Last week we welcomed seasoned international architect Patrick Ventker to our Americas Client Solutions team. In his new role, Patrick will help us continue to grow our partnerships with global brands and support clients with creating spaces that spark brilliance, deepen connections, and propel success. We caught up with Patrick to learn more about his background and what excites him about joining Unispace and the future of work.
Tell us about your background and expertise.
I have 25+ years of experience managing diverse projects around the world, ranging from large scale infrastructure, over core and shell office projects, to workplace interiors and strategy, which has been my sole focus for the past 12+ years. I am passionate about leading and mentoring teams and partnering with clients to deliver creative workplace solutions.
What attracted you to Unispace?
Unispace’s global reach, commitment to excellence, and unique approach to design-build. I have been following Unispace’s growth over the past few years and am excited for the opportunity to work within a global industry leader that is shaping the future of work by creating experiential, inclusive, and digitized spaces.
What excites you most about your new role?
I look forward to adding my expertise to Unispace’s existing structures while working alongside highly experienced and diverse team members. I am confident Unispace will continue to expand their U.S. footprint and market share by developing key relationships and delivering successful projects.
What are your thoughts on the future of the office?
A complex topic! However, at its core, the office is shifting from being a place that provides tools to conduct your job to a place of human interaction for communication, mentorship, and value expression. One could say that the focus of the office will be more human-centric than ever before. Companies that recognize this and design their offices accordingly will attract and retain the best talent, while organizations that don’t prioritize the employee experience will fall behind.
Tell us about an accomplishment you’re proud of.
My first design that was actually built. It is a ground-up building which I designed working in my father’s firm while still in architecture school. I actually drove out to review the exterior lighting mock-up at 3 a.m. while I was working on my thesis project. Seeing my design ideas in front of me, illuminated on a warm summer night without anyone else around, was one of the most amazing professional moments of my life.
LEED-accredited in the United States and licensed as an architect in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, Patrick has 25+ years of architectural experience working on a broad spectrum of projects including workplace interiors. As a generalist, Patrick uses his expertise to allow for quick and effective problem-solving through a flexible and adaptable approach. His expertise includes client relationships, overall project oversight, technical design and coordination, workplace strategy, and process optimization.