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TSK Welcomes Education Veteran Wendell Vaughn as Design Principal of its Downtown LA Studio

Date: May 12, 2021         Read time: 3 mins

TSK Architects, the multi award-winning architectural planning and design firm, is delighted to announce the appointment of education veteran Wendell Vaughn, AIA, LEED BD+C, as Design Principal for the firm’s Los Angeles office. An award-winning design professional in his own right, Vaughn brings more than 35 years’ experience in California’s education sector to the practice.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Wendell to our senior team, this is an exciting time at TSK” said Kevin Quan, Managing Principal at TSK’s Los Angeles office. “Wendell’s portfolio is widely recognizable throughout the state, as his breadth of knowledge and passion for the craft propelled educational design forward for three decades. Wendell’s caliber of design and project leadership are rare so, as the lockdown begins to ease, we’re excited to introduce him to our clients and teams, and continue developing more truly innovative and imaginative solutions to the challenges faced by educators across California today.”

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Vaughn previously served as Perkins + Will’s Design Principal and K12 Educational Practice Leader for the Western Region, as well as President of Vaughn Williams Architecture + Planning. He is a widely published author and speaker on K-12 design at conferences across the US. Wendell’s projects have received widespread recognition, including more than 20 awards for design excellence. 


Windom Kimsey, President and CEO of TSK says “Nobody really comes to TSK without design excellence in their bones. It’s literally part of our DNA, and explains why we participate so actively in AIA award programs. The fact that Wendell shares this creative vision through his own participation in community and AIA programs over the years reaffirms our deep commitment to design and service excellence for many years to come.”

“Like TSK, I believe architecture which inspires a community and evokes the spirit of place is the product of a shared creative vision,” says Vaughn “I’m deeply committed to nurturing a spirit of collaboration and open, transparent communication to ensure every voice is heard in our design process.”


Wendell’s belief that collaboration creates great architecture embraces information as a force which makes a valuable contribution to design. In adopting an evidence-based approach, he says he seeks to free his team’s architectural imagination from habitual thinking and standard typologies so that they may deal with the challenges of contemporary life as they’re evolving.

“I’ve seen rapid developments in every decade of my career, so my approach is influenced, in part, by ideas around multicultural exchange, global economic flows, advancing communication technologies which, when taken together, frequently require new ways of practicing design thinking.”

Vaughn is a trusted advisor to an impressive range of educators and legislators due to his steadfast commitment to design excellence. He’s actively involved in state and local community activities, through his membership of numerous committees, boards and panels. Between 2004-12, he was appointed by California’s Superintendent for Education to serve on California’s K-12 Planning and Design Committee. He continues to serve prestigious organizations such as the Coalition of Adequate School Housing (CASH), the Council of Educational Facility Planners, and the Board of Trustees of Crestview Preparatory School. He is also a member of the Design Panel at California Polytechnic University School of Architecture, and speaks frequently at his alma mater, the University of Southern California School of Architecture, as well as the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Architecture.


Wendell is passionate about reversing years of environmental damage and degradation, believing architects, school districts and faculty members, engineers and construction firms have a fundamental role to play in responding to the challenges of climate change. Wendell has been designing educational facilities that are sustainable, energy efficient, durable and healthy places to live and work for over 15 years now,  because his philosophy is grounded in the idea of contextually-appropriate architecture. For him, sustainable design is a pragmatic, holistic approach to design and architecture which should address environmental, economic and social concerns within an integrated planning framework.

If you’d like to speak with Wendell, get in touch with our team at  +1 (213) 614 0900, we’ll be happy to help you connect.

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