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Assistant dean at Blinn
Robert Reid (ARCO) ’70 is an assistant dean at
Blinn College and president of the Rotary Club of College Station.
Reid also serves as director of business development on the executive
board of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce.
Designing Mountain House, Calif.
Joseph Dacus (BED) ’73 is director of commercial
design and planning for ATI Architects and Engineers. He is currently
designing all walls, bridges and gateways for the first three
neighborhoods in Mountain House, Calif., the first U.S. town to
break ground in the new millennium. Mountain House will ultimately
encompass 4,000 acres and have 15,000 homes supporting 44,000
residents. The town has been a big hit, selling out all home models
in rapid succession.
Levelland city manager
Richard Osburn (BED) ’74 was recently named city
manager for Levelland, Texas.
Married and retiring
Steven Miller (BLA) ’75, a landscape architect
in Roswell, Ga., was married in 2003. He is wrapping up 29 years
in business and is about to retire.
Michael Callahan (BED) ’79, MPA, MUEP, was recently
awarded a Certificate of Training in Historic Preservation Program
Management from the director of the National Park Service. Callahan
is an aviation planner and environmental project manager with
Parsons Transportation Group (PTG) and Parsons Management Consultants
(PMC) at Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport. He also completed an 18-month term
as chairman of the airports committee for the American Planning
Association (APA) and presented “Green Building Provisions” during
the Airfronts Workshop at the 2003 National APA Conference in
Michael Weaver (COSC) ’82 started Weaver & Jacobs
Construction, Inc. in Jan. 2002 after working in the industry
for 20 years. With partner Brant Jacobs (BDCR) ’00 and employee
Brad Tucker (COSC) ’97, Weaver is currently working on one school,
two jails, three churches and other miscellaneous jobs.
Assisting S.A. kids
Michael Lopez (COSC) ’84 was recently named superintendent
for the Alamo YouthBuild program in San Antonio. In the program,
undereducated or unemployed young people ages 16-24 work to earn
their G.E.D. or high school diploma while learning construction
skills. They build affordable housing for homeless and low-income
people. Lopez recently stepped down as chairman of the Xavier
H. Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund. He was instrumental in developing
innovative funding programs that benefited high school students
in the predominantly Hispanic west side of San Antonio.
Focusing on hospitality
Craig A. Smith (BED) ’85 is principal of Portfolio
Associates, Inc., which specializes in architecture and interior
design with a distinct focus on the hospitality industry. The
firm strives to create exceptionally designed and buildable projects,
deliver unequalled service and provides creative and innovative
solutions specific to the clients’ needs.
AIA chapter president
Mary Mitchell Bartlett (BED) ’86, vice president
of 3D/International in San Antonio, is currently serving as the
chapter president of the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute
of Architects. Bartlett has been with 3D/I in San Antonio for
over eight years.
Nate Northern (BDCR) ’86 is starting his own
residential remodeling company, Northern Renovation & Construction.
He has worked in the Dallas area commercial market for the past
Keeping airports safe
Derek Bustos (BED) ’87 is project architect with
Leo A. Daly. For the previous 14 years he worked for Rivers &
Christian, a small aviation firm. Bustos was recently involved
with security screening implementation in various airports throughout
California. He would love to hear from anybody who spent the summer
of 1987 in Mr. Cote’s design studio. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Austin AIA committee chair
Andrew Clements (BED) ’83, (MUP) ’87 now serves
as chair of the regional and urban design committee of the Austin
chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Clements also
serves on the national AIA Livable Communities Committee.
Stephen Meloncon (BED) ’87 is vice president
and senior project manager at Carr Development and Construction,
L.P. Meloncon moved to Dallas from Washington D.C. seven years
ago and has since overseen the design and construction of three
million square feet of new commercial office projects.
Teaching art in Weimer
Kim Davis Henry (BSLA) ’88 lives with her husband
Jay, Class of ’88; their two daughters, ages nine and 11, on a
farm in Weimer, Texas. She is an art educator at Foster High School.
The family enjoys attending most of the A&M home football games.
career with HKS
Michael D. Wells (BED) ’89, (MARCH) ’95 is an
associate/project architect with HKS Architects and has been with
the firm for 11 years. Wells and his wife Mindi, a graphic designer
with HKS, live in Dallas. Wells has stayed in touch with fellow
College of Architecture alumnus Tom Frymire (BE) ’89 and his wife
Counselor in the limelight
Michael Fox (BED) ’90 practices law for his own
firm, Michael E. Fox, Esq., in Los Angeles, California. His practice
focuses on business law and litigation with an emphasis on counseling
design and construction defect lawsuits. Fox recently defended
an architectural designer in a high-profile intellectual property
case in Santa Monica, Calif. The case, involving a world-renowned
residential architecture firm, is considered to be a substantial
test of the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990.
Fox was successful in getting the case dismissed. The litigation
was featured in Forbes and Architecture magazines, as well as
the Los Angeles Times.
South Pacific scholar/architect
Kathryn Ladoulis (BED) ’91 is a project architect
for RIM Architects in Honolulu, Hawaii. She spent five years working
in Micronesia and relocated to Hawaii in 2000 where she earned
a graduate certificate in historic preservation in May 2003. She
also received an architecture doctorate from the University of
Hawaii in May 2004. Ladoulis and her husband, Edmund Urban, have
one daughter, Vienne Kai, who was born in June 2001.
Daniel Nicholas (BCRD) ’90 is a first officer
for America West Airlines in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is researching
the best methods of installing aftermarket sound baffling systems
to replace existing minimal decibel standard baffling system.
Kathy (Kerney) Owens (BSLA) ’90 is president
and landscape architect of Nature by Design Inc., and was named
Future Leader of the Year by the National Association of Women
in Construction in 1999. Owens is working as a licensed landscape
architect in Washington and California, and has provided services
for commercial, industrial and residential clients.
On vanguard of green design
Paul Serna (BED) ’90 is principal of Serna Design
Consultants in Austin, a firm specializing in cutting-edge green
building design and technologies. While at Texas A&M, Serna participated
in the Guatemala student exchange program. Some of his recent
work includes the master planning of a Catholic church in Austin,
residential design, meditation gardens and multi-family housing.
Keeping pets safe
Jennifer Appel (BSLA) ’91 is the president of
Landscape & Design Inc. in Houston. The company recently developed
a pet-safe fertilizer that is the only veterinarian-preferred
landscape fertilizer used at the Houston Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Aside from being safe for pets,
the fertilizer also increases organic matter in the soil.
On Philly AIA board
Shawn Evans ’93 (BED) has been elected to the
board of directors of AIA Philadelphia. After receiving his master’s
degree in architecture and certificate in historic preservation
at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, Evans joined the Philadelphia
firm of Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects, where he is now an
associate. His recent projects include the new Mainwaring Wing
of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the restoration of
the 18th century Commandant's House at Fort Mifflin. He is architectural
advisor to the Friends of the Boyd, a non-profit organization
working to save the historic Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia's last
Barry Peters (BDCR) ’86 is a contracts manager
for Marathon Oil Company in Houston. He married in October 2003
and traveled to Paris and Venice during his honeymoon.
Planning for San Diego
Shannon Murphy (BED) ’96 (MUP) ’00 is currently
working as a planner with the planning and development department
for the city of San Diego. Her husband Wayne (Class of ’97) is
finishing up his medical internship at Balboa Medical Center.
The two expressed that they love living in San Diego, but miss
being close to family, friends and A&M football.
It’s a wrap
Charles Ivy (BDCR) ’96 recently finished working
on an ExxonMobil refinery in California and is back home looking
for a new job and trying to sell his house.
Scott A. Bryant (BLA) ’95 works in the civil
engineering field in the Air Force. He has served in Tucson, Saudi
Arabia and Alaska. Currently, Bryant is in South Korea, where
he works on environmental and real estate issues. Bryant says
one of his favorite aspects of his job includes incorporating
GIS technology to provide a better decision-making tool for Air
Interning in Dallas
Laura (Massey) Davis (BED) ’97 (MARCH) ’01 recently
began work as an architectural intern with Elby S. Martin & Associates,
Architects, Inc. in Dallas. The firm specializes in high-end,
custom residential projects.
It’s a boy!
Mark Fittz (BED) ’97 and his wife recently celebrated
the birth of their first son, Micah, in Honduras. Fittz is currently
working in Honduras on a number of design/build services for orphanages,
churches, seminaries, hospitals and clinics.
from Florida to Arizona
Jake Groth (BED) ’97, (COSC)’98 is a project
manager for Wood Partners, one of the leaders in residential living
development. Wood Partners constructs and operates apartments,
lofts and condos in the region stretching from Florida to Arizona.
Building UT El Paso Bioscience building
Todd Calder (BED) ’96, project manager for J.T.
Vaughn Construction Company in Houston, is currently working on
a biosciences facility at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Calder also completed work on the West Campus parking garage and
pedestrian passageway on the A&M campus, and is currently working
on a project at the University of Texas. Calder was married to
his wife Leah in November 2003. The couple is looking forward
to moving back home to their beloved Bryan/College Station.
students, designing stationary
Eppie C. Moore (BED) ’99 is an admissions advisor
and special event coordinator at West Texas A&M University in
Canyon, Texas. Moore completed a master’s degree in speech communication
from West Texas A&M in May 2003. This summer, she opened an online
which sells personalized note cards and invitations that she designed.
Peddling high-tech fountains
Chris Burks (ENDS) ’00 is currently working as
a Delta Fountains sales representative covering Florida and south
Georgia. The company is a specialty manufacturer that designs
and produces high-end commercial floating and interactive water
features. Some of Delta’s more prominent projects include the
Oklahoma City Memorial, Memorial City Mall in Houston, the Calatrava
Fountain at SMU, and the Clemantis Street Fountain in West Palm
Jesse Sandifer (BED) ’00 is partner and founder
of Green Grass Studios, a digital creative studio that specializes
in modeling and texturing environments, vehicles and characters
for films, television and advertising. You can learn more at the
Green Grass Studios Web site: www.greengrassstudios.com
Jennifer Crawford (BED) ’02 moved to Virginia,
near Washington D.C., with her husband, Matt (ENGR) ’02, who works
with the federal government. Crawford said she misses Texas’s
affordable housing, warm weather, and lack of a state income tax,
but she enjoys seeing the sites in and around the nation’s capital.
After a few years in the D.C. area, the couple plans to move back
Building UT Medical Center
Kyle B. Kotzebue (BDCR) ’03 is a project engineer
with Vaughn Construction. He will be working on the UT Medical
Center project in downtown Houston.
Designed brother’s home
Yvette Maldonado (BED) ’03 recently designed
and sub-contracted her brother’s new house, which began construction
in early September and was completed in January.
Photo gig with Newsweek
Tracy Richmond (BED) ’03 currently lives in Brooklyn,
New York, works as an interim photo editor for Newsweek magazine,
plans to move to Manhattan soon and to be married within the next