Collected Transitions printed in DesignIntelligence Vol. 8, No. 11

Nate Berkus, design principal at Nate Berkus Associates was named one of Chicago Business’ 40 under 40 this month. The 31-year-old interior designer started his firm when he was 24, and has since handled projects ranging from a five-day renovation of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago to frequent appearances on HGTV. He has designed a furniture line for Chicago’s Niedermaier and is in the process of licensing his own design, with hopes to pitch to mass retailers Target or Home Depot’s Expo.

Joern Utzon, architect of the Sydney Opera House, left in 1966, while it was still under construction (and never returned to see the finished work.) Utzon has been asked to return for a three-year, $30 million schedule of renovation, restoration and additions. Plans include opening a wall for views of the harbor, part of Utzon’s original design that was jettisoned during the increasingly acrimonious squabbles that led to his departure about halfway through construction. Utzon, 83, says he was fired. Now, nearly four decades later, the project’s backers say Utzon’s vision will be honored (and funded).

Gerald D. Hines, founder and chairman of Hines real estate organization, was selected in October as the third annual recipient of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionary Urban Development. The prize recognizes a career commitment to high standards of responsible development. The $100,000 prize is named for Kansas City, Missouri, developer J.C. Nichols, a founding Urban Land Institute member. A former mechanical engineer, Hines’ first skyscraper was the 50-story One Shell Plaza in Houston, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, completed in 1971. Hines has also worked with Kohn Pedersen Fox, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Philip Johnson, Cesar Pelli, I.M. Pei and Frank Gehry.

KMA Architecture & Engineering has promoted Joyce Peabody to Senior Associate and John Hilgeman to Associate.

Washington Group International, Inc. has named Thomas H. Zarges chief operating officer following the retirement of Charles R. Oliver, Jr. Oliver is moving to a consulting role following two years of service to the company. Zarges was formerly president of Washington Group’s Power Business Unit. The Boise, Idaho, based company. Louis E. Pardi has been named president of the Power Business Unit, replacing Zarges. Pardi was formerly executive vice president of operations for the Power Business Unit. Washington Group International, Inc., is an engineering, construction and environmental firm with more than 30,000 employees in 40 states and 30 countries.

Architect J. Kevin Lloyd will manage Affiliated Construction Services, Inc.’s new office in Raleigh, N.C.

Curt Green, who put his architectural touch on Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and other notable buildings in the nation, died Nov. 3 after a stroke. He was 77.

In 1953, Green and his friend Dick Hammel founded the architecture firm that would become one of the nation’s most prominent: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson.

The firm, which now employs nearly 600 people in six offices around the country, is known for its churches, hospitals, performing arts centers, museums, corporate and educational institutions. Other award-winning projects include Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis (with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer), the arts center at Gustavus Adolphus College, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the College of St. Catherine, the Benedicta Arts Center at the College of St. Benedict, and St. Bede’s Priory near Eau Claire, Wis.

At FKK Architects, Inc.: Douglas C. Frank has been promoted to senior vice president. His 24 years experience includes managing construction specs for projects including Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Texas. Also, Ricardo Socorro has joined the firm as a project planner; his prior work includes projects in interiors, master planning and medical planning at Baylor College of Medicine.

Charles Morris Mount, a flamboyant interior designer who left his mark on hundreds of restaurants ranging from Manhattan’s most exclusive to McDonald’s, died this month, on Nov. 8. He was 60. The Auburn University grad first migrated to Atlanta, before moving to New York. Friends and colleagues included chef and author James Beard and restaurant entrepreneur Mark Caraluzzi, who owned The American Café and also employed Mount as designer for his Bistro Bistro chain.