3rd Quarter Profile Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, PMP Architectural Project Manger

Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, PMP

Architectural Project Manger

901 E Van Buren St. Apt. 2039 – Phoenix, AZ 85006 – 602.332.3517

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.

Hospitality; Single & Multi-Family Residential; Workspaces; K12; Recreation; Religious; Civic; Research, Science & Technology; Retail; Telecommunications; Higher Education; Adaptive Reuse; Urban Design; Industrial; Master Planning; Mixed Use; Military; Historic Preservation; Conditions Assessment

Work Experience

Contract Entrepreneur

Independent Architectural Services – Phoenix, AZ

September 2009 to Present

Networked at business round tables, Chambers of Commerce and professional associations, developing strategic allegiances for non-profits, civic initiatives and funding entrepreneurial projects.
• 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.

Lead Generation and Sales Manager

Romanoski Glass and Mirror – Phoenix, AZ

January 2011 to July 2011

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.
• 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.

Political Campaign Coordinator and Organizer

Arizona Democratic Party – Arizona

July 2003 to November 2010

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.
• 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.

NRFU Enumerator Replacement Trainee

US Census Bureau – Phoenix, AZ

June 2010 to 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.

Architectural Job Captain

Jacobs Engineering (formerly Carter & Burgess) – Phoenix, AZ

September 2007 to August 2009

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.
• 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.

Project Manager

Cawley Architects – Phoenix, AZ

April 2005 to September 2007

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.
• 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.

Political Campaign Field Canvasser

America Coming Together – Tucson, AZ

August 2004 to October 2004

Canvassed micro-targeted voters to conduct interviews, document results, and get out the vote.

Deputy Southern Arizona Campaign Coordinator

Dean for America – Tucson, AZ

April 2003 to February 2004

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.
• 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.

Architectural Designer

Rob Paulus Architect, Ltd. – Tucson, AZ

February 2003 to June 2003

Designed and developed construction documents for residential, commercial and urban redevelopment projects, including mechanical and electrical designs. Guided projects through the city submittal process.
• 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.

Architect In Training

Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects – Houston, TX

September 2000 to August 2002

Programmed, space planned, designed and administered contracts for science and research facilities for public and private universities in Texas.
• 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.

Telecommunication Collocation Project Coordinator

The Mathes Group – New Orleans, LA

March 1997 to June 2000

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.
• 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.

Residential Design-Build Draftsman

Olde New Orleans Design Group, Inc. – New Orleans, LA

October 1998 to March 1999

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.
• 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.

Architectural Intern

Christner, Inc – St. Louis, MO

September 1996 to June 1998

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.
• 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.

College Work Study Administration

Washington University in St. Louis – St. Louis, MO

August 1992 to August 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.


PMP Certification in Project Management

Training to You – Phoenix, AZ

2010 to 2012

Certified Sustainable Building Advisor in Sustainability

Ikoloji – Phoenix, AZ

2010 to 2011

Professional Development in Revit

Phoenix College – Phoenix, AZ

2010 to 2010

BA in Architecture

Washington University – St. Louis, MO

January 1992 to January 1996

Pre-College in Architecture

Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA

January 1991 to January 1991


Logistics, Modeling, Data Entry, Architectural Desktop, Entitlements, Mitigation, Negotiation, Revit, Sketch Up, Microsoft Visio, Desktop Publishing, Construction Documentation, AutoCAD, Proficient in Microsoft Office, Hand Drawing, Architectural Design, Photoshop, Pagemaker, Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Microsoft Project, Networking, Surveying, Graphic Design, Event Planning, Community Relations, Code Compliance, Development of Training Materials, Marketing Strategy, Volunteer Management, Productivity Enhancement, Account Management, Construction Management, Client Relationship Building, Canvassing, Project Planning, Project Coordination, Project Execution, Business Travel, Interviewing, Market Research, Presentation Development, Sales Presentations, Group Presentations, New Business Development, Social Networking, Training & Development, Trade Show Representation, Conference Coordination, Photography, Public Speaking, Team Building, Architectural Drafting, Community Engagement, Sustainable Design, Renovation, Master Planning, Leadership Mentoring, Project Management, Innovation, Political Consulting, LinkedIn



PSI Homesavers Golden Hammer Award

March 2002

Awarded to AIA Houston Architectural Interns for going above and beyond in efforts to provide a safe and weatherized home. Organizer.

AIA National Associates Committee Chapter of the Year

May 2002

AIA Houston Associates Committee was awarded the inaugural “Chapter of the Year Award” for designing and developing a “Road to Registration” Intern Development Program that included: a construction seminar and tour mentorship series, the “Road to Registration” presentation for students, Interns and architects, and an Architectural Registration Exam and professional preparation program.

Project Rising: Real Estate Pitch Forum

May 2012

Participated in a “Shark Tank” business innovation pitch for an adaptive reuse project at Camelback Colonade. The Biltmore Quarter project was selected based on its merits of sustainability, neighborhood enrichment, urban development, education, innovation, and viability.

AIA Phoenix Metro Phoenix Section Committee Chair

November 2009

AIA New Orleans Intern/Associate Director

January 2000

Elected to develop programs to assist Architectural Interns in their professional development to become licensed architects.

1997 St. Louis Young Architect’s Forum Bi-Annual Exhibition

February 1997

Submitted 2 paintings for exhibition. Both were exhibited and placed on display at the St. Louis Art’s Guild.

Washington University Delegate to AIAS Council of Presidents

November 1993

Nominated to represent the chapter at the AIAS ’93 Desert Forum in Phoenix.

AIA New Orleans Delegate to AIA National Convention

May 2000

Nominated to be a delegate to the AIA National Convention. Represented the views of AIA New Orleans in the elections of the 2001 National leadership and policies.

Democrats of Greater Tucson Board Member

January 2004

Elected to the board of the Democrats of Greater Tucson by the membership of the political club.

Prairie View A&M University Studio Critic

November 2001

CANstruction Houston – Structural Integrity

October 2001

Constructed a sculpture of can goods to fight hunger. Modified the design of the structure to allow it to stand.

Michael G. Meyers Design and Scholarship Competition

April 2002

Judged the Michael Myers Competition, an AIA Houston architectural competition for high school students.

RDA Charrette: Home Honorable Mention

June 2002

Participated in a charette concerning homelessness. Proposed a flexible tower that could be built out or deconstructed, as needed, to provide housing. The tower would serve as a measure as to the amount of homelessness in the Houston area.

USGBC Arizona Certificate of Appreciation

February 2012

Recognition for outstanding volunteer work in the year 2011 with the Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.


Sustainable Building Adviser (CSBA)

August 2011 to Present


December 2008 to December 2011

Project Management Profession (PMP)

August 2012 to Present


In Process

Architectural Registration

In Process


American Institute of Architects

March 1997 to Present

* Served as Committee and Sub-Committee Chair in multiple chapters: AIA Louisiana, AIA Houston, Texas Society of Architects, AIA Arizona, AIA Phoenix Metro.
* Participated in many Chapter meetings: AIA Los Angeles, AIA Pasadena-Foothills, AIA South Bay-Long Beach, AIA Southern Arizona, AIA Grand Canyon, AIA Western Mountain Region, AIA Central States, AIA Gulf States
* Nominated and Elected to leadership positions with AIA St. Louis and AIA New Orleans.

US Green Building Council Arizona Chapter

September 2006 to Present

* Supported and organized campaign to support SB 1403.
* Gave updates to membership concerning changes in Green codes and Legislation.
* Planned and organized the First Annual Member Meeting.

Rice Design Alliance

October 2000 to October 2002

* Attended all RDA lectures while in Houston.
* Participated in the Charrette: Home and Astrodome Charette.
* Attended Symposiums and special talks.

Preservation Resource Center

November 1998 to November 2000

Attended home and stained glass window tours, along with lectures and talks.

Project Management Institute (PMI)

September 2010 to Present

* Attended PMI-Phoenix sponsor PMP Study Group.
* Attend monthly meeting and PDM events.
* Network at Social events.

National Historic Trust for Preservation

March 1997 to Present

Washington University Alumni Association

January 2001 to Present

* Attended events sponsored by the Association.
* Interviewed potential students for admission to the School of Architecture.
* Organized programs with alumni office.

Modern Phoenix

June 2006 to Present

* Suggested Reed Kroloff, AIA, as a speaker for the Modern Phoenix Expo.
* Registered people for the annual home tour.
* Suggest programs and speakers for events each year.

Modern Architecture Preservation Project – Tucson

September 2004 to Present

* Participated in the MAPP organizing committee.
* Advertise their work to Modern Phoenix.
* Attend their tours and events when able to be in Tucson.

Networking Phoenix

October 2010 to Present

* Participated in trainings about networking and business relationship building.
* Attend the Signature Events.


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