BRS adds three more first quarter hires!

April 19, 2016

DENVER, CO, March 31, 2016 – – The Denver-based firm has added three more full-time employees in February and March of this year. BRS is proud to introduce our newest hires: Mackenzie Manson, John Barnholt and Neil Arends.

Mackenzie grew up drawing floor plans for houses and realized architecture offered the perfect mix of being creative, getting into technical details, problem-solving, and being able to see a project come to life after all the hard work. She keeps her creativity flowing outside of work by painting, drawing, woodworking, cooking and exploring other creative outlets. You can also find her exploring the outdoors while hiking, running, cycling, and playing at the park with friends and her dog.

A strong believer in balance and compromise, John works with communities and project stakeholders to balance the needs of the community with project constraints. His expertise in planning and public engagement helps clients and project teams to optimize facility performance and get the most value from the design. John finds balance for his work life with indoor (ceramics, fused glass art) and outdoor (golfing, fishing, archery, hiking, skiing) recreation and has a goal of visiting every National Park in the United States.

Neil comes to BRS with a wealth of experience marketing professional services, and is a firm believer in the power of design to transform experiences. His background in marketing, design and technology keep his schedule full with a variety of projects, but he is always ready to pitch in or take on new challenges. When Neil isn't busy BRSing, you can find him working on his house or being dragged around the neighborhood by two huskies.



About Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Through a fun, passionate and people-inspired process, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designs lively, purposeful buildings and places that draw people together. Earning more than 75 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 200 communities in 40 states across the U.S. With offices in Denver and Dallas, the firm is dedicated to designing places that build community, including recreation facilities, wellness and active-aging centers, field houses, aquatic centers, park structures, ball fields, clubhouses, water parks, resorts, libraries, city halls, cultural centers, and related facilities and master plans. Current projects include the Central Denver Recreation Center, Colorado; The Marq Southlake Community Recreation Center, Texas; the Health, Wellness, and Learning Center, Hobbs, New Mexico; Eaton Area Community Center, Colorado; Canyon Lodging Redevelopment, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; Montrose Community Recreation Center and Fieldhouse, Colorado; Richland Hills Multipurpose Recreation Facility, Texas; Windsor Community Recreation Center, Colorado; Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center, Washington; Sandy Hook Maintenance Facility Relocation, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York, New Jersey. For additional information, visit

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