LRK's Frank Ricks will participate in a panel discussion this Wednesday, October 10, at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Conference in Boston. The session, "The Creative Placemaking Dividend: How Art and Culture Enhance the Bottom Line and Promote Healthy, Equitable, Thriving Places,” will explore the following questions: Does an investment in art and culture yield a return? If it does, what is the return? Is the return purely financial or are there other benefits? And who benefits—developers, investors, the community, the government, or some or all of these?
Frank will discuss the impacts of arts integration at Crosstown Concourse.
The Daily News - This article focuses on LRK’s love of designing great places and building community. LRK's skill in placemaking has naturally evolved from their diversity of project experience and multi-disciplinary approach. Founded in Memphis 35 years ago, this passion has helped the firm expand to eight offices around the country and allowed them to work on a multitude of award-winning projects, such as Orlando’s Baldwin Park, Nashville’s The Gulch, and Crosstown Concourse and Harbor Town locally. Read more.
Commercial Appeal - The Commercial Appeal featured the announcement of Crosstown Concourse being shortlisted for Architectural Review's New into Old awards. The $250 million Memphis renovation is the only project from the United States making the cut. Others are five from the United Kingdom, two from Sweden, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands, Qatar, China, India, Turkey, and Belgium.
"It really is about the extension of the life of a building by inserting new uses rather than tearing down and replacing it,'' said Frank Ricks, principal with LRK. Read more.
Inside Memphis Business - Frank Ricks was once again named to Inside Memphis Business' annual list of Memphis Power Players. Congratulations, Frank!
Commercial Appeal - Construction work on the 91-year-old Hickman Building in Downtown Memphis will begin this summer. Vacant for nearly 50 years, the 100,000 square-foot building will house offices, apartments, and retail. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services for the renovation.
"We have worked very hard to maintain the character and integrity of the property while also adapting it to modern uses," LRK's Frank Ricks said. Read more.
“These issues of scale – they are real and they are real to the people who live there, if they think something is being imposed on them immediately that is going to disrupt the scale of their neighborhood without understanding there is a benefit to it,” he said. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Frank Ricks was officially elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia on May 20th. Out of a total AIA membership of over 88,000, there are only 3,200 members distinguished with this honor, and he is one of only 14 living fellows within the AIA Memphis chapter. The article recounts many of the significant projects that Frank has been involved with throughout his career, however according to his peers, his holistic, collaborative approach is what helps set him apart. Frank says that he’s most proud of helping to build community, co-founding the Memphis chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and his support of the University of Memphis architecture department. Read more.
The American Institute of Architects has elevated LRK founding principal Frank Ricks to its College of Fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA bestows, in recognition of notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Frank’s elevation recognizes his significant contributions to advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice. He will be officially inducted at an investiture ceremony at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia on May 20th. Read more.
Memphis Daily News - New owners, Walk-Off Properties LLC, have purchased the long-vacant building on the corner of Madison and N. Fourth Street for a mixed-use redevelopment. In the article, LRK principals, Rob Norcross and Frank Ricks, talk about the plans for redeveloping the Hickman Building and adjacent garage. Ground floor retail, office, and residential is currently being studied as the mix of building uses. Read more.
Inside Memphis Business - Frank Ricks was recently named to Inside Memphis Business' 2015 list of Power Players.
The Daily News - This article discusses how the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan leverages our local natural resources and growing network of trails, providing more recreational opportunities, boosting the regional transportation system, promoting economic development, and building community. Read more.
Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Memphis Business Quarterly's annual Power Players list of top architects.