VLK Architects Names Sarah Gardner as Associate and Architecture Director

Fort Worth, Texas - VLK Architects proudly announces that Sarah Gardner AIA, NCARB, has been promoted to the position of Architecture Director for the Fort Worth office. In this role, Gardner will manage the daily operations of the architectural unit in the Fort Worth office and be directly responsible for implementing strategies and procedures to ensure the firm continues to produce the highest quality designs. In addition to transitioning to Architecture Director, she has also been promoted to Associate. To become an 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 an exceptional understanding of the many facets of architectural practice, develop and strengthen client relationships and business associates, guide and enhance the development of staff, and contribute to the advancement of the firm through innovative ideas and efforts.

“I am extremely honored to be entrusted with the role of Architectural Director for the Fort Worth office. VLK recognizes that our employees are our greatest asset, and fully embraces the value of a firm culture that cultivates the passion and creativity of its employees,” said Sarah Gardner. “I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to work alongside our talented leadership team and staff as our firm grows, to ensure we continue to develop and foster a collaborative work environment, deliver successful projects, and provide exceptional customer service to our clients.”

With a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from Louisiana Tech, Sarah Gardner lettered four years on the Louisiana Tech softball team. She was the first student in LTU history to earn an architectural degree while playing a Division I sport. In her five years at VLK, she earned her license to practice architecture and a National Council of Architectural (NCARB) certification. She has worked on many of VLK’s most notable projects such as Arlington ISD’s Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center and the district’s Agricultural Science Center, Allen ISD’s STEAM Center, Denton ISD’s New Denton High School as well as Guyer High School Athletic Additions and Renovations project, and Sherman ISD’s new Sherman High School. She serves as VLK’s Athletic Specialist and has held leadership positions with several chapters of the American Institute of Architects such as the 2013-2014 AIA Associate Director of the AIA Shreveport Chapter and the 2016 AIA Emerging Professionals Director for the AIA Fort Worth Chapter. She was also the 2016-2017 AIA Associate Director for the Texas Society of Architects.

“We are so happy to have Sarah in the role of Architecture Director for the Fort Worth office. Since her first day, Sarah has exhibited all the values that make VLK successful,” said VLK's Chief Operations Officer, Justin Hiles, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C. “She constantly strives to make herself and her team better, while focusing on ensuring the client is provided the best possible design solution to meet their needs. Her leadership, expertise, and communication skills will make our firm a better and stronger group. It will assist in strengthening the culture of our Fort Worth office. We look forward to working with her in this new role and seeing her continued impact on the successful future of VLK.”

About VLK Architects: With offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Houston, Texas, VLK Architects provides architecture, planning, and interior design services to K-12, higher education, corporate, and institutional clients throughout Texas. For more information, please visit our website: www.vlkarchitects.com