drum Corp International events. He is also a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce, “Leadership Columbus” program.