The leadership at RB+B Architects is proud to support Corky Bradley, AIA, Principal, who has announced his retirement from the firm after serving clients in RB+B’s Fort Collins office for over 26 years. Corky will set sail in January on his next adventure with a fondness for those he has met along the way during his 44-year architectural career.
“In my 26 years of practice in Colorado, and 18 years of practice prior to that in Southern California, I have found that successful and fulfilling projects always come down to one thing: the people with whom I have had the opportunity to work. I have met and collaborated with some fantastic clients, consultants, fellow employees, and peers. I can’t thank them enough for the professional and personal support they have always provided!”
Corky received his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1975. While attending college, he also co-authored the book, “Solar Primer One—A Guide for the Designer.” Corky interned and became a Licensed Architect in Southern California while working in Irvine for Coleman/Caskey Architects, Inc., prior to landing in Fort Collins in 1993.
Corky has always exceled at organizing project teams—both internally and on projects at large—while never taking himself too seriously. To this end, clients, consultants and his peers at RB+B have developed both a deep respect for Corky’s technical knowledge as well as a strong appreciation for his positive approach to life and the ability to explore solutions for any challenge that might arise. His witty personality and genuine warmth have helped him bring community and client stakeholder groups of all sizes and priorities together to discover functional and creative design solutions that everyone can rally behind.
Corky’s career has been punctuated with recognition on projects showcasing high-performance design features and innovative learning environments. He has been involved in notable projects such as Fossil Ridge High School (the first LEED Certified High School in Colorado), Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, the Army National Guard’s Windsor Readiness Center (LEED Platinum), six elementary schools in Douglas County School District, four elementary schools in Poudre School District, recent major renovations and additions to Gering High School in Nebraska, and currently, two new middle-high schools for Poudre School District, which are scheduled to open in 2022.
“Corky’s indelible spirit and tenacity have helped shape this firm and our projects over the last several decades,” says Rebecca Spears, Principal. “We have enjoyed his thoughtful leadership when assembling project teams as he recognizes each individual’s values and strengths, as well as his positive outlook while searching for creative solutions in responding to clients’ challenges.”
Corky’s favorite part of the design process has always been working out exact details of a project and then seeing them come to fruition during construction. He plans to approach retirement similarly—with plans for travel, sailing, and spending time with his wife and grandchildren—and focusing on enjoying each moment as it comes.
David Kress, Rebecca Spears, and Matt Arabasz continue to lead RB+B Architects as Principals with the support of Senior Associates and a talented staff.
Cheers to you, Corky, and best wishes on enjoying the good times ahead!