3rd Quarter 2012 Resume Peter Newton, CSBA, PMP

Peter Newton, CSBA, PMP

901 E Van Buren St. No. 2039
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Cell: 602.332.3517


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.


Performance optimization
Strong presentation skills
Expertise in troubleshooting
Creative problem solving
Design review
Project management
Microsoft Office
Project Management
Architectural Programming & Design
Critical Thinking & Collaborative Problem Solving
Oral & Written Communication Skills
Cross Functional Team Building
Community-based Awareness
Developing & Delivering Presentations
Sustainable Building Systems Design & Integration
Graphic Communication
Spatial Visualization & Modeling
Scope Management
Project Management Software
Product Evaluation, Testing & Selection
Change Order Negotiation
Construction Conflict Resolution
Document Project Status & Progress
Project Close Out & Archival Management
Pre-Occupancy, Facilities & Site Assessment
Volunteer Management
Mentoring & Teaching
Civic Leadership
Professional Service
Conference Development & Management
Campaign Canvassing
Trade Show Representation & Presentation

Facility Assessment
Field Surveys
Contract Administration
Scheduling tools
Architectural drafting
Red-line revisions skills
Microsoft Office
Project Management
Architectural Programming & Design
Critical Thinking & Collaborative Problem Solving
Oral & Written Communication Skills
Cross Functional Team Building
Community-based Awareness
Developing & Delivering Presentations
Sustainable Building Systems Design & Integration
Graphic Communication
Spatial Visualization & Modeling
Scope Management
Project Management Software
Product Evaluation, Testing & Selection
Change Order Negotiation
Construction Conflict Resolution
Document Project Status & Progress
Project Close Out & Archival Management
Pre-Occupancy, Facilities & Site Assessment
Volunteer Management
Mentoring & Teaching
Civic Leadership
Professional Service
Conference Development & Management
Campaign Canvassing
Trade Show Representation & Presentation


Project Management:
Supervised team of five to ensure projects stayed on track and were delivered under-budget.

AutoCad Software Utilization
Produced drawings and maintained, archived and retrieved CAD files and drawing documents for the completion of four commercial projects.

Responsible for creating detailed technical drawings of structural designs according to specifications for residential, retail, commercial and industrial projects.

Document Control
Served as document control specialist to design micro precision apertures, sheet metal enclosures, membrane switches and cabling, while following proper standards.

Created presentation materials for sales, customer relations and management purposes.

CADD Training
Supervised and trained associate drafters.
Organized and delegated projects according to co-workers abilities.

Project Management
Supervised project production efforts to ensure projects were completed to company standards, on time and within budget constraints.

Program Development
Conducted research which led to the development of [program].
Reduced costs by [number] through development of new program.

Organizational Design
Prepared plans and layouts for equipment or system arrangements and space allocation.

Developed detailed drawings in adherence with customer requests for structures using reinforcing steel, concrete, masonry and wood materials.

Project Coordination
Provided drafting and project set-up support to the communications staff, creating initial to final drawings for two light rail engineering projects.

Professional Experience

August 2009 to Current
Independent Architectural Services Phoenix, Arizona
Contract Entrepreneur

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.

January 2011 to June 2011
Romanoski Glass and Mirror Phoenix, AZ
Lead Generation and Territorial Sales Manager

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.

June 2003 to October 2010
Arizona Democratic Party Arizona
Political Campaign Coordinator and Organizer

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.

May 2010 to May 2010
US Census Bureau Phoenix, Arizona
NRFU Enumerator Replacement Trainee

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.
August 2007 to July 2009
Jacobs Engineering (formerly Carter & Burgess) Phoenix, Arizona
Architectural Job Captain

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.

March 2005 to August 2007
Cawley Architects Phoenix, Arizona
Project Manager

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.

January 2003 to May 2003
Rob Paulus Architect, Ltd. Tucson, Arizona
Architectural Designer

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.

August 2000 to July 2002
Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects Houston, Texas
Architect In Training

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.

February 1999 to May 2000
The Mathes Group New Orleans, Louisiana
Telecommunication Collocation Project Coordinator

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.

September 1998 to February 1999
Olde New Orleans Design Group Harvey, Louisiana
Residential Design-Build Draftsman

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.

August 1996 to May 1998
Christner, Inc. Clayton, Missouri
Architectural Intern

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.

Education and Training

2012 Professional Development , Arizona
Continuing Education Project Management

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.
Phoenix Workforce Connection, Certificates, Phoenix, AZ, 2010
Explored new career opportunities through career advisement, resume preparation, and job readiness workshops.

1996 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
Bachelor of Arts Architecture

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.

1991 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pre-College Architecture

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.


Project Rising: Real Estate Pitch Forum, City of Phoenix and Ikoloji, 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.

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.

Board Member at Large, Democrats of Greater Tucson, 2004
Elected to the board of the Democrats of Greater Tucson by the membership of the political club.

Michael G. Meyers Design and Scholarship Competition, Juror, AIA Houston, 2002

Charette: Home Honorable Mention, Rice Design Alliance, 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.

Gold Hammer Award, PSI Homesavers, 2002
Awarded to AIA Houston Architectural Interns for going above and beyond in efforts to provide a safe and weatherized home. Organizer.

Chapter of the Year Award, AIA National Associates Committee, 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.

Studio Critic, Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture, 2001

Structural Integrity, CANstruction Houston, 2001
Constructed a sculpture of can goods to fight hunger. Modified the design of the structure to allow it to stand.

Delegate to AIA National Convention, AIA New Orleans, 2000
Represented the views of AIA New Orleans in the elections of the 2001 National leadership and policies.

Intern/Associate Director, AIA New Orleans, 2000
Elected to develop programs to assist Architectural Interns in their professional development to become licensed architects.

YAF 1997 Biannual Exhibition, Young Architect’s Forum, 1997
Submitted 2 paintings for exhibition. Both were exhibited and placed on display at the St. Louis Art’s Guild.

Delegate to Council of Presidents, AIAS Washington University Chapter, 1993
Nominated to represent the chapter at the AIAS ’93 Desert Forum in Phoenix.


Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA), 2011
Project Management Professional (PMP), 2012
OSHA 10, 2008
Architectural Registration, In Process
LEED Green Associate, In Process


Partial Client List:
University of Texas
Texas A&M University
Rice University
Missouri Botanical Garden
Fresh & Easy
LGE Design Build
Ralston Purina

Extra-Curricular Activities

American Institute of Architects, 1997 ??? present
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.
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, Phoenix, AZ, 2006 – Present
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.
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, Living Environments Committee, St. Louis, MO, 1997 – 1998
Planned and developed programs, to create grassroots efforts by young professions to stay and revitalize St. Louis through entrepreneurship and arts.
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.


American Institute of Architects, Associate Member, 1997 – Present
U.S. Green Building Council, 2006 – Present
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Member, 2006 – 2012
Washington University Alumni Association, APAP, 2001 to Present
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Member, 1997 to Present
Modern Phoenix, Volunteer, 2007 to Present
Modern Architecture Preservation Project ??? Tucson, Organizing Member, 2004 to Present
Project Management Institute, Member, 2010 to Present
Networking Phoenix, Passport Member, 2010 – 2012
Phoenix Art Museum, Member, 2005 – 2010
The Heard Museum, Member, 2006 – 2010
Rice Design Alliance, Member, 2000 – 2002
Preservation Resource Center, Member, 1998 – 2000
Landmarks Association, Member, 1997 – 1998
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Member Washington University Chapter, 1992 – 1997
Downtown Now!, Team Leader, 1997 – 1998
St. Louis 2004, Organizer, 1997 – 1998


AutoCAD 2011, Revit, logistics, project development, government, blueprints, BA Architecture, Process Excellence, Design, Analysis, ATE, Certified Sustainable Building Adviser, AIA Continuing Education, Failure Analysis, Geometric Dimensioning, HS Diploma, Leadership, Management, Project Design, Project specifications, Project Programming, Project Management, Prototyping, assembly drawings, AutoCad 2010, government, logistics, SketchUp, Visio, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker, Quark, Desktop Publishing, Business Development, Networking, Linked In, Sales,


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