Come April 21, the chief executive officer of Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker, Michael Wilkes, will have been with the firm for 40 years. That’s even longer than the company’s founder.
Over the course of a career that’s included a fellowship for design excellence and service to the profession from the American Institute of Architects in 1991, as well as being the creative mind behind some of San Diego’s most notable projects, Wilkes began looking for another frontier some 10 years ago.
“Eventually, you reach a point in your career where you’ve accomplished your career goals, and you ask yourself what legacy you leave behind,” he said.
For Wilkes, that legacy has become offering his experience and expertise to the creation of new architects at his alma mater, the University of Oregon.