Korey Wilkes


Korey came to Butler Design Group in 1999, but his road to Architecture as a profession was anything but a typical path…. Spending much of his childhood in the Pacific Northwest, Korey’s family moved around a lot while he was a child. After attending 5 different High Schools across Washington, California, and Arizona [character building he calls it] his family landed in Arizona in the late 80’s and he’s been an Arizonan ever since then. After high school, he achieved the rank of Sergeant in 4 years of Army service as an Arabic Linguist. After his military career, he became a Journeyman custom wood floor installer in a similar time frame while attending college half time and starting his family. He went to work for a local Build to Suit Construction Company while finishing his degree and was coordinating/managing projects before he left +/-18 months later for BDG. While at BDG, Korey finished his requirements and became a Registered Architect in 2009. Korey was one of the first Associates and the first new Principal at BDG. Fast forward to the present, Korey assumes many roles including leading teams through all levels of the project development and leading company operations. Korey is the go-to person for many of BDG’s most complicated projects. His detailed approach to integrating the design and constructability into cost-effective solutions is invaluable to the team, to the project, and to our clients.

Korey has directed/managed/overseen the design, documentation, and construction administration efforts on large developments all over the Valley; Rivulon (Isagenix, Deloitte, etc.) in Gilbert, SkySong III, IV, V and VI in Scottsdale, PV 303 (DSG, REI, Ball, etc.) in Goodyear, Woolf Logistics (Rauch, Red Bull, Mark Anthony Brewing, and Ball) in Glendale and Rio 2100 in Tempe to name a few of the over 170 projects totaling over 20 million square feet with over a $1.5 billion collective valuation in his 22+ year ARE career. Korey has also been an integral part of nearly a dozen LEED Certified projects.

On the personal side, Korey married his wife, Stacey, in 1990 in Glendale, AZ. They have two adult children together. Korey and Stacey enjoy traveling. He enjoys spending time with my family and friends, serving the community through his Church, working on cars, hunting, a good Sci-Fi flic. He’s passionate, devoted, goal-minded, and hardworking in all facets of his life; Faith, Family, Friends, Fun, and Work.