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Beth Prochaska – Potter Lawson


Beth Prochaska, president and CEO of the Madison firm Potter Lawson, is intent on pushing the limits of architecture. Prochaska’s firm, for instance, recently designed a 100,000-square-foot research and development center for Exact Sciences Corp., and helped take the project from start to finish in less than a year.

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Ryan Thomas – Madisen Maher architects

Ryan Thomas - Madisen Maher architects

Ryan Thomas has designed a variety of prominent commercial, industrial and mixed-use projects during his time at Milwaukee-based Madisen Maher Architects. Thomas, a project manager at the firm, has won a number of recognitions for his work in recent years. Among them are awards for excellence in masonry for his work designing an Outpost Natural Foods location in Milwaukee and Grafton’s Milwaukee Ale House.

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Katie Kawczynski – VJS Construction Services


Katie Kawczynski, a partner and director of architecture at VJS Construction, is most interested in collaboration. As an in-house architect at the construction company, Kawczynski works closely with people in the trades to efficiently deliver nearly all manner of projects.

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Matt Mano – Stephen Perry Smith Architects


For Matt Mano, it’s the people that make his job rewarding. Mano, vice president at Milwaukee firm Stephen Perry Smith, said his position has helped him get acquainted with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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Maria Welch – Bray Architects


Maria Welch is passionate about designing settings for learning. Welch, an associate at Bray Architects, has been busy working with a number of Wisconsin school districts as they embark on new projects. Lately, she’s worked with the Oshkosh Area School District to design a middle-school consolidation project. She’s also worked with the Sun Prairie School District on various new buildings to accommodate rapid growth in the Madison suburb.

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Gene Guszkowski – AG Architecture

Gene Guszkowski - AG Architecture

With a half-century of experience as an architect, Gene Guszkowski is intent on helping his colleagues reach their goals. Guszkowski, president of the Wauwatosa-based AG Architecture, said he’s happy that the firm’s legacy has provided a foundation for its fourth generation of ownership. Most architecture firms, he said, don’t make it to a second generation.

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