Martin Choren, a long-time partner at the architecture and interior design firm Plunkett Raysich Architects, retired in mid-April after 23 years at the firm.
Choren, who joined the company in 1996 and was named partner in 2011, has managed plans and designs for a variety of corporate-office projects, manufacturing plants and religious buildings. The notable projects he has managed include a 196,000-square-foot addition to the West Bend Mutual Insurance Headquarters in West Bend, various projects at Badger Meter’s headquarters in Brown Deer and additions and renovations at the Lumen Christi Catholic Church in Mequon, where Choren is a long-time parishioner.
“At 6 feet 7 inches tall, Marty has been a can’t-miss fixture at PRA for over 23 years,” said Scott Kramer, managing partner. “We’re all going to miss his positive attitude and smiling face. I’ve had numerous calls from clients who have shared their positive experiences working with Marty and the personal relationships they developed.”
Choren was initially unsure about pursuing a career in the industry, according to a press release. Eventually, architecture “stuck,” he said. In his retirement, Choren said he looks forward to having more time to enjoy cycling, bowling, and spending time with his wife, Debbie.
“My grandfather was an artisan and my dad was an engineer, so maybe it was natural,” Choren said. “It’s a profession where you listen to what someone’s dreams are and convert that to reality. There’s nothing better than hearing them say their building is exactly what they wanted.”