Ewing, Starks, and Loose Named as VLK Architects' Associates
Fort Worth, Texas- VLK Architects proudly announces the appointment of Brad Ewing, Rudy Starks NCARB, and Ken Loose as new Associates. These individuals have proven to be experts in their fields and have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the mission and values of VLK.
To become Associate, individuals must be self-motivated and consistently demonstrate the initiative, talent, and commitment of assuming additional responsibilities and leadership roles. They also must show exceptional understanding of the many facets of the architectural practice, develop and strengthen relationships with our clients and business associates, guide and enhance the development of staff, and contribute to the advancement of the firm through innovative ideas and efforts. At VLK, we value our employees and realize that they are our single greatest asset. In appreciation of that, we strive to provide a work environment that fosters professional development and allows our staff to excel in the practice of architecture.
Brad Ewing- Houston
Ewing joined VLK in 2008 and has become a respected Senior Designer within the firm. With notable client projects such as Houston ISD’s Energy Institute, and the design of award winning prototype elementary schools within Katy ISD and Brazosport ISD, Ewing’s professionalism and insightful approach to providing innovative designs that impact education is impressive. With a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, he is considered a strong leader in the VLK Houston office because of his dedication to mentorship within the firm which inspires our next generation leadership and for his continuous commitment to taking on more responsibility by recognizing, developing, and implementing new standards to assist all of his colleagues.
“Brad’s fresh and mindful approach to his work and dedication to VLK is a tremendous asset to our firm,” said Todd Lien, VLK Partner. “It is for this reason that we found it an easy decision to promote him to the position of Associate.”
Rudy Starks, NCARB- Houston
Rudy has emerged as a trusted mentor and leader within the firm and among those that he works with. His excitement and dedication to his project teams and the clients he serves is remarkable, building stronger client relationships and creating successful project outcomes. With a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University, Rudy continues to gain the respect of notable clients such as Cypress Fairbanks ISD and Lamar CISD as a Project Architect and Director, leading multiple projects in all phases. He is a member of the National Council Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has served on the membership committee for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Rudy’s leadership and professionalism from the beginning of a project to the end ensures client satisfaction and project success.
“Rudy’s initiative, dedication, and commitment to his clients and the firm is extraordinary,” said VLK Partner, Todd Lien. “The future of our firm relies heavily on the talent and commitment of leaders within the firm like Rudy.”
Ken Loose- Fort Worth
From the moment Ken Loose joined VLK in 2012, he has added exponential value to the VLK brand, our firm mentorship, and to VLK’s commitment to the architectural profession. He has had a vast career of creating and supporting incredible, diverse projects and clientele. Loose is passionate about the City of Fort Worth’s urban revitalization initiative. He has supported that initiative through projects such as Near South Studios which is located in the heart of the thriving Near South area of Fort Worth. His passion for mentorship is unparalleled and he is constantly seeking ways to improve our practice and add his talent and perspective to our projects. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. He is always first to raise his hand when VLK or any of his notable community affiliations such as Near Southside, Inc., Downtown Arlington, Inc., and Cultural District Alliance which he serves on the Board for, are in need.
“We are beyond excited to recognize Ken Loose as an Associate based upon his extraordinary work performance here at VLK. Not only has he made a significant impact on the revitalization of a beloved area in Fort Worth, but also in the way he provides guidance through his mentorship,” said VLK Partner, Sloan Harris. “His commitment to improvement and willingness to devote his time to community and professional organizations that are impacting the footprint of Fort Worth’s development, made this decision an obvious one for our firm.”
“We are so thrilled to recognize these individuals as Associates based upon their extraordinary leadership,” said VLK Partner, Todd Lien. “Their commitment to innovation, exceptional client service, and advancing the mission of VLK has commanded the respect and admiration of our staff and clients. They truly represent the type of uncompromising excellence we value.”