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.
Steve Pouk has joined Miami-based Coastal Construction as vice president. In his new role, he will oversee the design, development and construction of hospitality projects in South Florida and in the Caribbean. He most recently was senior vice president for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw operations in the company’s design and construction department in the Bahamas, Mexico and U.S. Virgin Islands plus pre-development work in Aruba and Antigua. He also was project director of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Residences, leading the design, development and construction team.
MacAdam Glinn has been rehired at Skanska USA as vice president for business development. He will be based in the company’s Dania Beach office. He held a similar role with the company before leaving to finish a law degree. He also served as senior manager for business development with Parsons, where he focused mainly on aviation.
Mario Suárez-Parra has been promoted to partner at Zyscovich Architects in Miami. He has more than 17 years experience as an architect, the last nine with the company. He has served as project director on many of the firm’s most substantial assignments. As a partner, he will focus on expanding the firm’s presence throughout Central and South America.
Diana Farmer-Gonzalez has joined Gensler, a global design and architecture firm, as office director in Miami. She was most recently with Bermello Ajamil & Partners as the interior design studio director and has held leadership positions in some of South Florida’s largest international interior design firms, including RTKL, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, and Arquitectonica. She will be temporarily located Coral Gables.