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September 18, 2020

LRK's Sophorn Kuoy Olsen and Lauren Tolbert Featured in Exhibit of Diverse Designers

LRK Associate Sophorn Kuoy Olsen and Architectural Designer Lauren Tolbert have been featured in Beyond the Built Environment’s SAY IT LOUD exhibition. The exhibition features projects by diverse design professionals and interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions. Sophorn’s featured project is the Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters and Lauren’s featured project is Crosstown Concourse, both in Memphis, Tenn.

See Sophorn's exhibition work here, and Lauren's work here.

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September 17, 2020

LRK's Rogean Cadieux-Smith Joins Panel on Community Health Disparities

LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith, AIA, EDAC, fitwel ambassador, joins a panel of community health professionals and industry leaders who will share tools, techniques, and new approaches to transform strategies and efforts to close the gaps in underlying health disparities heightened by the “new normal.” As a practitioner focused in wellness and resiliency, Rogean will share her perspective on the evolving role of planning and urban design to build equity and strengthen communities. Organized by Bass River Advisors, the virtual panel will be held on September 18th.

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August 26, 2020

LRK’s Eli Storch to Lead Philadelphia’s Design Advocacy Group

Associate Eli Storch has been named Chair of Philadelphia’s Design Advocacy Group (DAG). DAG is a public forum and advocate for design quality and equity in the planning, architecture, preservation, and physical development of Philadelphia. Please take a moment to read Eli’s letter to DAG’s more than 1,600 members here.

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August 21, 2020

LRK’s Danielle Lake’s Design Receives Award from AIA Austin

Urban Designer Danielle Lake and Landscape Designer Jessica Arias of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA) in New York were awarded first place for their design concept for Tillery Park (Urban Cleanliness Park Scenario) in AIA Austin’s Force-Majeure competition.

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August 13, 2020

LRK's Krissy Buck Flickinger Becomes Memphis' First NGBS Green Verifier

LRK Associate Krissy Buck Flickinger recently became the Memphis area’s only NGBS Green Verifier. NGBS Green Verifiers serve as independent, in-field representatives of Home Innovation Research Lab's National Green Building Standard, a green building certification program. Verifiers work with builder/developer/remodeler/architect clients to guide them through the certification process and perform rough and final inspections of the projects seeking certification.

Since her certification, Krissy’s qualifications resulted in her being hired as the third-party Green Verifier for the construction of a prominent midrise residential development in Memphis.

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August 3, 2020

LRK Tops List of Memphis-Area LEED Professionals

Memphis Business Journal – LRK ranks highest on the MBJ’s list of LEED accredited professionals with 16 local employees, highlighting our commitment and responsibility to serve our communities and our clients by delivering quality designs that meet both environmental and budgetary goals, but also create a sense of place and meaning for those who experience them. 

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February 7, 2020

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 recognizes 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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February 6, 2020

Ricks Speaker at ULI Louisiana Emerging Trends Conference

Urban Land Institute Louisiana - LRK is proud to announce that founding principal Frank Ricks is a keynote speaker at ULI Louisiana’s Emerging Trends Conference being held today at Tulane University in New Orleans. Frank will be sharing about Crosstown Concourse and its world-wide recognition as a vertical urban village that incorporates art, education, health, and wellness. Crosstown Concourse’s unique design that required extensive creative and adaptive reuse solutions has made it a model for future redevelopment projects and has aided in the project’s success in winning awards, such as the Grand Prize by the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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January 31, 2020

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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January 13, 2020

LRK Principals to Present at NAHB International Builders' Show

LRK Principals Mark Jones and Mike Sullivan will speak at the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) next week in Las Vegas.

Mark’s panel, “What’s Next in Single Family Architecture,” will discuss leading design trends, innovations in attainability, and architectural opportunities that can help convert Millennial renters into homebuyers and motivate other age groups into buying new. The session seeks to look beyond the trends and discuss what’s coming up in single family housing.

Mike and fellow panelists will present “From Stacked Flats to Live-Work Units: Innovations in Attached & Multifamily Housing” and Examine design options for maximizing density in areas that are zoned for lower density and development. The session explores innovative approaches that are being used to develop low- to medium-density multifamily and attached housing in today’s market.

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December 16, 2019

LRK Named Top Workplace for Third Year

The Commercial Appeal - LRK is excited to be named to The Commercial Appeal’s list of 2019 Top Workplaces in the small business category. It is LRK’s 3rd year in a row to be honored! The Commercial Appeal partners with Energage, an employee research and culture technology firm, to determine Memphis’ top workplaces based solely on employee survey feedback. “The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”

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December 5, 2019

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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November 18, 2019

LRK Welcomes Over a Dozen Employees Across Markets, Promotes Six

LRK is pleased to announce 6 promotions and welcome 14 new employees to its growing staff of over 140 across eight offices. 

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October 29, 2019

Elaine Covin CFO of the Year Finalist

Memphis Business Journal LRK is proud to announce Elaine Covin was named a finalist for 2019 CFO of the Year. Finalists for the award are experts in strategic direction, mitigating risk, and regulatory compliance. Broken into small and large nonprofit or private company categories, the winners were named at an awards breakfast at Hilton Memphis on Tuesday. Founding partner, Frank Ricks, commented “It’s incredibly valuable knowing that Elaine’s got it—always. She’s the rock at LRK.”

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October 28, 2019

Frank Ricks Winner of Downtown Visionary Award

Daily Memphian – LRK is honored to announce Frank Ricks was the recipient of the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Downtown Visionary Award Friday night. This lifetime achievement award was given for Frank’s design involvement in projects that have played a significant role in Downtown Memphis’ redevelopment. Dozens of LRK-designed projects were cited, including AutoZone Park, which Ray Brown, head of the Downtown Memphis Commission, said “changed the trajectory of Downtown.” 

“Frank is probably one of the smartest and most thoughtful urbanists I know,” Brown said. “He understands what a city is about. He understands how they work, what people need and what the whole system, both the environment and the people who use it, is all about.”

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September 19, 2019

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. The city’s efforts in reinvigorating historic properties and the downtown core are inspirational, and 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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September 13, 2019

J. Carson Looney Builder's Choice Award Juror

Carson Looney recently participated on a panel of jurors for the 2019 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards. Sixteen projects representing the best in residential design received honors. Overall, the jurors praised “function in smaller footprints, use of innovative building materials, and remodels that respect the existing architecture.”

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August 5, 2019

LRK Philadelphia's Eli Storch and Alex Bruce Contribute to Context Magazine

Context – LRK’s Eli Storch is the editor of Context, AIA Philadelphia’s quarterly magazine. The summer issue has a focus on historic preservation and the sketch on the cover is by our own Alex Bruce.

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July 29, 2019

Krissy Buck Flickinger to Present on Panel at Philadelphia's Green Building Conference

LRK's Director of Sustainability, Krissy Buck Flickinger, along with panelists, will present the award-winning Crosstown Concourse on Thursday, August 1 at Philadelphia's US Green Building Council chapter's annual conference, New Gravity. Hosted by Temple University, the session will discuss the process of transforming the once-abandoned, 1.3 million square-foot Sears distribution center into a thriving LEED Platinum "Vertical Urban Village" integrated with arts, education, and wellness/health.

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July 16, 2019

Nando Micale to Present at Texas Housing Conference

Nando Micale, Principal in LRK’s Philadelphia studio, will present on current HUD neighborhood redevelopment programs at the Texas Housing Conference on August 23rd in Austin. The panel will focus on comprehensive approaches to improve the lives of Texans through addressing diverse affordable housing needs, neighborhood infrastructure reinvestment, wrap around resident services, innovative education initiatives for at-risk student populations, and overall quality of life. Nando’s expertise lies in HUD’s current Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives (CNI) around the country, both in the planning and implementation phases of Neighborhood Transformation. He will present case studies for Philadelphia, Kansas City, Camden (NJ), Omaha, and San Antonio. His current projects include the implementation of the South City Choice Neighborhood in Memphis and the Transformation Plan for North 30th Choice Neighborhood in Omaha.

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June 11, 2019

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. Click here to read more about each new hire. 

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June 3, 2019

Frank Ricks to Speak at National AIA Conference

LRK Principal Frank Ricks will participate on the panel, “Design Snapshots: Award-winning Adaptive Reuse,” this Friday, June 7 at 8 a.m. at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas. Panelists will investigate key characteristics, challenges, client relationships, and innovate techniques and materials used to create their projects. Frank will discuss LRK’s Crosstown Concourse project, which was a recipient of the 2019 AIA Architecture Award.

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April 15, 2019

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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March 29, 2019

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.

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February 27, 2019

Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza to Present on Panels at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum

LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza will participate on panel discussions on Friday, March 8, at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum. Constantine’s panel, “Density that Doesn’t Look Dense: Meeting the Surging Demand for In-Town Housing,” will explore how “Missing Middle” housing can accommodate the demand for housing needs in communities that already feel too dense to build. Cosenza’s session, “Preparing your Community for Redevelopment,” will discuss how municipalities can take steps to develop and create a vision for more attractive communities.

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February 4, 2019

Chris Cosenza Talks about Planning and Climate Change at Sustainable Princeton

LRK’s Chris Cosenza presented at Sustainable Princeton panel discussion around the topics of mixed-use development, transit-oriented development, location efficient development and form-based codes and how these factors create a sense of place that is walkable and help reduce a community’s emissions in the face of climate change. The session, “Why Is It Too Far to Walk? Building a Climate-Friendly Princeton,” presented at the Princeton Public Library, explored how land use planning plays a role in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for the presentation.

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January 30, 2019

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 currently contributing his expertise to an LRK-designed high-rise residential apartment tower in Houston’s Museum District.

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December 19, 2018

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.”

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