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Who We Are

Founded in 1978, RBS Design Group has established a reputation for incorporating excellent service, great value, and creative designs as an award winning architectural firm of educational, religious, civic, athletic, and commercial facilities throughout Kentucky.


Company Founded

Our company is founded in Owensboro, Ky., by Otto M. Ranney, Architect.

Ranney and Blake Architects

Architect Otto Ranney and Architect Terry Blake formed Ranney and Blake Architects.


Ranney and Blake Architects merged with Strehl Engineering to become Ranney, Blake and Strehl Architecture and Engineering.

Mike Ranney Becomes Partner

Mike Ranney — current Vice President and son of founder Otto Ranney — is named partner.

Jim Ivy Joins Firm

Architect Jim Ivy joins the firm.

Craig Thomas Joins Firm

Craig Thomas, current President, joins the firm.

Company Name Change

RBS Design Group Architecture, PSC is established.

Ivy and Thomas Become Partners

Jim Ivy and Craig Thomas buy in, becoming partners of the firm.


RBS Design Group proposed a design for a NASCAR Motor Sports Museum for the Owensboro Museum of Science and History.

Otto Ranney Retires


Otto Ranney, founder of the firm, retires.

Blake Retires

Terry Blake retires after 30 years.

New Office

RBS Design Group moves into its own building on Harvard Drive.

Ivy Retires

Jim Ivy retires after 27 years with the firm.

Cannon Becomes Associate

Jeanie Cannon become an Associate of the firm.

Second Office Location

RBS opens a secondary office in Louisville, KY.