This memorial website was created in loving memory of Kenneth Casey. A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Chicago, IL at The Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront hotel. The memorial service was a beautiful tribute to Ken’s life.

Several people have asked about making a contribution to a charitable organization in Ken’s honor and there is none more fitting than the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). As many of you know NOMA meant a great deal to Ken and as such we would like to direct your contribution to his legacy to a new educational program—the NOMA Foundation Fellowship. The Kenneth E. Casey Foundation Fellowship is being launched in 2020 to assist a new architecture school graduate (either undergraduate or graduate) in their pursuit of identifying a job opportunity, relocating after graduation and obtaining guidance and resources to navigate working life and professional exam preparation. The new fellowship program will help ensure that NOMA is providing structured support for selected fellows to ensure that they remain motivated to become architects. Encouraging and assisting new graduates was something that Ken was very passionate about and this fellowship is a wonderful way to carry on his work.

For those of you who are inclined to make a contribution (in any amount) to the fellowship please make checks payable to “NOMA Education Foundation c/o the Kenneth E. Casey Foundation Fellowship”.

Checks can be mailed to:
The NOMA Charitable Education Foundation
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Also, please continue to write tributes, post stories and your photos to the site. They help us all to cherish the memories of Ken!
Posted by Kelly Swedick on August 3, 2020
Thinking of you tonight, Kencito, and wishing with all my heart that you were just a few time zones away, healthy & happy, enjoying Florida with your lovely wife....
I miss you, and think of you so often. 2020 has many down-sides - not least of these is your absence.
Sending you my love, old friend, and wishing for beautiful memories of happier times to cushion the heartache of your loss for Nadene - and everyone else who was blessed to know you.
Posted by Craig Cernek on August 3, 2020
Hey Ken, I am always thankful to have been touched by your gentile spirit.
Posted by BK Ellison on August 3, 2020
I think about Ken pretty much every day and miss the conversations we would have had regarding the madness that is going on...
Posted by Mike Poynton on November 22, 2019
I just heard of Ken’s passing and am deeply saddened. That smile. His gentleness. His infectious laugh. He always made me feel welcome at INOMA events. A true gentleman. We lost someone very special. And, I’m sure he continues to spread good vibes in the ever after. God bless you, Ken. ❤️
Posted by Herb G on October 15, 2019
Ken always found a way to smile and let others smile. He was a generous coworker.
Posted by Nikolas Hill on October 14, 2019
"But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out..."

What is a colleague?

Someone you share something with; often a profession, role, or office. Shared values, experiences, and aspirations. Shared successes, failures, and struggles. I shared over eighteen years with Casey. For eighteen years, I always knew he'd be right there, ever reliable.

I never "worked" with Casey, though he was often there, often present. He acted as Project Manager for state projects in offices in which I worked. He stamped drawings on projects I worked on. He gave me professional advice and support on many occasions.

I served as a NOMA member, as did Casey. Attended tons of meetings, conferences, and events with him. But while searching through hundreds of pictures, I couldn't find "the picture". Found pictures he was in. Pictures he photobombed. Pictures he took of me! But I never found "the picture" -- he was everywhere and nowhere at once.

I've been invited to his home for his mother-in-law's Jamaican cooking. I've had him boast to me that he had AutoCAD installed on his Pocket PC. He informed me that you could order any kind of drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, to qualify for the 25-cent wings at Reggie's. He bade me farewell, as he left to go hit some "little white balls". He told me that he'd gone to see Hamilton twice already with Nadene and that I should enjoy it.

And then Bryan laughed at hearing recollections about Casey by his cousin. Sheila swayed and seconded Mama Chambers' words. Nadene exhibited the strength, love, class, and grace that we should all pray we receive on our day of remembrance by our spouses & loved ones. James offered heartfelt words, displaying the pain and sorrow we all feel and have felt about your loss. I held Bryan and Sheila's hands during the final prayer, crying at knowing that they were my strongest ties to Casey; he was still here with us, wasn't going anywhere.

There was joy in Chicago -- mighty Casey has gone home.
Posted by N Chambers on October 6, 2019
A video of Ken's memorial service is located here:
Posted by Billy McGhee on October 2, 2019

Thank you for the photo gallery and all that has been done in honor of a great man. I was out of town and unable to make the service. It was truly amazing.

Prayers and positive energy for you and the family.

Posted by Odette Chambers on September 5, 2019
S.I.P my b.i.l.(brotherinlaw) you will be missed by were a great member to our family. I remember you always asking me "when are you moving to Chicago?" You were willing to send the private plane...and when you came for me at the airport you would make sure i saw the architectural beauty in the buildings and i would smile and say wow ken knows his stuff...i learned from you to appreciate Jazz music..
To my big sis Na..hold on to great memories and keep strong in knowing you had a great you both....
Posted by Lee Burton on September 4, 2019
Nadene and family -

Our sincere condolences - we are so sorry to learn of Ken’s passing.

It was a delight to meet him in May. He had such a warm and welcoming personality, amplified by his amazing generosity.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.

You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time.

With love,

Doreen, Gary, Lee, and Shelley Burton
Leicestershire, UK
Posted by Genevieve Rials on August 26, 2019
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort during these difficult times, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories that you will forever hold in your heart. Just know that I am here for you no matter what hour of the day.
Posted by Debra Wilkinson on August 24, 2019

Nadene, although I’ve never met Ken, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about him. Ken was indeed a loving husband, friend, brother and mentor.

Ken “fought the good fight, finished the course and through it all, kept the faith.”

Ken would be deeply missed. Please accept our deepest sympathies, and may God comfort you and your family. May the loving memories of Ken live on forever.
Posted by L Jackson on August 16, 2019
8/16/2019, Peace and Blessings Cousin Nadene... with full hearts we extend our arms, hearts and spirit to you and all who are feeling the emotions of missing our gentle giant of a man, Cousin Kenny... We continue to pray for the God who can keep us all from falling to watch over us. Our Dear Cousin Kenny had his own personal Angel when he needed one most, we are grateful. We saw how much he cared for you in his patience and attentiveness towards your needs and we are grateful. We have much to cherish and we are still grateful.  Cousin Kenny, was a card of many colors and we are grateful... With hearts full of love, what a guy...! He is resting in peace, no pain. By and by... lets us also be in comfort in his peace. Shalom
Posted by Claudet Walker Fennell on August 16, 2019
Nadene, I am so very sorry for your loss, I am also glad Ken and I got to spend some time together when he came and picked me up from the hotel in January, but coming in March and we got to spend the best time together seeing things, buildings and learning so much more, I thank you Ken for those wonderful days you and Nadene spent with me. I didn't know that would be our last time spending together, but God knows, so now you sleep as long as you want because when you are awake you will have a great job to do, so until we meet again you will always be remembered by your wife Nadene and all who loved you
Posted by Oliver Franklin Sr. on August 16, 2019
Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family and friends. Rest in Peace my brother you will be missed.
Posted by Nomathemba Chapman Armstr... on August 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to Nadene, family and friends. I have such wonderful memories of Ken. He was such a kind, caring and gentle spirit. He brought out the best in Nadene and she brought out the best in him. Ken, you are gone but definitely not forgotten. Rest in peace, my friend.
Posted by Karen Graham on August 15, 2019
Nadene my most sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this difficult time of grief. My heart truly goes out to you
Posted by Yolanda Jackson on August 15, 2019
I enjoyed reading all of the wonderful tributes about my dear cousin Ken. Sending love and a hug to Nadene during this difficult time. If I had known the last time I would see Ken was at my uncles memorial I would have hugged him a little tighter. Rest well cuz, love you!
Posted by Kerl LaJeune on August 15, 2019
Classmate, Friend, roommate, confident, business partner, and so much more. Ken will be missed.
Condolences to you Nadene and the unfortunate loss of a great man. See ya soon
Posted by Sarah Malone on August 14, 2019 fragile, sudden, broken. In the wake of such a loss, we are haunted by things we don’t, and may never understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So we look for comfort in the belief of love's everlasting connection. May that love lift you and hold you close, and give you peace. Holding you in my prayers.
Posted by Menervah Taylor on August 13, 2019
Condolences to Nadine, family and friends. Ken's early departure from our midst has shaken everyone to their core. He will be sorely missed, but his memories will live on forever. May his soul rest in eternal peace...Menervah & Linval.
Posted by Marie Gilliam on August 13, 2019
Please know Nadene that I am praying daily for you. Ken will be missed by many, but I know he was your true love! Please don't ever hesitate to reach out, I love you
Posted by Michelle Rankins on August 13, 2019
We lost a great light, Ken was an wonderful mentor and friend, he represented the very best of us through his unwavering humanity, and love, he will truly be missed, my sincere condolences to Nadene and the Casey family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Carmen Faczek on August 13, 2019
Nadine and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Ken was a wonderful man. Through our home addition project we got to know him. As a matter-of-fact, he inspired our oldest son to seek a career in Architecture. We will forever be grateful for the opportunity and time we had to get to know him. He will live on in our memories as the caring and fun loving guy we met so many years ago. May God send comfort and peace to the family, as now Ken is resting without pain or anxiety.
Posted by Blossom Alford on August 12, 2019
Nadene,my Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Gale Saulsberry on August 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy for the passing of your husband, Ken. May God provide comfort for you and the family during this difficult time.
Posted by Ingrid Sanders on August 12, 2019
Nadine, I am so sad to hear this news. Ken was an amazing man--a superhero! I'm going to miss seeing him at the Chicago Bungalow Association Seminars...sending tight hugs and love to you.
Posted by Patricia Arthur on August 12, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure to meet Ken, but I know that he was a wonderful person, and that you loved him with all your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May he rest peacefully in heaven where there is no more pain, suffering, or sorrow. He's in a great place; he's in God's hands.
Posted by Claudia Johnson on August 11, 2019
Gone too soon (bil). I am gonna miss calling Nadene and hear your fake Jamaican accent, your jokes and your sarcasm. So sore bil and continue to be Nadene’s angel here on earth . Good bye Ken Casey (bil) Keep Smiling on the other side you are truly missed
Posted by Craig Cernek on August 10, 2019
Ken was a trusted colleague and a good friend as we met and worked together in AIA Chicago's small practitioners group. His many shared gifts of talent, generosity, and laughter will be truly missed. In one hilarious moment, Ken almost tossed a dinner roll across the table to me at a fancy AIA event… but of course he was ultimately too dignified. Merci pour tout mon ami! Please accept my deepest condolences Nadene.
Posted by Michael Dowd on August 9, 2019
Rest in Peace Ken,
You will always be the true definition of a friend, mentor, leader & loving husband. You will be missed.
Posted by Kenny Neal on August 9, 2019
I met Ken C. in 1999 when I came on board as an INOMA member for the first time. My immediate impression of Ken C. was that he was one of the most selfless people I have ever met. Always giving more of himself, whether it was professional advice, mentoring students, or just being there for you, no matter the circumstance. When Ken C. would need assistance on a project in which he was spearheading, there was no hesitation on my part to lend a hand when he asked me. Who could say "No" to Ken Casey! A true INOMA giant indeed. An architect's architect! When one thinks of the NOMA chapter in Chicago, the first names that would come to mind would be Ken Casey, Bryan Hudson, Erroll and Ameera O'Neil, Billy McGhee, the Smiths and some of the other "old school" architects. To say he would be sorely missed would be a major understatement. Godspeed to you, my brother!
Posted by MaryAlice Paglione on August 9, 2019
Nadine I met Ken a few times and he was always gracious and kind. He will be missed by many. Thoughts are with you
Posted by Joan M Chambers on August 9, 2019
Ken was a portrait of whom a caring, loving, understanding and great husband should be. He possessed all those traits & many more that I observed in his interactions with my daughter Nadene over the years of their union in marriage. I am ever so proud of Nadene for the many roles she played so very well during Ken's many months of illness, from being his nurse, advocate, wife & everything else until the end of his life. Keep strong Nadene.
Gone too soon, Ken, just was not ready to say goodbye to my beloved son in law who is now in heaven. I am assured that the clouds of grief will lessen with time. Rest In Peace Ken, we love you & will never forget you, but God loves you more.
Posted by Tony Dillon on August 8, 2019
Impeccable integrity. Unwavering loyalty. Unmatched character. Ken was the best of all of us, and his absence will be felt for generations. 

Rest peacefully my friend...
Posted by Joan Elcock on August 8, 2019
So very sorry for your loss, Nadene. Ken will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his mild manner, but he's at peace now. May he rest well. Sending my condolences to the family and praying for your comfort at this sad time.
Posted by Frank Michalski on August 7, 2019
Ken was a great colleague, who always had a smile, laugh or something positive to say. A dedicated architect, he was serious about his work, but never heavy handed. Always enjoyed working with him in all the AIA stuff - will be greatly missed.
Posted by Ameera O'Neil on August 7, 2019
Nadene, this is for you. I've known Ken since 1989 via INOMA. He inserted himself in my life providing unsolicited brotherly advice and profound friend wisdom to me, as a young single mother. He talked me into working for Bob Andrews and possibly the CDB. His laid back way of living and dispensing life advice while asking for nothing in return was classy. When Erroll and I set our wedding date, he insisted on driving Shahiedah and me to the temple. We were nearly late because we got lost and was stopped by the police for speeding trying to make it on time. We had a banter that was exhausting over seemingly the weirdest things, except Star Trek. I still "Thank you, for taking him off the market". He needed to come home to you. He could follow his dreams because of you and wanted to share that with others. Your love, logic, order and advocacy for Ken is etched in my memory. I love you for caring for my "briend" (brother-friend). I will miss him so very much, will remember him forever and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here's to love and memories- forever.
Posted by Felicia Lopez-Walker on August 7, 2019
I hope you are feeling the love from so many beautiful tributes to Ken. He will forever live in our memories and in our hearts.
It is fitting that we were laughing so hard the last time we were together. Ken’s witty sense of humor (and face) said it all that night! Ken will remind me to smile and laugh at the good times. Thank you for that, my friend. Missing you.
Prayers to you and the family.
Posted by Donna Mitchell on August 7, 2019
Ken will be missed.
Respected, loved and always thoughtful!
Fun memories, interesting conversations and plenty of debates.
Condolences to Nadene and the Casey family.
Donna Mitchell
Posted by Samantha Tierney on August 7, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. While I wasn’t fortunate enough to have met him, I know that you loved him deeply and that he must have been a great man to have been chosen as your partner in life. May you find comfort in the good times you shared and the memories that live on in you. You're in my thoughts and prayers. 

Sam Tierney
Posted by DeLawnia Comer on August 6, 2019
Such a fantastic guy and incredibly funny...I loved me some Ken Casey!!!
Posted by Charlotte McDougal-Lacat... on August 7, 2019
Ken Casey has been my architect for a few decades, but also a true friend. I am saddened by no longer having the ability to share thoughts and ideas about life, career, family, stuff with him! When Ken called and indicated he was in hospice care I marveled at his calmness. Forever the gentleman! The tears flowed after we concluded our phone call! In follow up conversations, Ken suggested, as always, new paths I could follow as a semi-retired developer!
My condolences to Nadene and all of Ken's family. Will keep you all in my prayers and Ken in my heart, as he will be forever missed.
Posted by Frederika Theus on August 7, 2019
I will always remember Ken's generosity and fun spirit. He had a way of reminding me of how important it is to relax and to take time to smell the roses. I will miss so many things - sharing stories of growing up in Chicago, our enjoyment of The Walking Dead and the like, and our lively debates peppered with creative twists of logic that only Ken could devise. I will miss all of his Ken-isms, such as introducing me to someone as "one of Nadene's little vegan friends." :))) Truly one of a kind and never to be forgotten. 
Posted by Stephen Davidow on August 7, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. I know we never have enough time with those we love. I know you had wonderful times with Ken and I hope your good memories of him can make you smile and replace your immediate pain in time. There are many people out there for you so rely on them in this difficult time.
Posted by Marjorie Rallins on August 6, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband Ken. Please know that the loss of Ken is felt by many and that the memories of his wonderful personality and many contributions will be celebrated by many.          
Posted by Zo Ramamonjiarivelo on August 6, 2019
Ken was a very good friend and a very nice man. I also liked his sense of humor. RIP, Ken.
Posted by Diane Howard on August 6, 2019
How wonderful to have had your true love. Rest in peace, Ken.
Posted by Eleanor Pulliam on August 6, 2019
I write this with great sadness over the loss of a family friend. I met Ken many years ago in Oak Park through his wife, Nadene. My husband and I have had many occasions to spend time with Ken and Nadene over the years, in Oak Park and Ft Lauderdale, but the times that I visited with him during these past few weeks are the most memorable. I marveled at how well Ken had processed the news from his doctor – no sadness, anger, complaints – he sat and talked in a quiet, strong voice. I witnessed him handling business calls and could not believe he was still working considering what he was going through. I’m still in shock that he is no longer with us, but I know that he is in a better place. May God give his family the strength to bear the pain of their loss.  Rest in Peace, Kenneth Casey!
Posted by Lee Pulliam on August 6, 2019
An Evening With Ken

we sat
and talked
supposed to be about business
but it wasn't
we spoke of family,
fathers in particular,
sisters in general.
of course, wives

you remembered how
walking from school
you noticed windows
and that led
to looking at your future vocation.

i marveled how
though infirm in body
your voice and mind
reflected rock solid spirit.

we connected late in life,
but early in eternity
your courage through the night
was as certain
as the morning sun.

rest well my brother
there is peace
in the valley.
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Posted by Kelly Swedick on August 3, 2020
Thinking of you tonight, Kencito, and wishing with all my heart that you were just a few time zones away, healthy & happy, enjoying Florida with your lovely wife....
I miss you, and think of you so often. 2020 has many down-sides - not least of these is your absence.
Sending you my love, old friend, and wishing for beautiful memories of happier times to cushion the heartache of your loss for Nadene - and everyone else who was blessed to know you.
Posted by Craig Cernek on August 3, 2020
Hey Ken, I am always thankful to have been touched by your gentile spirit.
Posted by BK Ellison on August 3, 2020
I think about Ken pretty much every day and miss the conversations we would have had regarding the madness that is going on...
his Life


Kenneth Edwin Casey, age 58, was born on April 8, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. Kenneth, also known as “Ken” or “Kenny”, was the 3rd of 4 children born to Robinson (Lawrence) and Barbara Casey. The Casey family moved to Chicago in 1966 and once there, Kenny was immediately drawn to the Chicago skyscrapers, and at an early age gained an instant love for architecture.

Kenny attended Paul Cuffee and Cook Elementary schools. He, as well as his older brother and sister, attended Lindblom Technical High School, graduating in 1979. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a Bachelor of Architecture in Building Technology in 1992.While at UIC, he was active with Black Architecture Students for Excellence (now NOMAS – National Organization of Minority Architecture Students).

Kenny had many hobbies and loved activities at Foster Park such as wood shop and swimming. He spent many hours during his teen years in the basement playing rock music on his guitar. He loved playing tennis, golf and taking photos, a love that spread to both his parents. Kenny was a lover of jazz music and anyone that was in a car with him likely experienced this passion.

In 1996, through a friend, Ken met Nadene Chambers who would become the love of his life. They were married on May 9th, 1998 and enjoyed 21 years of marriage. Ken and Nadene traveled all over the U.S. and abroad to destinations such as Australia, Italy, France, Spain, England, Switzerland, Canada but most notably, Hawaii. He loved Hawaii!

After his wife, Ken’s greatest love was architecture! We were always proud to drive by a building, firehouse or school that had been “touched” by Ken’s work in some form. Kenny was also an excellent host. Wherever his home was, there was always a great time with the annual Jamaican food tasting event – where his mother-in-law, Joan Chambers, cooked extensively. This event gave family and friends many years of laughter, good food and fond memories.

Ken was blessed to have a career that also showcased his exceptional skills and love for architecture. He began his career in Project Management and he gave back in many ways, most notably to the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Ken served NOMA in many roles over 30 years. Ken later realized a dream of entrepreneurship and ownership starting his own company, KASIdesigns, in 1998. He was the President/Managing Principal, Architect for over 21 years. But because Ken had such a kind, gentle and generous spirit he used that platform to unselfishly touch many lives through networking, mentoring, friendship, and encouraging others to start their own businesses.

Ken made his transition on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. His parents Robinson and Barbara Casey, and his sister Robin Marie Casey preceded him in death.

Left to cherish great memories of Ken and continue his legacy are his wife Nadene Chambers of Fort Lauderdale, FL; brother Michael Casey of Chicago, IL; sisters Angela Carter-Gaines of Houston, TX and Deborah Casey of Memphis, TN; mother-in-law Joan Chambers of Brooklyn, NY; sisters-in-law Claudia, Odette and Sandrian Chambers, and Andrea Feely; aunts and uncle Jacqueline Jackson and Dorothy Casey, Janie Walker, Fred Crawford; nieces & nephews Monet Casey, Anthony II and Andrew Gaines, Paige Davis, Brittany and Tahj Walsh; 5 great nieces & nephews and a host of cousins, dear friends and colleagues.
Recent stories
Shared by Vershelle Frazier on August 6, 2020
Thank you NOMA for creating this fellowship in honor of our beloved cousin, Kenneth E. Casey. He LOVED this organization and gave his all for its mission with passion and zeal. He is gone but never forgotten. 

Congratulations to Aaron de Roux, the first recipient of the Kenneth E. Casey Foundation Fellowship. 

Arvin & Vershelle Frazier 
Shared by Frederika Theus on August 4, 2020
Congratulations to Aaron de Roux, the first recipient of the Kenneth E. Casey Foundation Fellowship.  What a wonderful way to honor the memory of Mr. Ken.  Much love to Ken and Nadene. 

1st recipient of the Kenneth E. Casey fellowship at NOMA

Shared by N Chambers on August 3, 2020
As you all know, today is the one year anniversary of Ken's passing. We all miss him very much and many thanks to all of you who've reached out to me today.

I just learned from NOMA's National President that the first recipient of the Kenneth E. Casey Foundation Fellowship has been named:
"Aaron deRoux, a 2020 M.Arch graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, placed at HED, was named the 2020 Kenneth E. Casey Fellow. Kenneth E. Casey, AIA, NOMA passed August 3, 2019. NOMA honored Casey with the creation of a new fellowship named in memory of his legacy."

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the Kenneth E. Casey fellowship fund.
A press release about the NOMA fellowship program and the inaugural recipients is located here: