Collected Transitions printed in DesignIntelligence Vol. 8, No. 8.

Roy Abernathy has been named the new COO of Jova Daniels Busby in Atlanta. Abernathy was selected from a field of national candidates completing the firm’s re-organization strategy to emphasize next generation leadership. Abernathy comes from Accenture, LLC, the global management consultancy, where he was responsible for workplace strategy, finance and day-to-day operations. More staff additions at the firm include Tae Jung Kim who has joined the firm’s Architectural Studio as a senior Architectural Designer. And Patricia Sewell is now construction administrator for the Studio.

Brad Grant assumes the 2002-03 Presidency of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He is Chair of the Department of Architecture at Hampton University in Hampton, VA, and is the first African-American to serve as President of the ACSA. Grant is also a co-editor with Dennis Alan Mann of The Directory of African-American Architects, which is now online at

Vladimir Ilic recently joined SB Architects (Sandy Babcock) as a Senior Associate. Ilic has worked for more than two decades in hotel, resort and retail development. Previously with Hill Glazier Architects for 15 years, Ilic spent four years as an Associate at Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum, designing resort hotels in Indonesia and Bali.

Douglas Stelling has joined DFD CornoyerHedrick as principal/senior designer. In his new position, Stelling will be responsible for the design of large-scale mixed-use developments, including conceptual analysis, architectural development, design implementation, management and team leadership. Stelling moves from Callison Architecture in Seattle. Major projects there included Madison Square Garden, Universal Studios, St. Louis Train Station, Baltimore Harborplace and Flatiron Crossing in Boulder, Colo.

Recent changes at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott: Henry H. Abernathy Jr. has been named principal and Timothy G. McKenna, business developer. Both will be on the firm’s Science Practice Group. SBRA also appointed Deborah Johansen as communications manager.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Presidential Medals
winners for this year are Katherine Lee Schwensenn, Joseph M. Brocato Jr., Manuel Barclay Galindo, Randall L. Romanin and Robert A. Rosenfeld.

FKP Architects, Inc. continues to add/promote staff; most recently: Gary S. Owens was named associate principal (from senior vice president); **Cary L. Garner, project manager; Rich Harris, project designer; and Joseph R. Maytum, project designer and associate.

Soffes Wood Architecture and Interiors** has created a new position for Natalie Evans. She will serve as in-house photo curator to assemble fine art photography collections for clients.
Mark Martof has been elected director of Morris Architects’ Public Assembly Design Studio.

Neville Lewis has moved from Gensler’s New York office to Ted Moudis Associates, where he will be the firm’s design coordinator.

David Rova has been named design director at Ellerbe Becket, Minneapolis. Rova joined the firm in 1988, and has worked on international projects in locales such as Indonesia, South Korea, and Russia and South America. Rova received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He also completed European Studies in the Italian cities of Firenza, Rome and Venice.

Michael D. Kelly of SmithGroup died on June 30 at age 65. Kelly was known for his collaborative work (with Pietro Belluschi and Pier Luigi Nervi) in the design and documentation of San Francisco landmark St. Mary’s Cathedral, at Geary and Geogh Streets. Kelly was also heavily involved in several projects at Stanford University, including the History Corner reconstruction, the Graduate School of Business, the Lucas Center and the Sherman Fairchild Science Building.

Michael A. McCarthy died on July 16 at age 68. McCarthy, who retired from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in 1997, blended modernism with traditional Muslim architectural style for the Islamic Cultural Center mosque on New York’s Upper East Side. A design partner at SOM, his work included the Milstein Hospital Building at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the Texaco headquarters in Harrison, N.Y., and multiple projects for Chase Manhattan Bank.

Benjamin C. Thompson, the architect of Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Baltimore’s Harborplace and New York’s South Street Seaport, died of heart failure on July 17. He was 85. In 1991, he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal. Thompson was director of Harvard’s School of Architecture for four years and a founding partner of the Architects Collaborative prior to founding his own firm, Benjamin Thompson and Associates, in Cambridge in 1966.

Charles Kristopher von Oy died last month in a car accident at age 35. He was co-founder of the Vivid Design Group and was known for his trademark lighting skills at many Seattle landmarks including Starbucks headquarters and the Pike Place Pub.

Two Florida firms, Harper Partners, Inc., and Donahue & Company, Inc. merged this month. As a result Harper Partners, Inc. will be adding the Donahue & Company trademark identity “The New Architect(TM)” and will continue under the name of Harper Partners. Donahue and Company was founded in 1988 in Boca Raton by Kevin Donahue. David Michael Harper founded the Harper practice in 1979 and the company was named Harper Partners in 1993. The Atlanta, Georgia office of Harper Partners, Inc. was opened in 1998. Harper Partners is one of the leading aviation architectural firms in the southeast U.S. In July, the firm was awarded a major expansion project planned for Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Ga.

Gensler is moving its office in San Francisco’s Financial District to a location South of Market, in the landmark Hills Plaza. “We’re going to move to where it’s happening again,” said Vice President Gervais Tompkin.

Nimbus Group, Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL has filed intent to acquire Horizons Aviation Inc., a Florida based private corporation offering fractional aircraft ownership, charter services and aircraft maintenance. Both companies’ goal is to provide broad use of personal jet travel. Horizons owns and controls four subsidiary companies focused on four principal business segments of general aviation: (i) Regional Fractional Aircraft Ownership, (ii) Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Services, (iii) Fixed-Based Operator services and (iv) Aircraft Charter Services. Said Mr. Botero, “The structure was designed to provide the strategic foundation for the successful development of innovative and cost-effective solutions for small to mid-sized corporations and individuals that require regional air transport. We share Nimbus’ vision that affordable, on-demand air taxi service represents a future evolution in corporate air travel.”

Dwell magazine will mark its second anniversary with both a new publisher and editor-in-chief. Michela O’Connor Abrams, formerly publisher at Business 2.0 is joined by new editor-in-chief, Allison Arieff. The magazine hopes to make a profit before 2004. Dwell will publish eight issues next year, with extra editions coming out in June and September. They project circulation to grow to 150,000 by the end of this year, up from 100,000 a year ago.