February 2005 Transitions.

For decades, Philip Johnson was America’s most visible architect; he led a flamboyant, charged and rare existence touched by both greatness and scandal. Johnson died on Jan. 25 at age 98 in the compound that was companion to the “Glass House” he designed in New Canaan, Conn.

Following a nation-wide search, David Lenox has accepted a position as Stanford’s new university architect, and begins next month. He replaces former university architect David Neuman, who left to serve as the University of Virginia’s architect after 14 years at Stanford. Lenox formerly practiced in the Columbus office of NBBJ, where he has been a principal since 1997; his work included designs for Ohio State University.

Larry Oltmanns, design architect for the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, has joined Leo A Daly as vice president and director of design at the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Prior to joining Leo A Daly, Oltmanns was design principal for the London office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Throughout his 30-year career with SOM he led design projects in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Walter P. Moore is opening its ninth regional office, this time in Las Vegas. Andrew P. Sullivan will be leading the office.

Gensler Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide has nine new principals as of this month. Annual promotions are made on the basis of outstanding client service, innovation, contribution to the Gensler organization, and community participation. They are: James S. Camp, Baltimore; Robert Cataldo, New York City; J.F. Finn III, Las Vegas; Gerald C. Gehm, Edward A. Grun, (both of Houston); Steven J. Martin, James Williamson, (both of Washington, D.C.); Ernest Muñoz, Charlotte; and Jon Tollit, London.

Jack Black has joined OWP/P’s Phoenix office; he was formerly director of design at Langdon Wilson.

Raymond Cekauskas has been named senior design architect at HarleyEllis’ science and research studio. First thing on the horizon? Leading the firm’s work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Neil Frankel (Frankel + Coleman) has been awarded Contract Magazine’s 2005 Legend Award. The ceremony was held Jan. 28, and represented the 26th such event. During that time, the magazine has awarded the Legend award only three times. “Neil is certainly one of the more beloved characters to have helped shape the A&D community as we know it today,” said Jennifer Thiele Busch, Contract’s Editor in Chief.

French architect Jean Nouvel will receive the Wolf Foundation’s $100,000 arts prize this year for his work in contemporary architecture, the foundation announced in January. Prizes are given annually in five categories. They are officially given in May by Israeli President Moshe Katsav in a ceremony at Israel’s parliament.

Idaho custom builder David F. Wilson was elected 2005 president of the National Association of Homebuilders (220,000-members) during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. Wilson’s political involvement includes service as a planning and zoning commissioner; a repeat city council member, and finally, mayor of Sun Valley from 1999–2003. He was also recently appointed by Idaho’s governor to the board of the Idaho Housing Finance Agency.

Joseph B. Power, who joined HarleyEllis in 2000 to open the firm’s Cincinnati office, has been recently elected principal. Power is managing director, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.

Peter Obarowski has joined DMJM Design in Washington, D.C. as a senior associate specializing in justice design, including specialized security planning.

Nicholas Isaak has joined JSA in Portsmouth, N.H., as a designer and project architect. He earned his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University, and was awarded the Rotch traveling scholarship, a year’s study abroad on architecture in Asia, India, Eastern and Central Europe. He was recognized for his contribution “The City in Harmony with Nature,” to an urban design competition in Japan. Prior to joining JSA, Isaak worked in San Francisco as a project architect

Robert Grabus has joined Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects PC as vice
president of client relations and business development.