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ALISHA BURKMAN

Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Overland Partners

SAY IT LOUD - TEXAS Exhibitor
Texas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by women who recognize the critical role of mentorship in architecture, and in turn, lift as they climb by sharing resources, advocating for the advancement of others, and paving the way for positive cultural shifts in the industry.

ALISHA BURKMAN

Bio:

The great designerAlisha endeavors to connect art, architecture, and culture within the built environment. As a designer at Overland Partners in San Antonio, she works on mixed-use hospitality & civic/cultural projects across Texas. She co-chairs AIA San Antonio’s Professional Practice & Leadership Program and serves as co-director of an in-office gallery and advocacy program for local artists. Alisha holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and is currently pursuing licensure.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Connecting my love of arts & sciences, my dad introduced me to the creative, collaborative, and aspirational nature of architecture, and I developed a fascination with the catalytic human impact our built environment can have on cities & communities.

What do you do?

I champion design excellence, lead coordination, & produce drawings through all phases of project development on various project teams & types. Beyond project work, I actively invest in local arts, professional development, & civic engagement.

What excites you in the work you do?

Lead by a firm-wide commitment to prioritize positive human impact, I am most excited by my daily responsibility to think big – to collaboratively discover means by which architecture can transform, preserve, and celebrate communities.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by women who recognize the critical role of mentorship in architecture, and in turn, lift as they climb by sharing resources, advocating for the advancement of others, and paving the way for positive cultural shifts in the industry.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Leading remote design teams through a pandemic, I am most proud of completing drawings for the La Verde Park Pavilion. Building relationships & preserving aspirations for the project through unprecedented challenges has been incredibly rewarding.

Featured Project Name: 

Pavilion at La Verde Park & Cultural Trail

Featured Project Location: 

Kyle, Texas

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Spring 2022

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Lead

 

Featured Project Description:

Along the eastern edge of Texas Hill Country, La Verde Park aims to empower the growing City of Kyle with accessible community gathering space, including an event lawn, rain gardens, interactive water features, play space, & an on-going local art program. The La Verde Pavilion will provide park support spaces and a covered performance stage for free programming. It is seated along the city’s new Cultural Trail, a shaded bike & pedestrian path lined with art & information about Kyle’s history.

Photography Credit:

Overland and Lionheart