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Karina Ramírez: Local architecture firm announces staff changes

This week, Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, a Denton-based commercial architecture firm, announced significant changes in its three decades of operation.

James R. Kirkpatrick, current president and founder of the firm, will become president emeritus, according to a news statement.

Kirkpatrick’s nephew, David M. Robinson, 43, a licensed architect, will assume the role of managing director of the firm and oversee the technical staff, while Kirkpatrick’s daughter, Katie Hizen, 32, current director of public relations, will become managing director of operations and oversee the administration, finance and marketing departments.

Kirkpatrick, 68, said in a news statement that his career of more than 40 years as an architect and 35 years as owner of his business have been fulfilling.

“And this transition will allow me more time to work on special projects, expand the firm’s regional business and pursue personal interests,” he said.

Robinson joined the firm in 2004 as a project manager and has more than 15 years of commercial architecture experience. He also has played a lead role in building the company’s regional growth into Oklahoma.

Hizen joined the firm as one of two members of the marketing department in 2007.  Now both will dedicate more of their workday to the daily operations of the firm, according to a news release said.

Robinson said he was honored that he and Hizen were chosen to continue Kirkpatrick’s legacy. They were also excited to show Kirkpatrick the firm’s clients and colleague’s future ideas and vision for the firm.

Hizen said she and Robison will continue to rely on her father’s support and knowledge of the business.

Kirkpatrick opened his firm in 1978 in Denton and built his architectural practice based on the principals of innovative design, value and owner satisfaction, according to its website.

Under his leadership, the firm designed buildings across Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.

Many of the buildings have received numerous awards, including a Preservation Award in 2004 for the Denton Central Fire Station and U.S. Green Building Council Gold Certification award for the Denton Fire Station No. 7 in 2007, according to the firm’s website.

Founded in Denton, Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio is located at 100 W. Mulberry St., with an office in Norman, Okla.

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At the end of February, officials with iMark Realty Advisors of Flower Mound and Bedford Strategies and Solutions announced they will be partnering to offer specialized tax services to local business owners.

Based in New Hampshire, Bedford specializes in cost segregation studies and offers a variety of other services designed to help commercial real estate owners reduce tax liability and increase cash flow, according to a news release.

Also, iMark will be marketing Bedford’s service offerings to current and new clients in the North Texas market. Based in Flower Mound, iMark currently helps clients to buy, sell, lease, develop and invest in commercial real estate, the release said.

Mark Glover, principal of iMark, said in a news statement that adding cost segregation and research and development studies to his business was a natural extension of his companies’ services.

“Helping clients save taxes and increase cash flow fits our mission as commercial real estate advisors,” he said in his statement.

In section EPAact/179D, the Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to accelerate depreciation on the cost of qualified energy efficient commercial building property placed in service after Dec. 31, 2005, according to the Bedford Strategies and Solutions website.

Bruce Johnson, a partner at Bedford, said in a news statement that the alignment with iMark would allow his company to grow in the North Texas region.

For more information, call 214-550-5017.


The Weitzman Group’s Blake Shipp was promoted to vice president of the commercial retail division of the company.

Shipp specializes in retail project leasing and retail tenant representation throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as site selection and ground-up development for local and regional clients, according to a news release.

On behalf of a Cencor joint venture, Shipp also handles the leasing of Golden Triangle Mall. 

Shipp has been recognized as a top-10 producer for Weitzman’s Dallas-Fort Worth office and was named “Rookie of the Year Heavy Hitter,” by the Dallas Business Journal in 2010 as one of the leading commercial real estate brokers in North Texas.

He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors.

Shipp received his bachelor’s of business administration in real estate and finance from the University of North Texas.


Coming up

Since Friday, Cowboy Chicken has been running a special promotion to celebrate 30 years of one of their popular items — their enchiladas.

Through the end of the month, Cowboy Chicken is offering a complimentary Wild West Side with the purchase of any enchilada platter.

Cowboy Chicken opened in Denton in October 2012.

It is located at 2520 W. University Drive, Suite 1150.

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The monthly luncheon of the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 19 at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Denton County Texas Department of Transportation consultant John Polster is scheduled to provide an update of the Interstate 35 expansion project.

Cost to attend is $10 by the reservation deadline of Friday, or $20 at the door. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided.

For more information, call Melissa Cox at 940-497-3097 or e-mail her at melissa@


KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@