2012 3rd Quarter Work History Profile

Peter Newton

Work History Profile.

To direct a team of talented designers and thinkers

As an aspiring architect, I aim to design more creative and contemplative spaces through public participation and employment. I have experience in project management, design and construction, architecture and planning, public policy, urban design, community creation, and sustainable design. I have organized meetings and events to discuss issues pertinent to projects and community involvement. I have lead community discussions to develop public policy concerning sustainability and urban design. I work with community participants to ensure shared responsibility.

I have professional experience, in all phases of architecture, working on large and small projects. My portfolio of projects include places where people live, work, contemplate, educate and play. I have worked for large firms across multiple offices and divisions, and with sole practitioners. I have master planned, investigated historic structures, and designed custom projects.

I have participated in International competitions and community design charrettes. I developed professional development programs for offices, AIA and USGBC Chapters, and workforce development courses. I have been a member of. I have lectured on architecture, urban revitalization, sustainability, and professional development.

ADA Compliance, Hospitality, Transportation, Single Family Residential, Corporate, K-12, Recreation, Religious, Civic, Research, Science & Technology, Retail, Telecommunications, Warehouse, Health Care, Higher Education, Multi-Family Residential, Renovation, Urban Re-Development, Industrial, Master Planning, Mixed Use, Correctional, Military, Public Works, Historic Preservation

Logistics, Metallurgy, Wood Working, CAD Modeling, Data Entry, Architectural Desktop, Entitlements, Prototype Development, Mitigation, Negotiation, Campaigns, Revit, Sketch Up, Microsoft Visio

Employment History
Jacobs Engineering
Conducted facility conditions assessments to determine maintenance and renovation schedules for the US Air Force in Texas and South Carolina. Directed, trained and mentored staff in the design and construction of retail buildings. Modified retail roll out prototype designs to meet local building codes and design review comments.
Architectural Job Captain
Phoenix, AZ
September 2007 – August 2009
  • Mitigated a mutually agreeable solution to a FDC issue between the Fire Marshall, contractor and the architectural design.
  • Trained and mentored staff in facilities assessment and surveys, receiving commendations from Armstrong Development for our thoroughness.
  • Received commendations from CVS/pharmacy for our thoroughness in facilities assessment and surveys of stores acquired through mergers with other pharmacies.
Christner, Inc.
Employed in the Corporate and Education Studio where I developed space plans and construction documents for school, religious and research facilities, and hospitality and corporate tenant improvements. Developed material and finish boards, color pencil renderings, bluelines, and CAD models for design development.
Architectural Intern
Clayton, Missouri
September 1996 – June 1998
  • Created a continuing education and mentoring program involving architectural tours, lectures, and discussions around PBS videos .
  • Established CAD standards as organization switched from AES to AutoCAD R13. Reviewed Softdesk 8.
  • Identified and photographed key sustainable design elements for a Grant reporting.
DAS 20
Graphic Designer/ Desktop Publisher
St. Louis, Missouri
September 1996 – November 1996
Graphic designed final exhibits for two Assistant Professors dissertation, Projecting Detroit (Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop). Desktop published Projecting Detroit for publication in the architectural journal Assemblage. (Adobe Pagemaker 6.0)
Luchini AD
AutoCAD Modeler and Drafter
St. Louis, Missouri
August 1996 – August 1996
Drafted preliminary CAD models and drawings in AutoCAD 12 for windows. Published in Adrian Luchini monograph.
Franklin Associates Architects
Summer Architectural Intern
Chattanooga, Tn
June 1993 – August 1993
Constructed chip board models; documented existing conditions; and manually drafted and lettered drawings. Researched and designed a window manufacturers to design a fenestration pattern to reveal a spiral staircase. Field Surveyed parking and emergency access facilities at Erlanger Medical Center in order to upgrade to new ADA requirements.
Washington University in St. Louis
College Work Study Administration
St. Louis, Mo
August 1992 – September 1996
  • Office Assistant to the School of Fine Art’s Dean’s Assistant, 1992 – 1995

Filed and maintained confidential information, including: payroll; donor and alumni personal information; and faculty, staff and students records. Created a summer position to develop a system to review, sort, and document, files and historical artifacts in the school’s archive, for preservation and destruction.

  • School of Architecture Shop Monitor, 1994 – 1996

Instructed and assisted students in the proper use of shop equipment and tools. Inventoried, cleaned and maintained equipment and equipment. Designed, fabricated and refurbished: computer workstations, modular steel table stands, conference tables. Cleaned, maintained and refurbished: drafting tables, lockers, display boards, and lecture hall seating.

  • Earth & Planetary Sciences Library Draftsman, 1996

Documented existing conditions of the Earth & Planetary Sciences Library, to assist their space planning effort.

  • 1996 Presidential Debate Commission Graphic Artist, 1996

Drafted maps of the Washington University Athletic Complex to be included with attendee packets for the 1996 Presidential Debate to be held on campus. The debate did not occur.

Southern Temp
Temporary Summer Laborer
Chattanooga, TN
June 1992 – August 1992
Maintained landscape, cleaned up a hazardous material spill, and performed logistics for a local clothing company
American Institute of Architects
Programmed Inaugural Intern/Associates’ State Conferences for AIA Arizona, AIA Louisiana and the Texas Society of Architects. Developed and coordinated Continuing Education programs for AIA St. Louis, AIA New Orleans, AIA Houston and AIA Phoenix Metro. Organized Arizona ArchiPAC ‘Breakfast of Champions fundraisers for supported political candidates. Designed and published AIA New Orleans Newsletter and Meeting Notices.
Associate-Intern Leader
March 1997 – Present
  • Developed a mentoring sessions with Steven Erhlich, FAIA and Samuel Mockbee, FAIA, at the AIA Louisiana ‘On the Ledge Conference.
  • Appointed AIA Phoenix Metro Phoenix Section Chair to develop programs with City of Phoenix Departments (including a Phoenix College Revit Bootcamp) and tour recent projects.
  • Drafted AIA St. Louis letter of support for the renovation of the historic Statler and Lenox Hotels to become the new St. Louis Convention Center hotel. The letter was the cited by the National Parks Service for why the project was selected for integral tax credits for its completion.
USGBC Arizona Chapter Central Branch
Severed as Vice-Chair of the Advocacy Committee to develop the Chapter’s Policy Position and ‘How to Take Action papers. Serve as Liaison to the National Organization for Advocacy and Campaign initiatives.
Director of Business Development
Phoenix, AZ
November 2009 – September 2010
  • Organized efforts to support SB 1403, giving updates to membership concerning changes in Green codes and Legislation.
  • Planned and organized the First Annual Member Meeting.
  • Appointed to serve on Governing Council
Metropolis St. Louis
Planned and developed programs, to create grassroots efforts by young professions to stay and revitalize St. Louis through entrepreneurship and arts.
Living Environments Committee
St. Louis, Mo.
April 1997 – October 1998
  • Plotted a Bike Route along city streets to connect Forest Park, Grand Center, St. Louis University, downtown and the Arch.
  • Led small group discussions about the revitalization of Downtown St. Louis for Downtown Now!
  • Painted murals on boarded up buildings to create visual interest in revitalization.
US Census Bureau
NRFU Enumerator Replacement Trainee
Phoenix, AZ
June 2010 – July 2010
Trained to locate listed addresses in the Assignment Area, to conduct interviews determining the status of each address on Census Day and record the information provided by the respondent.
Cawley Architects
Managed the design and construction documents for turnkey commercial, warehouse and retail projects. Worked closely with consultants to coordinate designs to meet client’s needs, including meetings to work out details. Cawley was the primary design firm for a design-build contractor.
Project Manager
Phoenix, Arizona
April 2005 – September 2007
  • Attended jurisdictional staff and public meetings for the client, to ensure compliance with city requirements and resolution of public issues.
  • Master planned several multi-building complexes, creating a coherent and comprehensive sense of place.
  • Managed the firm’s only 5 story steel structure, designed to maximize the leasable Class A office space and structural efficiency. Worked closely with the structural engineer to detail attachments for the signature cantilevered, radial curtain wall, the parapet sunscreen and the suspended entry doors.
Arizona Democratic Party
Canvassed door to door to register voters, collect signatures and Arizona Clean Elections forms for candidates, and to get out the vote. Recruited, trained and managed volunteers to become Precinct Committeemen. Organized and composed the By-Laws for many political committees, caucuses and clubs. Consulted on multiple campaigns with an expertise on environmental and urban design issues.
Political Campaign Coordinator and Organizer
January 2003 – Present
  • Field Organizer of Precinct Committeeman in Arizona Legislative District 5 in 2004.
  • Developed, designed and arranged training materials and sessions across Southern Arizona.
  • Judged random hand count sample of the 2012 State of Arizona Presidential Preference Election to verify Electronic Results.
Romanoski Glass and Mirror
Directed business development and lead generation across the Southwest. Tabled at professional society meetings and conferences to establish and develop relationships with architects and general contractors. Represented the Major Industries product line in the Southern California market, delivering lunch and learn presentations about innovations in day-lighting.
Lead Generation and Sales Manager
Phoenix, AZ
January 2011 – July 2011
  • Design and delivered portfolio presentations for interviewing with General Contractors. The presentations led to the immediate generation of bidding opportunities.
  • Researched, prioritized and created a calendar of conferences and professional meetings to create a marketing schedule for senior staff to build relationships with existing and new clients.
  • Resolved bid communication problem that were causing Romanoski to miss out on project opportunities. Refined bid room searches to generate more appropriate responses and coordinated contact information that was clear and direct.
Independent Architectural Services
Networked at business round tables, Chambers of Commerce and professional associations, developing strategic allegiances for non-profits, civic initiatives and funding entrepreneurial projects.
Contract Entrepreneur
Phoenix, AZ
September 2009 – Present
  • Documented existing conditions for separate renovation projects for LuPe Designs and Herb Hacker, AIA, and lease stacking plans for a speculative mixed use project for Proteus West.
  • Researched financial resources and project opportunities to create a new architecture and urban design partnership, Fourward Architecture.
  • Reviewed completed projects to assure compliance with rebate programs.
America Coming Together
Political Campaign Field Canvasser
Tucson, Arizona
August 2004 – October 2004
Canvassed micro-targeted voters to conduct interviews, document results, and get out the vote.
Arizona Democratic Party
Canvassed door to door to register voters, collect signatures and Arizona Clean Elections forms for candidates, and to get out the vote. Recruited, trained and managed volunteers to become Precinct Committeemen. Organized and composed the By-Laws for many political committees, caucuses and clubs. Consulted on multiple campaigns with an expertise on environmental and urban design issues.
Political Campaign Coordinator and Organizer
Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
May 2004 – June 2004
  • Field Organizer of Precinct Committeeman in Arizona Legislative District 5 in 2004.
  • Developed, designed and arranged training materials and sessions across Southern Arizona.
  • Judged random hand count sample of the 2012 State of Arizona Presidential Preference Election to verify Electronic Results.
Dean for America
Coordinated canvas walks, phone banks, events, and travel for out of state volunteers and staff for the 2004 Presidential Preference Primary. Volunteered for the Southern Arizona Coordination Committee, organizing fundraisers, Meetups and outreach events. Spoke and tabled for the campaign at Party meetings and clubs.
Deputy Southern Arizona Campaign Coordinator
Tucson, Arizona
June 2003 – February 2004
  • Arranged transportation to campaign and Democratic Party events, now a staple of the Pima County Party, and for the Southwestern Voter Express.
  • Designed and produced district and voter specific messages and campaign literature.
  • Organized the largest political rally in Pima County to that point.
Rob Paulus, Architect
Designed and developed construction documents for residential, commercial and urban redevelopment projects, including mechanical and electrical designs. Guided projects through the city submittal process.
Architectural Designer
Tucson, Arizona
February 2003 – June 2003
  • Documented, site surveyed and field assessed historic properties to convert them from industrial use to multi-family loft homes
  • Designed details for a multi-building office condominium complex to serve as a prototype.
  • Resolved design issues for the conversion of a historic Fraternity facility into apartments.
Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects
Programmed, space planned, designed and administered contracts for science and research facilities for public and private universities in Texas.
Architect In Training
Houston, Texas
September 2000 – August 2002
  • Coordinated CAD layering and pen weights, and documents on firm’s FTP site for a 170,000 gsf science and research laboratory at the University of Texas.
  • Resolved a dimensional issue for a laboratory tenant improvement through forensic investigation of documents. Resolution was to reduce the size of a researcher’s office space.
  • Developed a mentoring program involving site visits, travelogues and exhibition tours.
The Mathes Group
Developed space plans and construction documents for telecommunications facilities, academic building and corporate tenant improvements. Site surveyed buildings and parking facilities for renovation. Now Mathes Brierre Architects.
Telecommunication Collocation Project Coordinator
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 1999 – June 2000
  • Managed the Bellsouth collocation program, reducing response time from 3 weeks to hours, by improving our communications technology and client relations to better develop space plans, cost estimates and facilities assessments.
  • Documented and scanned important projects from the firm’s extensive portfolio to redesign project winning marketing and firm sponsored seminar materials.
  • Developed 3-D CAD models to base marker renderings for a competition entry.
Olde New Orleans Design Group, Inc.
Designed single family, “Southern Style,” custom homes for the Gulf Coast region. Designs included lighting, electrical and framing layouts. The most popular designs were adapted for on-line home plan sales.
Residential Design-Build Draftsman
Harvey, Louisiana
September 1998 – March 1999
  • Developed and maintained CAD Library of most common details to improve productivity.
  • Researched rigid steel frame construction and adapted the technology to match our New Orleans based aesthetic.
  • Designed model homes for a subdivision.
Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences
Chattanooga, TN
High School Diploma
August 1988 – June 1992
Educated by The Paideia Philosophy, which believes that all humans are active learners. Through three Columns of Instruction: didactic, factual information; coaching of skills; and seminar discussions, better citizens are created.

  • Organized and managed an environmental club that raised funds for science equipment through recycling drives.
  • Planted trees in downtown Chattanooga and worked on other community service projects for school.
Washington University
St. Louis, Mo
Bacholer’s of Arts
August 1992 – May 1996
Concurrent studies in the liberal arts design and architecture, with an emphasis on urban design and revitalization, providing a strong base for a professional career.

  • Interviewed potential students for admission to the School of Architecture.
  • Delegate to American Institute of Architecture Students Council of Presidents, Washington University Chapter, 1993
  • Participated in Alternative Spring Break and similar community service programs.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
Elective Courses
August 1991 – July 1993
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
June 1991 – August 1991
Pre-College provided a strong foundation through a mix of seminars, workshops, drawing and digital media classes. The program introduced the theory, process and methodology of design practice, providing a clear idea of what to expect in an architectural program. Studied in a studio environment, with the opportunity to develop a design sensibility, iteratively through the creative process.
Professional Development
March 1997 – Present
  • AIA Continuing Education, Multiple Locations, 1997 – Present
  • Ikoloji, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Phoenix, AZ, 2010 – 2011

A hands-on approach to sustainability that challenges students to recognize and understand problems, identify opportunities, and craft innovative solutions in the built environment.

  • Phoenix College, Professional Development, Revit, Phoenix, AZ, 2010

Developed a professional development, non-credit, Revit Boot Camp with the City of Phoenix, AIA Phoenix Metro and Phoenix College.

  • Training to You, PMP Certification and Microsoft Office, Phoenix, AZ, 2010

Studied Project Management Fundamentals, Conducting Meetings, and the Fundamentals of Communication. Increased knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Project. Introduced to Microsoft Visio. Completed the PMP credential seminar program.

Innovation Training: The Opportunity Discovery Process
December 2008 to December 2011
Revit Architecture Basics & Advanced
Whole Building Design
Sustainable Building Adviser
Sonoran Sustainable Building Adviser Program
August 2011
Project Management Professional
Project Management Institute
LEED Green Associate
License In Process
Architectural Registration
Arizona Board of Technical Registration
License In Process

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