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Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, PMP

Peter Newton, Assoc AIA, CSBA, PMP

Phoenix, AZ, US

Selected Projects from Portfolio

  • The Monsanto Center at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

    The Monsanto Center at the…

  • University of Texas Bio-Sciences Wet Lab

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  • Deer Valley Medical Center

    Deer Valley Medical Center

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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


Architectural Detailing, Field Surveys & Condition Assessments, Instructor-led Training, Event Planning, Desktop Publishing, Facility Programming, Construction Documentation & Coordination, CAD Library Development & Maintenance, Research, Linked In, Tracking Leads, Public Speaking, Team Building, Mentor, Analyst, Development of Marketing Campaigns, Project Management, Innovation, Community Engagement, Continuing Education Program Development, Policy Strategist





Independent Architectural Services, Phoenix, AZ, US, 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.

Nov 2009 – current

USGBC Arizona Chapter Central Branch, Phoenix, AZ, US, 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

Sep 2006 – current

American Institute of Architects, Multiple, Associate Leader

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.

Mar 1997 – current

Romanoski Glass & Mirror, Phoenix, AZ, US, Lead Generation and 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.

Jan 2011 – Jul 2011

Jacobs Engineering (Formley Carter-Burgess), Phoenix, AZ, US, 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.

Sep 2007 – Aug 2009

Cawley Architects, Phoenix, AZ, US, 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.

Apr 2005 – Sep 2007

Rob Paulus Architect, Tucson, AZ, US, 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.

Feb 2003 – Jun 2003

Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects, Houston, TX, US, 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.

Sep 2000 – Aug 2002

Mathes Brierre Architects (Formerly The Mathes Group), New Orleans, LA, US, 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.

Mar 1999 – Jun 2000

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

Oct 1998 – Mar 1999

Metropolis St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US, 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.

Jun 1997 – Sep 1998

Christner Inc., Clayton, MO, US, 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.

Sep 1996 – Jun 1998

Luchini AD, Saint Louis, MO, US, AutoCAD Modeler and Drafter

Drafted preliminary CAD models and drawings in AutoCAD 12 for windows. Published in Adrian Luchini monograph.

Aug 1996 – Sep 1996

Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US, College Work Study Administration

• 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.

Aug 1992 – Aug 1996

Franklin Associates Architects, Chattanooga, TN, US, Summer Architectural Intern

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.

Jun 1993 – Aug 1993


Professional Development, AIA, USGBC, PMI & CSI Continuing Education

Mar 1997 – current

IKOLOJI, Phoenix, AZ, US, 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.

Sep 2010 – Aug 2011

Training to You, Phoenix, AZ, US, PMP Certification and Microsoft Office

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.

Aug 2010 – Nov 2010

Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ, US/ Main + Downtown, Revit

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

Mar 2010 – Apr 2010

Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US/ Hilltop, Bachelors, 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.

Aug 1992 – May 1996

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, US, Elective Courses

Enrolled in elective courses in Cultural Anthropology, American History and American Literature while still attending High School and in summer session.

Aug 1991 – Aug 1993

Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences, Chattanooga, TN, US, High School, Paidea

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.

Aug 1987 – Jun 1992

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, 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.

Jun 1991 – Aug 1991


Delegate to Council of Presidents, Award

AIAS Washington University Chapter, Selected to represent the chapter at the AIAS ’93 Desert Forum in Phoenix.


Project Rising: Real Estate Pitch Forum,, Nomination

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.


Board Member at Large, Democrats of Greater Tucson, Nomination

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


Charette: Home Honorable Mention, Rice Design Alliance, Honorable Mention

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.


Michael G. Meyers Design and Scholarship Competition, Juror, Nomination

AIA Houston


Golden Hammer Award, Award

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, Award

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, Other


Structural Integrity, 1st Place

CANstruction Houston, 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, Nomination

Selected 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.


AIA New Orleans Intern/Associate Director, Nomination

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


YAF 1997 Biannual Exhibition, Award

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


Areas of Specialization

Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction, Development, Photography, Graphic Design / Signage, Marketing, Office Management, Writing


more 15 years experience in Autocad 2D/3D, Photography, 10 years experience in Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker, quark express, contract documentation, Contract Management, Contract Administration, business development/ proposals, 8 years experience in Corel Draw, Graphic: CorelDraw Corel Photo paint (Expert), 13 years of experience in Microsoft Office Word/ Powerpoint/ Excel, Visio, Ability to Take A Project From Ground Up, A team professional capable of independent work and collaboratively guiding project team members., Project Management, Microsoft Project 2007, Architectural design sensibility, Architectural Drawings & Material Boards, Architectural Conservation, Historic Preservation & Restoration

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