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Powers Brown Architecture Promotes Bruce J. Walck to President; Principal Lauren Amber Prestenbach Returns to Houston

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Bruce J. Walck

Bruce J. Walck, AIA, MRAIC, has been promoted to president of Powers Brown Architecture, an international professional services firm practicing architecture, interior design, programming and urban design. Walck, a principal of the firm since 2008, has worked in the firm’s Houston headquarters, as well as established the firm’s offices in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2015 and Toronto in 2017. 

Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, Powers Brown Architecture Founding Principal and CEO, made the announcement, along with that of the relocation of Principal Lauren Amber Prestenbach, RID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC, IIDA, from Denver to Houston. She is a LEED and Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) -accredited commercial interior design professional.

As president, Walck will be responsible for the overall operations and efficiencies of the firm, plus developing strategic initiatives to expand its multifamily portfolio, and grow the manufacturing, medical and industrial project work in new and existing markets in North America. He will continue to work closely with clients from programming through construction administration in corporate office, retail, mixed-use, multifamily, government and industrial design.

“Bruce is the rare architect who really is a collaborator,” Brown said. “Many of his clients consider him not only a colleague but a friend and it’s not uncommon for them to recommend him to their competition. Internally, he has developed into the shepherd of our leadership team, guiding us all in finding innovative, logical solutions to both day-to-day and long-term challenges.” 

 Walck joined Powers Brown in 2003 as a project manager and by 2008 the founding partners named him the firm’s first new principal. Career highlights included leading the project team for the 4.1-million-square-foot Daikin facility near Waller, TX, the Galveston Downtown Transit Terminal, The Plaza at Enclave, Kelsey-Seybold Corporate Office Building, and Churchill Square Apartments. A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Construction Management, he is a member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (MRAIC) and NCARB.

Amber Prestenbach

Of Prestenbach, Brown said, “Having Lauren Amber bring her unparalleled design talent and project experience to our Houston office is a game-changer for us. Not only does she create innovative corporate spaces but she also has the technical know-how to work though the intricacies related to health-care design. Her talents are uniquely suited for clients in the Houston market where corporate office and health-care drive the economy.“

With new Houston projects in the healthcare and corporate interiors arenas, she recently designed spaces for Clearview Dermatology, Digicomm International Inc., Summit Utilities, and Travelers Insurance. Engineering News Record magazine named Prestenbach a 2021 “20 Under 40” honoree for her advocacy work to help pass Colorado legislation for interior design professionals to become legally recognized and licensed and thus ensure their design qualifications and education.  

A graduate of the Art Institute Houston, Prestenbach is affiliated with CoreNet, NAIOP, the National Council for Interior Design Certification (NCIDQ), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

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