Halff Expands Practice to Florida
Halff Associates hired Robert Smedley, AIA, and Marjorie Weibe-Reed, AIA, to expand the company's presence in Florida. Smedley and Weibe-Reed will be based in Jacksonville, advancing the firm's portfolio in federal, state, local government and private industries.
Smedley has nearly 40 years of experience in both the public and private sector, working in the aerospace, aviation, federal, health care, military, and science and technology industries. He is a certified member of the Design-Build Institute of American and serves on national and Florida region committees. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.
Weibe-Reed, an AIA Florida board member, has more than 25 years of experience working on aviatino, commercial, government, historic and institutional projects. She previously served as president of AIA Jacksonville and is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Halff is an award-winning, employee-owned professional engineering and architecture firm. It has offices in Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.
Personnel Moves at REG
REG Architects marked its 34th anniversary April 1 with some personnel moves.
Manuel Ayala, AIA, was named vice president. He replaced the retiring Colin Price. Ayala has been with REG for more than a decade and has more than 25 years of experience. Among his most important projects are the historic Lake Worth Beach Casino and several projects for the Palm Beach and Marin County school districts.
REG also welcomed Ricardo E. Gonzalez III, son of Rick Gonzalez, AIA, to the firm as the head of marketing and business development. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, the younger Gonzalez previously worked in public insurance adjusting.
Arquitectonica Expands to West Palm Beach
Arquitectonica opened a new office in Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach.
"We have long had a presence in the region thanks to strong client relationships and high-profile projects," said Timothy Reedy, Arquitectonica's CEO. "We see tremendous opportunities for growth in the region and are excited about the prospects this new office will provide for our clients and our firm. Our clients want an architecture firm that has a local presence backed by global expertise, and our expansion into West Palm Beach is a natural step to better serve our clients in the region."
The new office will be led by Vice President Michelle Cintron, AIA.
"Over the past several years, we have experienced a steady increase in clients within the market and are confident that this location will advantageously position the firm to extend our service offerings and continue to build upon our strong foundation in Florida."
Arquitectonica has more than 600 employees across an international network of offices.
Hagopian Named to Design Review Board
Jason Hagopian, AIA, president and founder of Neuvio Architects was reappointed recently to the Design Review Board in Miami Beach. That board ensures that new development in the city meets the highest standards of design and sustainability.
Peacock + Lewis, JBD JGA Design Join Forces
Peacock + Lewis Architecture and Interior Design and JBD JGA Design and Architecture formed a new private club-focused professional services network, ClubWorks.
"Both Peacock + Lewis and JBD JGA have long been design leaders in the private club industry. This exciting relationship will not only support each companies' individualism and identity but enhance the ability to provide even better service and a higher level of creativity to a wider geographic market," Peacock + Lewis CEO Brian Idle, AIA, said. "With our combined 100 yeas of club amenity design experience, the club and hospitality industry will be the beneficiary of this new partnership."
ClubWorks will be the "go-to" for clubhouse design, JBD founder Judd Brown says. The network will provide design services to private clubs around the U.S.
Davenport Named to Capital City Bank Group Board
Bonnie Davenport, AIA, president and founding principal of BKJ Inc., was named to the Capital City Bank Group board of directors on Dec. 14.
She is a certified general contractor with NCARB certification. Davenport is a member of the Maclay School Board of Trustees and of the Urban Land Institute-Capital Region. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 28, Entrepreneurial Excellence Program Class 3 and the Jim Moran Small Business Entrepreneurship Class 5. She is a double graduate of the University of Florida.
Capital City Bank Group is one of the largest publicly traded financial holding companies headquartered in Florida with about $4 billion in assets. It provides a full range of banking services. Capital City Bank, the group's bank subsidiary, was founded in 1895 and has 57 banking offices in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Woodury Named Chairman/CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts
Mark Woodbury, AIA, a theme park architect with Universal Parks and Resorts, was named chairman and CEO of the company effective Jan. 1.
Formerly the vice chairman of Universal Parks and Resorts and president of Universal Creative, Woodbury will take over for Tom Williams, who will retire March 16. Woodbury has been with Universal for more than 30 years. He has lead planning and design strategy for Universal Parks & Resorts worldwide, design and creation of Universal ride experiences, themed lands, destination hotels and more. His latest project was Universal Studios Beijing.
“Mark has unique and essential insight into everything that makes Universal Parks & Resorts successful,” said Jeff Shell, chief executive officer of NBCUniversal. “Beyond his ability to create incredibly innovative guest experiences, he has tremendous experience with strategy, financials, stewardship of the Universal Parks brand and so much more. He has also been a key part of planning for the future of Universal Parks & Resorts. All this makes him perfect for this role.”
Peacock+Lewis Announces New Director
Naples, Florida — Peacock + Lewis, a leading architecture and interior design company servicing the private club and hospitality markets welcomes licensed interior designer Patricia Sampson as the director of client initiatives for the firm.
Sampson comes to Peacock +Lewis with more than 25 years of nationwide experience designing award-winning private clubs, luxury residences and hospitality projects. Sampson will manage business development and client relationships firm-wide. Additionally, in the Naples office, Sampson will be in charge of servicing the interior design and purchasing needs of private clubs regionally. Sampson holds a BA from the University of Virginia as well as an interior design degree from Seminole State College of Florida. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Urban Land Institute, and is NCIDQ certified. Nationally and as a resident of Southwest Florida, Sampson has developed long-standing relationships with manufacturers, suppliers and industry leaders servicing private clubs and hospitality projects.
Peacock + Lewis, based in North Palm Beach and Naples, recently won multiple design excellence awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and design and honor awards from the American Institute of Architects. Peacock + Lewis has been providing award-winning architecture and interior design services for private clubs, residential golf course communities and the hospitality industry since 1961. For information, visit peacockandlewis.com.