Joy Ramsey Spatz rejoins BurkettEUA

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Joy Ramsey Spatz
Studio director, BurkettEUA

Joy Ramsey Spatz will take on the role of studio director for Eppstein Uhen Architects’ Denver office, BurkettEUA. Ramsey Spatz has more than 30 years of architecture and interior design experience in the Denver area, including 17 years with Burkettdesign, now BurkettEUA.

Rick Burkett, principal for BurkettEUA said, “Since joining EUA almost a year ago, we have discussed where my passion lies and the next steps for our Denver office. The decision to bring Joy on as studio director is a natural solution. We’ve overlapped for 19 of the last 28 years, I not only respect what she brings to the table, but also appreciate her intimate knowledge of our practice.”

This announcement follows the May 2017 expansion of EUA into the Denver region via the acquisition of Burkettdesign, now BurkettEUA. Ramsey Spatz will oversee operations for the office, provide leadership and help structure the firm for future growth. The studio director role also has an emphasis on mentoring and developing talent within the firm.

“I’m impressed at the evolution of BurkettEUA since the acquisition took place and can see how this is different from others in the market, the firm’s elevated expertise brings meaningful value to clients, while retaining a very unique people-centric personality, and in turn a continued reputation for exceptional client service,” Ramsey Spatz said. “These are key ingredients for a platform for growth.

I’m energized by BurkettEUA’s legacy, design philosophy and depth of expertise but, above all, a commitment to making a difference for people and the habitats in which they work, learn, heal and thrive,” she added.

“We are looking forward to the possibilities Joy represents. Finding a studio director was always part of our strategy and when Rick suggested Joy for this role, we immediately saw that she had everything we were looking for, while also recognizing the benefits of bringing someone in who would mesh so well with the existing leadership team,” said EUA President Rich Tennessen.

Ramsey Spatz will join BurkettEUA’s leadership team of Principals Rick Burkett, Michele Ponicsan, Gillian Hallock Johnson and Kitty Yuen and Associate Principal Ben Niamthet.

“The energy and expertise that Joy brings to the studio director role is a perfect match for her passion, EUA, the Denver studio and our clients,” said Hallock Johnson. “It’s a natural, full-circle move that strengthens our commitment to excellence!”

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…