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Grow Your Practice, the Interiors Advantage

Podcast: 2009/5/15 - 19:43

Presenters: Timothy C. Hawk, AIA & Mary Burke, AIA






Mr. Hawk is a principal with Columbus based WSA Studio and has developed a practice strength focused on the design of buildings with significant, sustainable interior environments. He has prepared space programs, designs, and documents for clients in the corporate, educational and religious sectors and is adept at implementing a process which builds consensus among stakeholders. He has a broad breadth of project experience and is noted for value orientation, strong communication skills and context driven design.

Mr. Hawk holds a Master of Architecture from Ohio State University and has completed post-graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the History of Architecture and Art. He is a registered architect in seven states with NCARB certification. Hawk joined WSA Studio in 1993, became a Principal in 1998 and is currently the President of the company. He shares design and administrative duties within the firm and is the strategic leader of business development activities. He is a strong mentor for staff and focuses on continuing education as a tool for practice evolution. Hawk has received a number of awards for projects that were completed under his leadership, including an AIA Honor Award for the interior renovation of the Office of the State Architect of Ohio and an AIA Sustainable Design Award for Prairie Oaks Metro Park. In addition to awards, Mr. Hawk has been selected to make presentations to AIA Ohio, IFMA Columbus, Neocon, Build Boston, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Columbus State Community College architecture program.

Mary A. Burke leads Burke Design & Architecure PLLC, directing the efforts of a talented group of young architects and designers on a broad range of design-oriented residential, hospitality, commercial and institutional projects. She is a registered architect who has practiced in the field of interior design and architecture for over 30 years.

Ms. Burke was previously a Design Principal with Cetra Ruddy, concentrating on Interior Architecture and guiding the work of the Interiors Group. She served as Project Executive for a number of high profile educational, hotel and residential projects – such as the successful re-branding and launch of Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town -- as well as participating in the Executive Committee of Cetra/Ruddy, dealing with overall company policy and direction.

Previously, Ms. Burke led successful projects for Gruzen Samton LLP, as the Director of Interiors for four years. Ms. Burke also worked with other outstanding firms including HOK, Swanke Hayden Connell, Tihany International and Robert Metzger Interiors. She headed the KPF Interior Architects Singapore office where she designed and supervised the construction of major interior spaces for the headquarters of the United Overseas Bank, designed by Kenzo Tange. Thereafter, she set up her own Singapore practice, Burke Design, providing full interior architecture services throughout Asia and Australia.

Ms. Burke served for five years as the Chair of the Interiors Committee of the AIA NY Chapter, and now serves as a member of the Interior Architecture Advisory Group for the American Institute of Architects. She will be the 2010 Vice President for Design Excellence of the Board of Directors of the AIA New York Chapter. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the NY Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). As a contributor to industry product development, she sits on the Allsteel Design Council, serves yearly as a juror in the Best of Neocon competition in Chicago, and is a frequent contributor to design publications. Ms. Burke is a visiting professor and guest critic for Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

In this challenging market, many architects seek additional knowledge and expertise to gain market share. Many architects find that interior services allow their firms to gain unique design opportunities when most of our client base is downsizing, shrinking, and thinking leaner. Regardless of the economic climate, today’s client demands a higher level of professional care and is often interested in design leadership focused on a complete architectural solution. In this podcast, we will explore the interior architect special skill sets, the collaborative design and delivery process, and how a firm may evolve its practice toward interior architectural services.



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