KANSAS CITY, MO — Jeff Sittner
and Erica Muhlenbruch
have built a career working with some of the most high-profile sports leaders and organizations in the nation. The two have joined the global sports architecture and design firm Perkins&Will
, bringing more than two decades of experience designing sport facilities, team training centers, and fan activations. Sittner and Muhlenbruch will work in the Kansas City market to provide as advocates for communication, relationship building, and market growth for Perkins&Will while collaborating on projects across the world. Sittner is joining as a Senior Project Manager and Associate Principal. Muhlenbruch is joining as a Senior Interior Project Designer and Senior Associate.
“We are very excited to welcome Jeff and Erica into our sports, recreation, and entertainment family,” said Don Dethlefs, Global Sports, Recreation and Entertainment Practice Leader for the firm. “Jeff and Erica are known for their creative vision and their approach of collaboration on every project. I have met very few people in my career that are as unanimously regarded within their industry as Jeff and Erica. They are exceptional and we look forward to witnessing their approach to design first-hand.”
For the last 30 years, Sittner has been involved in a variety of professional sport, performance, and entertainment projects. A graduate of Kansas State University, Sittner's portfolio of work consists of adaptive-reuse, stadiums, arenas, entertainment destinations, and everything in between. He is interested in re-purposing the existing fabric of a venue and finding meaning in the communities his projects interact with. He believes well-designed architecture can bring harmony to communities and break down economic, social, and cultural barriers. Sittner has contributed to many recognizable projects including Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Columbus Crew Training Facility in Columbus, Ohio.
Muhlenbruch is an accomplished Interior Architect with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Also a graduate from Kansas State University, Muhlenbruch's portfolio includes all things sports architecture; stadiums, arenas, and practice facilities. Muhlenbruch attributes her career success to the strong designer/client relationships that she is intentional about fostering throughout each project. A few of Muhlenbruch's recognizable projects include Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, and the NBA Atlanta Hawks Emory Healthcare Sports Medicine Complex in Brookhaven, Georgia.
Expanding the Global Sports Practice
The hiring of Sittner and Muhlenbruch comes at a period of growth for the Denver studio. In 2022, the studio welcomed 29 new employees. Managing Director, Ernest Joyner
, and Director of Marketing, Jenny Stephens
were both impressed and excited by not only Sittner and Muhlenbruch's portfolio but by their extensive sports network.
Sittner and Muhlenbruch are members of the Denver Studio but will remain in Kansas City. They work alongside Dale Duncan and Phaedra Svec, also based in Kansas City and part of the McLennan Design team that was recently acquired by Perkins&Will.