CHICAGO—Veteran architect Rick Fawell has joined Wright Heerema Architects as principal. According to the company, Fawell will lead and grow the firm’s Hospitality & Mixed-Use practice, directing conceptual and design development, client and team coordination and management.
Fawell brings more than 35 years of experience designing walkable, livable and thoughtfully planned destinations, including large mixed-use developments, hotels and resorts, multi-family communities, government buildings, higher education facilities, theaters and master-planned developments.
He joins Wright Heerema from VOA, where he served as a design principal and group leader for more than two decades, including managing principal for the VOA China offices in both Beijing and Shanghai, completing 30 masterplans and 30 design projects.
In Chicago, his projects have included the Navy Pier renovation and reconstruction program including Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Skyline Stage; the renovation of Marriott Michigan Ave.; and the design of North Shore Westin Hotel and Conference Center, Rosemont Intercontinental and Lombard Westin and Conference Center.
Fawell began his career with Cambridge, MA-based firm Benjamin Thompson Associates after working for four years in Helsinki, Finland. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, and a master of business administration, from the University of Illinois.