BRS Hires Five in Four Months

October 1, 2013

DENVER, CO – It's been a good year for Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. Coinciding with a steady increase in new projects across the country, the firm has experienced rapid growth in 2013—adding five new full-time architectural staff to its current roster of 29 since June. The new hires include Carmen Arriaga-Bucher, Andrea Cunningham, Andy Stein, Joel Hermann and David Boyles. As we head into 2014, the Denver-based firm, with a satellite office in Dallas, remains optimistic about its future and looks forward to seeing what the influx of new talent brings to its practice.

“We’ve been fortunate to find some great new talent and welcome back a former ‘BRSer,’” says CEO and Principal Craig Bouck. “The skills we have added will deepen our bench in both design development and project management and allow us to better serve our growing number of clients in the Front Range and throughout the U.S.”

Meet the New Hires

After graduating from the Master of Architecture program at the University of Kansas, Carmen Arriaga-Bucher joined Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture in June. A Colorado native with a passion for the outdoors, Carmen volunteers in her spare time to help improve communities around Denver. She was recently involved in a charrette aimed at encouraging community participation in a local mural. Carmen’s current projects include the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center in Sammamish, Washington, and the Morenci Community Center in Morenci, Arizona.

Freshly repatriated following her latest two-year stint abroad, Andrea Cunningham, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, PMP rejoined Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture in late June after a decade away from the firm. During that time, Andrea lived and worked in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and various parts of Africa and Asia managing a range of development projects. Undeterred by the disparate goals of multi-member client teams and unfazed by complicated programs, she is masterful in the art of finding common ground. Andrea is presently working on the Metro CareRing Hunger Relief Center in Denver, Colorado, and the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center renovation in Omaha, Nebraska.

Andy Stein, LEED® AP joined the firm at the end of July. Not one to shy away from unusual projects, he enjoys working within the constraints and oddities that accompany every job. Luckily for Andy, some of his current and past projects have been anything but typical, including a backcountry cat skiing operation, a modular lodge at Yellowstone National Park, and multiple breweries. He is currently involved in the Yellowstone National Park Canyon Village Lodging Redevelopment project and the Allied Jewish Housing Five-Year Master Plan in Denver, Colorado.

Hailing from Missouri and also having joined Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture in July, Joel Hermann is a mountain biking enthusiast with a passion for all things architecture. With his acute attention to material and detail, and wide-ranging project experience, Joel’s expansive knowledge of construction systems and techniques contributes to his thoughtful design process. He is working on the Metro CareRing Hunger Relief Center in Denver, Colorado.

David Boyles, the latest team member to join the firm, is a fly fishing enthusiast who was born and raised in Montana. David moved to Colorado from Indiana with his wife and two dogs in late September. During his architectural education in Montana, he worked with multiple construction companies to gain hands-on building experience. As his architecture career progresses, he remains heavily focused on current trends in construction techniques and building materials. David is currently working on the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center in Sammamish, Washington, and the Westminster Village Senior Wellness Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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.

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