In its 75th year, CallisonRTKL Appoints Kim Heartwell as CEO, Harold Thompson as COO

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  • Global thought leader of change management to lead global architecture firm
  • Firm’s new global COO has experience in the MENA region, and set up CallisonRTKL’s Dubai office
Harold Thompson, COO, CallisonRTKL

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Global architecture, planning and design firm CallisonRTKL (CRTKL) announces that Kim Heartwell is appointed CEO based in the Washington D.C. office. Kim will expand and bolster CRTKL’s position in the marketplace as it enters its 75th year. Kim’s thirty-plus year tenure and her depth of industry knowledge and breadth of experience will position the firm for continued success.

“I look forward to overseeing CRTKL’s ongoing work in the MENA region,” commented Kim, “as we continue to aspire to being trusted development partners shaping the future of the Gulf and the Middle East. As regional governments embark and finalize projects that complement ambitious and wide ranging national developmental plans, I hope to witness the use of advanced data solutions and sustainably focused design in projects in nations including Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.”

“This is a tremendous time to be afforded this opportunity,” continued Kim. “Addressing the challenges humanity faces today – from health and well-being to resiliency and security, the built environment directly impacts all. Now more than ever, the relevancy of a global, ideas-driven practice like CRTKL is necessary,” she adds. “I am thrilled to be leading the firm into its next 75 years, building on our legacy and making a positive impact for the future.”

Kim’s nuanced understanding of CRTKL is evident in the many positions she has held since joining the firm. From junior architect to D.C. office leader to global workplace practice leader – Kim’s tenure with the company has led to some of the most impactful workplace projects, growing the business into an impressive global force. Specifically, her expertise in change management, workplace design and mobility strategies for complex organizations will directly influence the growth and advancement of CRTKL as it expands its global footprint.

In addition to Kim’s appointment, Harold Thompson is now CRTKL’s first Chief Operating Officer. Harold’s varied career history has included time spent advising clients in the Middle East, where he helped establish CRTKL’s Dubai office in 2009. He will collaborate with Kim to advance the influence of research, digital transformation, and generative design throughout CRTKL. As COO, Harold will focus on business performance and operations, execute business strategies, and provide leadership, management, and vision to maximize operating efficiency.

CallisonRTKL is a longstanding design leader,” notes Harold. “With its global presence, advanced digital infrastructure, and collaborative approach, the firm’s agility is an asset in the current market,” he adds.” We are extremely proud of our legacy in creating memorable, human-centric places – and remain committed to continued innovation in our industry.”

About CallisonRTKL:

CallisonRTKL (CRTKL), a global architecture, planning and design practice, began over seven decades ago and has evolved into a cultural agency to advance positive outcomes in our local and global communities. Through a human-centric design approach our team addresses the imperatives of resiliency, wellbeing and technology and their influence in the built environment.