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WHO’S NEWS: NEW interim president; Skanska promotions; Design firm launched

Gary Lapera, FAIA, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) esteemed College of Fellows. The honor is one of the highest awarded to architects for their individual achievements and contributions to the profession and practice of architecture. There are currently slightly over 3,100 fellows within the national AIA membership of 83,000.
Lapera, a member of AIA’s New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ), is principal and studio head at Michael Graves & Associates in Princeton, N.J.
The selection committee noted his ability to marry design and construction, fulfilling demand for customization and intricate design on large-scale projects.
Among Lapera’s career highlights are the design of the prestigious Louwman Museum in the Hague, Netherlands; Coeur de Lion, a city for 300,000 in Senegal; and a trend-setting training center for the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
Lapera graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture and from Harvard University with a Masters in Architecture.
John Hatch, FAIA, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) esteemed College of Fellows. Hatch, a member of AIA’s New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ), is a partner at Clarke Caton Hintz, in Trenton, N.J.
The selection committee noted his unwavering professional and civic leadership in historic preservation and urban redevelopment.
Hatch has served as President of the Board of Preservation NJ, and serves on the boards of the NJ Historic Trust, the Trenton Landmarks Commission, and various other preservation-focused boards. In this capacity, he has helped to advocate for and preserve at-risk historical structures throughout the State.
At Clarke Caton Hintz, his work includes the preservation and restoration of significant landmarks, such as Morven Princeton, N.J., the former Governor’s Mansion; the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse (location of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial); the Webb Memorial Chapel in Madison, NJ; and the Roebling Complex Redevelopment in Trenton.
Hatch graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts and from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Architecture. He also received a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Spector Group announced the appointment of four new team members in its New York City office.
Sharif Anous joins Spector as a junior architect. In this capacity, he will aid in the development of projects from the schematic design phase on through to the creation of construction documents. Anous comes to Spector from SLO Architecture, where he also served as a junior architect.
David N. Beauchamp III brings more than 10 years of experience to Spector Group, where he will now serve as a project architect.
Beauchamp III was previously a project manager at TPG Architecture, where he led teams on multiple corporate interior projects, seeing them through from schematic design to completion.
Brad R. Blythe, AIA, LEED AP, has been appointed to senior designer at Spector, putting to use his more than 27 years of expertise in the architecture industry to use for the firm.
He brings a varied background in all phases of design, from schematics to construction administration and graphic presentation, to his new post, where he will design and develop projects, providing both design intent and detailing input.
Blythe joins Spector from Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, where he served as a senior project designer/associate.
Anthony Campusano, LEEP AP, joins Spector as a senior architect. In this post, he will be responsible for project administration and overall preparation of construction documents.
Campusano comes to Spector from Sawyer/Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture LLP, where he was an associate.
Spector Group announced that Lauren Gardner has been appointed to director of marketing in the New York City office.
Gardner joins Spector from MME in New York, where she served as art director, working on behalf of prestige brands including Moët & Chandon, Belvedere, Krug, Ruinart and Moët Henessy’s Estates and Wines.
Prior to MME, she was a freelance designer for Reflexgroup and Meeting Logistics and, earlier in her career, she was a junior architect at Brian O’Keefe Architect P.C. in New York.
Gardner holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida.
Margaret Sullivan, LEED AP, an award-winning interior designer and trained architect, has formed Margaret Sullivan Studio.
Based in New York City, the full-service design firm specializes in cultural and civic institutions, with an emphasis on visioning, planning, programming, and design of 21st century libraries.
Most recently, Sullivan was director of interiors at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, a position she held for five years.
In that capacity, she headed the interior design of award-winning projects for many projects including the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, LCT3 at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, BAM Fisher, and Theatre for a New Audience.
In addition, her new studio is currently collaborating with H3 on the design of the Wichita Public Library in Wichita, KS, and the Harrison Public Library in Harrison, NY.
Among the studio’s first projects is the interior renovation of the 200,000-square-foot Richland Main Library in Columbia, SC.
Prior to H3, Sullivan worked in the architecture and interior design departments of Holzman Moss Architecture and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates.
For one interim year, she served as acting executive director of the non-profit, openhousenewyork (OHNY), and has been the organization’s board president for the past five years.
WSP USA has appointed Eric Hechler, Esq., an attorney who specializes in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, as director of risk.
Hechler has nearly 20 years of experience in contract review, development and documentation of risk mitigation strategies, and managing insurance, including litigation.
Previously, he was of counsel at the law firm L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, LLP. Hechler also worked for several years in the construction industry as a mechanic and project manager with an electrical contracting firm.
Hechler holds a J.D. from Touro College in Huntington, N.Y., and a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Purchase.
Hoffmann Architects announced the promotion of members of the technical staff.
Courtenay M. Bauer, AIA was promoted from Project Manager to Project Architect, as acknowledgment of her professional qualifications and her contributions to the firm.
Bauer’s projects with Hoffmann Architects include work at her alma matter, the Catholic University of America, as well as projects for CBRE Group, Hines Interests Limited Partnership, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Social Security Administration.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of America, as well as a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Elizabeth A. Campbell, AIA LEED AP has been promoted from Project Coordinator to Project Architect, in recognition of her accomplishments and advanced technical credentials.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture with emphasis on historic preservation, Campbell has an educational background that combines material science and chemistry with historic preservation.
At Hoffmann Architects, she has applied this scientific and practical training to projects at the Smithsonian Institution, American University, Swarthmore College, Lehigh University, and the World Trade Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Joseph L. Lombardi, AIA has been promoted from Project Coordinator to Project Manager, in recognition of his professional accomplishments.
A licensed architect practicing in Hoffmann Architects’ New York City office, Lombardi began his career with the firm as a Project Representative in 2007. Since then, he has demonstrated his abilities as a design professional and has continued to take on greater responsibilities.
A graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Architecture, Lombardi specializes in the diagnosis and resolution of distress and failure at facades, roofs, and plazas.
Daniel L. Bishop, Assoc. AIA, formerly Project Representative, has been promoted to Project Coordinator.
He has worked with diverse clients, including Hartman-Cox Architects, Lend Lease, Whitman Requardt & Associates, and local and federal government agencies.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, as well as a Master of Architecture, and he participated in the graduate exchange at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark.
Turner & Townsend announced the appointment of Tina Millan as vice president, Head of Aviation USA.
Millan brings more than 15 years of project management experience in transportation, urban redevelopment and infrastructure to the company.
For the last seven years she has specialized in all aspects of the management of capital projects in the aviation sector.
Most recently, she served as a consultant to senior management at Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) to develop strategies for the successful procurement and implementation of a $4B capital program.
Previously, she created an in-house project controls division for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Angel Velazquez has been named a principal technical specialist in the Newark, New Jersey office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Velazquez is responsible for the design and review of plans for railroad and transit signal projects.
He has over 27 years of experience in the railroad and transit industry as a railroad signal specialist and lead designer.
Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, he served in increasingly responsible roles with MTA New York City Transit, including positions with the agency’s Department of Capital Program Management and its signal group.
Rock Antonios has been named a senior project engineer in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Antonios will serve as Parsons Brinckerhoff’s lead mechanical-electrical-plumbing engineer for the Fulton Center, a transportation hub in Lower Manhattan that will offer service and transfers among 11 subway lines.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is providing construction management services for the $1.4 billion project.


Antonios has over 25 years’ experience in the design and construction of transportation projects, rail transit centers, airports, and other infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, he was a department head and group leader with several international engineering firms and a senior project manager responsible for monitoring building systems work for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital program. .
Antonios received an engineering degree from University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France and completed two years of post-graduate studies in mechanical engineering at Aachen University in Germany.
Roy D. Vice has joined Levin Management as vice president of construction/development.
Vice will work closely with Levin’s property management and leasing teams to oversee all construction and development activities within the firm’s retail portfolio of more than 13 million square feet.
Vice brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new position. He joins Levin from O’Neill Properties Group where he served as senior vice president/director of retail development.
Previously, he was executive director of design and development for Tourism Development Investment Company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; senior vice president of Poag & McEwen Lifestyle Centers, LLC in Memphis, Tenn.; and vice president development at Westfield in Chicago, Ill.
Vice graduated from the University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies, and master’s degrees in finance and architecture.
VHB announced that Kelly Murphy, AICP, has joined the firm as director of planning in the White Plains office.
Murphy will help VHB expand its planning practice throughout the region and bolster the firm’s ability to provide comprehensive services to its municipal and private clients in New York and Connecticut.


Over the last 18 years, Murphy has worked with major urban governments, formerly serving as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development with the City of New Haven; Deputy Director with the New York City Department of City Planning; and Division Director of the Department of Housing & Economic Development in Chicago.
During her eight years in New Haven, Murphy oversaw the completion of two million square feet of development and an additional half-billion dollars of new projects that are currently in construction or in final approval.
Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from James Madison University, and a Master of Urban Planning in Economic Development and Finance from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
HAP Investments LLC has promoted Ryan Hardy to vice president of design and construction.
Hardy will be involved with the selection of project managers for various developments as well as overseeing them.
Hardy was previously a project manager at HAP Investments, overseeing the design and construction of residential projects in New York City.


Prior to joining HAP Investments, Hardy was a project manager for the United States General Service Administration.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Science in Real Estate from University of Texas at Arlington.
He is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Skanska USA announced  the promotions of Marshall Jones to national creative director, and Elizabeth Miller to director of communications for the northeast region of Skanska USA.
Marshall Jones has spent more than 10 years developing Skanska’s graphics and communications channels. He continues to play a pivotal role in leveraging sophisticated technology to optimize Skanska’s communications platforms.
Jones received his master’s degree in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. He currently resides in Seattle.
Since joining the company in 2010, Elizabeth Miller has led Skanska USA’s communications efforts in the northeast, including branding initiatives, media relations, advertising and social media campaigns, and corporate communications throughout the entire northeast region.
Prior to joining Skanska, Miller served as the director of communications and press secretary for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs for the Bloomberg Administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee.
Tracey Bessellieu, vice president and director of talent at Parsons Brinckerhoff, received the 2014 Shirley A. DeLibero Award as part of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ (COMTO) Women Who Move the Nation Awards program held recently in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1971, COMTO was created to provide a forum for senior-level minority professionals in the transportation industry.
During the March 12 awards program, Cliff Eby, president of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s U.S. transportation company, announced that the firm will add to its COMTO scholarships with a fourth annual grant, to benefit a woman undertaking graduate studies in transportation.
Bessellieu has served as the chair of COMTO’s national scholars committee since 2011.
Racanelli Construction Company, Inc. announced that Anthony Inzirillo has joined the firm as a project manager.
Previously, Inzirillo served as a senior project manager with S. Di Giacomo & Son, Inc. and project manager in charge of interior construction projects with HC Kranichfeld, Inc.
He began his professional career as a design engineer for M and E Consulting, Inc.
Inzirillo’s higher education includes his degree from New York Institute of Design and Construction from which he graduated with 126 credits in Construction Engineering. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from New York University.
The Board of Directors of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) announced the appointment of Kathleen Culhane as interim president.
Culhane has spent seven years working with NEW and managing initiatives with prospective employers, labor unions, contractors and government partners to expand opportunities for women in the workforce in nontraditional fields.
Prior to joining NEW, Culhane spent 10 years working in housing and homelessness with BRC, among other organizations.
Culhane earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.



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