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WENDY LARKIN BURBAGE

PROJECT DESIGNER

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE 10
YEARS WITH INTERGROUP 2

PHONE: 303.738.8877
EMAIL: wburbage@igarch.com

Role & Responsibilities with the firm

Wendy Burbage is involved with all stages of design production. Working with project architects, she assists with the full completion of documents needed for construction. Often involved in the most complicated aspects of a project, Wendy is very adept at finding unique and creative solutions for producing positive design outcomes. She enjoys engaging with clients throughout the process and truly values the results that can be achieved through teamwork.

EDUCATION

University of Colorado, Denver, Master of Architecture, 1992

University of Colorado, Boulder, Bachelor of Environmental Design, 1985

MEMBERSHIPS

American Society of Interior Designers

American Institute of Architects

Denver Ballet Guild

Central City Opera

TOP PROJECTS

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

  • Davis Partnership

  • Amgen
  • Boston Market and Einstein Bagels
  • Ewers Architecture

  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation
  • The Action Center

 

GETTING TO KNOW WENDY...

WHAT MAKES SOMEONE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PERSON ON A TEAM?

The most successful person on a team is hard working and efficient. They are able to see the big picture, and break it down into smaller projects. They communicate their ideas well. They are able to collaborate and to delegate. They can see the strengths of co-workers and encourage growth. They help others when they need it, and aren't afraid to accept blame for a mistake. They know to ask questions when they don't know something. Most importantly, they have the ability to laugh... both at themselves, and at all the things life throws their way.

What is an effective way of communicating through a project?

An initial face-to-face meeting is essential at the beginning of any project to establish a rapport based on trust and understanding.  The preliminary meeting sets the stage for the project, when thoughts and ideas are brought to the table during the initial design stage.  As the project moves to the Design Development and Construction Documents stage, communication remains a top priority, and can be done via both email and phone calls. When needed, client/architect meetings can further enable clear communication for these stages of the project. During the construction process, weekly OAC meetings can be set to help the project stay on schedule. Again, email and phone communication allows for any clarification needed to prevent any hold-up for the project. Having an open dialogue throughout the design and construction process is vital to a collaborative client/architect relationship.

A customer complains that their the coffee tastes terrible, what would you do?

Apologize, and offer to pour a new cup of a different flavor of coffee, or brew a fresh cup! : )

CHARACTER

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Wendy is insightful and discerning regarding project outcomes and goals. She perceives project needs with clarity and easily organizes project tasks into manageable pieces that can be successfully completed through hard work and efficiency.

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Wendy values results and demonstrates through her client and co-worker interactions that the best results come from engaging the strengths of each individual involved on a project. 

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By encouraging clear communication and positive interactions, Wendy helps projects grow past each individual’s ability and into exceptional outcomes created by a focused group. Her value of other people’s ideas results in effective collaboration that achieves a client’s vision.