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Chambers Names Richard ‘Dick’ Heise Senior Vice President - Promotion Comes as Industry Veteran Takes Lead of Firm’s Architectural Studio

BALTIMORE, MD (September 25, 2013) | Download PDF

Dick Heise Chambers, a Baltimore-based planning, architecture and interior design firm specializing in private country, golf, city and yacht clubs, announced today that it has promoted Richard “Dick” Heise, AIA to Senior Vice President of the firm. Previously director of Chambers’ Club Studio, Heise will now oversee efforts of the firm’s architectural team in Baltimore.

Both a licensed architect and interior designer, Heise has been designing club spaces for nearly four decades. “Dick has unparalleled expertise in the club industry,” says Chambers President & CEO Rick Snellinger. “His understanding of the club environment — of how functionality, design and operations coalesce — has made him invaluable to the industry and, certainly, a tremendous asset to our team. He’s been a major driver in our service and geographic expansion since he joined us in 2011,” Snellinger says.

Heise is known for the breadth of his knowledge and expertise, which includes everything from historic preservation to land use requirements, from designing family-friendly environments to integrating technology into often-aged structures. He is also an impassioned mentor, committed to instilling his commitment to excellence and enthusiasm for club design to the next generation of architects and designers. “There is no other industry like this one from a design perspective,” says Heise. “A club isn’t like a house, it’s not like a restaurant, not a giant hotel. Designers need to understand all those disciplines and more, and then how they fit together, to design an effective and efficient club,” he says. A 25-year club member, himself, Heise also brings to the design table a perspective borne of his own experiences as an active club user.

While at Chambers, Heise has led the architectural efforts of Overlake Golf & Country Club in Medina, WA and the Country Club of Rochester in New York. During his career, he has also led planning and design for a host of other prestigious clubs throughout the U.S., including the Sahalee Country Club in Seattle, NCR Country Club in Dayton, OH and the Ocean Trails Country Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Heise headed HRMA Architects, a firm he founded in St. Paul, MN, for more than 25 years, and joined ADP Group in Sarasota, FL before coming to Chambers. Heise holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and is a continual student of the industry, participating frequently in Harvard University’s continuing education program for architecture.

Chambers is a planning, architecture and interior design firm that specializes in innovative club planning and strategic facilities design for private country, golf, yacht and city clubs. Founded in 1899, Chambers has worked with hundreds of clubs nationwide, among them, Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, winner of Golf Inc. magazine’s New Clubhouse of the Year award and the Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina, which also took honors from Golf Inc. for extensive renovation of its 100-year-old clubhouse. Other recent clients include Overlake Golf & Country Club in Seattle, the Country Club of Rochester in New York and the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

Chambers recently acquired CCI Club Design in Dallas, TX, adding to its client portfolio The Summit Club in Tulsa, OK and the Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, VA, both recipients of Excellence in Design Awards (for Interior Design and New Construction, respectively) from the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC). Other notable clients include the Petroleum Club of Ft. Worth, TX, the Sonatrach Petroleum Club in Algiers, Algeria, and the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, ID.