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Experiential Retail Adjusts for a Post-COVID Comeback

REBusinessOnline - The LRK-designed renovation of The Hill shopping center is featured in the February issue of Shopping Center Business magazine, along with quotes from Principal Craig Henry. The article explores how experiential retail has responded to the pandemic and how design will continue to shift to be reflective of a post-COVID world. Henry “envisions large outdoor spaces being divided up to offer smaller, more intimate opportunities for socializing. If done correctly, each space would offer its own aesthetic and experience. Visitors are likely to discover a different space each time they visit and will want to come back for continued exploring. These spaces are intimate and not crowded, as smaller grouped areas may be preferable in the future.”
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LRK Named a Top Residential Architect in Memphis

Home Builder Digest - LRK is honored to be featured in Home Builder Digest as one of Memphis’s best residential architects. LRK has a 35-year history of designing memorable homes. Each home has distinctive architectural detailing, engaging forms and proportions, and appropriate materials, all carefully crafted to blend with the setting.
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LRK's Danielle Lake and Nando Micale Lead UPenn Urban Design Studio Focused on Reimagining the Public Realm at the Delaware River

Philadelphia’s Danielle Lake and Nando Micale are leading an Urban Design Studio at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. The ten students are in the Urban Design concentration of the Master of City and Regional Planning program. They are looking at changing mixed-use trends for urban districts, the concept of Third Place, equity and accessibility, and plans for resiliency along Philadelphia’s next new riverfront neighborhood. As sea level rise and storm surge reshape the City’s riverfront and stormwater management approaches evolve, the value of this old industrial waterfront is also seeing development pressure from multiple development housing proposals with one already breaking ground.  At the same time, shifting retail formats and the pandemic’s accelerated pace of e-commerce are creating opportunities to imagine different models of “experiencing” commerce, entertainment, and recreational programming within the public realm. Students are addressing these challenges while building upon the work of DRWC, DVRPC, and many other groups invested in connecting all Philadelphians to the waterfront. Danielle is a recent graduate of the program, and Nando is a 25-year adjunct faculty member, with past studios in places as diverse as Austin, Bogota (Colombia), Puerto Rico, and Toronto.
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LRK Welcomes New Architects in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baton Rouge & Memphis

LRK is pleased to welcome new architects to our staff!

“As we enter a new year, we welcome talent to our team from Philly to Louisiana,” said Amy Smith, LRK Principal and Director of Human Resources. “It’s especially exciting to invite new perspectives to our projects as they begin their careers with LRK.”

Amali Wijesekera joins LRK’s New Orleans office as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with an architecture degree and concentration in historic preservation and restoration.

Blake Van Buren joins LRK’s Memphis office in single family residential architecture. Before joining LRK, Van Buren worked as an architectural designer for luxury homes as well as hotel and conference center projects in Missouri and Texas.

Lindsey Carpenter is LRK’s Philadelphia office’s newest architectural designer, graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s architecture program. She served as an architectural intern throughout her college years at various architecture firms as well as the New York State Office of General Services.

Kaitlin Schuette joins Baton Rouge’s office as a LEED Green Associate and architectural designer. Schuette graduated from Louisiana State University and received her master’s in urban design from the University of Texas at Austin.

“Continuing to build a talented team of architects, designers, and planners to support our clients and their project opportunities has been a priority of LRK’s since the beginning,” said LRK Founding Principal Frank Ricks. “We look forward to continued collaboration both in and across our offices.”

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Central Station Hotel Featured in BD+C Magazine

BD+C – Central Station Hotel was recently featured in BD+C magazine as a Bronze Reconstruction Award winner. The hotel is situated within the renovated Central Station building, a 103-year-old, operational train station located in downtown Memphis. The spaces were designed and curated to ensure its uniqueness would stand out against the rest of the hotels in the Memphis area and even in the nation. “A great anchor in a revitalizing historic district,” said juror Suzanne Germann, of Landmarks Illinois. “Reused many of the original elements, and overcame challenges of working in an active train station.”
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Tony Pellicciotti Presents at ULI Europe Conference

LRK’s Tony Pellicciotti recently presented Crosstown Concourse at a Creative Placemaking Session for the ULI Europe 2021 Conference. Crosstown was the only US project to be presented. The conference was held virtually on Feb. 1, and it included the presentation of a white paper by ULI members from Copenhagen, a panel discussion featuring global case studies from Denmark, UK, US (Crosstown Concourse), and Asia, and a facilitated discussion with attendees.
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MBJ Economic Outlook Panelists Optimistic about the Future

Memphis Business Journal - The main takeaway from a recent Economic Outlook Panel hosted by the Memphis Business Journal is that panelists are optimistic about the future, citing the resiliency of Memphis and how Mid-Southerners have come together during the pandemic. LRK’s Frank Ricks spoke about how COVID has affected the design community and stated that it has prompted new concerns about how people can gather safely, but that need has not gone way. “As humans, we desire to be together,” Ricks said. “Part of our job is to figure out how to design places for people to gather and build community.”
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Seven More Tenants Sign on at Agritopia’s Epicenter

Community Impact Newspaper - Epicenter, the town center in the mixed-use community of Agritopia, announced seven additional retail tenants when it opens in fall of 2021. Designed as a walkable development, Agritopia features a farm, community garden, single-family residential homes, a senior living community, a private school, restaurant, coffee shop, and maker space for local crafters. LRK was commissioned to design the last piece of the puzzle, Epicenter, a true urban town center for the community. Epicenter will feature 50,000 square feet of ground floor retail with 320 high-end apartments located above.
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LRK Featured as Top Retail Architect in Memphis

GC Magazine – LRK is featured in GC Magazine as one of Memphis’s top retail architects along with Curb Market, a project designed by LRK and associate architect Peter Culley. Located in mixed-use Crosstown Concourse, Curb Market is a boutique grocery store focusing on locally-sourced, healthy foods. The article states that, “Curb Market was designed to cater to this diverse community and at the same time, aesthetically align its interiors with the vision of the store to make use of natural, eco-friendly materials.“
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The Hamilton at The Epic Named Finalist in D CEO’s Commercial Real Estate Awards

D CEO – The Hamilton has been named a finalist in D CEO’s 2021 Commercial Real Estate Awards in the Projects and Deals category. All finalists will be featured in the April issue of D CEO and winners will be celebrated at a ceremony later this spring. Finalists are representative of real estate transactions that have had a large impact on their neighborhoods and sectors.  
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