Spotlight: Ryan Wilkens
Ryan A. Wilkens is a PSC Associate and a member of the Higher Education Sector. He has also spent time working with Aviation as well as in the Federal Sector, K-12 Education Sector, Religious Sector and the Community Practice Sector. Ryan’s recent projects include extensive work with the Department of Defense and the Fort Worth Corps of Engineers at Lackland AFB, Fort Sam Houston and Randolph AFB in San Antonio.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Wilkens: I grew up in Perryton, Texas, in the northeast corner of the Texas panhandle. Growing up in the country, I was taught the importance of hard work and determination. One of my favorite projects as an architect at PSC was an addition and renovation to Perryton’s city swimming pool. I have fond memories of our summers at the pool and being able to improve it for future generations was rewarding.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
Wilkens: My life revolves around my family. My wife Britni and I have two amazing children, Ryker and Blayke. We spend our time at our church and with family and friends. I enjoy being outside hunting, fishing and hiking. I also enjoy furniture building and residential renovations.
Q: What sets PSC apart when it comes to its Aviation services?
Wilkens: PSC is a multidisciplinary firm with design professionals in almost all facets of a construction/development project. Whether the project is a runway extension or a new terminal building our clients enjoy having a single point of contact. The ability for the design team to collaborate & communicate within a single organization provides benefits in coordination, scheduling etc.
Q: What has been your favorite project to work on while at PSC?
Wilkens: I am currently part of a project team working on a flight simulator in Okinawa, Japan. This project has provided opportunities to experience a new client, location and culture. Our Japanese design partners have been great to work with and the men and women representing the United States Air Force are true professionals.
Q: What key things do you do in your design process?
Wilkens: In recent projects, I have been incorporating a new technique. At the onset of the project I ask the client to select 2-3 key words for the project. The words should represent the direction and goals of the project. I have found that during the design process it is easy to become distracted. Going back to the key words selected at the beginning of the project redirects the team & client.