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WHO’S NEWS: Diane Davis named new urban planning chair at Harvard; VHB names new managing director

Cerami & Associates, Inc. announced that Vanessa Crews has been named Director of Business Development.
Crews brings expertise in professional services, architecture and business development for internationally regarded for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Crews previously worked as director of development for the AIA New York Chapter’s Center for Architecture and as a senior manager of Business Development for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
She has also served as associate director of development for The New School.
Crews, who holds her Bachelors degree in both Political Science and International Studies from Stonehill College in Massachusetts, also earned a Master’s Degree of Art in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, Brussels School of International Studies.
She is returning to the A/C/E community after working with nonprofit organizations including The 92nd Street Y, Computers for Youth, and Global Peace Foundation.
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VHB announced that Tammy Petsios has been named Managing Director of the New York City office.
In addition to leading air quality and noise services companywide, Petsios is responsible for the day-to-day management of New York City operations and expansion of VHB’s office in the New York metropolitan region.
Petsios has consistently delivered value for clients and their constituents throughout her 30-year career by managing large scale public sector contracts, while working to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gases, and mitigate noise impact for some of the most complex projects in New York City.
A LEED Accredited Professional, she is a well-known industry leader and has been affiliated with the Transportation Research Board’s “Transportation and Air Quality” and “Transportation and Sustainability” subcommittees, as well as the Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Air and Waste Management Association.
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MKDA announced that Stephanie Schreiber, CID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, has joined its New York office as Senior Interior Designer.
Schreiber is a Certified Interior Designer and LEED ID+C accredited design professional with more than nine years of professional experience in workplace planning and design.
Schreiber gained experience in design and documentation for corporate, educational, cultural, religious and government projects during tenures with Huntsman Architectural Group, FXFOWLE and Stephen Alton Architect.
Notable projects include Rockefeller Brothers Fund, SAP Americas, Sheppard Mullin and various sites for Signature Bank.
She has also worked with landlords Roseland Property Company, Rudin Management, Related and Swig Equities to oversee tenant improvements, turnkey build outs, common area upgrades and building-wide repositionings.
Schreiber sits on the IIDA New York Chapter’s committee for Impact NY, which focuses on facilitating opportunities for the local design community to give back to their communities.
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Hill International announced that Dominick Fickeria has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Deputy Northeast Regional Manager with Hill’s Project Management Group.
Fickeria has more than 35 years of experience in construction management on building and infrastructure projects throughout the New York City metropolitan region.
Before joining Hill, he was Director of the Construction Management Department for the New York City office of URS Corporation.
Fickeria is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University Polytechnic, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in construction management.
He earned his A.A.S. in civil technology from Westchester Community College and his B.C.E. and M.C.E. in civil engineering from Manhattan College.
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced the appointment of Diane Davis as Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design.
Davis is currently the Harvard GSD’s Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism.
Davis joined Harvard GSD as Professor of Urbanism and Development in 2012 and was named the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism in November 2014.
Prior to joining Harvard GSD, Davis taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2001 to 2011, where she was Professor of Political Sociology and Head of the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
She also served as Associate Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning from 2004 to 2007, and as Head of MIT’s Undergraduate Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2003 to 2005.
She taught at the New School for Social Research from 1995 to 2001, including as Chair of the Department of Sociology at the New School’s Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science.

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