Quinn Evans Architects Announces 2015 Promotions - Quinn Evans Architects is pleased to announce firm wide promotions effective 1 August 2015.

“The strength of our professional staff is the core of Quinn Evans Architects. Through exemplified leadership, innovation, and professionalism, these individuals have contributed greatly to our recent success and evolution as a firm,” 

Alyson Steele, AIA, Managing Principal of Quinn Evans Architects’ Washington, DC office.

 

Jennifer Henriksen, AIA to Senior Associate. Jennifer is a senior member of QEA’s Heritage Conservation Studio and has been essential to the firm’s preservation practice since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University. Jennifer is currently serving as the Vice President of the Association for Preservation Technology, Eastern Great Lakes Chapter. She has a wide range of project experience from higher education facilities to performing arts venues. Her most recent work includes the revitalization of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, MI and the adaptive use of the Wurlitzer Building in Detroit’s Grand Circus Park area. 
 
Richard Hess to Senior Associate. With 18 years experience designing and managing architectural projects, Rich has played a key role in the development of institutional facilities, corporate headquarters, federal courthouses, hotels, and mixed-use developments. Prior to joining QEA in 2005, he received his Master of Architecture degree. He studied at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy and holds a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida. Rich’s work is mainly centered on the preservation and adaptive use of monumental public buildings, including Detroit’s Michigan Central Station and the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently leading the adaptive redevelopment of the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center in Detroit into a restaurant, offices, and community center.  
 
Richard Renaud, AIA, LEED AP to Senior Associate. Richard is an invaluable technical resource and provides expertise in building technology and science with an emphasis on envelope analysis and building code requirements. He provides leadership in developing strategies for the building restoration and integration of new building systems within existing facilities. His work has been focused large-scale projects and historic public buildings such as the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technical University. 
 
Kathryn Slattery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to Senior Associate. Katie has been an indispensable member of the QEA staff, providing leadership in many areas of our practice. She provides strong management skills for complex projects while fostering a sense of collaborative spirit within interdisciplinary teams. She has been instrumental to the success of many projects for the Smithsonian Institution including the Genetics Laboratory and the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit at the National Zoological Park and, is currently Project Manager for the renovation and expansion of the historic bird house for the dynamic new Marvelous Migrations exhibit. As the Liaison to the Board of the Directors for the firm’s Information Technology Committee, Katie is mapping a strategy for the integration and implementation of technological tools, systems, and infrastructure. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. 
 
Brenda Williams, ASLA to Senior Associate. Brenda is a landscape architect with 25 years of experience focused on the analysis and conservation of cultural landscapes, particularly those in the public arena. Her work in this arena is invaluable to QEA’s preservation planning practice. Her experience includes a wide range of significant sites, small-scale recreational and interpretive landscapes, and the development of cultural landscape reports for properties of over one-thousand acres. Brenda earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Alexis Cecil, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to Associate. Alexis combines management and technical skills with a focus on sustainable practices in existing buildings. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council. Alexis is a leader in sustainability and green technology in QEA’s Ann Arbor office and regularly provides direction for LEED certification and sustainable initiatives for projects, including the exhibit and gift shop at the Point Betsie Light Station. She has served project architect for several of our recent institutional clients, including the Colorado State Capitol Dome Restoration in Denver and the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, Michigan. 
 
Brandon Friske to Associate. Brandon joined QEA in 2006. His work demonstrates exceptional competence and enthusiasm for state-of-the-art architectural technology and building science. His skills uniquely blend the use of advanced tools to support building documentation and preservation treatments. His current projects include the redevelopment of a church in Detroit’s Sugar Hill area into a café and performance space as well as the adaptive reuse of several vacant buildings in the city into residential and retail developments. He serves as a member of APTI Technical Committee on Documentation. He holds Bachelor of Science (2006) and Master of Architecture degrees from Lawrence Technical University. 
 
Julia Siple, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to Associate. Since joining QEA in 2010, Julia has become a valued professional member of the staff. She brings skills in synthesizing complex and diverse information into clear project solutions for large-scale planning and design projects. Recent assignments include the Paleobiology Department within the National Museum of Natural History, the master plan and subsequent visitor center design for George Washington’s Ferry Farm, and the renovation of Stratford Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. As a pivotal member of QEAs internal Green Team, she is dedicated to advancing sustainable initiatives within the firm and on discrete projects. She regularly serves as an adviser and liaison for sustainability to other project teams. Her passionate commitment to sustainability and providing more livable communities through architecture in the world at large extends to public service as the Chair of the AIA|DC Committee on the Environment, and active volunteerism in DC Architecture for Humanity. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University.

Additional promotions include: 
 
Christine Cho, AIA, LEED AP, Kathryn Irwin, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, James Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, Abby Tourtellotte, AIA, LEED AP, and John Whitaker, AIA to Project Manager;  
 
Megan Tormey, AIA to Senior Project Architect; 
 
Lindsey Pickornik, RA, Mary Valadez, RA and Erin Yanchuleff, AIA to Project Architect; 
 
Marisa Allen, LEED AP, Jenine Kotob, and Lauren Parker to Project Designer.