Award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm NELSON Worldwide announced the addition of Barbara Riekse as Workplace Practice Leader. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Riekse will bring with her over 34 years of experience in commercial real estate, design project leadership, and construction and management, and will offer a fresh perspective, as well as a strategic vision that will help drive innovative workplace strategies in NELSON offices across the country.
“We are thrilled to welcome Barb onboard to further elevate our workplace practice expertise, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NELSON Worldwide John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. “Her diverse experience paired with her proven track record of leading cross-functional teams to drive successful corporate initiatives, will be an asset to both our teammates and clients.”
As a results-oriented business leader and team builder, Riekse applies a broad industry experience to each project, quickly recognizing and leveraging shifts in the business landscape and adapting to relevant emerging trends. A trusted advisor, Riekse clearly and succinctly communicates ideas to team members and clients alike to generate effective operational real estate, facility, and workplace strategies.
Previously, Riekse held the position of Principal and Workplace Studio Leader at Stantec Architecture, where she enabled global and consistent approaches to workplace practice strategies for clients including BMO Harris, Google, Astellas, Northwestern Medical Hospital, and United Airlines. During her tenure at Stantec Architecture, Riekse secured over $5M in new fees in corporate commercial, science, and technology practices through effective new business development.
“I’m excited to start my next chapter at NELSON Worldwide,” said Barbara Riekse. “My new role will allow me to apply my broad industry experience to drive workplace strategy efforts that elevate NELSON’s business goals through a more holistic approach.”
Barbara Riekse received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Political Science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She also holds a Board Member title at Anixter Center and is a Corporate Member at CoreNet Global.