News Makers in Design


News Makers in Design

  • Larry Oltmanns, AIA, RIBA, the award-winning design architect for the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, has joined LEO A DALY as vice president and director of design for the firm's Washington, DC, office. Prior to joining LEO A DALY, Mr. Oltmanns was design principal for the London office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). A graduate of the University of Illinois, he is NCARB-registered in multiple states and holds RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) registration in the United Kingdom.

  • Mary M. Williamson has joined the New York City office of Brennan Beer Gorman Architects and Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors (BBG-BBGM). Ms. Williamson has been appointed the director of business development for the well-known international design firm, and assumed her new position in September.
  • Group One Partners, one of the nation's most distinguished multi-disciplined design firms specializing in architecture, interior design and purchasing, welcomes its next generation of leadership as four industry veterans - all long-term contributors to the firm's success - take the helm. Expertly representing each of the firm's core strengths, Group One's new management team is comprised of architects Mary Faria and Harold Wheeler, interior designer and founding partner Paul Bonanno, and head purchasing agent Kevin P. Mullin.

  • James E. Prendergast, AIA, LEED AP, has joined Chicago-based Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects as a principal. In this leadership role, he will direct and expand the firm's interior architecture practice.

  • HKS, Inc. promoted Mark Timm to vice president of the Dallas office. Timm has served as technical director for the firm's Interior Division, where he oversees the development of all interior-related construction documents, working in cooperation with the firm's quality control staff.

  • Thomas Fridstein, FAIA, CEO of Hillier Architecture, has announced that the following professionals in the Princeton, NJ, office have been promoted: Nicholas Garrison, AIA, OAQ, LEED, has been promoted from associate principal to principal and design director of the Education Practice Group. Gregory J. Wieland, AIA, has been promoted to principal of the firm. Karen K. Blose has been named a principal of the firm. Colin Mosher, AIA, has been promoted to associate principal of the firm. Bob Degenova, RA, has been promoted to senior associate of the firm. U. Hamilton Esi has been named a senior associate of the firm. Luis Vildostegui has been promoted to the position of senior associate of the firm. Bruce H. Corke has been promoted to the position of associate of the firm. Roxana Alfaro-Flecha, Hillier Architecture's controller, has been promoted to the position of associate of the firm. Peggy Kehrer has been promoted to the position of associate of the firm in the Education Practice Group. Hee Young Ahn has joined the Corporate Practice Group as a project designer.

    Supplier Appointments

  • Allsteel announced the appointment of Jan Johnson, FIIDA, LEED AP, as vice president of design and workplace resources. In her new position, Johnson will be a resource to current and prospective customers and designers to analyze and apply emerging trends and proven best practices. The company also announced the addition of Frank Bucher as a corporate account manager and Stephen Westog as Southwest regional sales manager. Bucher will be responsible for penetrating and maximizing sales in Fortune 1000 companies in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Stephen Westog will be responsible for managing and leading the Southwest region's sales team by maximizing business development and profitable growth, building brand awareness and product reference.

  • Suzanne Tick, Inc., headed by nationally recognized artist and designer Suzanne Tick, has been selected to direct the design for Monterey Carpets, a Tandus company. Suzanne Tick, Inc. will be responsible for developing Monterey's overall product strategy by working with a team of talented design professionals to create new floor covering products for all market sectors. Terry Mowers, co-partner of Suzanne Tick Inc., will work with Ms. Tick to follow the firm's design philosophy. With more than 20 years of carpet industry sales and marketing experience, Mr. Mowers brings his ability to foresee market trends to the partnership.

  • Gunlocke announced the appointment of Richard (Ric) Andersen as vice president of sales. Mr. Andersen takes over this position from Russ Minick, who was promoted to president of Gunlocke in August 2004. In his new role at Gunlocke, Mr. Andersen will be responsible for leading and coordinating all aspects of the company's selling efforts, and achieving aggressive, profitable sales growth while ensuring customers are provided with the highest level of service in the marketplace.

  • Con-Tech Lighting announced the addition of a new executive position to its leadership team, vice president of marketing. Mike Lehman, previously director of marketing for Con-Tech, has been promoted to fill this new role. As vice president of marketing, Mike Lehman will be responsible for further development of the Con-Tech brand through various marketing efforts as well as product management responsibilities.

    New Ventures & Expansions

  • Sargert Design Associates, Inc. (SDA) recently announced the expansion of its Taos corporate offices. Its Taos location, established to directly serve clients in New Mexico and the western United States, will now house Sargert Galleries. This new, contemporary showroom will exhibit and market works by some of America's most notable artists and artisans, as well as hand-selected and rare antique furnishings. The Taos location will also house the newly launched venture N2-the specialty design/fabrication arm of SDA-offering high-end architectural and interior design elements in one-of-a-kind and special limited editions.

  • In a move that will allow Atlanta architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent to pursue the housing and mixed-use development market, including college and university projects, the firm announced that award-winning Atlanta architects Eric B. Brock, AIA, and David E. Green, AIA, partners and co-founders of Brock Green Architects and Planners, have moved their practice to form a dedicated studio group within Lord, Aeck & Sargent. The merging of expertise became effective Dec. 1. The new group, which will be called the Housing & Mixed-Use Development Studio, enhances and complements the firm's established expertise in educational, historic preservation, arts and culture, and science markets. The studio will be staffed by Brock, who has become the studio director; Green; and eight other architects and intern architects, all of whose careers in architecture have been focused on the planning and design of housing and mixed-use developments.

  • Trendway Corp. announced that it has entered into a design partnership with POSH Office Systems (HK) Ltd. POSH is the largest distributor of commercial and retail quality office furniture in Hong Kong and operates a franchise network in China. The new partnership combines POSH's expertise in product design, engineering and tooling with Trendway's strengths in manufacturing, distribution and exceptional service. Through their collaboration POSH and Trendway intend to develop a complete office furniture product line. The new products will begin with files and storage

    .Honors & Awards

  • William McDonough + Partners announced that William A. McDonough, FAIA, has received the 2004 National Design Award-Environment for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design. Presented annually by The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, this award recognizes "excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement," and is the nation's highest design honor.

  • The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) held its annual Leader's Breakfast Sept. 8 in the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel. Five hundred guests gathered to honor Jean Hansen, IIDA, LEED AP, CID, who was presented with the 2004 IIDA Leadership Award, Northern California Chapter. The award recognizes an individual who has displayed exemplary leadership in the profession of interior design and architecture, as well as service to the community.

  • Jerry Henderson, manager of styling for The Mohawk Group's Bigelow Commercial brand, recently received a prestigious Industry Partner Merit Award from the ASID. This honor recognizes Henderson's lifelong support on behalf of The Mohawk Group toward advancing the goals of the national organization.

  • The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design named Lees' nature-inspired Life Elements Collection among the most innovative new product designs in the 2004 Good Design™ Awards. The award recognizes the finest new design and design innovation for products and graphics designed or manufactured between 2002-2004.
  • Chong Partners Architecture has been honored with two awards for its design of the Rumsey Community and Wellness Center. The firm received an Award of Excellence in the 19th Annual Healthcare Design Awards competition co-sponsored by Modern Healthcare magazine and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Modern Healthcare/AIA awards are given to hospitals, medical office buildings, clinics, hospices and other healthcare facilities based on design excellence, functional utility, flexibility, and responsiveness to patient and family needs.

  • Interface Fabrics is a proud recipient of a Purchaser Award from the 2004 Green Power Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The award is a recognition of Interface Fabric's voluntary commitment to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by using alternative renewable green power resources.

  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced that DPR Construction, Inc. is a recipient of one of this year's highest and most prestigious environmental honors—the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA). DPR received recognition in the sustainable facilities category for its 53,000-sq.-ft. Sacramento office building, which achieved Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for new construction and Gold LEED certification for commercial interiors, and is the first privately held LEED certified building in California's Central Valley.