shown: Virgin Falls, Sparta Tennessee
Founder and Managing Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss
Frank Ricks is a founding principal of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, Inc. (LRK) and currently the firm's managing principal. Formed 25 years ago with Carson Looney and Richard Kiss, today LRK is one of the largest design firms in the country--offering architecture, planning, interior design, urban design and research services. In addition to its original offices in Memphis and Nashville, LRK has offices in Baton Rouge, LA; Boulder, CO; Celebration, FL; Dallas, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Princeton, NJ and Rosemary Beach, FL.
As an architect and urban designer, Mr. Ricks oversees complex design and planning projects across the country, always working to emphasize the importance of connecting to the place. Under his leadership, LRK integrates planning, architecture and urban design to create "place" for the users, maximize "value" for the client and enhance sustainability. This integration of uses has evolved out of the firm's diversity in building types, ranging from single family neighborhoods to urban, mixed-use redevelopments.
A Tennessee native, Frank has lived and worked in all three grand divisions of the state. He considers rural Tennessee's natural and agricultural landscape, along with the charm and heritage of its small towns, one of the state's most under-valued resources. Fostering positive and sustainable built environments while also maintaining an integral connection to Tennessee's diverse landscape, termed Rural Stewardship, has become a focus of Frank's work.
A graduate of the University of Memphis and recipient of the University's 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, Mr. Ricks serves as an adjunct professor of urban design at his alma mater. Mr. Ricks is a member of the Urban Land Institute and its Urban Development Mixed-Use Council, Vice Chair of ULI Memphis District Council, a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism and Lambda Alpha International Real Estate Society.
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