Lourdes Solera has been promoted to principal at M.C. Harry and Associates in Miami, joining James W. Piersol, Thomas M. Carlson and Javier O. Torres as shareholders and owners of the firm. She has 25 years of professional practice and experience in the private and public sector. Before the promotion, she was head of the firm’s education design group. She has been a dedicated leader at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for many years, leading the institute in many positions. Her passion for architecture, history and educating the public about the value of architecture and design also has translated to teaching as an adjunct professor of History of Architecture and History of Landscape Architecture at Florida International University. She also has served on the City of Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board and on the State of Florida’s Board of Architecture and Interior Design.
Miller Construction Company, a Fort Lauderdale-based design builder and general contracting company, has promoted Brian Sudduth, Jeff Slade and Chris Hannaka to senior leadership positions. All three executives are shareholders in the 38-year-old firm.
Sudduth, named senior vice president, will lead Miller's preconstruction team in producing budgeting and analysis of project site conditions and potential construction systems. He advises clients on alternate construction techniques and other strategic issues to help them maximize savings. He joined Miller in 2005 and most recently was vice president of preconstruction.
Slade has been promoted to vice president - operations manager. He will be responsible for managing client relationships, participating in strategic planning, and recruiting talent. He also reviews and monitors reports regarding financial performance of the company and mentors operations employees. He joined Miller in 1998 and most recently was project executive, overseeing complex construction projects for the office, educational, broadcast and hospitality sectors.
Hannaka, who has been promoted to project executive from project manager, joined the firm in 1999 and has worked on diverse projects ranging from education, athletic arena/fitness and government buildings to performing arts and digital broadcasting facilities.
Javier O. Torres has been promoted to principal, shareholder and owner of M.C. Harry and Associates. He has worked with the firm for 12 years and was a project manager before the promotion. He has more than 14 years professional experience in the planning, programming, design, and construction administration of numerous facilities for municipalities, government agencies and public institutions. He joins James W. Piersol and Thomas M. Carlson as shareholder and owner.
Denaye Hinds named Miami-Dade Branch Programs Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council, South Florida Chapter
Denaye Hinds has been named the Miami-Dade Branch Programs Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter. She is director of sustainability with OBM International, an international architectural and planning firm. As chair of the USGBC, she will oversee the creation of sustainability programs to assist in educating USGBC and community members about green building requirements, new technologies and trends in the marketplace. At OBMI, she leads the company’s international design and planning sustainability practice, focusing on engaging the development community, and federal and local governments, to promote sustainability objectives for OBMI’s clients.
Cheryl Jacobs, a Miami corporate communications official with more than 20 years in architecture who also has had leadership roles in association and nonprofit organizations, has been named executive director of the American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter. She will be responsible for executing the organization's strategic plan, developing the annual budget and helping the board identify key emerging issues and establish future direction. She has been the marketing and community relations director for Zyscovich Architects in Miami for the past 19 years, with responsibility for client and government relations, and business development. She was director of community relations from 2007 to 2011, director of marketing from 1992 to 2007 and joined the firm as an associate in 2003. She is currently vice chair of programs for the Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council Advisory Committee and a member of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association Sustainability Council. She chaired several committees for the Greater Miami Chamber, including the Workforce Housing Committee and the Go Green Task Force.
Jacob Woloshin will serve as principal of the newly opened Architecture 101, a full-service architecture, urban planning, landscape design and product design group firm in Miami Beach. He has worked at Arquitectonica in Miami and William Karr & Associates in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He managed the Winter Park office of William Karr & Associates and has served on the architectural review board of the town of Celebration in central Florida.
Steve Kahn has joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Thornton Tomasetti as vice president in the building performance practice. He has more than 28 years experience in forensic architecture, design theory, construction and project management and has specialized in forensics for the past 10 years. He also provides mediation services and serves as an expert witness in construction defect, building failures and compliance cases on behalf of attorneys, owners, developers and insurance companies. Before joining Thornton Tomasetti, Kahn headed his own architectural firm and construction and development firm. He started his career as project architect with big-box retailer Office Depot.