January 31, 2024
by: AIA New York

New Hires and Promotions

Dattner Architects announced the promotion of three new Senior Associates and four Associates. Lola Rodriguez, RA, LEED APPascale Baladi, AIA, and Aaron Campbell, AIA have been elevated to Associate. The new Senior Associates are Adam Siegel, AIA, LEED AP, ENV SP, Assoc DBIA, CSI, PMP, Wei Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Patrick McAffrey, AIA, and Jon King, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

Dawne David-Pierre, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, an architect and project manager with more than 20 years of experience delivering projects in healthcare, education, and science and technology, has joined global design firm Perkins&Will as Operations Director for its New York and Philadelphia studios.

Populous, a global leader in sports and entertainment architecture and design, today announced that David Hodge, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined the firm as a principal in its New York City office. Bringing over 20 years of experience in large-scale sports facility, civic, transportation and mixed-use development, Hodge will further strengthen Populous’ domestic and international sports presence.


Leadership and Firm Transitions

Angelica T. Baccon, AIA, has been named Chair of Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation‘s Board of Trustees. Baccon is a principal of SHoP Architects that led the design of The Bev, BWAF’s new headquarters and multipurpose space. Previously the chair-elect for BWAF’s board, Baccon’s work in leading complex mixed-use and workplace design projects, often unites enterprise and technology. Along with Baccon’s new board position, six additional members have been named to the BWAF board: Sara Kendall of Turner Construction; Diana Zakem, PE with Brookfield Properties Development; Sandra Joslyn of Gensler; Tami Hausman, PhD of communications agency Hausman; Victoria Ponce de Leon, PE with Silman, a TYLin Company; and Kate Wittels of HR&A Advisors.

After over 40 years of contributions to FXCollaborative and the field of architecture, Senior Partner Sylvia Smith, FAIA, stepped out of the firm’s leadership at the end of 2023 to become Partner Emerita. She will remain active with the firm as a mentor and advisor and participate in strategic initiatives including the philanthropic work of the FXCollaborative Foundation.


Mergers and Expansions

New York City-based Urbahn Architects has launched Urbahn International, a new architectural studio based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The new firm will serve international clients, especially in the ASEAN region, including projects in Indonesia’s new capital city of Nusantara, currently under development. 


Awards and Recognitions

The Cooper Union awards The Peter Cooper Public Service Award to a graduate of The Cooper Union who best exemplifies Peter Cooper’s life of service to the public. This year, it honored Shigeru Ban (AR’84) and Dean Maltz (AR’84).

MNLA, the leading landscape architecture firm responsible for the design of Little Island and Waterline Square in New York City, has announced a progression amongst its leadership as Alexis Gagné, LLA, ASLA, Dan Yannaccone, LLA, ASLA, WEDG, Johanna Phelps, RLA, ASLA, WEDG, and Martha Desbiens, LLA, ASLA, SITES AP, WEDG have been elevated to Associate Principals.

The Urban Design Forum has selected a cohort of 47 fellows for its Rewire urban initiative working groups. They will be exploring new ways to build climate positive neighborhoods, developing design and policy proposals to remake buildings and public spaces. Fellows include Catherine Joseph, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, Jonathan Molloy, AIA, Michael Woods, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, RELi AP, and more. See the full list of fellows here.


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