Helpern Architects

Karl A. Lehrke, AIA

Karl A. Lehrke, who carries the title of Vice President for Design, joined Helpern Architects in 2012. At the start of 2014, he became a Principal with the specific responsibility of firm-wide design excellence.

Karl leads projects from pre-schematic design through the construction phase, which is the comprehensive, stewardship-focused approach characteristic of Helpern Architects. His current work includes two new hotel towers near Times Square and a natatorium renovation at CUNY/John Jay College’s Haaren Hall. As part of the firm’s real estate advisory team, Karl regularly prepares both high-rise residential and commercial feasibility studies.

With 25 years of experience in both rehabilitation and new building design, Karl previously served as co-designer and project architect on such award-winning judicial projects as the historic Conrad B. Duberstein, Jr. US Courthouse and Post Office in Brooklyn, New York and the new Daniel M. Russell US Courthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi. His early work encompassed a range of projects for Princeton University, Franklin & Marshall College, Dartmouth College, and the General Theological Seminary.

A member of the American Institute of Architects, Karl’s professional history includes design responsibilities at Kliment Halsband, Weiss/Manfredi, and Beyer Blinder Belle. He often serves on design award juries, and he has served as guest design critic at the University of Cincinnati, University of California Berkeley, University of Illinois, Ball State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Parsons The New School for Design.

Recognized during his student years with scholarships and travel fellowships, Karl holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts. He is accredited as LEED AP by the US Green Building Council.