RSP Architects Announces New Leadership Role
Industry veteran Michael Krager AIA, NCARB, LEED AP joins the design practice as Director of Professional Development
PHOENIX—May 26—RSP Architects welcomes Michael Krager AIA, NCARB, LEED AP as an associate principal and Director of Professional Development. This new leadership role is unique in the rapidly changing AEC industry, as Krager will focus on client work as well as heightening project delivery and professional development for the growing practice.
“Michael joins us at an opportune point in our evolution as a professional practice. Like many firms our size, RSP is grappling with how to grow in a smart, sustainable way while strengthening our focus on creativity and innovation,” says RSP CEO Dave Norback AIA. “Michael has the technical expertise and industry experience to keep our teams at the leading edge of skills and technology, while keeping us fully committed to the client service that is the backbone of RSP.”
Krager joins RSP with more than 30 years of experience, most recently at SmithGroup’s Phoenix office, where he served as Director of Architecture. His career spans diverse sectors from healthcare and corporate office to commercial buildings and sports facilities. He will be based in RSP’s Phoenix office and work across the company.
“In getting to know RSP’s team, I discovered their “people first” philosophy and investment in employee professional development, which strongly align with my own values. The opportunity to bridge my leadership and technical skills with RSP’s vision on a corporate level is very exciting,” says Krager.
The AEC industry is at an inflection point, and RSP is committed to defining the next evolution of the professional practice through technology, creativity and technical excellence. Krager will help drive this transformation at RSP, pushing beyond the exchange of best practices to a new level of client service and innovation.
RSP is currently working on a number of high-profile projects, including the Beam on Farmer, a 184,000-SF, five-story office building in Tempe, AZ, that uses a mass timber structural solution, a first in the state. The office is also working on Kenect Phoenix, a multi-family residential project scheduled to open this summer, as well the Downtown Oakland Moxy, a boutique hotel in the East Bay that was delivered partially on- and off-site via modular construction. The firm recently celebrated the grand opening of CocoWalk in Miami and the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis.