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PBK Expanding Leadership and Regional Expertise in California

Michael Schoen

Michael Schöen to lead expansion of California’s largest educational architecture/engineering firm into fast-growing regional markets

FRESNO, CA., October 2, 2023 – PBK, a leading architectural planning and design firm, announced today the promotion of Michael Schöen to Managing Principal of the Central Valley region. Schöen brings considerable experience completing complex projects for California school districts such as Fresno USD, Caruthers USD and Clovis ISD.

“PBK is committed to being a community advocate, and Michael’s familiarity with the local California market makes him a perfect fit for serving these communities,” said Bob Lavey, Managing Partner for California. “With more than 25 years in the industry, Michael has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to understanding each client and their one-of-a-kind needs during every project.”

PBK is committed to putting clients first. Embedding architecture and design experts within regional markets allows PBK to better meet the needs of local communities by becoming more in tune with each client’s unique perspective, needs and opportunities.

“By connecting local experts, we can directly serve communities and clients on the ground,” Schöen said. “We support local causes, understand local initiatives and employ local talent who live and work in these projects.” 

With a B.A. in environmental design from San Diego State University and a Masters from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Schöen is deeply immersed in the intricacies of California design. As Managing Principal, Michael will collaborate with PBK’s eight regional offices across California to elevate client service and deliver the highest quality design.

About PBK

For over four decades, PBK has served as an award-winning pioneer for architectural and engineering design solutions for clients in education, sports, civic and healthcare. With more than 800 professionals across 27 offices, the firm embraces a unique business culture that prioritizes customer service and approaches each project without preconceived notions to deliver custom solutions that effectively address the unique needs of each client. For more information:

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