throughout the past nine years working as a project architect for a boutique design fime in the new york city metropolitan area, mr rietzke has specialized in sustainable adaptive reuse projects. along with managing the design and construction process for several full building conversions in manhattan and newark, nj, he has worked on over thirty projects of varying scale involving clients ranging from individual owners to real estate developers to large corporations. his wide knowledge base in construction methodologies, local codes, and procedures enabled an efficient development and optimization of the projects. this unique perspective paired with his qualities as a teamplayer and his design sensitivities allow for a full realization of the client's goals.
parallel to his professional practice, mr rietzke is engaged at the interior design department of pratt institute in brooklyn, ny, where he teaches and develops courses focused on the use of media for presentation and design. he is the coordinator of all classes regarding this subject across the curriculum. recently, he was named a member of the committee developing a new graduate program because of his insight into the future role of technology in the industry and its integration with traditional aspects of the design education.
mr rietzke’s studies, both undergraduate and graduate level, have laid special emphasis on the topic of sustainable design both on a technological as well as a conceptual level with projects ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers. in 2009, he was awarded the faculty development grant from pratt along with fellow professor, maggie kirk, to develop design solutions following the principles of systemic biomimicry for the pratt campus housing. this was followed by the launch of eat your design, an initiative to promote the knowledge and understanding of systemic biomimicry, especially with regards to cyclical patterns in the built environment.
mr rietzke‘s work has been published in domus and icon design magazine and shown in several exhibitions. he is a graduate of the architectural programs of pratt institute (m.arch) and münster school of architecture (dipl-ing). since 2008, he is on the board of the rotary club of metro nyc.