Professional Summary 3rd Quarter 2012

Peter Newton, CSBA, PMP

Creative Consensus Builder

901 E Van Buren St. #2039
Phoenix, AZ 85006 US
6023323517 (Home)

Career Summary

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.


Industry Focus: Engineering & Architecture, Public Relations Experience: 15 – 20 Years
Education Level: 4-Year College Degree


Independent Architectural Services (Phoenix, AZ) 9/2009
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.
Romanoski Glass and Mirror (Phoenix, AZ) 02/2011 – 07/2011
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.
Jacobs Engineering (formerly Carter + Burgess) (Phoenix, AZ) 09/2007 – 08/2009
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.
Cawley Architects (Phoenix, AZ) 04/2005 – 09/2007
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.
Rob Paulus Architect, Ltd. (Tucson, AZ) 02/2003 – 06/2003
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.
Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects (Houston, TX) 09/2000 – 08/2002
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.
The Mathes Group (New Orleans, LA) 03/1999 – 06/2000
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.
Olde New Orleans Design Group, Inc. (Harvey, LA) 10/1998 – 03/1999
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.
Christner, Inc. (Clayton, MO) 09/1996 – 06/1998
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.
American Institute of Architects (Phoenix, AZ) 03/1997
, 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) 10/2006
Chapter Leader
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 (St. Louis, MO) 03/1997 – 10/1998
Living Environments Committee
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.

Skills & Specializations

Linked In (Advanced) 2 to 3 Years
AutoCAD (Advanced) More than 10 Years
Project Management (Intermediate) 5 to 6 Years


Associate Degree – Training to You (Phoenix, AZ) Completed: 11/2011
Major: Project Management
2nd Major: Microsoft Programs
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.
Associate Degree – Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ)
Major: Certification
2nd Major: Sustainability      Minor: Revit
Developed a professional development, non-credit, Revit Boot Camp with the City of Phoenix, AIA Phoenix Metro and Phoenix College.
Bachelor Degree – Washington University (St. Louis, MO) Completed: 05/1996
Major: 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.
Bachelor Degree – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
Minor: Multiple Locations
High School Diploma – Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Chattanooga, TN) Completed: 06/1992
* Trained in The Paideia Philosophy, which believes that all humans are active learners through 3 Columns of Instruction: didactic, factual information; coaching of skills; and seminar discussions.
* Organized and ran 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.
Bachelor Degree – Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Major: Architecture
Minor: Pre-College Studies
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.
Associate Degree – Ikoloji (Phoenix, AZ)
Major: Certified Sustainable Building Advisor
A hands-on approach to sustainability that challenges students to recognize and understand problems, identify opportunities, and craft innovative solutions in the built environment.

Certifications & Licenses

Sustainable Building Adviser – National Sustainable Building Adviser Program (08/2011)
OSHA 10 – OSHA (12/2008)
PMP – PMI (Aug 2012)
LEED Green Associate – GBCI (In Process)
Architectural Registration – Arizona Board of Technical Registration (In Process)
Intern Development Program – NCARB
Delegate to Council of Presidents – AIAS Washington University Chapter (11/1993)
* Selected to represent the chapter at the AIAS ’93 Desert Forum in Phoenix.
* Reviewed and voted of policy for the national organization and attended special tours of Arcosanti, Cosanti and Taliesin.
* Reported events to the Chapter upon return.
Board Member at Large – Democrats of Greater Tucson (01/2004)
Elected to the board of the Democrats of Greater Tucson by the membership of the political club.
YAF 1997 Biannual Exhibition – Young Architect’s Forum St. Louis Chapter (03/1998)
Submitted 2 paintings for exhibition. Both were exhibited and placed on display at the St. Louis Art’s Guild.
Intern/Associate Director – AIA New Orleans (11/1999)
* Elected to the office of Intern/Associate Director.
* Developed programs for Architectural Interns to assist them in their professional growth and become licensed architects and members of the AIA.
* Designed graphics to advertise for programs.
Studio Critic – Prairie View A&M University (05/2002)
Invited by a colleague at Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects to participate in the final studio reviews of his class at Prairie View A&M.
Structural Integrity – CANstruction Houston (11/2001)
* Constructed a sculpture of can goods to fight hunger.
* Modified the design of the structure to allow it to stand.
Michael Myers Competition Juror – AIA Houston (05/2002)
Juried the Michael Myers Competition, an architectural competition for high school students.
Charette: Home Honorable Mention – Rice Design Alliance (06/2002)
* 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.
Golden Hammer Award – PSI Homesavers (03/2002)
* Organized a committee of Architectural Interns through AIA Houston to weatherize homes in Houston.
* Awarded for going above and beyond in our efforts to provide a safe and weatherized home.
Chapter of the Year Award – AIA National Associates Committee (05/2002)
* AIA Houston Associates Committee was awarded the inaugural “Chapter of the Year Award” for their efforts to assist Interns learn about IDP, the ARE, and gain professional training.
* Organized the PSI Homesavers community service activity
* Organized construction tours of prominent Houston projects in development.
* Lectured to Associate Members, students and professionals, about the “Road to Registration”.
* Worked with Associate Committees throughout Texas to organize events at the annual Texas Society of Architects Convention and within their chapters.
Chair, Phoenix Section Committee – AIA Phoenix Metro (11/2009)
* Established and furthered relationships with various City of Phoenix Departments.
* Scheduled programs to assist the City and the Membership in creating successful projects.
* Organized member led tours to celebrate the creation of successful and innovative architectural projects.
Advocacy Committee Vice-Chair – USGBC Arizona Chapter Central Branch (01/2009)
* Served as Chair when the Chair was not able to attend.
* Represented the committee on the USGBC Arizona Chapter Central Branch General Circle
* Participated in the USGBC National Advocacy monthly conference call.
Governing Council Member – USGBC Arizona Chapter Central Branch (10/2010)
* Guide the Strategic future for the organization.
* Planned and organized the First Annual Member Meeting for 2012
* Developed the Chapter’s Policy Position Paper
* Developed Advocacy strategy on Legislation and Municipal Code and policy adoption, 2006-present.
* Served as Liaison to the National Organization for Advocacy and Campaign initiatives.


Adrian Luchini, Rockport
AIA New Orleans Bulletin
AIA New Orleans Newsletter
AIA New Orleans Meeting Notices
AIA Houston Associate E-Notices
Texas Society of Architect E-Notices


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