On the Move: Top Promotions and Hires
RSP Architects promoted four of its key professionals to principal. The new principals are Alissa Franconi, based in Phoenix; Traci Golownia, based in Miami; Jeff Hysjulien, based in Minneapolis; and Todd Novak, based in Minneapolis. Todd Novak will assume the role of national market sector lead for retail, hospitality and mixed-use.
Approaching its 30th anniversary, San Francisco-based BAMO announced the promotion of two team members to associate: they are Lindsay Noelting and Elaine Hwa Smith. Noelting joined the firm in 2013 and has worked on projects ranging from the Four Seasons Madrid to Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki and private residences. While the promotion of Hwa Smith, who has worked on projects such as venture capital office spaces in San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building and the Four Seasons São Paulo promotion, coincides with her 20th anniversary with the company. Notably, she has helped spearhead BAMO’s committee on diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.
Florida Tile promoted Mike Vail to chief sales officer, where he will assume responsibility for maximizing profitable growth for the Florida Tile and Cotte d’Este USA brands. In his 22-year tenure with the company, he previously served as vice president of branch division. Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a leading global manufacturer and distributor.
The award-winning multi-disciplinary design collective RIOS is expanding with a new experiential design studio and new offices in Boulder, Colorado. Larry Weeks and CarloMaria Ciampoli have joined the team out of the new Boulder office to run the experiential design studio. The two previously worked together on a range of experiential spaces across the globe.
New York School of Interior Design
NYSID announced that Suzy Genzler, a senior associate, healthcare designer at NK Architects, will assume the role of Master of Professional Studies in Healthcare Interior Design (MPSH) program director. MPSH is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that provides designers an opportunity to learn from practicing healthcare designers, medical planners, capital projects team members in healthcare institutions, and healthcare environment researchers.
American Silk Mills
Oscar Reig-Plaza has joined American Silk as CEO. He previously served as vice president of sales at Covington Fabrics and as owner of Barcelona Sales. In his new role, he will also be responsible for American Silk’s parent Sutlej Textiles and Industries Limited’s home textile division. American Silk, founded in 1896, remains among the oldest and most established of the American textile brands.
Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance products, announced the hiring of Justin Reidling as the company’s new acoustic engineer. Reidling has seven years of experience as a product engineer and acoustical consultant on a wide range of projects.
Architect and urbanist Mide Akinsade joined the Houston studio of Perkins&Will as design director. Akinsade’s research-driven designs for cultural, higher education, and science/technology clients around the world have earned him critical acclaim, and he has been an admirer of Perkins&Will since his time as an undergraduate student.
Additionally, Laura Morris joined the New York studio as health practice leader and associate principal. She will lead all health design and planning work connected with the firm’s seven research labs. Morris previously worked with the practice from 2008 to 2013, contributing to projects like John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Einstein Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Quinn has been promoted to associate at RODE Architects. Quinn is a 16-year veteran of the industry who joined the firm in 2016 and has worked particularly in the industrial typology and on project phases from concept through execution.
The award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm NELSON Worldwide has announced the appointment of Marco Oppici as retail design leader in the New York office. He brings expertise in experiential design from high-end residential, retail and hospitality, to visual arts and furniture design.
Loretta Fulvio has returned to HOK, where she began her career as an intern and worked for nearly two decades, as the firm’s new director of interiors for sports + recreation + entertainment. While at other firms, Fulvio led teams for national and international projects including Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas; SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles; U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis; and AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Adrian McDermott has joined Ware Malcomb as director, design in the Oak Brook office, bringing over 15 years of experience in architectural design. His expertise spans in mixed-use, multifamily, office, retail, hospitality, healthcare, sports facilities, and cultural project types. In the new role, he will focus on the midwest, northeast, and southeast regions.
Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association
BIFMA, the non-profit business and institutional furniture manufacturers trade association, recently appointed Andi Barajas as its new marketing and communication manager. Barajas, a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where BIFMA is based, will head marketing and communications for the association. She holds a bachelors of science in film, video, and media studies from Western Michigan University’s School of Communications and brings 10 years of experience.
Felder & Associates
Felder & Associates, the award-winning Savannah-based architecture firm, has made additions to their team in order to support an uptick in regional construction projects. Joining the staff are project manager Lauren Prefer and architecture interns: Christina Strough and Jacob Woods. Prefer brings more than five years of experience at Hussey Gay Bell with designing public and commercial spaces. Strough earned her B.Arch from Virginia Tech, while Woods is a recent Pennsylvania State graduate who earned a B.Arch. in architecture with a minor in landscape architecture and architectural history.
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