Miller Hull promoted Alexa Burke, April Ng, Chris Grammens, Chris Hellstern, Claire Rennhack, Cris Traber, Eugene Lau, Heather Ruszczyk, Jeff Troutman, Malika Kirkling, Michelle Petersen and Zubin Rao to associate in the company’s Seattle and San Diego studios.
Burke is a human resource manager and has worked at Miller Hull for fifteen years. She led the firm through the pandemic, ensuring Miller Hull’s compliance with federal, state, and local requirements, and was there to support colleagues in whatever way she could. Since joining Miller Hull, Ng has worked on high-performance buildings with aggressive sustainability goals. She is particularly focused on single-family home design and is involved in the Equity Ops group which is helping the firm address diversity and inclusion both internally and in its work.
Grammens is a member of Delivery Ops and contributes to leading the firm’s technology and software. He actively mentors team members and new colleagues on Miller Hull’s technology standards. Hellstern serves as Miller Hull’s Living Building Services Director, ensuring the highest levels of sustainability and performance. Chris consistently speaks on the Living Building Challenge as well as advocacy at the national level.
As a former engineer, Rennhack is an expert in both architecture and structural engineering and has worked on many different projects from large-scale infrastructure to private developer-driven to public sector work. Her involvement in Equity Lab has led to more transparency and openness within Miller Hull. Traber enjoys working in the public sphere. She has managed large public projects including the pivotal San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project for GSA and currently the Newhouse Building Replacement Project on the Washington Capitol campus.
Lau’s role on projects is a balance of designing and managing. He analyzes the parameters of a problem, recognizes stakeholder positions, and makes recommendations for the best outcome. In her role as project architect, Ruszczyk explores design solutions to ensure no stone is unturned. She recently completed the Center for Coastal Studies on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and is currently leading the City of San Diego Torrey Pines Fire Station on the UCSD campus.
Troutman leads the San Diego studio’s implementation of technology and software, and is also a member of Delivery Ops, striving to improve Miller Hull’s process and quality control. He recently completed Parco, a mixed-use project in National City designed to support a diverse community and demographic of tenants. Kirkling’s role as project architect and manager requires a penchant for design technology, process and production.
Petersen has supported Miller Hull’s U.S. Embassy projects throughout the world and has worked to reduce the carbon footprint wherever there is an opportunity. Rao’s career has been devoted to working with public sector and nonprofit clients.