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August 2021

Andy Dance, BLAE ’84, won the election for the Flagler County Commission District 1 seat. He won with 62.7% of the vote. Dance’s top three priorities for the County Commission include economic development, growth, and safety and security. He has served on the Flagler County School Board, which included two years as chairman; 12 years on the board of the Early Learning Coalition in Flagler and Volusia counties; and two years as chairman of the Flagler County Community Traffic Safety Team. 

January 2021

Natasha Espada, BDES ’91, was announced as the first Latina President of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), the oldest and second-largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

May 2020

Arash Parham, MSBC ’04, has been promoted to vice president of Clark Construction Group, LLC. He will lead the day-to-day operations of Clark Foundations, including the acquisition and execution of work.

Kyle Abney ’99, MS ’01, received the Sustainability Legend Award from US Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida chapter for his leadership over more than two decades of promoting sustainable development.

April 2020

Daniel Greenspan, BDES ’10, was promoted to Manager of Community Design and Stakeholder Engagement at Bon Secours Mercy Health’s Department of Housing and Community Development located in Baltimore, Maryland, where he will lead the integration of end-users needs into the development of facilities, service-delivery programs, and community development projects that address the social determinates of health.

Timothy Milcich retired after a 45 year career in the commercial building business in capacities of estimating, project management and eventually leader ship. After graduation he started at a small general contractor in Lakeland, Florida and was there for 26 years. The company did select bid and mostly negotiated general contracting and eventually construction management projects. He then went to work with EMJ Corporation in Chattanooga, Tennessee and worked on retail projects and malls mostly in the Midwest and central US. Then he returned to Lakeland and worked for 2 different CM firms building distribution centers, refrigerated buildings government buildings and upper education project. Now he is a volunteer with SCORE as the Central Florida Chapter vice chair and mentor. He enjoys keeping up with modern technology and apps and also plans on doing consulting work for construction companies and other businesses part time.

March 2020

Nicole Plunkett, BLAE ’10, Daniel Sorrow, BLAE ’04, and Aaron Wilbur, BLAE ’10 were promoted to partners at Cotleur & Hearing in Jupiter.

December 2019

Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D. ’15, was awarded a $2.47 million grant to help create trauma rooms that support staff in saving patients’ lives. Bayramzadeh’s project, “Toward a Model of Safety and Care for Trauma Room Design,” will use design as a tool to improve efficient care in Level I trauma rooms.

Jennifer Stencel, BDES ’03, M.ARCH ’05, was promoted to Associate Principal of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, a firm specializing in the design of affordable housing in New York City and Hudson Valley.

November 2019

Benjamin Boyd, BLAE ’11, was installed as President of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MDASLA) at this year’s Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego. Benjamin is a landscape architect at Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland.

September 2019

Derick Wolf, MBC ’93, is entering his second year as the Chief of Engineering, U.S. Army Directorate of Public Works in Fort Benning, Georgia and is managing a $100 million annual sustainment restoration and modernization program.

July 2019

Douglas Crawford, M.ARCH ’13, was awarded the 2019 AIA|DC Emerging Architect Award by the American Institute of Architects Washington, DC Chapter. Information on the award can be accessed at the following link:

Two DCP alums participated in the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which some consider to be the most prestigious Decorator Show House in the country.

Daniel Kahan, M.ARCH ’04, of Smith & Moore Architects, currently resides in Palm Beach and participated in the New York Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2019 in collaboration with famous interior designer Robert Passal.

Leanne Yarn-Alcalay, BDES ’13, of Yarn Design Associates, currently resides in Boca Raton and participated in the Palm Beach Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2019. Yarn-Alcalay was the youngest design participant this year and first ever UF alumnus.

May 2019

Samantha Varela, BSSBE ’17, was featured in a profile on VoyageMIA. Read all about her here.

April 2019

Joe Russell, BBC ’88, retired from the U.S. Navy September 1, 2018 after serving 30+ years. A supply corps office, her specialized in contract administration and logistics, serving on three ships, various bases in the United States and spending 10 years overseas in Guam, Dubai, Bahrain, the UK and Germany. He has settled in Mobile, Alabama for now. He has three boys, one at the U.S. Naval Academy, one at Rollins College and the youngest is a high school junior.

January 2019

Michael Gilkey, BLAE ’99, and his team won the Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA) Curriculum Challenge Award. You can read more about it here.

Richard Shieldhouse, Ph.D. ’11, published a book about the life and work of architect William Morgan. To read more about it, click here.

September 2018

Joe Kelly, BDES ’01, M.ARCH ’03 and Gwen Kelly, BDES ’01, M.ARCH ’03: Hive Architects, Inc. is excited to announce the relocation of their architectural practice to the revitalized Sarasota Rosemary District. The architectural practice of Joe Kelly, AIA, and Gwen Leroy-Kelly, AIA, occupies 1,500 square feet on the north west corner of the BOTA Center at 1570 Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota.

Stephen Shaw, Ph.D. ’06, was awarded the Order of Palmetto by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor and awarded for a significant state-wide contribution to the state. Shaw’s contribution is the South Carolina Gun Law Book, a 325-page, annually updated, complete guide to this complex and ever-changing critical area of law.

Shaw practices Land Use, Real Estate and Estate Planning law throughout South Carolina and Florida. He litigates subdivision, corporate and real estate cases in appelate and civil courts in both states as well as major self-defense shooting cases.

Richard Shieldhouse, Ph.D. ’11, published a book about the life and work of architect William Morgan.

August 2018

Aaron Neubert, BDES ’94, saw his Tilt-Shift House in Los Angeles awarded the Citation Award in the AIA LA 2018 Residential Architecture Awards.

Colleen Roland, MAURP ’88, retired after 43 years of service to municipal and regional Florida governments with 30 years in Urban Planning. She plans to travel and spend time with her granddaughter.

Brad Weitekamp, MLARC ’12, was one of 21 nationally-recognized emerging professionals in the field of landscape architecture as an award winner in the 2018 Anova Grant Competition. This is the second time Weitekamp has been honored through the annual competition.

July 2018

Philip Donovan, BDES ’03, was promoted to the position of Studio Principal with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Orlando. He is leading community sector projects and is currently in the design phase for what is anticipated to be the first zero-energy school in Florida.

June 2018

Gene Dalton, BBC ’78, retired after 40 years in construction, which included building offshore drilling platforms, chemical plants, the first cogeneration power plant outside of Amarillo, Texas, two 850Mw fossil units in Arkansas, two 1250Mw nuclear units in Georgia and, most recently, the IT Manager for the building of two new AP1000 nuclear units.

In between, Dalton spent 20 years at an operating nuclear plant doing startup, refueling outages, managing design changes, Y2K project and IT Manager over emergency communications and daily IT activities. He retired in November 2017 after 35 years with Southern Company and is currently enjoying doing the things he wants to do.

Amin Terouhid, Ph.D. ’13 (Construction Management), was awarded the 2018 Technical Excellence Award by AACE International (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering). In addition to Terouhid, Maryam Mirhadi, another 2013 Ph.D. graduate of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, also won the award. This award is given by the AACE International to recognize outstanding technical contributions to the fields of project management and cost engineering.

Terouhid and Mirhadi are now running a project and construction management consulting firm (Adroit Consultants, LLC) and have received this award, in part, because of their role in authoring three Recommended Practices (RPs), including RP91R-16 Schedule Development, RP 92R-17 Analyzing Near-Critical paths and RP89R-16 Management Summary Schedule (excerpt of these RPs can be found here:

The AACE International Recommended are a series of documents that contain valuable reference information that has been subject to a rigorous review process. Professionals in the field of project management use these documents as a reference.

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