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Cadieux-Smith Selected to ULI’s Health Leaders Network

Urban Land MagazineLRK is proud to announce that Rogean Cadieux-Smith, a healthcare architect and planner, has been selected to participate in the third cohort of the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network. The Network rewards professionals who have improved health outcomes in their practices and communities through innovative knowledge and skills. Cadieux-Smith will join the other 28 members in Detroit in April for an introductory meeting where she will present on her projects and attend webinars to expand her knowledge. The official meeting will take place at the 2020 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

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An Architect Gives Memphis Shape

Daily Memphian - A principal at LRK since 1999, Rob Norcross will retire at the end of January. “Rob Norcross’s vision is in the Memphis we see today, and that vision has helped set the standards for the Memphis we hope to see tomorrow,” says Dan Conaway. Rob has been instrumental in shaping the city of Memphis with projects such as South City, the Central Station renovation, AutoZone Park, FedExForum, and the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville. Thank you to Rob for his dedication to the architectural profession, to LRK, and to every person he’s mentored along the way.

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LRK's Rogean Cadieux-Smith Earns EDAC-Certification

Congratulations, Rogean, for becoming EDAC-certified!

The Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) program awards certification to healthcare planners, architects, designers, contractors, and management professionals who demonstrate an understanding of applying evidence-based design to healthcare facilities.

 As an EDAC certified healthcare architect, Rogean is recognized as a member of a select group of healthcare professionals, healthcare administrators, and industry leaders committed to Evidence-Based Design principles. Rogean draws on her 20 years of acute/clinical care design experience and her passion for Wellness and Active Living as a Fitwel Ambassador. Now she is poised to participate at a national level through the Center for Healthcare Design (CHD)’s broad inter-disciplinary platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing and to contribute to the growing body of EBD projects in the healthcare sector and beyond.

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LRK Welcomes Over a Dozen Employees Across Markets, Promotes Six

Nationally recognized architectural, planning, and interior design firm Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) is pleased to announce 6 promotions and welcome 14 new employees to its growing staff of over 140 across eight offices.

The following LRK employees have been promoted to “associate,” demonstrating commitment to the firm and its projects across categories and markets.

  • Chris Astheimer – Orlando – Senior Designer/Project Manager
  • Steven Belflower – New Orleans – Architect/Project Manager
  • Megan Hoover – Memphis – Architectural Designer
  • Lisa Law – Memphis – Architect
  • Caleb Sears – Memphis – Architectural Designer
  • Eli Storch – Philadelphia – Architect/Project Manager

“These architects and designers are independently driven and talented but, above all else, value collaboration,” said Frank Ricks, founding principal of LRK. “Their contributions enhance both our work and our culture.”

LRK’s fourteen new employees include:

  • Garrett Armentor – Dallas – Architectural Designer
  • Yasmeen El-Jayyousi – Memphis – Architectural Designer
  • Christopher Ford Dufreche – Dallas – Project Manager/Architectural Designer
  • Abby Finnegan – Memphis – Interior Designer
  • Jaemi Guieb – Memphis – Interior Designer
  • Rachel Helton – Memphis – Urban Designer
  • Kevin Jones – Celebration – Architect
  • Danielle Lake - Philadelphia – Urban Designer
  • Sydney Matsumoto – Memphis – Architectural Designer
  • Grace Ostdiek - Little Rock – Interior Designer
  • Jessica Schell – Philadelphia – Urban Designer
  • Holly-Lynn Tedder – Memphis – Architectural Designer
  • Ann Wojcicki – Memphis – HR Generalist
  • Chase Wyatt – Memphis – Architectural Designer

“We’re proud to welcome such talent to our team, from Orlando and Philadelphia to Memphis and Little Rock,” said Amy Smith, LRK principal and director of HR. “Four of our new hires previously served as interns in our Memphis and Philadelphia offices. It’s especially rewarding to support their career advancement from the beginning.”


Christopher Astheimer joined LRK in May 2007 as a Senior Designer/Project Manager in the Celebration studio. His passion is residential design that creates quality neighborhoods of timeless character and value, including custom single family, production single family, multifamily, light commercial, houses of worship, and clubhouses throughout the country. With a diverse background, Astheimer offers more than 25 years of expertise and insight for every component of full community design.

Steven Belflower has supported LRK’s New Orleans studio since 2015, overseeing design and documentation of a growing portfolio of mixed-use, hospitality, and multifamily developments as well as managing internal standards and processes. Belflower graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Megan Hoover. Since joining LRK in 2015, Megan has proven to be a valuable part of the LRK team in multiple aspects of project delivery, including programming, space planning, concept development, finishes, construction documents, and construction administration. She strives to understand the needs of LRK clients first and then responds by providing design solutions that combine creativity, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Her expertise includes athletic/recreational, educational, healthcare, and corporate.

Lisa Law received her Master of Architecture from University of Notre Dame and joined LRK in 2013, primarily working on local historic rehabilitation/adaptive reuse projects including South Main Artspace Lofts, The Citizen, Marine Hospital, ServiceMaster, Tennessee Brewery, and the Memphis Convention Center as well as out-of-town new build projects, including CityWest and Downingtown. 

Caleb Sears joined LRK in 2016 with five years of architecture experience. His project experience ranges from corporate headquarters to museums and cultural centers. His expertise includes concept design, project design, and construction documentation. He uses computer graphics and hand rendering to effectively present and develop the projects during the design process.

Eli Storch. Focused predominately on community facilities, higher education, and adaptive reuse projects, Eli serves as a Project Architect and Project Manager in LRK’s Philadelphia Studio. A LEED Accredited Professional, he came to architecture through studies abroad in London and Copenhagen and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Garrett Armentor, Architectural Designer, joins LRK’s Dallas office. For the past two years, Garrett has worked as an Architectural Designer in Dallas. He received his Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was awarded the Top Thesis Project in his graduate program.  

Yasmeen El-Jayyousi joins LRK’s Memphis office as an Architectural Designer. Yasmeen recently received her Master of Architecture and Certificate of Historic Preservation from the University of Kansas. During her master's program, she served as a research fellow for the KU Institute for Smart Cities. 

Christopher Ford Dufreche joins LRK’s Dallas office as a Project Manager/Architectural Designer. Chris has been recognized in the Dallas area for running efficient projects and challenging his teams to generate creative and unique solutions to complex problems. Chris received both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master of Architecture from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. 

Abby Finnegan, Interior Designer, joins LRK’s Memphis office from Knoxville, Tennessee. Abby just graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of Tennessee, where she served as an Interior Architecture Peer Mentor. 

Jaemi Guieb, Interior Designer in LRK’s Memphis office, consistently served as an LRK intern from May 2017-May 2019, contributing to all design phases from conceptual modeling to construction documents and interior finishes. A graduate of the University of Memphis, she brings her BFA in architecture to LRK as a seamless new addition to the full-time staff.

Rachel Helton recently completed her Master of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. She has served as a project designer at an architecture firm in Kentucky and, during her graduate studies, was selected as a graduate research assistant at UT-Knoxville as well as an architectural intern for Benefield Richters company. She joins the urban design and planning team in the Memphis office of LRK.

Kevin Jones, AIA, Architect, joins LRK’s Celebration office. Kevin began his architectural career at LRK as an architectural designer from 2013-2016. During his first stint at LRK, he gained experience working on single family, multifamily, and commercial projects and he collaborated with LRK’s urban planning team on community plans and design guidelines. Kevin has since worked in Orlando, Florida in both the architecture and planning sectors. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami. 

Danielle Lake joins LRK’s Philadelphia office as an Urban Designer. Danielle has served as a project designer for projects in Mobile, Alabama, Washington, D.C., and Beijing, China. She also recently led an architectural documentation team on a UNESCO World Heritage site in rural Turkey. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degrees from NC State University, as well as her Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Sydney Matsumoto joins the LRK Memphis office as an Architectural Designer. Sydney received her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Construction Management from the University of Miami. During her time at University of Miami, Sydney traveled extensively studying international architecture. She has also received her Historic Preservation Certificate. 

Grace Ostdiek, Interior Designer, joins the LRK Little Rock office from Knoxville, Tennessee. Grace recently received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture from the University of Tennessee. At University of Tennessee, her studio work was recognized by Crossville Tile and she was awarded a trip to 2018 NeoCon, a worldwide commercial design conference. 

Jessica Schell joins LRK’s Philadelphia office as an Urban Designer. Schell has served LRK as an architectural and planning intern since the summer of 2018, assisting in plan development and architectural documentation as well as utilizing various programs to develop urban design and conceptual strategies. Jessica received her Bachelor of Architecture from Jefferson University.  

Holly-Lynn Tedder joins LRK’s Memphis office as an Architectural Designer. Holly-Lynn received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and her Master of Architecture from the University of Memphis, where she received the Advanced Architecture Studio Award and Creative Achievement Award. 

Ann Wojcicki joins the HR department of LRK’s Memphis headquarters, applying her Master of Human Resource Management and MBA degrees to the firm. Prior to LRK, Wojcicki served in a variety of HR roles, supporting recruitment, onboarding, and employee relations efforts.

Chase Wyatt is a recent graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas and now joins the Memphis office of LRK. While in Northwest Arkansas, Wyatt served as an interactive exhibit designer at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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LRK Draws Top Talent to Firm

Momentum - The latest issue of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Momentum magazine features an article “City’s Reputation as Leader in Adaptive Reuse Movement Draws Top Talent to Architecture Firms,” with multiple quotes from LRK staff. With talent development across LRK’s eight markets being a top priority, the article discusses LRK’s recruitment efforts in Memphis. When it comes to recruiting team members to Memphis, LRK sells the city. While Andrew Lang, a young architect from Atlanta, was originally set on working in LRK’s Philadelphia office, he found that what he wanted in Philadelphia, he found here in Memphis. “I live Downtown, walk to work, I walk from work to soccer games and bars and South Main Trolley Nights; and I, most importantly, can afford to do all of it.”

In addition, the city’s efforts in reinvigorating historic properties and the downtown core are inspirational. When recruits come and experience not only the Memphis culture, but also their potential for engagement and impact, it’s a huge draw.

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LRK Welcomes Nine Architectural Designers & Project Managers Across Markets

LRK has welcomed nine new employees to our growing staff of 128 across eight offices.

  • Adrienne Bodeen – Memphis; Architect
  • Tyler Broome – Celebration; Project Manager
  • Rogean Cadieux-Smith – Memphis; Project Manager
  • Amanda Eggers – Dallas; Architectural Designer
  • Katie Hunt – Memphis; Architectural Designer
  • Todd Nations – Memphis; Accountant
  • Rudy Salinas – Celebration; Project Manager
  • Ronnie Santos – Dallas; Project Manager
  • Stewart Wild – Memphis; Construction Administrator

“We’re proud to add these colleagues to our deep roster of committed and talented architects and planners,” said LRK founding principal Frank Ricks.

Adrienne Bodeen, RA joins LRK's Memphis office as an Architect. Bodeen served as an intern architect in the LRK mixed-use and planning studios from June 2006 to January 2010. Returning to the Memphis market from Florida, Bodeen has more than 10 years of experience including high-end custom single-family residential, mixed-use, multifamily, commercial, and master planning projects. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Architecture and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration from the University of West Florida.

Tyler Broome, AIA, Project Manager, joins LRK’s Celebration office this spring. New to the Orlando market, Broome has spent his architectural career practicing in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia and Baton Rouge and Mandeville, Louisiana. Broome has served in multiple capacities within the architectural field, from project-based design and construction management to architectural studio management. Broome received both his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Design-Build from Auburn University.

Rogean K. Cadieux-Smith joins LRK’s Memphis office as Project Manager with a multi-disciplinary background and extensive healthcare portfolio. Cadieux-Smith passionately advocates for quality design and champions evidence-based design in all sectors. Cadieux-Smith has earned a solid reputation leading clients and community groups through the design process to achieve their goals and create places which promote wellness and healthy lifestyles.  Cadieux-Smith received her Bachelor of Architecture from University of Detroit Mercy.

Amanda Eggers, LEED Green Assoc., joins LRK’s Dallas office as Architectural Designer. Eggers received her bachelor's degrees in architecture and interior architecture from Auburn University and actively serves as a member of the Greater Dallas Planning Council.

Katie Hunt, Architectural Designer, joins LRK’s Memphis office from Seattle, Washington, where she collaborated on the interior and exterior design of sustainably-focused projects ranging in size from 500 to 230,000 square feet. Hunt received her bachelor's degrees in architectural studies and textile design from University of Kansas and her Master of Architecture from University of Washington.

Todd Nations joins the accounting department of LRK’s Memphis office. Receiving his bachelor's and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Mississippi, Nations holds decades of auditing, accounting, and financial analyst experience that he will provide to LRK's project teams.

Rudy Salinas, RA, CDT, LEED Green Assoc., Project Architect, joins LRK’s Celebration studio, contributing thirteen years of experience and a diverse background of commercial, healthcare, education, civic, retail, and residential projects. Salinas carries multidisciplinary skills, including technical expertise in CAD/BIM and VR software. Salinas is a LEED-accredited Green Associate, which denotes knowledge and practice of green design, construction, and operations. Salinas received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and his Master of Architecture from University of Houston.

Ronnie Santos joins LRK’s Dallas office as Project Manager. An architecture graduate of National University in Manila, Philippines, Ronnie carries 23 years of architectural project management, technical design, and architect’s representative experience. Ronnie’s recent portfolio of project management work includes 29-story Legacy Tower (LVL29) in Plano, Texas and One Orchard mixed-use development in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  He served as a senior technical designer on the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters project in Frisco, Texas; Park Place student housing in Waco, Texas; and New School University in New York, New York.  He was also the architect’s representative for the Bronx Mental Health redevelopment in Bronx, New York.

Stewart Wild, Construction Administrator, returns to LRK with significant commercial contractor experience at Memphis-based firms including Grinder, Tabor & Grinder, B&B Specialty Contractors, and Kajima Building & Design Group. Stewart will lead day-to-day construction management and scheduling on behalf of the firm.

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Frank Ricks Named to Inside Memphis Business’ Power Player List

Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Inside Memphis Business' annual list of Power Players! Power Players are featured in the April issue of the magazine.

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Mt. Vernon Manor Team Discusses Infill Development Project

Community Design Collaborative – LRK’s Nando Micale and Alex Bruce discuss the design process of Mt. Vernon Manor, the renovation of a long-vacant row home and two adjacent lots into affordable housing and the Community Design Collaborative’s offices and community meeting space, with Michael Thorpe, executive director of Mt. Vernon Manor CDC. Read more.

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LRK Welcomes Chad Boardman to Philadelphia Office

LRK is excited to announce that Chad Boardman has joined the Philadelphia office as a project architect. Boardman joins LRK with more than 12 years of experience in commercial, education, and residential architecture, including: senior living, mixed-income, and market-rate housing. Boardman is an architectural graduate of Drexel University and has spent his entire career in Philadelphia, contributing to projects including PHA North Central Phase III, the Verizon Building redevelopment, 627 Market Street, and East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Information Commons. Most recently, Boardman led Blackney Hayes Architects as technical director.

Boardman is currently contributing to LRK’s high-rise residential apartment tower in Houston’s Museum District and will actively apply his technical expertise to projects alongside the firm’s New Orleans and Memphis offices.

“We are excited to have Chad join our Philadelphia studio and look forward to continuing to expand our planning and design team,” said Nando Micale, principal in LRK’s Philadelphia office.

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LRK Announces New Principals, Builds Continuum of Leadership

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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