Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, PMP 3rd Quarter 2012 Resume

Peter Newton

Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, PMP


An aspiring architect, designing creative and contemplative spaces through client participation. Experienced in project management, architecture, construction, planning, public policy, urban design, community creation, and sustainability. Organized meetings to discuss issues pertinent to projects and community involvement. My portfolio includes places where people live, work, contemplate, educate and play. Participated in International competitions and community design charrettes. Developed professional development programs for offices, AIA and USGBC Chapters. Lectured on architecture, urban revitalization, sustainability, and professional development.
Employment History
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, Arizona
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.
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 Leader
January 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.
Active Member
Phoenix, AZ
January 2006 – December 2012
  • 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
January 1997 – January 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.
Romanoski Glass & 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
Burbank, California
February 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.
Jacobs Engineering (formerly Carter & Burgess)
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, Arizona
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.
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.
Rob Paulus Architect, Ltd.
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, Inc
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
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 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.
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
St. Louis, Missouri
September 1996 – January 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.
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Architecture
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.
Professional Development
March 1997 – Present
  • Continuing Education, AIA, CSI, PMI & USGBC, 1997 – Present
  • Ikoloji, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Phoenix, AZ, 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, 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.

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
Pre-College Architecture
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.
  • AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office
  • Architectural Design
  • Photoshop
  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Graphic Design
  • Event Planning
  • Community Relations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Business Planning
  • Account Management
  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Conference Coordination
  • Photography
  • OSHA 10
  • CSBA – Certified Sustainable Building Adviser
  • PMP – Project Management Professional
  • LEED GA (in process)
  • ARE (in process)
Professional Organizations
  • American Institute of Architects, Associate Member, March 1997 to Present
  • USGBC Arizona Chapter, Central Branch Governing Council, July 2006 to Present
  • Project Management Institute, Member, 2010 to Present
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Member, 1997 to Present
  • Modern Phoenix, Volunteer, 2007 to Present
  • Networking Phoenix, Passport Member, October 2010 to Present
  • Rice Design Alliance, Member, 2000 to 2002
  • Preservation Resource Center, Member, 1998 to 2000
  • Metropolis St. Louis, Member and Organizer, 1997 to 1998
  • Landmarks Association, Member, 1997 to 1998

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