News Makers in Design

Feb. 12, 2006
TRANSITIONSNews Makers in Design
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  • Duffy, New York, NY, has named Steven B. Bleiweiss a principal of the firm. Since joining Mancini Duffy in September 2002 as director of strategic development, Bleiweiss has led the firm's new business development and marketing activities. He has over 30 years of experience in real estate, facilities management and design.

  • Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbot (SBRA), Boston, MA has elected Carole C. Wedge, AIA, LEED AP, as president. She succeeds Oliver W. Engleston, AIA, who has served as president since 2001. Wedge, who joined SBRA in 1986, was named a
    principal in 2000 and for the past three years has served on the board of directors. She is a senior member of the firm's education practice group.

  • Peter M. Winters, AIA, CFM, has joined HOK Advance Strategies in Dallas, TX, as vice president. Winters comes to HOK after nine years of service with Aguirre Corp. of Dallas, where he was senior vice president and head of marketing and sales for the company. Winters' responsibilities will focus on facility management services for national and international clients.

  • Nicole Vachow has been named senior retail visual strategist with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte, NC. Her experience and expertise will help to solidify the firm's ability to create branded environments for a wide range of client types.

  • Hillier Architecture, Princeton, NJ, has elected Thomas K. Fridstein, FAIA, RIBA, as CEO. Fridstein will assume leadership responsibility for firm-wide day-to-day
    operations. He previously served as the managing principal of Hillier New York, where he elevated the professional design standards of that office and established a China practice.

  • Robert A. Klein, AIA, has rejoined HLW Strategies, New York, NY, after a three-year
    hiatus. Formerly a senior strategic facilities planner with the group, Klein returns as a principal, where his main focus will be to expand HLW's pre-design practice by pursuing new business opportunities in programming and master planning.

  • Helen Watts has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and managing principal for Interior Space International (ISI), the interior design unit of Chicago, IL-based A. Epstein and Sons International. Watts has over 20 years of corporate marketing, business development and merchandising experience.

  • HKS, Inc., Dallas, TX, has promoted Glenn Clarke, IIDA, to associate principal/senior vice president. Clarke is the design director of HKS's Interior Design Group. His 24 years of design experience includes corporate headquarters, multiple law-partner firms, banks, high-tech and telecommunication companies, accounting and consulting firms, airports, libraries, developer offices, research facilities, showrooms and has designed for a number of furniture systems for major furniture companies.

  • Semple Brown Design PC, Denver, CO, has promoted Bryan Schmidt to principal. Schmidt joined the firm as an associate in 1996. As principal he will assume greater overall responsibility for project design, management and client satisfaction.

  • Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects, Inc., Houston, TX, has named Charles H. Griffin, AIA, ACHA, to senior principal. Griffin serves as a studio leader/senior project manager for multiple healthcare clients.

  • Dorsky Hogson + Partners (DH+P), Cleveland, OH, has named five new associates: David J. Sambor, Richard C. Kieley, Suzanne J. Meltzer, Eileen C. Nacht and Christopher M. Garrison.

  • Aai, San Jose, CA, has appointed Cindy Furino project manager. She has over 20 years of interior design and project management experience, and served the past four years in facilities management for Netflix overseeing all corporate real estate and distribution centers throughout the U.S.

  • WDG Architecture, PLLC (WDG), Washington, DC, has promoted William C. Pegues, FCSI, CCS to director of research and specifications. He has more than 27 years of experience in specifications writing and materials research. As the firm's head certified construction specifier, responsibilities include coordination of the firm's drawings, specifications and product research, as well as the oversight of all related consultant specification and technical document work.

  • TPG Architecture has promoted 11 individuals to associates, eight to senior associate and three to associate principal. All promotions are in the New York, NY, office, except where noted. Promoted to associate level were: Andrew Ciarnello, RA; Cesar Cordero; Marina Kosmopoulos; Yin Yu; David Okulicz, AIA; Paul Johnson; Wayne Cohen, RA; Carmelo Mazzaferro; Gabe Sarmiento (Long Island, NY); Ed Galeano, RA (Connecticut); and Simon Newton (London). Moving to senior associate positions were: Marek Mastaj (London); Larry Archer, RA; Doris Almanza, RA; Cathy Chaffe; Milosh Sekulich, RA; Hiram Coubertier; Amy Weisman, ASID; and Jesse Lim (Connecticut). Promoted to associate principal were: Inga Kruliene; Nelson Mejia, RA and Louis Trudel, AIA (London).

  • FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH, has appointed Peggy Kennedy as vice president of marketing. In this role, Kennedy will be responsible for working with clients where the mix of brand, strategy, architecture and design provided by FRCH will have the biggest impact. Kennedy has more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience.

  • Butler Rogers Baskett has named the following as associates of the firm: Brian Ferrier, AIA, Andrew Fuston, Kevin Gold, AIA and Lillian Kim in its New York, NY, office; and Suzanne Fandel in its South Norwalk, CT, office. Supplier Appointments
  • Brayton International, High Point, NC, has named Mike Paccadolmi as executive
    director of operations and Roger Schlick as co-vice president of sales. Paccadolmi will lead Brayton's operations team consisting of manufacturing directors, engineers, materials managers and craftspeople. Schlick will join Gina Chapman-Cox in leading Brayton's global sales strategies and leveraging new opportunities for the company. Schlick will be based in Grand Rapids, MI, while Chapman-Cox will remain at the company's headquarters in High Point.

  • Robert Spozarski has joined St. Louis, MO-based Solutia Inc. as lead market
    development manager for North America. Spozarski will be responsible for managing the architectural market development team and all associated market development activities for Solutia's Saflex and Vanceva range of laminated glass interlayers.

  • Trendway Corp., Grand Rapids, MI, has named David F. McGinn as vice president of sales. McGinn, who came from Herman Miller, has more than 26 years of experience in the contract furniture industry. His responsibilities will include strategic planning and operational leadership for all sales and distribution of Trendway products.

  • Joanne Davis Brayman, vice president of marketing for commercial ceiling systems at Armstrong, Lancaster, PA, has been named to the InformeDesign advisory board, which advises on the goals, strategic direction, operation and future of the searchable Web-based database of design and human behavior research. Davis Brayman has been involved in marketing at Armstrong for more than 20 years.

  • Wilsonart International, Temple, TX, has named Harry Burton as regional manager for its Boston, MA, market center. Burton began his career at Wilsonart as a sales representative in Moorestown, NJ, and later moved to Detroit, MI, to serve as sales manager.

  • Ahrend USA, New York, NY, has added The Atlantic Group, also of New York, to its growing U.S. contingent of select contract furniture dealerships. The Atlantic Group is one of the New York metropolitan area's largest contract dealerships, with a focus on mid-sized office environments.New Ventures & Expansions
  • Anthony Deen, Jim Foster and Dave Pinter have joined forces to leverage their combined 45 years of retail consulting, design and implementation experience to launch Statement Design Collaborative. With offices in both New York, NY, and Dayton, OH, the new firm will collaborate with clients to translate brands into innovative built environments that engage retail consumers.

  • Perkins & Will is expanding its Texas operations by acquiring Houston-based B2HK Architecture, specialists in the design of complex research facilities. Perkins & Will opened its first Texas office in Dallas in 2001 and a year later acquired Dallas-based Collins/Reisenbichler Architects (CRA), boosting its staff to 85. In December 2002, Perkins & Will opened a Houston office. The acquisition of B2HK makes Perkins & Will one of Texas' largest architecture firms with more than 120 employees.

  • Susan Fredman & Associates, Ltd. has opened a second design studio in Chicago, IL's growing Clybourn corridor. The company's flagship office remains in Northbook, IL. The interior design firm also plans to open a third office in Michigan's Harbor County.

  • Wakefield Beasley & Associates Architects, Inc. recently opened a full-service architectural office in Jacksonville, FL, focusing on client projects in the retail, mixed-use, office, religious, education, multifamily, recreational and government design markets. This move is a major expansion outside of Georgia for the firm and is intended to allow the firm to serve a growing number of existing clients who are relocating to the northeast Florida and coastal Georgia areas.Honors & Awards
  • The National Building Museum will present its annual Honor Award for 2004 to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The award will recognize GSA's success in creating and maintaining innovative workplaces for the federal community as well as providing a positive federal presence for the public. GSA administrator Stephen A. Perry and Public Buildings Service commissioner F. Joseph Moravec will accept the award at a gala ceremony slated for June 3.

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected five outstanding architects to receive the 2004 Young Architects Award for leadership in design and service to the profession of architecture. The Young Architects Award is conferred, regardless of age, to architects who have been licensed 10 years or less and show exceptional leadership in design, education and/or service to the profession. Recipients include: John Burse, AIA, Mackey Mitchell Associates, St. Louis, MO; David Y. Jameson, AIA, David Jameson Architect Inc., Alexandria, VA; Donna Kacmar, AIA, Architect Works, Inc., Houston, TX; Janis LaDouceur, AIA, Barbour/LaDouceur Architects PA, Minneapolis, MN; and Kevin G. Sneed, AIA, Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects/Interiors, Washington, DC. In Other News
  • TimberGrass LLC, the Bainbridge, WA-based manufacturer of TimberGrass® bamboo hardwood flooring and panels, has changed its name to Teragren LLC, a move that addresses the company's plans to expand its product offerings over the next several years, while maintaining the TimberGrass brand. Company executives plan to offer a wider range of price points and new products made out of bamboo and other sustainably harvested hardwoods.

  • USG Interiors, Inc., a subsidiary of USG Corp., has sold its relocatable walls business and Ultrawall® system product line to Ultrawall, LLC, Compton, CA. Both the Ultrawall and the Learning Wall® will now be available from Ultrawall and marketed through its nationwide network of regional distributors. USG Interiors will supply Ultrawall with all of the gypsum baseboard used in these systems.
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