Marcia Hocevar retires from BRS
BRS Architecture is announcing the retirement of Marcia Hocevar, after a 15-year period as Partner and 30 year working relationship with the firm. Marcia has been an instrumental design force at BRS since she partnered as a consultant back in 1991. In her time as Interiors Partner, she helped build and lead the company's interior architecture and design branch, developed the BRS logo and branding guidelines, and revamped the company's mission, vision, and internal values. Addressing Marcia's departure, Katie Barnes, Principal and Partner, warmly states, "Everyone at BRS, and the interior design profession as a whole, will miss Marcia's creativity and her desire to make a difference in the lives which were touched by her design."
Before joining BRS, Marcia owned and operated her own creative consulting firm focused on branding, signage, and interior design services. Her firm did various projects across Denver and the front range, including Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum, Denver Art Museum, Children's Hospital Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, and Arapahoe Centrepoint Plaza (pictured above).
In 1991, she was introduced to BRS, being added as a consultant
to various projects for interior design, environmental graphics, and
signage. It was Russ Seacat, one of BRS’s founding partners, who
discovered Marcia and cultivated the firm’s relationship with her. Remembering
the decision to bring Marcia on full-time, Russ explains, "As architects,
we often find that we become so focused on the problem-solving aspects of
design and planning that something is missing, and opportunities lost. With
Marcia as a consultant, she added surprise, color, and delight to the solution,
and it was decided that her perceptions and personality should become an
everyday part of the BRS team and practice."
“The goals of my career were all about making a difference by building relationships with people and their communities— helping them realize their visions and dreams by actualizing the spirit and energy of who they are into interior environments.”
– Marcia Hocevar
Reflecting on her career, Marcia says, "The goals of my career were all about making a difference by building relationships with people and their communities— helping them realize their visions and dreams by actualizing the spirit and energy of who they are into interior environments. I set out to expand design thinking and broaden perspectives about how our interior environments' physical and emotional aspects influence our perceptions and experiences. My approach to achieving this was to create spaces that welcomed you, drew you in, and invited you back by being joyful, energetic, and memorable places that were reflective of their communities."
The projects that have been especially heartfelt for Marcia were ones with deep collaboration between the client team and design team, resulting in the client feeling equal ownership with the design team of the process and the product. Projects such as Paul Derda Recreation Center, Broomfield, CO, Montrose Community Recreation Center, Montrose, CO, The REC of Grapevine, Grapevine, TX, The MARQ, Southlake, TX, Thrive Recreation Center, Lewisville, TX, and The Beacon, Arlington, TX.
Two other client experiences that stand out to Marcia were her work with The Salvation Army on multiple Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers around the country. "It was deeply gratifying helping them achieve their mission of bringing education, recreation, and inspiration to underserved communities around the country," recounts Marcia. The other was working with the Department of Defense to bring an innovative approach to their Morale, Wellness and Recreation program in Schinnen, the Netherlands.
Keith Hayes, Principal and Managing Partner adds, "During her time at BRS, Marcia reminded us all how the inside of the building impacts our users and to create rich designs with compassion and a touch of whimsy."
Marcia plans to remain in Denver, Colorado. She looks forward to training her new Welsh Terrier puppy, Cricket, and spending more time creating and exploring various art projects in her studio.
“During her time at BRS, Marcia reminded us all how the inside of the building impacts our users and to create rich designs with compassion and a touch of whimsy.”
– Keith Hayes