LRK Named Top Workplace for Fourth Year
The Commercial Appeal - LRK has been named to The Commercial Appeal’s list of 2020 Top Workplaces in the small business category. It is LRK’s 4th 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. In an unprecedented year, when the pandemic has forced companies of all sizes to pivot and redefine the workplace, LRK is deeply honored and humbled to be recognized.
LRK Philadelphia Honored as 2020 AIA Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals
LRK is pleased to announce their Philadelphia office was recognized by AIA Pennsylvania as one of the 2020 AIA Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals. Firms were recognized for their dedication to the development of emerging professionals during AIA Pennsylvania’s Architectural Excellence Broadcast on Thursday, November 19th. LRK Philadelphia also received the AIA Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals award in 2017.
LRK Philadelphia's Eli Storch and Nando Micale Participate in DAG Charrette
On November 6th, LRK Philadelphia’s Eli Storch and Nando Micale participated with a multi-disciplinary team of 40 professionals and Master of City Planning students in a design charrette that was focused on a gentrifying riverfront neighborhood (Gray’s Ferry) just outside of Philadelphia’s Center City District. Nando and Eli both serve on the City’s Design Advocacy Group (DAG) Steering Committee (Eli is the chair and Nando is co-chair of the group’s Waterfronts Task Force), who is the financial sponsor of the charrette and the resulting DAG Plan for Advocacy. The charrette included four teams, who imagined how different economic forces could reshape this key riverfront neighborhood and how equity and resiliency could be embodied in a set of planning and design principles. In advancing DAG's mission for design advocacy in the city, the non-profit is working with the University's practice arm, PennPraxis, to run the charrette and develop the work into the Plan for Advocacy document. The DAG Plan for Advocacy will be published in Spring 2021 and will also be the subject of a DAG Forum. In addition to and in parallel with this effort, Nando, as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design, is leading a team of graduate students in preparing the materials for the charrette and producing their own plan for equitable change in this neighborhood. The initial charrette ideas included: models of higher density housing and mixed-use that include affordability; development of riverfront parks that better connect the neighborhood to the Schuylkill River Trail; and ideas for institutional integration and models for job creation.
Rob Norcross Awarded Francis Gassner Award
Rob Norcross was awarded the Francis Gassner Award on Wednesday night at the annual AIA Memphis awards gala. Established in 1977 to commemorate extraordinary architect, Francis P. Gassner, FAIA, the Gassner Award honors an architect for outstanding contributions to the quality of the built environment in Memphis. Rob’s vast experience and unique abilities helped him in leading diverse teams to design some of the most distinctive and significant projects in Memphis over the past 30 years. Rob’s influence on Memphis can be seen in the following examples: FedEx World Technology Center, AutoZone Corporate Headquarters, AutoZone Park, Memphis Ballpark District, FedEx Forum, University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Training Center, Soulsville Charter School and Multipurpose Building, Memphis Rox, Central Station renovation, and the transformation of the Renasant Convention Center. Congratulations, Rob!
LRK's Nando Micale Serves on ULI Technical Assistance Panel
LRK’s Nando Micale served as Co-Chair on a ULI Technical Assistance Panel in October. The panel addressed a suburban retail center as they look to transition to a mixed-use walkable center and integrate Exton’s 18th century history and character. The center includes a rapidly dying mall and a range of auto-oriented properties, including a recently developed Lifestyle Center, Main Street at Exton. ULI Technical Assistance Panels provide the market-based expertise of ULI members to cities, developers, and other organizations that need objective analysis and advice on how to solve difficult development problems.
LRK’s Krissy Buck Flickinger One of 25 Worldwide Selected as LEED Fellow
LRK Associate Krissy Buck Flickinger has been named a 2020 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Flickinger is among 25 professionals who represent exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world's most widely used green building rating system.
Breathing Life Into Voids Through Artistic Expression and Community Outreach
On Wednesday, October 7th, LRK’s Lauren Tolbert will moderate a virtual panel on adaptive reuse architecture called “Breathing Life Into Voids Through Artistic Expression and Community Outreach.” Part of the first annual Memphis Art & Design (MAD) Week, the focus of the eight-day event is to work with community leaders and artists to remove barriers and ensure equitable access to the exploration of art and design. Enjoy this trailer video that was collaboratively developed for the panel. Special thanks to New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis Jookin, and IMAKEMADBEATS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cadieux-Smith Selected to ULI’s Health Leaders Network
Urban Land Magazine—LRK 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”