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.”
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.
Flickinger has practiced architecture for more than 13 years and serves as LRK's Director of Sustainability. She has built a reputation for her belief that good design is about celebrating a community's history and working within the existing fabric to create the perfect blend of old and new. Because of this passion for preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainability, Flickinger’s own scorecard includes more than 28 projects certified to various green building rating systems, meanwhile encouraging all of LRK's designs to strive for environmental excellence. Krissy is also the chair of USGBC's Memphis Branch, where she has spearheaded the yearly "Paper Power" event geared toward empowering area youth to practice sustainability. She was awarded USGBC TN's Green Volunteer of the Year award in 2018.
"I am thrilled and humbled to be named as one of 2020’s LEED Fellows," says Flickinger, "It has been a dream of mine since the program started ten years ago. Through this fellowship, I hope to further advance the sustainability conversation happening in Memphis and the Mid-South region.”
"Krissy is an exceptional individual who puts the wellbeing of others first," says LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti. "She sees sustainability and wellness as keystones in both personal and community wellbeing and tirelessly pursues these goals. Her efforts and actions encourage everyone she interacts with to be better and achieve more. Her character, knowledge, and passion serve USGBC’s mission well. Krissy is an untiring advocate for USGBC, sustainable design, and education. Her leadership comes from her heart and imbues everything she does.”
"Krissy's passion for sustainability and the betterment of the health and wellbeing of each building tenant she works with and the community at large has already made a positive impact on our local community and will continue to do so for generations,” says LRK Principal and Director of Human Resources Amy Smith. “We are honored and fortunate to have her on the LRK team as she inspires each of her colleagues to pursue their passions and advances sustainability practices firm-wide."
LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least ten years' worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI. The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional impacts with LEED in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill; a history of exemplary leadership in LEED; significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes; and a history of highly impactful commitment, service, and advocacy for LEED.
"The green building industry plays a critical role as we look toward rebuilding our economy and our communities in the months and years ahead," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of GBCI and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). "Our LEED Fellows are on the frontlines of that work helping to ensure our buildings and spaces are healthy, resilient and sustainable places for us all to enjoy. LEED Fellows have made substantial contributions to the green building community and their commitment to LEED will continue to help us shape a better living standard for all."
The 2020 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year's Greenbuild Virtual conference during the USGBC 2020 Leadership Awards on Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. EST. Visit greenbuildexpo.com to register for the conference and usgbc.org/credentials for more information on professional credentialing opportunities.
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 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.
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 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.
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.