Eric J. Hill has joined the Ann Arbor office of Lord, Aeck & Sargent. As a principal of the firm and the second principal in the Ann Arbor office, Hill joins design principal and office leader Terry Sargent as part of senior leadership for the office, which opened in 2001. Prior to joining Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Hill was vice president and director of urban planning and design for Albert Kahn Associates. He is also co-author (with Detroit Free Press architecture critic John Gallagher) of AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.”

Robin Ellerthorpe is in charge of Texas-based Magellan Consulting Inc.’s new Chicago office, which is focused on increasing the value of client-owned and leased real estate assets. The company specializes in corporate, institutional, and government market areas.

Five members of Cannon Design have been promoted within the national architecture, engineering, and planning firm. Craig A. Hamilton, now principal, has recently worked on the Price Center Student Union at the University of California; John M. Swift, Jr., now associate principal, is currently working on the Adelphi University Centers for Sports and Performing Arts; Kevin D. Opp, who was appointed vice president, is also the director for graphic services; and Colleen McKenna and Jeffrey Hoseth have been named associate vice presidents, specializing in recreation and leisure projects and coordinating work within the firm’s departments, respectively.

Linda Tompson, a landscape architect who worked on many high-profile Bay Area projects, died at the age of 47 on June 5. Formerly a principal with NUVIS, Tompson helped design several award-winning communities, including the Cedarwood Residential and Women’s Shelter in Brentwood, Cresta Blanca in Livermore, and Gale Ranch in San Ramon.

Rees Associates Inc. recently acquired Hailey Design Interiors, and Wanda Hailey, who has been in the industry for 29 years, has joined the firm as senior interior designer with specialties in healthcare, surgery centers, and medical office buildings.

Distinguished Lebanese architect Pierre El-Khoury died July 3, of bone cancer. One of his most famous works is the Basilica of Our Lady of Harissa, a structure at the peak of the mountain range overlooking Jounieh Bay.

Marilyn Jordan Taylor, a partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has been elected the new chairman of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and education facility dedicated to responsible land use and development. She has had more than 25 years of experience in international projects, and her involvement at SOM includes urban design and transportation projects, such as the JFK and Newark Airports, the New York City Transit Authority, and the Downtown Alliance.

Suzanne J. Baumgardt has joined Vollmer Associates of New York City as director of architectural services for New Jersey, managing five offices in that region. A Syracuse grad, she comes to Vollmer from Rivardo Schnitser Capazzi Architects, where she was a project manager.

Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects and Planners has hired Gregory Galford as a design architect and Kristin C. Kennedy as lead specification writer and project architect.

David Allen Daileda has returned to Washington, D.C.-based DMJM Design as principal and director of operations. Mary C. Kartman and L. Matthew Lane have been promoted to senior associates. Kartman has been part of a variety of winning proposal efforts, and Lane is in charge of project plumbing and fire protection design projects.

Charles I. Bryant, founder of one of the nation’s first and most visible African-American owned architecture firms, died at age 76 on June 7. He and his brother Robert Bryant founded Bryant & Bryant in 1969 in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Bryant served in the U.S. Air Force as an engineering officer in England. After returning to the states, he worked for the V.A. and the G.S.A. He hung his shingle in 1965 and worked on his own for four years before teaming with his brother. Their work included projects at Howard University and many designs for public buildings, including schools, medical facilities, fire stations, libraries, housing, shopping centers, churches and rec centers. His son, Charles Bryant II, will now lead the firm.

Toshiko Mori has received The Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA for her work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House. The 15,000-sf Garden Pavilion, an addition to the Prairie-style home, is scheduled to open next year. In addition to her practice, Mori is also chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Department of Architecture.