Mike Foreman ('10 MPA) has been appointed as interim town manager in Monument, Colorado, The Tribune reported. Foreman has more than 30 years’ experience working in local government, including as city manager of Craig, Colo., and the City of Celina, Texas.
Chad Edwards ('05 MCRP) is the city of Fort Worth’s new mobility and innovation officer, FortWorthTexas.gov and Fort Worth Business Press reported.
Spiezle Architectural Group Inc. has hired Michael Thurston ('92 Master of Architecture) as senior project manager, HC+O News reported.
Myriam Igoufe ('18 UPPP), a UTA doctoral graduate in urban planning, discussed North Texas' lingering housing inequities on KERA News. She is the project manager of a comprehensive new study for the North Texas Regional Housing Assessment
Andrew Mack ('87 MCRP) has been hired as the City Planner for city of Park Rapids, Minnesota. Council member Tom Conway, who was present at the interview, said he was "extremely impressed" and that Mack "did admit to having grant-writing experience. The way he came across, it seemed like he would be a team player, and I think staff agreed."
LPA has hired Teresa Rodriguez ('12 Master of Architecture) as managing director of the firm’s Dallas office, New York’s WICZ Fox 40, Bezinga and the Albany, N.Y., Times Union reported. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in architecture from UTA. LPA is an integrated design firm.
Matthew Foster ('13 MPA) was recognized at the UTA 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception as a "Distinguished Recent Graduate". Foster is the Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T.
While UTA’s affordable fair housing assessment study reflects an unflattering image of segregation in Dallas, the city had the courage to initiate the research and is learning from this study, a UTA alumna wrote in an op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News. Myriam Igoufe ('18 UPPP), who earned her doctorate at UTA in urban planning, wrote that the Dallas City Council expressed a commitment to finding bold ways to tackle these complex issues.
A UTA fair housing assessment showed economic and racial segregation across Dallas, The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine reported. Myriam Igoufe ('18 UPPP), who recently earned her doctorate from UTA, and Stephen Mattingly, a UTA civil engineering professor, performed the assessment for the city of Dallas and 20-plus other cities and housing authorities. “Dallas is marked by a very stark geography of inequity,” Igoufe said. “We have also documented systemic barriers to opportunities.” Mattingly said if the study had gone back earlier than 1990, he believes data would have shown these areas of inequity for a long time.
Two graduates, Clodagh Ryan ('18 BS Architecture) and Estefania Barreto ('18 Architecture History Minor) produced an “Architour: The Legacy of Wiley G. Glarkson" for Historic Fort Worth on October 27, 2018.
UTA alumna Laurie Leenhouts ('99 MPA) has been named Texas division president of the North American Title Co., overseeing the company’s operations throughout the state, News Central Asia and Cision reported. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from UTA.
Trinh V Nguyen ('18 BS Interior Design), received a full time offer with Gensler, San Francisco as a Technical Designer specializing in "Interior Hospitality".
Rich Stoglin ('92 MPA) was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Guidry News reported. Stoglin, CEO of Arlington’s The Stoglin Group, earned his master’s degree in public administration from UTA.
Dr. Myriam Igoufe('18 UPPP) has joined the Dallas Housing Authority as director of Housing Services for DHA's Housing Choice Voucher program, Dallas Business Journal reported. She will be responsible for ensuring DHA continues to effectively enhance affordable housing options in high opportunity neighborhoods.
This summer, Dr. Ali Adil ('18 UPPP) joined the nonprofit research sector. Dr. Adil is a new a Research Associate with Texas Energy Poverty Institute (TEPRI) where he will be working towards alleviating energy poverty challenges in Texas.
UTA alumnus Tim de Noble ('86 BS Architecture), professor and dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University, has again been selected and recognized by Design Intelligence as among the Top 25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture, Interiors and Landscape Architecture for 2019, Kansas State University reported. He earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from UTA.
Jose Landeros ('12 MPA) has been named El Paso County's new planning and development director. He has more than 15 years of public policy and economic development research experience.
UTA alumnus Skip Ogle was elected chair of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. Ogle graduated UTA with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master's degree in city and regional planning.
Justin Pruitt ('10 MPA), has been hired as the City of Lubbock organization’s new Business Development Director. His initial focus will be on enhancing downtown redevelopment and continuing to improve communications with the business and development communities as a whole.
Colorado-based architect Mark Harris ('87 BS Architecture) pushes boundaries from what is to what can be with his exhibit at the 2018 International Venice Biennale, Modern in Denver reported. Each project in the exhibit transcends architecture to investigate human culture with an optimistic vision of our “future future,” depicting what already exists in radical and innovative ways. Harris is a UTA architecture alumnus.
AJ Fawver ('10 MPA), has been hired as the City of Lubbock’s new director of planning. As the director of Planning, Fawver will oversee the department’s mission to promote and protect the health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the citizens of Lubbock by assuring quality development in the city. Her scheduled start date is June 6.
Kate Aoki ('11 Master of Architecture), architect at Dallas-based DSGN Associates, moderated The Dallas Architecture Forum’s panel discussion of “Design Inspirations” last night at Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas Uptown BubbleLife reported. Aoki earned her master’s degree in architecture from UTA. Bang Dang, a UTA lecturer and graduate, and UTA alumni Jessica Stewart Lendvay and Madhavi Sonar were on the panel.
Jesica McEachern ('15 MPA), has been hired as an assistant city manager in Lubbock, according to Lubbock Avalanche Journal. McEachern will oversee the departments of public works, engineering, and development services at the City of Lubbock. Her scheduled start date is June 4.
Courtney Sandifer Terry ('09 MPA), producer, director and production designer was mentioned in a WoodlandsOnline.com article for shooting a quirky thriller currently titled “Life Insurance Lottery” film in the local Spring area.
IA Interior Architects in Dallas hired David Lubin ('94 Interior Design) as co-managing director to grow the firm locally and nationally, retailenvironments.org reported. Lubin earned his bachelor’s degree in interior design from UTA.
Rebecca Cox ('14 MPA), was mentioned in a starlocalmedia.com article for being named the new executive director for CASA of Denton County. As director, Cox is responsible for leading CASA in its mission to provide trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children and promote community awareness about child abuse issues.
Nicole Foster ('16 UPPP), a doctoral graduate and former adjunct professor for CAPPA, was mentioned in a CityLab.com article about the connection between the arts and gentrification. Foster and Carl Grodach, a former CAPPA associate professor, published a 2016 study on the issue.
Mark Harris ('87 BS Architecture), principal founder of markharris ARCHITECTS, LLC , has received three project awards from the "2017 Rethinking the Future (RTF) Sustainability Awards". The awards program recognizes distinguished and innovative architecture with specific emphasis on sustainable design.
1. Category: Cultural Concept Award- Punk Music Venue (Abandoned Water Tower)
2. Category: Institutional Concept Award- US/Mexico Border Crossing
3. Category: Public Building Concept Award- Lonetree Athletics Center
Mark Harris will also have multiple projects featured at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the world’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious international stage for Art and Architecture.
*NOTE: MARKHARRIS ARCHITECTS WON FOUR RFA Sustainability AWARDS IN 2015
The Dallas Business Journal recognized alumna Shannon Carpenter Bearden ('09 Master of Architecture) as one of its 2018 “40 Under 40” honorees.
Bilal Caliskan ('17 MCRP), received a "Student Project Award" from the Midwest Section Texas APA board. His project thesis was titled: "Factors Making a Street a Vibrant Place: Comparing Street Users’ Vibrancy Perception between Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, USA and Inonu Boulevard, Sivas, Turkey. The Section’s annual awards program recognizes outstanding planning efforts, innovative projects, best practices, and planning leadership, advocacy and education. The entries were evaluated based on originality, quality, implementation and the role of planners, among other category-specific criteria.
Kevin Park ('17 BS Architecture), was selected to participate in the American Institute of Architecture Students CRIT Scholar fellowship program, Archinect reported. The program is supported by the AIA in partnership with several prominent architecture firms. Recipients receive a $1,000 grant for their research project and are matched with a mentor conducting research at an architecture firm.