David Thorman was named state architect by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new State Architect last month. Thorman has practiced for more than three decades in firms including CRSS, Inc., Kitchell and 3D/International, Inc. and Caudill, Rowlett Scott, Inc. The position works with the governor on architectural issues for schools and public buildings to improve energy and environmental performance, while considering safety, security and access.

Mike Tullis has joined Steed Hammond Paul as a mechanical engineer as part of the engineering team the firm began in 2001. He has more than 30 years’ experience and comes most recently from Jacobs Engineering; he will be responsible for mechanical systems design for educational projects.

Robert Slutzky died on May 3 at age 75, from complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was a long-time professor of art and architecture at the Cooper Union. A painter who influenced many post-war architects, he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Among those he collaborated with were Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman.

Following the wake of several departures from its Kansas City offices, Ellerbe Beckett has rehired a familiar face—James Poulson was one of the firm’s early hires when it opened the Kansas City office in 1989. Later, Poulson would launch the firm’s Seattle office in 1998, where he remained until its closure in 2001. He will now serve as design director.

Faisal S. Syed, is now Managing Director of Civil Engineering Services in Walter P. Moore’s Dallas Infrastructure office. His career emphasis has been on creating engineering solutions in heavily developed urban centers. He will focus on project delivery and client service. In the Houston infrastructure office, Biswajit Mukhopadhyay has joined the firm as team Director of Hydrology & Hydraulics.

This month, Engberg Anderson Design Partnership, Inc., (architecture, planning and interior design) opened a second office on the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisc., in the American Exchange Bank Building. Their home base is Milwaukee.

Bill Hellmuth has been appointed president of HOK, Inc., and Bill Valentine is now Chairman. Also during the firm’s annual board meeting in London, two new firm directors were elected to the board for one-year terms. They are: Toby Bath, Managing Director, Asia operations; and Karen League, Director of Interior Design, HOK Atlanta. They join 23 others re-elected to the Board for another one-year term.

Michael D. Tyne, Karlsberger Company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board is retiring. After nearly 30 years with the firm, he is handing over leadership to former president Richard Barger, but will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors. Other shifts and promotions: David North replaces Barger as president of Karlsberger Architecture, Inc.; Mitchel R. Levitt has been appointed executive vice president of Karlsberger Companies. North has been with the firm 31 years; Levitt joined Karlsberger in 1979 and previously served as the national president of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Greg Mare recently joined the firms as Vice President and Director of Planning. The 77-year-old firm is based in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in New York and Birmingham, Ala.

Berkeley University’s Vernon DeMars, known for his farsighted work in public architecture and urban design, died April 29 at age 97. A professor emeritus of architecture, DeMars was also co-designer of Wurster Hall, home to the school’s College of Environmental Design. The College’s present dean, Harrison Fraker, called DeMars one of the most important post-war modernist architects.

Mancini Duffy has introduced four new principals: Bill Bouchey, Alan Dandron, John R. Sadlon and T. Lee Trimble.

After 11 years on staff, Holly L. Mattson has been named executive director of the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research. She will also continue in her present role as director of accreditation.

At HGA, Project Designer Dan Polachek, has been promoted to vice president, following nine years with the firm’s healthcare practice in Minneapolis. Design Architect Jim Shields has also been promoted to vice president. Since he joined the firm office in 1988, he has worked with each of HGA’s practice groups: Arts, Community and Education; Corporate; and Healthcare.