Krueck Sexton Partners

Krueck Sexton Partners

Chicago, IL


Krueck + Sexton Architects Appoints Five New Partners, Expanding its Leadership Vision and Design Impact

By Plotlines
Sep 29, '20 5:06 PM EST
New KSP Partners include (from left) Juan Villafane, AIA; Sara Lundgren, AIA; Don Semple, AIA; Yugene Cha, AIA; and Jamie Cook. Photo by Steve Hall
New KSP Partners include (from left) Juan Villafane, AIA; Sara Lundgren, AIA; Don Semple, AIA; Yugene Cha, AIA; and Jamie Cook. Photo by Steve Hall

CHICAGO—September 29, 2020—Five new partners are joining the leadership team at Krueck + Sexton Architects, an award-winning design firm founded in Chicago in 1979. The expanded leadership team will advance the practice’s 40-year design legacy while broadening its resources to serve current and future clients. 

The five new leaders—all long-term colleagues and collaborators—join Founding Partner Ron Krueck, FAIA; Founding Partner Mark Sexton, FAIA; and Partner Tom Jacobs, AIA, in guiding the acclaimed design studio into the future.

The establishment of a new firm name—Krueck Sexton Partners—reflects the company’s evolution from a founder’s firm to a partnership practice. Sexton and Jacobs will serve as co-managing partners of Krueck Sexton Partners.

“As our clients and communities face increasingly complex challenges, we want to be as valuable and resourceful to them as possible,” said Tom Jacobs. “Our multi-generational leadership team creates a broad-based platform for delivering an exceptional client experience through design.”

Newly appointed KSP partners include:

Yugene Cha, AIA, Partner, is a design leader whose primary mission is to bring clarity that helps clients navigate the world’s complexities with purpose, joy, and dignity. He leads KSP’s internal empowerment initiative, a role that focuses on creating a studio environment that inspires, equips, and empowers the next generation of design leaders to contribute at the highest level. He joined the firm in 2003.

Jamie Cook, Partner, has worked on some of the firm’s most challenging and sensitive assignments during his two-decade Krueck + Sexton career. In his role as studio operations leader, he is actively engaged in the hiring of design professionals, Jamie also oversees management of the firm’s security program for compliance with government contract requirements. He joined the firm in 2000.

Sara Lundgren, AIA, Partner, works closely with colleagues, clients, and project collaborators to ensure that buildings achieve their design and environmental performance goals. Her detailing expertise contributes to the enduring value of KSP projects. As firm-wide sustainability champion, she leads the firm’s commitment to achieving 100 percent net zero energy on all of its projects by 2030. She joined the firm in 2003.

Don Semple, AIA, Partner, is constantly exploring new ways to use technology to expand the limits of design visualization, detailing, and team communication. A skilled craftsman and urban activist, he’s also the resident construction expert and consults with clients, colleagues, and contracting partners to ensure project designs are executed accurately and efficiently. He joined the firm in 2006.

Juan Villafañe, AIA, Partner, is a tenacious leader and big thinker with bold ideas for expanding the influence of architects. As chair of the KSP futures initiative, he works to catalyze strategic alignment of firm direction and client needs. In every assignment, Juan serves his clients through a meticulous attention to detail and commitment to connecting projects to their urban context. He joined the firm in 2014. 

About Krueck Sexton Partners

Krueck Sexton Partners is a Chicago-based architectural design practice with a 40-year legacy of creating environments that elevate the human experience. Grounded in the pragmatism and clarity of Chicago’s architectural heritage, KSP brings together a natural curiosity with insights from the firm’s diverse body of work. The KSP team is committed to realizing each project’s hidden potential and creating opportunities to increase its impact and value. For more information, visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Vimeo.

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