MKSK announces new Chicago office opening

  • Pictured (left to right): Eric Lucas, PLA, ASLA, MKSK Principal & CEO; Brett Weidl, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, MKSK Senior Associate, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Chicago Studio Leader; Donald Zellefrow, AICP, MKSK Associate, Urban Designer, Chicago Studio.

    Pictured (left to right): Eric Lucas, PLA, ASLA, MKSK Principal & CEO; Brett Weidl, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, MKSK Senior Associate, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Chicago Studio Leader; Donald Zellefrow, AICP, MKSK Associate, Urban Designer, Chicago Studio. Courtesy of Andrew Collings

 
 
Updated 8/10/2022 8:43 PM

MKSK, Inc. (mkskstudios.com) is proud to announce the opening of its newest studio in Chicago.

MKSK is a collective of Planners, Urban Designers and Landscape Architects founded in 1990, who are passionate about the interaction between people and place.

 

The MKSK Chicago team is led by Chicago native Landscape Architect and Urban Planner, Brett Weidl, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP. Brett's passion resides in creating inclusive landscapes in the urban public realm, enabling equitable access and strengthened connectivity between people and vibrant public spaces to transform lives and foster community through opportunities for shared collective community experiences.

Brett has served as the active and engaged leader of both planning and constructed projects, bringing proven experience in all aspects of project implementation. In addition to implementing many parks and public school projects throughout the City, Brett has been an integral leader for the ongoing Chicago Clark Street Crossroads Vision Plan, and actively involved through numerous post-pandemic community-driven reactivation efforts through the City of Chicago's Alfresco program, Public Outdoor Plaza (POP!) program, and the ongoing Invest South/West Initiative.

Design and planning leadership for the MKSK Chicago team will include Donald Zellefrow, AICP, Urban Designer and formerly of the MKSK Atlanta Studio. Donald believes authentic and unexpected design is achieved through meaningful engagement, rigorous research, and creative exploration. Donald's work explores the power of ecology, the promise of technology, and the strength of community. Donald has brought his experience and passion to bear on a variety of complex urban projects including Greenville, South Carolina's newest signature public space Unity Park, to the NW Downtown Civil Rights District in Birmingham, Alabama, and district plans in Atlanta, Georgia; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

MKSK is an Employee-Owned company with 100+ dedicated professionals in eight states. MKSK approaches planning and design with a clear understanding that each place is unique and has economic, social, environmental, historical, and cultural influences which should be explored through thoughtful, equitable, and innovative planning and design.

MKSK's Chicago office is located at 350 N. Orleans St., #9000N, Chicago, IL 60654

For more information, contact Principal Jane Jordan, Chief Business Development Officer, jjordan@mkskstudios.com.

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