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ON THE MOVE O’CONNELL ROBERTSON ANNOUNCES NEWEST FIRM PRINCIPAL O’Connell Robertson has announced that Jayna Duke, IIDA, LEED AP, has been promoted to principal. Duke joins the firm’s senior leadership team after 14 years with the firm, where she began her career as a summer intern. Working her way up to the interiors practice leader, Duke has led the design on numerous projects including Lake Belton High School, San Antonio College Fletcher Administration Building, Shannon Health, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. As a leader in the firm, she takes responsibility for all aspects of ‘success’, whether in project acquisition and performance, client relations and management, or industry partner relationships. “As Jayna has developed a dynamic and growing interior design department, she has continued to expand her impact on the firm beyond project design to a role that includes winning work and enhancing client relationships. Her influence on the expansion of our business, as well as design recognition, has been, and will continue to be an important contributor to the Firm’s future success,” said Amy Jones,

president and CEO. “Jayna’s addition to the Principal team at O’Connell Robertson further diversifies the group bringing new dimensions to leadership perspectives and discussion.” O’Connell Robertson’s track record of designing smart, elegant, and effective environments has enabled the firm to thrive for seven decades. From offices in Austin and San Antonio, O’Connell Robertson continues to enrich people’s lives through design by providing comprehensive architectural, MEP engineering, and interior design services throughout the state of Texas. In the early 1960s, William O’Connell, AIA, was asked by a cardiac surgeon to design environments that would support his groundbreaking work. That strengthened the foundation O’Connell had built since starting the firm in 1950. The firm realized the further impact it could have on the communitywhen services were expanded to designing schools in the mid-1960s. Today, O’Connell Robertson continues to concentrate on elevating the design of healthcare and education environments, along with a variety of other building types, which all focus on a single purpose: to enrich people’s lives through design.

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