Bernie Woytek, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, has joined HKS as vice president for the architecture and design firm’s mission critical practice. Based in the HKS Chicago office, Woytek will lead the Midwest practice group’s efforts and assist across the firm’s other key mission critical markets of Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Washington, DC.

Woytek brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role with 20 years of specific focus on mission critical facilities having led complex and large-scale projects globally for enterprise, health care, education, colocation, and hyperscale clients. He most recently led the mission critical practice for noted architecture firm, Gensler, and previously served as a senior architect for Perkins & Will.

“Adding Bernie’s capabilities and leadership skills to our team is a tremendous win for us and our diverse portfolio of clients,” said Dutch Wickes, principal and director for mission critical practice, HKS. “We are experiencing an accelerated growth period and know he will be a valuable asset in our continued success across an array of industries including communications, technology, health care and finance.

Woytek earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Miami University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, and serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Children’s Choir.