COLUMBIA, SC – September 6, 2012 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is proud to welcome Brian Ballok to the firm as junior architect. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning where he won a scholarship for design excellence, Ballok has a diverse portfolio that includes residential, hospitality, corporate, healthcare, sporting venue and performing arts projects.
In 2010 Brian interned in Los Angeles at Michael Maltzan Architecture, where he worked with a schematic design team on the $250 million Mashouf Center for Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University. Still under construction, the building will include five spaces with interconnected transparent hallways, a design that emphasizes connections and interaction among public, performance, and academic communities. Brian also worked on Skidrow Housing Trust’s Star Apartments, a mixed-use structure, which serves as part of the trust’s supportive services and housing for the homeless. The design has been admired as one that will nourish and uplift a community seeking stability.
Brian's other previous work includes high-end progressive residential and healthcare projects in Cincinnati, and large office towers in Shenyang and Chongqing, China.
Brian was an environmental graphic designer for 10 years prior to architecture school, working with architects and fabricators from schematics through construction on a number of retail, restaurant, hospitality and sporting venue projects.
Brian is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.
“We’re thrilled to have Brian join our team,” says Doug Quackenbush, President of Quackenbush Architects + Planners. “His domestic and international experience complement the ideas and concepts we have about designing space for people,” he says. “In particular, Brian’s background as an environmental graphic designer strengthens our team’s diverse and distinctive capabilities.”
written by Lisa Lopez Snyder
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