Meet Our Leadership
The employees of any organization are vital to its success. Today, LRK is one of the country's most respected and successful design firms. Its talented team of 100 architects, interior designers, planners, researchers and staff work in eight offices around the country. The firm’s leadership represents varied skills, talents and expertise to enhance the collaborative design process and meet the needs of a broad spectrum of clients and diverse commissions.
J. Carson Looney, FAIA
As one of the founding principals, Carson established the philosophy of the firm’s residential work --design is based on appropriate proportion, detail and scale as well as livability for today’s active lifestyles and flexibility for future stage-of-life changes. Attesting to the success of the firm’s philosophy are more than 400 national and regional residential design awards covering both production-priced houses and high-end custom homes. A University of Memphis graduate, Carson resides in Memphis.
Frank Ricks, FAIA, LEED AP
As one of the founding principals, Frank oversees complex design and planning projects across the country and focuses on projects that require strong leadership in design and process of delivery. Determined to create places of purpose, Frank believes in the collective power of the team through collaboration with the client, users and larger community. He relishes aesthetic challenges and “first of a kind” projects for the firm. As an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member, he is actively involved with ULI at both the national and local levels. Frank is a University of Memphis graduate and resides in Memphis.
Damon Brider, AIA
Damon 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.
Victor Buchholz, AIA
Since joining LRK in 1994, Victor’s focus has been on architecture, urban design and high density planning with a goal of creating pedestrian-friendly, sustainable communities. This focus has translated into great people places and time- and market-tested developer solutions for world class office environments, resort communities, and complex mixed-use centers. His work includes Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame; WaterColor Town Center in Seagrove, Florida; FedEx World Technology Center in Memphis; CityWay in downtown Indianapolis; Burnet Flats in Austin; La Cantera Town Center in San Antonio; and the Mercado in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Victor is an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member and is actively involved at national and local levels. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and resides in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jim Constantine, PP
With expertise in urban design, master planning, historic preservation, community relations and qualitative research, Jim oversees planning and community relations for numerous Smart Growth, Traditional Neighborhood Development, Transit-Oriented Development, and New Urbanism projects. He has worked as a licensed professional planner in more than 30 states, Canada, and Latin America. He is an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member and is actively involved with ULI at both the national and local levels. Jim is a Rutgers University graduate and resides in Princeton.
Rebecca Courtney, ASID, IIDA
As principal in charge of the interiors studio, Rebecca believes design should always express the purpose of the place, the vision and values of the people who use it, and the way the place interacts with or presents itself to the community. She has a deep commitment to the collaborative process of program identification and resolution by the client, designer, consultants, contractor, user group and other stakeholders. Rebecca resides in Memphis and is a University of Tennessee graduate.
Elaine Covin, CPA
Elaine joined LRK in 2003, bringing with her 18 years of financial management experience. As CFO, she is responsible for overseeing and directing the firm's financial, office administration, and company operations, including forecasting and strategic business planning to assist the firm with long-term organizational goals. A licensed Certified Public Accountant, Elaine is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Memphis.
Craig Henry, AIA
Craig brings over 20 years of design experience to his role as director of LRK’s Dallas office. Craig has completed a number of award-winning projects of varying types and sizes, including multifamily residential, civic, education and corporate. With a particular focus on large scale mixed-use projects, his current experience includes work in Dallas’ Deep Ellum, The Hill, Energy Square, Uptown, and Victory Park neighborhoods. Craig is an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member and is actively involved at national and local levels. He is a graduate of The University of Kansas and resides in Dallas.
Mark Jones, AIA
Mark’s expertise covers everything from moderate income housing to high-end custom residences. Since joining the firm in 1987, Mark has designed an array of single- and multi-family houses in Harbor Town and South Bluffs in Memphis, and Rosemary Beach and WaterColor, Florida. Mark managed Town Architect responsibilities for Baldwin Park, and has served as Town Architect for Celebration since 2001. Mark resides in Celebration, and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.
Nando Micale, FAIA, AICP, PP
As one of the principals that opened LRK’s Philadelphia studio in 2016, Nando brings over 25 years of architecture and urban design experience for communities across the country and abroad. His understanding of the interconnectedness of urban planning and architectural design as central to sustainability has been recognized by industry awards at the scale of buildings, neighborhoods, and cities. As an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member, he is actively involved with ULI at both the national and local levels. Nando is a graduate of Temple and Harvard Universities, teaches urbanism courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and resides in Collingswood, New Jersey.
Robert Norcross, AIA, LEED AP
Rob joined LRK in 1992 and was named a principal of the firm in 1999. He has worked to maintain the high standards of innovation and design excellence that have characterized LRK’s approach since the firm’s inception. The integration of planning with architecture is a hallmark of Rob’s expertise, and he oversees design and management for a broad range of project types including public assembly, adaptive reuse, housing, mixed use and corporate office. Merging a strong design ethic with sound business practices and a dedication to client satisfaction, he focuses his efforts on designing spaces for people. He is an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member and is actively involved with ULI at both the national and local levels. Rob is a graduate of University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and resides in Memphis.
Tony Pellicciotti, AIA, CDT, LEED AP
Tony focuses on creative problem solving for a broad range of project types. His flexibility has led to diverse roles ranging from owner’s representation, project management, LEED services, and Department of Interiors Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit consulting. Representative projects include FedEx’s World Headquarters expansion, Independent Bank, CA2, Gables Park Plaza, and Toyota Center. Tony is active in mission work, leading numerous Katrina rebuilding teams, and is an adjunct member of the University of Memphis faculty.
Amy 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.
Michael Sullivan, AIA
Mike champions LRK’s mission to offer innovative solutions and service to the client while solidifying the firm’s position as a leader in “place making” and smart growth development. Committed to the goals of designing livable and walkable communities, Mike strives to capitalize on the intrinsic value of the setting and maximize users’ experience to enhance the value and quality of each project. As an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Full Member, he is actively involved with ULI at both the national and local levels. Mike is a graduate of LSU and currently resides in Baton Rouge.
Scott Van Der Jagt, AIA
Scott 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.