Jack Worstell came to Ranken right out of high school and enrolled in the Architectural Technology program and graduated in 1955. He worked for one year with Ciel G. Schmidt, a small architectural company, and then was hired by HOK where he worked for 21 years. While employed with HOK he was the project manager for several major projects including King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, at which he was only 26 years old when he was made project manager. In 1975 Jack passed the NCARB architecture certification exam. At HOK Jack had risen to the position of Vice President. Two of the other HOK Vice Presidents, graduated from and Washington University in St. Louis.
In 1980 Jack started his own Architecture firm, Hornberger + Worstell in San Francisco. This firm had an expertise in four and five star hotels designing 60,000 hotel rooms in China, Mexico, and United States including hotels like the Ritz Carlton, JW Marriot and more. They also specialized in historic renovations. Giradelli Square, the world famous del Coronado, on Coronado Island, San Diego, the Ahwahnee at Yosemite Park to name a few. Jack is now retired but Hornberger + Worstell is still in business.
It is truly inspiring to know that a Ranken alum with a two-year Architecture degree has his fingerprints on so many major projects around the world at one of the largest architectural practices in the United States. He states, “I am very thankful for the success I have had, and I credit Ranken for the solid base that I received.”
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