Senior Design Architect Brian Wolff Joins JLA
MILWAUKEE — JLA Architects is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Wolff (AIA) as a senior design architect. Bringing more than 20 years of experience, Brian has worked on numerous nationwide and international projects including civic, hospitality, education, and multi-family/mixed-use projects.
Scott Wheaton, vice president & Milwaukee’s office director, is pleased to welcome Brian to the JLA team, “we are excited to have Brian a part of the JLA team. His experience and talent will help maintain our reputation for producing real-world designs and we look forward to him acting as a mentor to other team members.”
Brian’s approach to design focuses on creating a sense of place; looking deeply into how architecture influences human behavior and psychology.
As a team member, he is well-versed in strategies of sustainability, lean practices, historic preservation, material performance, project life cycles, behavioral patterns, and the understanding of cultural vernacular. “These are a few elements I continue to devote to the poetics of space; helping to preserve our connection to the built world,” he explains.
When asked why he chose to join JLA, Brian commented, “I appreciate JLA’s philosophy on the community because it’s not just about giving architecture to a community. It’s about collaborating with them and inviting them to be part of the process. That is how you successfully create a sense of place for the end-users.”
While most of Brian’s career has been in the greater Milwaukee area, he did work overseas at several firms including Adjay Associates, a well-known international firm based in London. While there, he was fascinated by how European cities treat the urban fabric of their cities and optimize the spaces they have available. His time there fueled his passion for the urban fabric, and he plans to soon pursue a master’s degree in urban design.
A deep appreciation for learning about new cultures and experiencing new places fuels Brian outside of the office as well. His wife and two children enjoy traveling to enrich their appreciation and understanding of communities and cultures different from their own.