LRK Announces New Principals, Builds Continuum of Leadership

Posted by Katherine Martin on December 19th, 2018

LRK is proud to announce Damon Brider, Amy Smith, and Scott Van Der Jagt as the newest principals of the firm.

“These three have demonstrated outstanding work across various critical roles in our field—but more importantly, each values and carries the welfare of our firm in a holistic and diligent manner,” said founding principal Frank Ricks. “We are proud of their contributions and their willingness to take the risks and rewards that come with formal LRK partnership.”

Damon Brider, AIA joined LRK Memphis in 2004. Now based in LRK’s Orlando office, his project experience ranges from urban mixed-use development to private residential. Brider brings a wealth of traditional design expertise to the firm as evidenced by projects such as Azul Baldwin Park in Orlando, Eddy Street Commons at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, The James in Houston, Mueller Town Center in Austin, and Lifestyle Communities Germantown in Nashville.

Amy Smith has 22 years of experience in Human Resources (HR) management, ranging in environments from higher education at Drury University and Rhodes College to manufacturing at Choctaw before joining LRK’s Memphis office in 2005 as HR Director. Smith’s contributions to LRK’s recruitment, company culture, and professional development initiatives, coupled with her business administration and accounting education, have positioned LRK as one of the “Best Architecture Firms to Work For” by Zweig Group and “Top Workplaces” by The Commercial Appeal two years in a row.

Scott Van Der Jagt, AIA joined LRK’s Memphis office over 17 years ago and his experience includes mixed-use, multifamily, museum, civic, and educational projects. Notable portfolio highlights include Dallas’ 22-story apartment tower The McKenzie; the National Civil Rights Museum expansion, AutoZone Park, and FedExForum in Memphis; The Paramount at Lake Eola, a 16-story high rise in downtown Orlando, and currently the Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation. Van Der Jagt served as AIA Memphis President in 2016.

LRK’s 115-member staff is now led by a collective of 15 principals, each bringing a collaborative spirit, industry expertise, and commitment to the future of the 35-year firm.

“We’re incredibly proud of the spaces and places we have created for our clients, and the people behind that portfolio make us that much prouder,” said Ricks. “The collaborative spirit within our walls and throughout our buildings is unique, and I believe it’s the reason why natural leaders like Amy, Damon, and Scott aspire to take us even further.”

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