Design Leadership Transitions, January 2005

January 15, 2005 · by DesignIntelligence

Selected transitions compiled by DesignIntelligence, January 2005.

Ed Feiner, the General Service Administration's chief architect, announced his retirement early this month. Head of design for the GSA since 1996, Feiner just made it official at press time. He will be headed for SOM's Washington, D.C., office to serve as associate partner and director of office operations. Feiner is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Bruce Johinke was named president of PB Consult, a subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff that provides management consulting services for developers of infrastructure, worldwide. Johinke replaces Mortimer L. Downey, who now serves as chairman for PB Consult.

WHR Chairman David Watkins has been named to the National Architectural Accrediting Board, representing the AIA. His term on the 13-member board is three years, expiring in 2007. His previous service has included serving as president of both the Texas and Houston chapters of the AIA.

Tech pioneer Curtis Wong has been named to the Rhode Island School of Design's Board of Trustees. A leader (and multiple patent holder) in areas including interactive television, mobile computing and media browsing, Wong also created the first broadband art museum exhibition network, which featured the National Gallery's Van Gogh collection.

Joe Flad, who made his father's Madison, Wisc., firm into a national venture, died Dec. 26, 2004 at age 82. He joined the company, John J. Flad & Associates in 1951, after service in World War II, and earning his architecture degree from Iowa State University. He became president in the '60s when his father retired.

Robert Goodwin has joined Perkins + Will as a lead designer in New York City. Prior to that, Goodwin had spent the bulk of his 20-year career at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

Syska Hennessey has named Robert Dusconi vice president and chief financial officer. He succeeds Harvey Goldman, who has assumed the title of president and COO. Dusconi comes to Syska Hennessy from Ernst & Young where he served as an assurance and advisory senior manager, responsible for directing SEC audits and managing assurance and advisory audit engagements.

Haworth has named Rod Larsen business development director of its New York office. He was previously A&D sales director for the N.Y. region.

Gayle S. Lane has returned to EwingCole’s Philadelphia headquarters as director of Interior Design. She specializes in corporate and healthcare projects—some noteworthy projects during her nearly 30 years of work include Merck & Co., Inc., Temple University Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Calvin W. Frese Jr. has been appointed president of CB Richard Ellis Americas operations, which include the states, Canada and Latin America. This portion of the global commercial real estate company represents operational revenues of about $1.5 billion. Prior to this month’s promotion, Frese was executive managing director of the company’s central region, which oversaw operations in 35 cities.

In memoriam: Arthur Rosenblatt, known for his work in architecture and planning at New York’s Metropolitan Museum died Jan. 10 at age 73 of cancer. He was a partner at RKK&G Museum and Cultural Facilities Consultants

Landscape Architect/Urban Designer/Planner Dennis Reynolds has joined RDG Planning & Design, opening a new Kansas City, Missouri office. The company is based in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds has worked at Sasaki Associates, HOK, and NBBJ, among others. His work includes the Nanjing Olympic Sports Park for the 2005 China Games in Nanjing, China and the Dubai Formula One Autodrome and Mixed-Use Development.

James E. Prendergast has joined Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects as a principal. He is expected to expand the firm’s interior architecture practice. Some of his clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting. He
formerly was principal/v.p. in Perkins + Will’s Chicago office.

Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. has named Anthony Lancellotti New England district manager. A 27-year veteran and senior vice president, his most recent assignment was Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel project.

Walter P. Moore has eight new principals. In structural engineering: Tarek A. Ayoubi (Houston) and Andrew P. Sullivan (Las Vegas), Dennis R. Tow (Atlanta) and Kurtis A. Young (Houston); and in structural diagnostics: Gabriel A. Jimenez-Lopez (Houston), Dilip Choudhuri (Houston) and Eric Green (Houston); and Michael E. Duval (Dallas) in civil engineering.

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