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October 1, 2019
by AIA New York

Leadership and Firm Transitions

Pei Partnership Architects has changed its name; the firm, which has also launched a new identity, is now PEI Architects.

Eli Y. Meltzer, AIA, has joined Meltzer/Mandl Architects, serving alongside his father Marvin H. Meltzer, AIA, who founded the firm with the late David Mandl.

Firm Promotions and Hires

Julia Belkin has joined HLW as Principal in the office’s New York team.

Perkins Eastman has elevated nine members of its New York City Office. Mohammed Attia; Dario Brito; Gilles LeGorrec; and Cristobal Mayendia, AIA, NCARB, have been elevated to Principals. Rachel Birnboim Kochman; Kathleen Byrne, AIA, LEED AP; Yu-Hwa Lin, AIA, LEED AP; Steph Perez; and Evan Schwartz have been promoted to Associate Principals.

Beyer Blinder Belle has promoted Rayna Huber Erlich, AIA, LEED AP; Miriam Kelly, RIBA, ARB, AABC; Carmen Menocal, AIA, LEED AP; and Cassie Walker, AIA, LEED AP, to Principals. Kimberly Cornell; Bill Ladley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; and Jenin Shah, Intl. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, have been promoted to Associate Principals. Pari Agarwal; Cedric Araica; Brandon Brooks, Assoc. AIA; Michael Colton, LEED AP BD+C; Chevalier Elizes, AIA; Jesse Floyd; Anton Gladden, LEED AP BD+C; Samuel King; Michael Kulikowski; Alexander Laing, RIBA, ARB; Dana Litowitz; Mark Miller; Kat Monaghan; Kett Murphy, AIA; Lorenzo Reese; Felix Scull, Assoc. AIA; Andrea Sforza, AIA; Mathew Suen; and Nicholas Wright, RA, have been promoted to Associates.

Martin Tolentino has joined Dattner Architects as the firm’s Marketing Director.

Academia and Institutional Appointments

Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, will step down as Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space at the end of 2019 to pursue her own consultancy on urban challenges in this increasingly complex world. The Design Trust has appointed a Search Committee, chaired by Board Vice Chair Eve Klein. The search firm Harris Rand Lusk will commence a search for Chin’s successor.

Hilary Sample, AIA, of MOS Architects has been appointed the inaugural IDC Foundation Professor of Housing Design at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Center for Architecture president Barry Bergdoll, Hon. AIANY, and Deborah Berke, FAIA, have joined the jury of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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