BRITTANY EAKER KIRKLAND

EVOKE Studio Architecture

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The individuals I get to collaborate with daily. From watching my talented coworkers excel to interactions with our clients who push me to think in new ways, I am always taking inspiration from those around me.

BRITTANY EAKER KIRKLAND

Bio:

Brittany is an architect with wide-ranging experience, often focused on cultural, educational, and civic work. Her approach to practice centers around thoughtfully distilling a project’s needs into meaningful, transformative solutions. She excels in ensuring initial design ideas are documented and built to fulfill their intended vision, often leading to exceptional, award-winning results. An NC native and graduate of UNC Charlotte, she remains committed to her community through volunteer work.

 

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

In high school - a family friend kick-started my interest in the field. The idea of influencing the spaces we occupy daily was captivating.

What do you do?

Overall I strive to create spaces that fulfill clients’ needs and meaningfully shape their environment. My daily work varies from programming conversations to developing documents to visiting active job sites.

What excites you in the work you do?

Transformation, which shows up in multiple forms. The process of creating ideas that become buildable documents. Seeing the designs on paper turn into real, impactful places that can influence everyone encountering them.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The individuals I get to collaborate with daily. From watching my talented coworkers excel to interactions with our clients who push me to think in new ways, I am always taking inspiration from those around me.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Finding the path I'm on currently; there was a period in which I seriously questioned whether architecture would be my career. Now, I am able to confidently say I’m making the outward impact I aspired to in a way that is internally fulfilling.

Featured Project Name: 

North Carolina Central University Television Broadcast Studio Renovation

 

Featured Project Location: 

Durham, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

NCCU’s TV Broadcast Studio is the campus’ digital communication source and a vital, hands-on teaching tool for communication majors. The original 1970s space was hidden behind CMU walls, disjointed from the rest of the facility and students. This renovation revised the program to better suit the users’ needs and transformed the studio into a multifunctional space with updated technology. Increased transparency elevates its visibility, and updated finishes create an exciting learning environment.

 

Photography Credit:

Mark Herboth Photography