latest > Media > Press Release
Press Release | 06 December 2022

Pickard Chilton Expands Leadership Announcing Two New Principals

Michael Hensley and Adrienne Nelson Join Jon Pickard, William Chilton, and Anthony Markese in Leadership of Award-Winning Architectural Studio

(New Haven, Conn. – December 06, 2022) – Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architecture studio, announces the promotion of two Associate Principals to the position of Principal. Michael Hensley, and Adrienne Nelson join Jon Pickard, William Chilton, and Anthony Markese as Principals of the 25-year-old studio.

"We explore innovation in all we do and recognizing Michael, and Adrienne as principals of the studio is an important step in our evolution,” said Jon Pickard. "We celebrate the skill, vision, creativity, empathy, dedication, care, and craft they each bring to their roles as leaders of the studio. We are proud to have a studio that recognizes the contributions of our colleagues and the future they will help us secure."

This announcement comes one year after the firm recognized the exceptional contributions of key studio members by the promotion to Associate Principal, Senior Associate, and Associate, acknowledging their dedication and leadership and creating new opportunities for growth and participation in Pickard Chilton’s success.

“We share a passion for design and creating architecture that helps build community and to exceptionally serve our clients to achieve their vision. Michael and Adrienne bring tremendous commitment to their work, helping to lead the studio to new heights of creativity, collaboration, and innovation,” William Chilton said.

Pickard Chilton is the design architect for more than 1.4 billion gsf (130 million m2) of mixed-use and office developments across the U.S. and around the world, including work for Hines, Boston Properties, and Skanska, as well as corporate headquarters campuses and towers for leading companies including Google, ExxonMobil, Sherwin-Williams, Northwestern Mutual, The CoStar Group, and Mutual of Omaha. The studio is noted for its placemaking, extending beyond the corporate enclosure to connect and energize communities with exciting, sustainable, next-generation design.

Adds Anthony Markese, “We are known for providing some of the most ground-breaking and refreshing ideas in the profession, so our evolution becomes a revolution for our industry. With this expansion in leadership, we formalize the leadership collaboration that has developed in recent years and will continue for the six of us.”

Michael Hensley, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, is passionate about the intersection of architecture, people and communities to improve the human experience. His leadership at Pickard Chilton emphasizes the integration of technology in design and the holistic synthesis of sustainability and wellness throughout the studio’s portfolio. Recent work includes T3 RiNo, a six-story mass timber office building in Denver, Colorado that coalesces natural light and sculpture, with a design that emphasizes occupants’ connection to nature through both form and materiality. Michael also led the Pickard Chilton design teams for the Field Street Tower and 1144 Fifteenth Street office towers and The Atrium, a multi-family iconic tower in Dubai. A noted speaker and thought leader in the areas of sustainability, design and mass timber, Michael is the founder of the firm’s Technology Committee, coordinating the studio’s LEED AP initiative and its participation in the ACE Mentor program. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated as a Collegiate Scholar with University Honors. Michael was also a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar and a recipient of the University of Texas Architecture Travel Scholarship.

Adrienne Nelson, AIA, IIDA is a design team leader who expands Pickard Chilton’s portfolio through innovative new markets including life science, timber and interior architecture that creates optimal experiences for occupants. She is passionate about buildings designed from the inside-out with an attention to detail and understanding of the human scale. Adrienne is currently the Design Team Leader for two significant mass timber developments in California – a 1.25 million-square-foot corporate campus in Menlo Park, and a 300,000-square-foot office complex in Redwood City. She was a designer for 2+U, a record-setting 700,000-square-foot mixed-use office tower and public plaza in downtown Seattle, Washington, that celebrates the arts and culture of its downtown neighborhood and serves as a welcoming gathering space for the public as well as a beacon for business. Adrienne is an outspoken and accomplished champion for gender equity and diversity in architecture and design, and currently serves as co-chair of the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA Connecticut. Adrienne is a graduate of Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a Master of Architecture. As a graduate student, she received the Miller Fellowship, the graduate AIA Medal. In 2020, Adrienne was the first recipient of the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the College of Design and was recognized among Engineering News Records National 20 under 40.



Pickard Chilton is an international architectural practice noted for its expertise in the design of large, complex, and often high-profile buildings including corporate headquarters, high-rise commercial office and multi-family towers, hotels, and academic and life science facilities. The firm’s layered perspective informs all of its work, presenting clients with a sophisticated, knowledge-based approach that emphasizes design vision, placemaking, integrity, a focus on client objectives, and exceptional service. Since 2006, projects totaling over 80 million square feet have been designated or targeted LEED Gold or Platinum, representing corporate, commercial, residential, and institutional buildings in design, under construction, or completed – one of the highest amounts in the United States. Headquartered in New Haven, Conn., the firm’s recent completed projects include: Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.; HPE’s new global headquarters in Houston, Tx.; 2+U in Seattle, Wash.; and, Canal Place for Dominion Energy in Richmond, Va. Current projects include 325 Main, Google’s new headquarters in Cambridge, Ma.; the Tokyo Midtown Yaesu Project and Global Gateway Shinagawa development, both in Tokyo, Japan; as well as commercial and residential developments in Austin, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Francisco, and Stuttgart, Germany. Please visit for more information.