Theresa Joan Rosenberg, an architect and attorney, recently became an accredited professional (AP) by the Green Building Certification Institute. Professionals achieve this recognition by demonstrating knowledge and understanding of “green” building principles and practice. This is vital to support the use of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.
LEED is the nationally accepted, pre-eminent benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. As a LEED AP, Rosenberg will be able to assist clients through the LEED certification process, from startup to final verification of a project’s green measures, as well as helping clients navigate the evolving green building regulatory requirements.
School of Architecture Professor in Practice Matthew Griffith (MArch 2002) recently started his own architecture practice, called in situ studio, with former colleague, Erin Sterling Lewis.
For four years, Griffith and Lewis worked on high-profile projects as architects for Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh. In situ studio is based in Raleigh and will focus on sustainable and modern design. Also a part of the architectural team at in situ is Nicole Alvarez (MArch 2010). Learn more at: www.insitustudio.us.
Alta Planning + Design (www.altaplanning.com) a national firm specializing in multi-modal transportation, greenways, bike sharing, and related fields, has joined forces with the Durham, N.C., office of Greenways Incorporated (www.greenways.com) led by Chuck Flink (BEDL 1982). The combined group will operate under the name ‘Alta/Greenways’ during a transition period. The official start date of the combined entity was January 1, 2011.
“Alta and Chuck Flink have worked closely together through the years, and now we have the chance to fully integrate our operations and maximize our ‘green infrastructure’ services,” said CEO Michael Jones.
Greenways Incorporated, founded in 1987, was one of the first consulting firms in the country to specialize in non-motorized transportation, including designing multi-use trails, and completing bicycle, pedestrian, and trail master plans. Through the years, the firm has been a pioneer in producing award-winning projects. Alta Planning + Design, founded in 1996 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has a staff of 70 professionals in 15 offices including Davidson, North Carolina. Flink will continue to operate Greenways Incorporated as a forum for his teaching, training, and publishing.
Chad Everhart (BEDA 1998, MArch 2003) recently received a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Energy for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Everhart, an assistant professor and coordinator of the Building Science program at Appalachian State University, collaborated with colleague Dr. Jamie Russell on the grant proposal. Both Everhart and Russell serve as faculty advisors for the design-build project, which will be featured on the National Mall in Washington, DC, during the month of September in 2011. Katharine Lea (BArch 1993), a graduate student in appropriate technology, is one of the student leaders for the project and serves as the project architect. Appalachian State was one of twenty international teams selected for the competition, which highlights affordable, net-zero energy houses. For more information, please visit: www.thesolarhomestead.org
Matt Balla (BGD 2007) is developing a system of coordinated components for art teachers designed to make teaching easier but more well-rounded for the student. Visit http://www.thesmartteacher.com.
Todd Childers (BED 1986) will be presenting a paper on Typographic Distorion in International Style Typography at the TYPO Berlin 2011 Shift conference May 19-21, 2011. He presented his paper, “All Type Is Dimensional,” at the Association Typographique “The Word” Conference in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 12, 2010, the preeminent typography event in the world. Childers is an associate professor of graphic design at Bowling Green State University.
John Gentry (MArch 2003) has received a Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy (NIAUSI) Fellowship. The fellowship (a one-month residency in the Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio) is available to qualifying design professionals practicing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Gentry’s project will explore an alternative and parallel universe in Civita using “biocentric collages” – visionary tales of several non-human species and their imagined lives. He is an architect at the Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects. Learn more at: http://ancestorsofcivita.wordpress.com.
Professor Andrew Phillip Payne (PHD/DDN 2009) was awarded the 2010 Educator Honor Award by AIAS during its annual meeting, FORUM 2010, in Toronto, Ontario. This award was given in recognition of his support of and contributions to students and the academic community. Dr. Payne also recently presented material titled “Simulations: Hands-on Education as a Spatial Learning Tool” at the 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu, Japan.
North Carolina Public Radio WUNC “Money Talks” recently interviewed designer Matt McConnell (BEDA 1994 / BEDI 1995) on the air. Interview description: “Matt McConnell is an artist, a sculptor and a builder, but he prefers to call himself a problem solver. His design solutions come in the form of railings, desks, light fixtures, and walls. His clients range from large companies like SAS and Bank of America to local restaurants and families. As part of an occasional series on business and finance called ‘Money Talks,’ McConnell joined host Frank Stasio to talk about his work as an independent designer, what it means to be a small business owner in today’s economy and how choosing local can apply to art.”
Listen to the interview here: http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/Artist_Matt_McConnell.mp3/view
Eric Schneider (MID 1996) recently joined Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, N.C., as the Advanced Learning Deployment Lead for Ingersoll Rand University, a corporate and industrial training center.
Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Schneider developed a platform for a series of interactive 3D “virtual learning objects” for the North Carolina Community Colleges BioNetwork. He is also the designer of the North Carolina Persian Gulf War Memorial (1990-91), a project initiated at the College of Design in 1996 (www.ncgulfwarmemorial.com).
Schneider maintains a website on his work at: http://www.optixa.com.
Andrea Donnelly (BAD 2006) currently has a solo exhibition of her weavings (titled “Andrea Donnelly: Mindbody”) at ArtSpace in Raleigh through March 26, 2011. Learn more at: http://artspacenc.org/index.html. Donnelly was also featured by the Center for Creativity and Design in its latest newsletter: http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/who/newsletters/201102ENEWS.htm.
Meg Revelle (MSPD 1983) is the new executive director of Arts Together in Raleigh, N.C.
Revelle brings to the job over 30 years experience as an educator, entrepreneur and design professional. She has served on the faculties of the College of Design, Meredith College and Peace College. She was a founding partner of Forma, a Raleigh-based strategic marketing firm with clients throughout the United States and abroad. Meg has served as a trustee of several nonprofit organizations, including as Co-chair of the Board of The Raleigh School.
She is married to fellow alum David Chapin (MSPD 1983).
Jim Rains (BEDA 1980) of Rains Studio, PA (www.rainsstudio.com) in Ramseur, N.C., is celebrating its 10th anniversary in providing construction contract administration and management services to the architectural community and owner representative services to the banking industry and property owners. The anniversary coincides with release of the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) new Construction Contract Administration Practice Guide co-authored by Rains and published by Wiley.