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Rising Star in the Industry Nathan Derks

October 20, 2023
Graphic with Nathan Derks photo for Rising Young Professional of the Year award

We are excited to announce that Nathan Derks, AIA, project leader and architect at Bray Architects received a Rising Young Professional of the Year award from The Daily Reporter. Nathan keeps pushing the limits for young architects and is a true rising star within the industry.

Starting his career as a senior project coordinator at Bray, Nathan entered the team with a drive to succeed.

“Joining Bray as a recent graduate, Nathan quickly became someone we could depend on to consistently deliver accurate and timely work,” says Clint Selle, AIA, NCARB, vice president and architect at Bray Architects.

The speed of Nathan’s growth within the industry is unmatched, as he has been promoted within the firm many times since the start of his career six years ago. After a series of promotions and a continuous drive to further his career, he embarked on the journey to pursue his licensure. He passed the six Architectural Registration Exams to become a licensed architect in 2022 and soon after was promoted to project leader and architect.

“Nathan has grown tremendously in his six years at Bray and is a model for others looking to advance their careers and become a licensed architect,” says Selle.

Nathan’s diverse skills in coding, Revit and Enscape software, and his ability to transform ideas into compelling visualizations, have been imperative to his team’s success and consistently bringing clients’ visions to life.

His active involvement in firmwide initiatives, such as establishing drawing and BIM standards and successfully leading his team through projects within budget, have further accelerated his remarkable development and leadership. “Nathan demonstrates immense drive and capability as a newly licensed architect, deftly taking on leadership roles for several complex and large-scale projects,” says Michael Muchmore, assoc. AIA, project specialist at Bray Architects.

Despite his relatively few years of experience, he now leads one of the firm’s significant projects, the renovation and addition to Pulaski’s Hillcrest Elementary School. Nathan’s talent and commitment have truly set him apart as an honorable architect.

Congratulations, Nathan, on a well-deserved award!

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