Architects Promoted in D.C., Michigan Offices

Quinn Evans, a leading national planning and design firm, recently announced the promotion of three professionals to senior associate. Denise Close, AIA, Fitwel Amb., and Ben Telian, AIA, LEED AP, are architects in the Ann Arbor, Mich., office. Charles Sparkman, AIA, is an architect in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Denise Close joined Quinn Evans in 2016 and has approximately 20 years of experience. Her current projects include the renovation and adaptive use of the circa-1925 Walter H. French Junior High School into affordable housing in Lansing, Mich., and the restoration of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina for the National Park Service. Close’s diverse portfolio also includes museums and libraries, such as the renovation and expansion of the Glen Lake Community Library in Empire, Mich.

Close holds a Master of Architecture (2000) from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (1998) from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Fitwel Ambassador.

Benjamin Telian joined Quinn Evans in 2016 and has more than ten years of architectural experience. His recent projects include Heritage Hall, a new welcome center and meeting space at the historic Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Mich.; and the New North Branch of the Clinton-Macomb Library, also in Michigan.

Telian holds a Master of Architecture (2012) and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2005) from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the AIA.

Charles Sparkman joined Quinn Evans in 2019 and has nearly ten years of experience. His current projects include renovations and additions to two historic federal buildings along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and design of a production facility and campus for the U.S. Botanic Garden, also in Washington, D.C.

Sparkman holds a Master of Architecture (2012) from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts (2009) from Duke University. He is a member of the AIA and a LEED Accredited Professional with the Green Building Certification Institute.