Fred Perpall (BS ARCH '96 and M'ARCH in '98) has been nominated as the U.S. Golf Association’s (USGA) president-elect and in 2023 he will become the first Black president since the United States Golf Association started in 1894, theGolf Channelreported. Perpall earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT Arlington and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Perpall, 47, is the CEO of The Beck Group, where he leads the firm’s domestic and international architectural design, planning, real estate consultancy and construction businesses.
Quorum Architects has added Dayoung “Day” Son to its architectural design staff, Day joins the multi-family housing design team as Architectural Intern. day received her Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in May of 2021.
Joseph Chacon (Master of Public Administration) has been named chief of the Austin Police Department, Patch reported. Chacon served as interim chief since March 2021.
Shane Pace(Master of City and Regional Planning) had been named president of the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation in Jacksonville, Texas.
UTA alumnus Alfred Vidaurri Jr. (M.ARCH) became the president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and was featured in a Q&A with Texas Architect. Vidaurri is a vice president of Freese and Nichols, an engineering, planning, and consulting firm with several offices throughout the southern United States. He works and lives in the City of Fort Worth.
SUPA graduate student Evelyn Mayo is selected for the ULI/Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program. Evelyn Mayo is a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning. She is the Co-Founder of RAYO planning, a non-profit planning firm that works with low-income neighborhoods to address environmental justice, fair housing and community development issues caused by racist zoning and land use policies.
This program supports learning and sharing about health and real estate among graduate students and ULI members. In addition to being matched with a ULI Full Member mentor based on professional interests, mentees earned the opportunity to attend the 2021 ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago and the 2022 ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego, where they will experience Product Council meetings and health-focused programming alongside their mentors.
Brannon Heake’s ( BS ARCH, 2017 and M.ARCH (Path B), 2019) promotion to Professional Designer was announced by BOKA Powell. BOKA Powell as a leader in creating innovative, inspiring solutions in building design, interior design, and land planning.
James Hubbard is the new city manager in Jacksonville, Texas, the Jacksonville Progress and Yahoo! News reported. Hubbard’s first official day as city manager was Friday, Aug. 13. Hubbard earned a master's in public administration and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice/criminology from UT Arlington.
Dr. Malcolm K. Oliver has been appointed Dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service per the Trenton Daily news release. Dr. Oliver earned his PhD in Public and Urban Administration from the University of Texas, Arlington in 2012.
Brian Joseph Renteria earned his Master of Public Administration at UTA in 2010. Renteria works at Texas Wesleyan University and recently became a member of "BoardBuild" to participate in community stewardship. Renteria has never heard of BoardBuild before but liked the idea of building strong communities.
Amina Taj, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate was hired by Tesla in July 2021 for the position of Architectural Designer. Ms. Taj was highly involved during her time at UTA as a 2015 GTA for Lee Wright and a GRA for IUS in 2016 until she earned her MARCH Degree in 2016.
Jes Prince, Chief Deputy Clerk for Jefferson County, (MPA, CCIM 2017 Public Admin MPA (NT) AO) announced her intent to run for the seat in the fall. Prince was hired to the deputy’s position in March in this article “Prince has a Master’s of Public Administration and Urban Development from University of Texas Arlington. She attended Lamar University for her undergraduate degree and has held positions at the city of Beaumont and the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission” Prince is a member of NAACP, HPAC and TASI. She completed Leadership Beaumont in 2013, was recognized with the Outstanding Leadership Award by Ubi Caritas in 2014 and was awarded the 40 Under 40 Designation in 2015
Alexia Christine recently graduated Spring 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, won First Place in the Commercial Student Design Category at 2021 Celebrating Design TX by the American Society of Interior Designers! This award recognizes the NEXT Steelcase Project completed in Fall 2020 at Interior Design studio with Dr. Barbara Marini, Director of Interior Design.
Brian Joseph Renteria, Masters of Public Administration alumni, currently works for Texas Wesleyan University and has recently became a member of BoardBuild. Renteria previously devoted 15 years of service to public education, which has provided numerous experiences and refined various skills that has allowed him to participate in community stewardship as a member of the Board of Directors for BoardBuild.
Alexia Koltes, an Interior Design alumni, was recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and awarded first-place in the ASID 2021 Dallas Design Ovation Student Awards for Commercial Design. Koltes worked with Steelcase products to create an innovative, human-centric, and evidence-based solution for post-COVID workspaces. Koltes’ Steelcase project was completed in Fall 2020 with the help of Dr. Barbara Marini in the CAPPA studio.
Maria Rodriguez (Interior Design 2021) has been announced as the second-place winner of the 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition. The FORM competition allowed both architecture and design students to submit innovative furniture designs for an opportunity to win cash prizes and display their work at NeoCon 2021. Approximately 244 entries were submitted under the “Design for the Next Generation Theme” from more than 35 universities across the United States and Canada. The theme called for students to interpret designs for a variety of post-pandemic commercial settings. Maria Rodriguez recognized the significance of today’s employees engaging in video calls more than ever, which influenced her to design the “Portal” as an all-encompassing workspace set up. The design strategically provides ample lighting and writable surfacing for notes. Additionally, the semi-enclosed space ensures safe social distancing between colleagues.
Theresa O'Donnell (2005 MPA) has been appointed the City of Vancouver's new director of planning and general manager of planning and general manager of planning, urban design, and sustainability.
Timothy D. Strucely, 1982 BS UTA Architecture graduate AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, FMA, was recently hired by Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as a program manager. He will be responsible for planning, executing and finalizing the design and construction of K-12 school facilities and higher education projects as well as being responsible for expanding the firm’s program management services in these markets. Strucely has 30 years of experience as a program manager and architect. He has managed massive capital bond programs from inception to completion, both as an owner’s representative and consultant and has previously served the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) as executive director of construction. Prior to that, he served two other school districts in Nevada and Texas in senior leadership roles.
Dr. Linda Plank, 2002 UTA Public and Urban Admin - PHD alumnae, serves as a clinical associate professor and was recently appointed Dean of Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing. While serving as a nurse at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Plank received her MS in Nursing from Texas Women’s University and then received her PhD from University of Texas at Arlington, Texas in 2002. She is nationally certified by the ANCC as a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).