Walter M. Ksiazak
aia, ncarb, leed ap bd+c
Walter is Senior Associate and assists in managing and directing NK’s New York City Studio. His diverse body of work spans near 25 years and bridges NK’s key market sectors of Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, and Science & Technology. Recently, Walter has been at the forefront of the behavioral health renaissance through programming, designing and constructing several new inpatient behavioral health centers, defining a new paradigm in the environment of care for the treatment of persons with mental illness. He maintains relationships with some of the nation’s leading organizations in delivering progressive mental health treatment programs along with some of the most respected institutions of higher education.
He enjoys both the creative and analytical aspects of architecture and particularly enjoys working with clients to find creative solutions to challenging problems. As a natural people person, he encourages architecture as an iterative and collaborative process where “we, the architect” graphically transpose a client’s ideas into a visual proposition in space and time. With a passion for sustainable design, his next interest is lean-processes and its integrating into the practice of architecture. He continually challenges himself to advance professionally and to advance the profession; since Lean is about the process of continual improvement, this is a progressive next step forward.
When he is not leading a charrette or impromptu on-site construction meeting, Walter continues to advance the business interests of each NK market sector by attending conferences and events or by participating in focus group discussions. He is a dual graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (‘95) and Master of Architecture (‘07). He is a licensed Architect in New Jersey and is affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and the United States Green Building Council. He resides in East Brunswick where he is an active member of his community through several volunteer organizations. A general outdoorsman, Walter’s interests include camping, fly-fishing, and boating with his wife Christine and daughter Brianna.