New York City, March 2014 – David Paul Helpern, FAIA, founding principal of Helpern Architects, has named Bennet Dunkley, AIA, RIBA and Karl A. Lehrke, AIA Principals. At the same time, the firm has promoted Ikue Sone, AIA to Senior Associate. Helpern Architects is a Manhattan-based firm best known for its institutional and commercial work and, lately, new high-rise hotels.
“These promotions mirror the energy in our office,” Helpern stated. “Our clients are moving forward. They are building and rebuilding, confident that there are many op-portunities to be seized in this changing economy. We have caught that confidence and so enthusiastically welcome Bennet, Karl, and Ikue into our senior management.”
David Helpern remains as founding principal and also president of the 42-year-old office. Bennet and Karl join Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, who became principal in 2000. Ikue joins senior associates Elizabeth McClure, AIA, and Don Lasker, AIA.
New Principal Bennet Dunkley came to Helpern Architects at the start of 2013 as vice president tasked with management of business operations and client development. Before working with Helpern, Bennet served as project manager for several notable projects including a half million-sf GSA office building renovation, New York City public school rehabilitations, commercial interiors, residential projects, and a range of hotels around the world. Together, the educational and commercial projects he has orchestrated total over a billion dollars-worth of construction.
Born in the UK, Bennet holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a member both of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, and he is LEED-Accredited by the US Green Building Council.
New Principal Karl A. Lehrke joined the firm in 2012 and quickly became senior asso-ciate. An award-winning designer, competition juror, and design-school guest critic, Karl brought with him over 25 years of experience. Known previously for courthouse and university building projects, Karl now has responsibility for design excellence in the Helpern office. His current efforts focus on the renovation of the CUNY John Jay College Natatorium complex and the new Hilton Hampton Inn in Times Square.
Karl holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is LEED-Accredited by the US Green Building Council.
Ikue Sone came to Helpern Architects in 2006 and has since worked as both architectural designer and project manager. She leads the firm’s sustainable design research and training. With an undergraduate degree from Tohoku University and a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, Ikue is licensed to practice Architecture in both Japan and the US.
Her credits include a public high school addition in Brooklyn, the renovation of two city libraries, and the conversion of an historic theater into a broadcast center. Recently, she completed work on the Marriott Fairfield Inn near Penn Station and produced a feasibility study for an academic conference center. Ikue now serves as project manager for a new hotel in Manhattan’s Fashion District. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is LEED-Accredited by the US Green Building Council.