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Municipal official , Urban planner , architecture educator

Richard Thomas Serfas, American architecture educator, urban planner, municipal official. Recipient achievement award National Association Counties, 1983-1990.


Serfas, Richard Thomas was born on November 24, 1952 in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Clifford Donald and Helen Catherine (McGovern) Serfas.


Student, Jacksonville University, 1970—1972. Bachelor, Colorado State University, 1974. Master of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University, 1977.

Master of Science in Real Estate Development, Columbia University, 1995.


Project coordinator ACTION Peace Corps, Volunteers in Service to America, Gary, Indiana, 1974—1975. City administrator City of Beverly Hills, Missouri, 1975. Graduate research assistant department public administration Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, 1976—1977.

Community planner St. Louis County Department Planning, 1977—1979. Management analyst Clark County Sanitation District, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1978—1979. Environmental planner Clark County Department Comprehensive Planning, 1979—1980, principal planner, 1980—1984, assistant coordinator planning, 1984—1985, coordinator advance planning, 1985—1989, assistant director, 1989—1994.

Project manager Focus 2000, 1996—1999. Vice president commercial planning and design American Nevada Corporation, Henderson, Nevada, 2000—2010. Instructor University Nevada School Architecture, Las Vegas, 1989-1994.

Student advisor Las Vegas chapter American Institute of Architects, 1989-1994.


Staff advisor Clark County Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, 1980-1994, Environmental Task Force, Las Vegas, 1984-1994, Architectural Design Task Force, Las Vegas, 1984-1994, Development Sector Task Force, Las Vegas, 1984-1994. Member Transit Technology Committee, Las Vegas, 1989-1994. Member American Institute Certified Planners, Urban Land Institute, Commercial Retail Council, National Association Corporation Real Estate Executives, National Council for Urban Economic Development, Insternat.

Council of Shopping Centers, American Planning Association (treasurer Nevada chapter 1979-1991, president 1992-1996, Appreciation award 1981, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, Outstanding Public Sector Planning Accomplishment award 1987, 88, 90, 91, Nevada Chapter of America Planning Association President Award, 2010) Community Associations Institute Southern Nevada (board directors 1990-1992, secretary 1993-1995), Las Vegas Council Boy Scout America (board directors 2007-2010, chairman 2007-2010), City Henderson Development Agency (commissioner since 2007), City of Henderson Development Serv (Advisory Committee, since 2006), Urban Land Inst Nevada Distri. Council Board Dir, since 2008).


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, skiing, hiking, photography.


Clifford Donald Serfas

Helen Catherine (McGovern) Serfas