Burcin Moehring Joins HDR’s Seattle Architecture Office

 HDR welcomes Burcin Moehring, FAIA, as an Education, Science and Technology (EST) Principal based in the Seattle, WA, office. In her new role, Burcin will lead the advancement of best practices in the design of education and science facilities, supporting new ways of learning, teaching, and discovery.

“Burcin brings the energy, commitment, focus, and collaborative spirit necessary to advance HDR’s education, science and technology (EST) program in the Pacific Northwest,” says Steve Riojas, global director of EST. “She is highly regarded for her success in developing and leading the education sector in her previous firm, and she hit the ground running at HDR, even before her official start date. I’m certain she will have a significant impact on the EST program in 2016 and beyond.”  

In her new role at HDR, Burcin’s expertise in lab planning and design will provide clients with innovative, strategic concepts for state-of-the-art laboratories, with a special emphasis on incorporating advanced sustainable design concepts. She will also focus on designing spaces for team-based and discovery-based learning, interdisciplinary interaction, and teaching and research integration, as well as integrating the technology and flexibility needed for today’s evolving learning environments.

Burcin began her career 25 years ago at Holabird & Root in Chicago, and during her 19 years there she worked with designers, lab planners, and programmers to develop a practice focused on higher education science facilities. She subsequently served as Director of Science and Technology at Legat Architects, where she led her team in designing and planning high quality science facilities.

Burcin’s career has also included many influential leadership positions with professional organizations including: the AIA Chicago’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE), where she has served as its Chair since 2009; the Professional Development Chair for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) North Central Region, helping to plan and host educational sessions that allow participants to understand best practices and engage in meaningful dialog with other professionals; and a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago chapter of I2SL (International Institute of Sustainable Labs).