Pulse People Spotlight - Luke Abkes

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Welcome to the team, Luke!

Luke Abkes joins Pulse Design Group as Project Manager and will oversee healthcare projects of varying sizes and scopes. Luke is passionate about delivering functional and flexible healthcare spaces that optimize efficiency and enhance user experience through integrated and intentional design. Learn more about Luke below!

What attracted you to the A/E/C industry?

I began building and drawing at a very young age. In high school, I worked as a contractor in my spare time and loved working in an integrated project team to develop the best solution. Making an impactful and tangible difference through intentional design is incredibly rewarding.


Healthcare design has been a large focus of your career. What interested you in this discipline?

I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, expanding access to care, and improving community wellness. Creating positive healing environments for patients, caregivers, and staff is one of the most significant ways to impact individuals and the community at large. Healthcare design is complex and constantly evolving. As healthcare designers, we provide innovative and flexible solutions to improve the user experience.


What do you enjoy about working at Pulse Design Group?

Experiencing my coworkers' excitement and passion is my favorite part of working at the firm. From my first day, it was evident that the Pulse team is united and shares a common goal of helping others.


What three items would you want to have if you were stranded on a deserted island?

My Bible, a solar-powered food dehydrator, and a pallet of duct tape.


What is one professional skill you would like to master?

The ability to communicate and connect with all project team members to proactively lead discussions and continually cultivate a positive team dynamic that results in project success.  


Additionally, I am a high school baseball coach and volunteer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). My wife and I are passionate about mentoring younger generations. When we can mentor and guide younger generations, there is immense value for everyone involved. I am thankful that our society is taking steps to eliminate stigmas around behavioral health and provide resources and support to those in need.

Check out Luke's feature in the Kansas City Business Journal