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University of Georgia Delta Hall, Washington, D.C.

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Welcome to this edition of Aspire When we launched Aspire magazine

contributions to Aspire have made

three years ago, our goal was to “cel-

the magazine a huge success.

ebrate the talents, gifts and passion”

In this issue, our feature story is

displayed every day by our staff and

about the new Delta Hall in Washing-

clients. This publication has grown

ton, D.C., an adaptive reuse project.

greatly since 2012 and it has show-

There’s also an interesting story

cased some pretty fabulous people

about a recent portfolio show in our

and many awesome projects.

Atlanta office. Stuart Thiel organized

You will see that the publication

the event to allow all of our incredibly

has been refreshed and looks a bit

talented employees show some of

different than the first nine volumes.

their past work, and he shares some

Magazines, like buildings, need to

thoughts about the event. There has

be renovated from time-to-time. Our

been growing interest in converting

marketing team met back in the

office buildings to schools and we are

fall of last year to review Aspire; its

pleased to share a recent SlideShare

stories and photographs had been

that speaks to this intriguing concept.

shared with many since its inaugural

Lesley Braxton, AIA, IIDA, one of

launch. Every member of the market-

our associates, writes a personal ob-

ing team has played a role in getting

servation of her experiences working

every issue out the door. Often, they

on two recent projects that included

do it between other pressing projects.

another design firm on the team. Her

It has evolved into a labor of love for

insight and passion are apparent in

the department. I especially want

the story.

to recognize Rick Snider, a senior

We hope you enjoy this issue of

graphic designer, Christina Bailey,

Aspire and look forward to sharing

marketing services manager, Aman-

many more with you.

da D’Luhy, marketing manager and Tanne Stephens, marketing coor-

All the best,

dinator and Bobbi Sweeney, senior graphic designer, who has taken over the design reigns. Their past

Pratt Farmer Director of Marketing

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In this issue of Aspire…


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Welcome to this edition of Aspire


New Residence Hall Provides More Than Just A Place To Sleep


A Different Point of View Catering to College Students’ Needs


New Dining Halls

Eat It Up


Advantages of Design-Build Teaming


Do You Know Bethesda Row?


What Do Millennials Want?


Dual Brand Hotel is an Encore Presentation



How Cooper Carry Designed the Ultimate Dining Commons

The Dining Commons at Georgia Southern University (Video)

A look back at the legacy of one of the country’s most successful walkable mixed-use developments.

A Student’s Perspective

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The Art of Drawing


Mix it Up


Just the Way I See It


The Intern* Architect

A Misunderstood Title *and the path towards licensure


Why Design?


From Cubicles to Classrooms



COOPER CARRY 2015 Portfolio Showcase




Recent Wins

58 Anniversaries 63

First Round Draft Picks

Yesterday’s Office Buildings are the Schools of Tomorrow

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New Residence Hall

Provides More Than Just A Place To Sleep College life has drastically changed

UGA launched its first Washing-

over the past 25 years. Today, more

ton, D.C., internship program in 1997

and more students augment their

with the start of the Congressional

college program with one or more in-

Agricultural Fellowship program. The

ternships, before and/or after gradu-

university’s footprint expanded in

ation. Designed to further enhance a

2002 with the introduction of the

student’s education, internships pro-

“Honors in Washington” program.

vide a real-life learning experience,

Several other schools and colleges

Delta Hall, Common area,

which typically lasts an entire se-

followed with their own academic and

UGA, Washington, D.C.

mester. If a student decides to seek

internship programs; and in 2008,

an internship before graduation,

UGA made internship opportunities in

there is always the added burden of

and around Washington available to

locating housing, since most intern-

all undergraduate students through

ship programs are not on or near

the Washington Semester Program.

the student’s campus. Until recently, the University of Georgia (UGA) had to work to find available short-term housing options for students interning in the nation’s capitol.

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Adaptive Reuse Making the old new again…

As the years have rolled by,

the building includes classroom and

these programs have become more

study space, common living areas,

popular; yet the issue of dedicated

conference rooms, kitchens and

housing wasn’t resolved (at least for

suite-style rooms. Students are steps

32 students) until 2015 when UGA

away from Stanton Park, minutes

opened Delta Hall, an adaptive reuse

from the U.S. Capitol and six blocks

building that was once a commercial

from Union Station. The total invest-

office building and before that, from

ment, financed entirely with private

1932—1974, The Christ Child Settle-

funds through the UGA Foundation,

ment House. The 20,000 square-foot

was $12 million.

building can now accommodate up

COOPER CARRY was selected

to 32 students and faculty. Named in

to provide architectural and design

honor of Delta Air Lines Foundation,

services for the three-story build-

which provided a $5 million grant

ing after a rigorous search by UGA.

in support of UGA in Washington,

“Having a Washington presence

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Delta Hall, Washington, D.C. Above: Meeting space Right: Exterior


“We weren’t necessarily focused on a commercial office building in the beginning, but as time passed it became evident to the entire team that this building was the most appropriate opportunity given the budget and the timetable that had been established.” Lauren Perry Ford, AIA Senior Associate, Cooper Carry

allowed us to give the University a local perspective,” said Tim Fish, AIA, Principal-in-Charge on the project. Fish and Lauren Perry Ford, AIA, both in our Higher Education Practice Group, worked with school officials to identify the right building that could be acquired and converted, if necessary. “We weren’t necessarily focused on a commercial office building in the beginning, but as time passed it became evident to the entire team that

approached this project with eyes

classroom space, the design team

this building was the most appropri-

wide open, ready for just about any

set out to transform the building into

ate opportunity given the budget and

challenge to crop up. One of the first

a very functional space that would

the timetable that had been estab-

challenges was the building was

ultimately meet, and even surpass,

lished,” Ford intimated.

actually two buildings joined together

expectations. “I really give Joe Powell

resulting in differing heights between

at UGA a lot of credit because he not

the front and back portions.

only saw the potential in the building,

Converting any building from one use type to another creates unique scenarios for the design-

With a goal of housing 32

he provided incredible guidance from

ers. Experienced in adaptive reuse

students and a need for multiple food

the school’s perspective,” Fish said.

projects, the COOPER CARRY team

preparation areas and conference/

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As an example, one of the larger challenges was designing rooms with sufficient closet space. While closet space is not normally an issue with on-campus housing, residents in the program would all be working in professional environments, so there was a need to have enough large closets for ample professional attire. By orienting bathrooms, common areas and closets toward the interior of the space, the designers took advantage of the huge windows, which afforded great amounts of natural light and did not have to eliminate any closet space. As the project progressed, the large open rotunda at the front entry provided a unique opportunity to solve, through simple geometry, many of the interior challenges of joining spaces that were in conflict with each other. “Our goal was to create a space that was much more residential—like being at home—but on a larger scale. The opening of Delta Hall marks the first time UGA students have been able to live, study and take classes under the same roof while interning in the nation’s capital,” said Fish.

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“As I walk through this

“As I walk through this incred-

“As you look around the build-

incredible facility, I am

ible facility, I am grateful that I live

ing, one point will become immedi-

grateful that I live and

and study here,” said Torie Ness of

ately clear: Delta Hall is a premier

Gastonia, North Carolina, a senior

facility, providing students with all of

political science major and Washing-

the amenities they need to live and

ton Semester Program participant. “I

learn in Washington, D.C.,” said UGA

have a 10-minute walk to the greatest

President Jere W. Morehead. “The

deliberative body in the world.”

true value of this facility, however, lies

study here.” Torie Ness Political Science Major, UGA

Delta Hall, Washington, D.C. Top: Kitchen / lounge Middle: Meeting space overlooking lounge Bottom: Dorm room

Ness is one of five students

not in its design, but in the life-chang-

interning in the office of Sen. Johnny

ing learning experiences it will facili-

Isakson who spoke at the building

tate for UGA students.” The students,

dedication ceremony. A UGA alumnus

representing 17 majors in five UGA

who graduated in 1966 and served

colleges, are interning at various sites

17 years in the Georgia Legislature

throughout D.C., including Congress,

before being elected to three terms

museums, law enforcement, think

in the U.S. House of Representatives,

tanks, public relations firms and

Isakson is now in his second term

media groups. They are also taking

in the Senate. “As I have gone along

courses in the facility’s two class-

through my career in the Senate, time

rooms. And, at the end of every day,

and again I find myself going back to

they now have a beautiful UGA-owned

Athens or going to the phone to call

residential hall to which to come

Athens or dealing with interns in my

home—one that not only affords, but

office who are from Athens,” Isakson

promotes, the interaction and collab-

said. “The University of Georgia has

oration amongst students.

made a meaningful difference in my

COOPER CARRY’s entire design

life and my career, and I owe it a debt

team is proud to have been part of

that I can never repay.”

such a meaningful design project.

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A Different Point of View As designers, we immerse ourselves in a

The following pages are the students’

project and it takes a front row seat in all

stories. There is a feature story written

that we do. Yes, there are ups and downs

by junior public relations major, Aubrey

and many surprises as we move through

Trevathan. Treated as a feature, the story

concept to completion.

is a student’s perspective and I think it captures the essence of what the design

I have always enjoyed going back to revisit a project months or years later. I find this most helpful on a personal and professional level.

team sought to achieve. Taylor Spung, senior PR major, writes a sidebar story from a very different point of view. Spung is visually impaired and she shares the challenges she faces in trying to maneuver through buildings. Her story is inspiring. Lastly, we have also included a short video produced by two foreign exchange students from Honduras. Janine Abdalah-Funez and Daniela Rivera-Lara are senior multimedia

Last fall, we decided to do something

students. The video is a nice reflection on

a little different. Our marketing department

the project, and after viewing it I was even

asked students in the Department of Com-

more pleased that our firm was selected to

munications at Georgia Southern University

design these two buildings.

to submit draft stories that would focus on

We appreciate the opportunity to

the two dining halls that COOPER CARRY

share this unique peek into a project, which

designed. Both the Dining Commons and

we now will certainly want to visit time and

Lakeside opened up to students in 2014

time again.

and have received great reviews. From eight submissions, we selected three students to tell us about the dining halls.

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Tim Fish, AIA Principal


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Catering to College Students’ Needs: How COOPER CARRY Designed the Ultimate Dining Commons BY AUBREY TREVATHAN

College students in today’s world want few things

isn’t typical “cafeteria-esque” style. Visitors can

more than good food, technology and constant

experience everything from comfortable couch-

social interaction. COOPER CARRY managed to

es overlooking the world beyond the building

incorporate all of those elements into the design

through expansive windows, to restaurant-style

of Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) newly

booths lining the perimeter of the walkways.

renovated eating establishments, the Dining

Every part of the Dining Commons offers an invit-

Commons and Lakeside Dining Commons.

ing atmosphere that suits virtually any visitor’s

Both dining halls are easily the best spots for students on campus to enjoy great food

individual style. For a more peaceful and solitary environ-

selections and a buzzing social scene. It is nearly

ment, one might choose to eat at Lakeside, the

impossible to walk into the Dining Commons

venue overlooking GSU’s beautiful Lake Ruby. In

(formerly known as Landrum Center) and not see

this two-story building, guests can choose similar

a group of people eagerly interacting with others

seating styles to those offered in the Dining

while enjoying their meals. The open seating

Commons or they can move away from the hus-

and multiple walkways allow for social meet-

tle and bustle of the eatery lines to the upstairs

ups along the way to every eatery station. It is

dining area to enjoy the view.

reminiscent of a mall food court and the seating

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“As an intern for Auxiliary Services Marketing, I get to experience the various elements that go into managing a large facility like the Dining Commons and Lakeside Dining Commons. From my experience the two facilities were built to withstand decades of new students and visiting alumni.” Briana Daugherty Senior Public Relations Major Georgia Southern University

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Regardless of which venue

to today’s typical college student.

students choose, there are ways for

Briana Daugherty, senior public

students to socialize with each other,

relations major at GSU says, “As an

edit a class paper, or connect using

intern for Auxiliary Services Market-

the internet and social media. Both

ing, I get to experience the various

establishments offer outlets and

elements that go into managing a

charging stations for laptops and cell

large facility like the Dining Commons

phones, both items being common-

and Lakeside Dining Commons. From

place for any modern college dining

my experience the two facilities were

experience. The retinal scanners

built to withstand decades of new

make the process of buying lunch

students and visiting alumni.”

even quicker for the fast-paced mil-

About the Author

The overall look and feel of both

lennial, as it eliminates having to take

establishments puts the cherry on

out cards to purchase a meal—you

top of a perfect eating establishment

Aubrey Trevathan is a junior

simply blink!

for college students. There is modern

public relations major at

furniture capable of enduring even

Georgia Southern Universi-

Commons can easily handle the

the most rambunctious college stu-

ty. The Kingsland, Georgia

masses of students who travel in

dent. Designers incorporated bright

native is an aspiring writer

and out of the venues throughout the

colors and large signs indicating

and PR professional. She

busy day. Once finishing a meal and

which epicurean delight is avail-

hopes to someday work for

before heading off to another class,

able where. The space is accented

a public relations firm or

the conveyor belt dishwashing system

with arches, curved walls, textured

own her own business.

makes it easy for both students and

backsplashes and large windows

staff to quickly drop their food trays

that invite the sunlight in to bathe the

for cleaning. In fact, on any given day,

space. To boil it down, both buildings

this automated system handles more

are very appealing to the eye of a

than 3,500 trays of plates, glasses

college student who loves looking at

and eating utensils for just one meal

detail and variety. 

Both Lakeside and the Dining

alone. The flow of efficiency in the two establishments is obviously tailored

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New Dining Halls: A Student’s Perspective Innovation is a term used to describe

students with disabilities. Ramps,

any type of change or alteration. How-

wide entry walkways, railings, bright

ever, when looking at the transfor-

colors, big fonts and braille all fac-

mative designs done to the Georgia

tored into the design.

Southern University dining halls, the term takes on a bigger meaning. Internationally known design

I would like to think that COOPER CARRY’s designers were focused on the needs of students with disabil-


firm COOPER CARRY was hired by

ities; the accessibility of the new din-


Georgia Southern University (GSU) to

ing halls caters to our every need. I


redesign the former Landrum Center

am one of few handicapped students


and Lakeside dining halls. Manny

who were able to use the previous

Dominguez, AIA and Tim Fish, AIA,

dining halls; therefore, it is easy for

one of the firm’s Principals who leads

me to compare the accessibility of

ed by a breath-taking entrance

its Higher Education Specialty Prac-

the two. Before the renovations, the

and immediately immersed in all

tice Group, saw our previous dining

signage labeling the different types

the cultures represented. Gigantic

halls as more than just an on-campus

of food offered was not clear or large

letters reading “The Brick Oven” and

eatery, rather a blank slate waiting for

enough. When I ate at the previous

“Mongos” guide you to a destination

an artist’s touch.

dining halls, I would usually have to

that offers copious amounts of food

have someone accompany me to

and drink options. The way the food

many perspectives need to be

assist me in reading the menu—not

counters are placed makes it easily

considered. As a GSU student, and

to mention maneuvering through the

accessible for students with disabili-

more specifically a visually impaired

food line because of all the angular

ties and able-bodied students to ma-

student, I can appreciate that the

and straight edges. I was not comfort-

neuver through the space with ease.

COOPER CARRY team considered our

able going by myself. However, the

Bright colors and spacious walkways

dining halls in a much different way.

design of the new dining halls has

provide an even flow of traffic, so

Alternative design techniques need to

removed those obstacles.

students don’t feel over-crowded.

When creating a dining space,

be considered when thinking about

As you walk in, you are greet-

COOPER CARRY’s design team has paved the way in modern university food service and has catered to the needs of not only Georgia Southern, but of all visitors who drop in for a meal. “It was our hope that the learning process imitated in the classroom would find its way into the new Dining Commons by the way of conversation and engagement,” said Fish. 

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Advantages of Design-Build Teaming

Design-build is a project delivery

alliance, fostering true collaboration

method which unites the design firm

and teamwork.

and the construction firm under a

Thanks to the single contract,

single contract with the client. Not

the owner’s administrative burden

only can this method speed up a

is significantly decreased. No longer

NASA Integrated Engineering

project’s schedule, but it increases

does the owner need to work to man-

Services Building,

collaboration between the design-

age separate contracts and project

Hampton, Virginia

ers and the contractor, often-times

obligations; nor must the owner work

resulting in a more efficient delivery.

to be the “middleman,” communicat-

Having both the design firm and the

ing essential project information to

construction firm under one contract

and from the contractor and architect.

transforms the relationship into an

The owner can focus entirely on the

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project itself and the desired goals.

contract structure reinforces the ideal

over-arching mechanism that posi-

collaborative nature of a true team.

tively affects the entire process along

project, the design team and the

The more communication between

the way to completion.

construction team sit together at the

the builders and the designers in

same table to collaborate on the first

the very beginning of the project,

tainability as key components of our

designs for the proposed facility. This

the more project obstacles can be

culture and mission, we are always

collaborative approach with input

anticipated and avoided—in the

excited about the prospect of new de-

from all participants is the key to

end resulting in major cost savings.

sign-build teaming opportunities. The

successfully completing the project

Similarly, the sooner obstacles can

structure of the design-build method

faster, more cost effectively and with

be smoothed out through commu-

allows contractors and designers to

fewer change orders than is typical

nication, the faster the project can

work together to implement sustain-

with other delivery methods. The

move along. The contract itself is an

able ideas that can result in LEED

United from the outset of the

With collaboration and sus-

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certification and building efficiencies.

checks-and-balances scenario. Each

spaces to accommodate the nearly

Our goal is to surpass our clients’

individual firm, including engineering

500 veterans on the campus. Given

expectations. Using the design-build

consultants and construction subcon-

the location and historic nature of

process, we have discovered collab-

tractors, is joined under one contract

the site, the U.S. General Services

oration is the ultimate tool in doing

which means each firm has an equal

Administration (GSA) had to obtain

just that.

stake in the team’s responsibilities

approvals from the National Capital

and work output. This may result in

Planning Commission (NCPC) and

tect of Record on the design-build

the firms more rigorously “checking”

Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). The

team for the recently completed

the progress and each other’s work.

design-build teaming structure made

NASA Integrated Engineering Ser-

Each firm may have increased atten-

getting and maintaining these ap-

vices Building (IESB) in Hampton,

tiveness because they directly share

provals much smoother than it could

Virginia. The project is a 134,000

in both the glory and the failures of

have otherwise been. Obtaining the

square-foot mixed-use building, which

the project.

necessary approvals was a nuanced

COOPER CARRY was the Archi-

includes engineering collaboration

Another project on which

process that was best to get right

space, offices, a multi-media produc-

COOPER CARRY was glad to be a

on the first try. Each team member

tion suite, a full-service cafeteria, a

design-build team member, was the

worked hard to “check” each other on

training center, a theater, and con-

Scott Building on the Armed Forces

adherence to the approved designs

ference facilities. The new building

Retirement Home Campus in Wash-

and guidelines, which helped to avoid

received LEED-NC Gold certification.

ington, D.C. Hensel Phelps was the

multiple rounds of submissions.

In addition to COOPER CARRY, the

contractor and DiMella Shaffer was

team included Whiting-Turner as the

the Design Excellence Architect. The

documents for the Scott Building

contractor and AECOM as the Design

new 160,000 square-foot building

were minimal with respect to engi-

Excellence Architect.

consolidated and modernized the

neering, it was important for us to

residential facilities on campus and

work closely with the contractor to

arrangement not only promotes

included 60 residential rooms and

resolve issues that would affect the

collaboration, but it also creates a

multiple amenity and healthcare

building’s appearance. The team

The design-build teaming

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In addition, since the bridging


Left Page: NASA Integrated Engineering Services Building, Hampton, Virginia Right Page: Scott Building, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, D.C.

was largely successful and the new building achieved LEED-NC Platinum certification. With a design-build teaming structure, you can avoid designing in a vacuum like many do when using the design-bid-build method. Each team member and phase of the project is integrated, fine-tuning all of the smaller parts that influence the whole. Dialogue among team members and ownership continues throughout the entire project as options are proposed and reviewed. The collaborative setup allows the owner to develop trust in the team. In the professional services arena, everyone wants to participate and find the best solutions. 

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Do You Know

Bethesda Row? A look back at the legacy of one of the country’s most successful walkable mixed-use developments.

More than 20 years ago, Federal Realty Invest-

below-grade arts cinemas), street retail, office

ment Trust, which was headquartered in Bethes-

space, and residential space. The project has

da, Maryland at the time, was looking for a site

since become a textbook example of successful

on which to create a new multi-block mixed-use

infill redevelopment and has helped to shape

development. They did not look further than

COOPER CARRY’s connective design philosophy.

their own backyard. An industrial site occupied by a concrete plant, lumber yard and other small

Often cited as a key example of urban place

individual buildings was located just blocks from

making, Bethesda Row attracts visitors not just

their office. Federal Realty negotiated a joint de-

from the surrounding Bethesda/Chevy Chase

velopment/acquisition agreement for the land

neighborhoods, but also from the greater

and endeavored to create a community-oriented

Washington, D.C., region. Described as “retail

shopping district.

icon,” an “exemplary smart growth proposal” and “the country’s best suburban retrofit,”

In 1992, Federal Realty engaged COOPER CAR-

the project continues to serve as a model for

RY to plan and design what would eventually be-

mixed-use development. The design of Bethes-

come known as Bethesda Row. Over the course

da Row was centered on three key principles,

of a decade, COOPER CARRY master planned

which have since been applied to other suc-

and designed the entire development and then

cessful developments.

transitioned into construction. COOPER CARRY designed five buildings on six urban blocks, including entertainment retail (one of the first

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The Street as Entertainment

Storefront-toSidewalk Format

Variety in Design and Materials

The plan and design of Bethesda

The relationship between store-

The architecture of Bethesda Row

Row is centered on the activity of

fronts, sidewalks, outdoor seat-

creates a “main street” environ-

the street itself. The sidewalk is the

ing, and landscaping promotes

ment, which reflects and celebrates

social gathering place for sponta-

walkability and enables a more

the scale of the surrounding fine-

neous, formal and informal meet-

human sense-of-scale. The street

grained community. The variety in

ings. Storefronts, sidewalks and the

was designed to encourage retail

landscape, storefronts and build-

street grid are designed to activate

activity by forcing shoppers to walk

ings allow for a stimulating envi-

the street, promote spontaneous

along the storefronts. Unlike many

ronment that encourages people

interaction and people-watching.

other similar developments, side-

to explore. Bethesda Row’s public

Street activity is further stimulated

walk café seating is located next to

realm integrates fountains, plazas

by office and residential “popu-

the curb as opposed to next to the

and outdoor seating, which offer

lator” uses, which are positioned

storefront, encouraging greater

venues for meeting and interaction,

above the street level. This mix of

interaction and visibility. Parallel

extending a visitor’s stay in this ur-

uses creates a bustling environ-

parking is placed along both sides

ban district. The structures making

ment where residents, workers and

of the street, which creates a buffer

up the development itself are each

visitors alike are encouraged to

between restaurant patrons and

unique, creating visual and sensory

linger and shop.

street traffic.

variety, much in the same way that an authentic neighborhood district might be built.

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Bethesda Row Today An Overview • Six blocks • Four connecting streets • Urban open space connected to The Capital Crescent Trail • Multiple modes of transit and walkable connections • Mid-block and below grade public parking garages • Urban residential

“For me, through the design of this development we created a philosophy and

• Street level retail and dining • Entertainment retail • Grocery retail

principles that can capture the essence of

• Urban office space

any community.”


David Kitchens, AIA Principal, Cooper Carry

• ULI, Excellence in Urban Design Award • ULI Award for Excellence • Congress for the New Urban-

David Kitchens, AIA, the develop-

Bethedsa Row’s plan and design

ism, Best Block in America

ment’s lead designer said, “For me,

create an exciting and unique urban


through the design of this devel-

place. The development’s lasting

opment we created a philosophy

legacy can be seen in the fact that

Coalition Award for the Most

and principles that can capture the

Bethesda Row remains a thriving pe-

Beautiful Place in Bethesda

essence of any community.”

destrian environment and the heart

• Citizen’s Neighborhood

of the Bethesda downtown. 

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what do

Millennials want? There are some who say the term “millennial” is overused, but the impact of the generation, born between 1980 and 2000, on the design of the physical environment is undeniable. The millennial generation is an indisputable market force whose preferences are shaping how we live, work, learn and play. From hotels to offices, millennials are key target customers and building users. It turns out that no matter what type of facility we are designing, millennial preferences shape the built environment in similar ways. Compiled here are some of the trends we’ve noticed over the past decade, along with links to more information to inspire your next project.

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Dual Brand is an Encore Presentation By C. Robert Neal, AIA Principal

Columbia Place Hotel When the Walter E. Washington Convention Center opened in 2003, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority understood that some things needed to be in order. For the facility to compete with similar facilities around the country, new hotel rooms would be needed in order to meet the demands of the convention center meeting planners. Feasibility studies showed that 1,700 new rooms would be needed immediately ad-

and designed by Cooper Carry and

the facility. The project would be

jacent to the convention center in

tvsdesign, is the largest hotel in our

located on land assembled along

order to take full advantage of the

nation’s capital. With the opening

L and Ninth Streets within Square

2.3 million square-foot facility.

of the Marquis, attention was then

369. The zoning allows the pro-

turned to Columbia Place, a pro-

posed uses, but in order to build

ton D.C. Marriott Marquis opened

posed development, which would

on the combined sites, the project

its doors for business directly

provide an additional 500 hotel

would be required to seek approval

across Ninth Street from the con-

rooms and 200 apartments across L

from the DC Zoning Commission

vention center, providing 1,175 of

Street from the Marquis.

as a Planned Urban Development

On May 1, 2014, The Washing-

the much-needed new hotel rooms.

Quadrangle and Capstone

(PUD). The $230 million project

The Marquis, which was developed

again led the development of the

includes 357 Courtyard by Marriott

by Quadrangle Development Corpo-

proposed project and tapped Coo-

rooms, 147 Residence Inn rooms

ration and Capstone Development,


Carry and tvsdesign to design

and 203 apartments. In addition,

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portions of six historic homes and

known as the Northern Liberties.

teams were able to successfully nav-

businesses along Ninth Street will

The dominant feature of the neigh-

igate the entitlement process, which

be incorporated into the design.

borhood is Mount Vernon Square,

included approvals or support from

The Lurgen, a historic apartment

which was laid out on the L’Enfant

multiple neighborhood groups: the

building on L Street will be com-

Plan for the city of Washington in

Historic Preservation Review Board,

pleted, renovated and repositioned

1791. The building height of 110 feet

The D.C. Preservation League, The

and finally, a civil war era home

is allowed by an Act of Congress in

Mayor’s Agent, and the National

will be moved approximately 30 feet

what is referred to as the Height of

Capital Planning Commission.

along L Street in order to maximize

Buildings Act of 1910. The building

In late March of 2015, the project

its potential within the design. The

massing along L Street is taller, re-

received approval by the Zoning

project will be supported with two

lating to the larger scale apartment


levels of underground parking.

homes overlooking Massachusetts

Along Ninth Street, the build-

Construction documents will

Avenue. The architectural character

be completed over the summer.

ing massing is designed to provide

of the project is transitional in its

Hensel Phelps Construction Compa-

a contextual response to the scale

approach, incorporating into the

ny will commence construction on

of the historic transitional street.

facades brick masonry, terra-cotta,

the facility this fall and anticipates

The site area today lies within the

glass and metal panels.

a 24-month construction period,

Shaw District, sometimes referred

In order to receive the approval

to as the Mount Vernon West His-

for a PUD from the Zoning Commis-

torical District, and was originally

sion, the development and design

allowing the hotel opening in 2017. 

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Art of Drawing

By Pope Bullock, AIA Principal Midway through my architectural

I keep sketchbooks and find that by

education I was living in London

drawing I am able to understand

and had the opportunity to travel.

the complexities of architecture.

Rome was on the itinerary, and

The concave and convex wall

having studied the architecture of

surfaces, fragmented architectural

Borromini and Bernini, I looked

elements, and layers of Baroque

forward to seeing their buildings.

architecture require particularly

Bernini’s Sant’Andrea al Quirina-

intensive study. For me, drawing is

le and Borromini’s San Carlo alle

a way of entering the architecture. I

Quattro Fontane are just a hundred

returned to Rome this past sum-

yards from each other. The church-

mer, as I do most summers, and

es were constructed within decades

spent a week walking and sketching

and both are oval in plan. The

the Baroque churches of Rome.

architects were competitors and I

Borromini wins every time. 

was curious to compare their work.

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Mix it Up Editor’s Note

In May of every year, thousands of retail developers, merchants, and designers gather in Las Vegas for ReCon, the annual meeting of the International Council of Shopping Centers. We sat down to have a conversation with Angelo Carusi, AIA, a Principal and leader in our Retail Specialty Practice Group. Angelo A. Carusi, AIA, Principal Angelo joined Cooper Carry in 1993 and has been a key contributor to the Retail Specialty Practice Group, serving as Principal since 2000.


Is there a region of the country where you are seeing the most activity?


We are seeing a lot of activity in the Nashville area and various parts of Florida, especially the Palm Beach/Broward/Dade County portion of the state. Currently, we are also working on projects in Montgomery, Alabama; Daytona, Florida, and internationally in the United Arab Emirates. We are also very busy with projects throughout the metro D.C. area, especially in northern Virginia.


Is repositioning of existing centers still the dominant work?


Some of our projects are new, out-of-the-ground work and some are repositioning. Our projects include large-scale mixed-use centers, small-scale mixed-use centers, mall renova-

tions and high-end grocery developments. 34  aspire volume ten

Capitol View Nashville, Tennessee


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Q. A.

What is your prediction for the suburban shop-

Plantation Fashion Mall in Plantation, Florida,

ping mall?

for example, closed eight years ago. Located less than a half-mile from a powerhouse regional

That’s an excellent question and a complicated

mall, Plantation Fashion Mall succumbed to

one. Part of the answer comes from answering

market forces. The vacant property has recently

the question, “what is the future of the depart-

changed hands and will be redeveloped into a

ment store?” There are some very strong depart-

format far different than the nearby regional

ment store players in the market, with Macy’s be-

mall. It will likely contain a substantial amount

ing the most prominent. The regional mall was

of retail, as well as residential and office uses.

built on the concept of retail anchors connected by small shops, and the anchors have tradition-

But on the bright side, if population growth

ally been department stores. But over the past

estimates are to be believed, the U.S. will gain a

few years, as the department store industry has

tremendous number of new inhabitants, a good

consolidated, other non-traditional anchors have

portion of which will come from immigration.

found a place at the mall. Former department

Immigrants have traditionally resided first in the

store locations have been redeveloped into very

suburbs; so, regional malls in these locations

successful restaurant groupings, specialty retail

will likely be the center of life. The regional mall

and “new department stores” (like Forever 21),

has remained a very flexible framework for the

grocery anchors, etc. In recent history, lifestyle

delivery of a shopping experience. It is adaptable

centers were created without anchors. We have

to many cultures and a variety of development

many clients who have expressed concerns

patterns. It could be argued that the family tree

about unanchored centers being susceptible to

of the regional mall dates back to the Roman

the consequences of better competition. So, the

Forum (not the one in Las Vegas). In many towns,

need for anchors in the regional mall remains,

it is the de facto town center. So, in these markets

as well as the need to provide innovative and

the regional mall will continue to evolve into the

new types of anchors.

community center. One would expect the mall to incorporate additional community uses, such as:

Another issue facing some suburban malls is

restaurants, health clubs, library locations and

overbuilding; although, I believe it has been

educational facilities. In order to remain relevant

overstated. The U.S. is littered with obsolete

to these communities, integrating community

office, industrial and hotel (motel) product, but

programming, ranging from religious services to

regional malls have become the lightening rod

educational events, will gain in importance.

of the popular press. In reality, some one-mall towns have two malls and one will limp along or likely be redeveloped as a different retail format or as mixed-use projects, especially when located in areas of strong consumer demographics.

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Capitol View Master Plan Nashville, Tennessee

Q. Is C


Carry working on any urban malls? New

or a reposition of existing assets?


We have also been assisting in the repositioning of The Gallery at Market East, a major urban mall in downtown Philadelphia. Our role in the proj-

We have been working on the redevelopment of an

ect is to study an over-build of high-rise residen-

urban mall on the western end of Alexandria, Vir-

tial in the air rights over the mall. It’s an incredi-

ginia. The mall has strong department stores and a

bly complex project because the property sits on

very valuable asset in an existing parking structure.

three full city blocks in the Center City portion of

We have planned the demolition of all the small

Philadelphia and is connected across all three of

shop space between and added redevelopment,

the blocks, both underground and on the upper

which includes one and two-level retail, a theater

levels. To make matters even more complicated,

and restaurants. But the most innovative aspect

the three blocks were built at different times and

to the plan is the addition of residential above the

until recently, were under different ownerships.

retail, collocated with the parking deck to provide convenient parking for the residents. The project is currently in the design development phase.

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Q. A.

What are the two or three of the most prominent

many new jobs to the development. This is the

projects that Cooper Carry is working on this year?

kind of project that plays into our strengths. Because of our extensive mixed-use experience, we

Capitol View is a five-block master plan of a for-

have different advocates in the office for each of

mer industrial space located two blocks from the

the uses. But retail runs the roost at the ground

state capitol in Nashville. We are master planning

plane. Street retail has to be done right or the rest

three of the blocks to include a mix of uses, com-

of the project suffers.

bined vertically, including corporate office, creative office, residential apartments, restaurants,

In an entirely different climate, we have just

entertainment, hotel over retail and parking.

begun planning for The Esplanade, an open-air

One of the remaining blocks is currently under

lifestyle center in Dubai. Located near the highly

construction with two of Hospital Corporation

successful Mall of the Emirates, the project

of America’s (HCA) subsidiary company’s new

includes one- and two-level buildings containing

headquarters. It is an exciting project because of

retail and restaurants. One of the interesting fea-

the densities and uses involved and its location

tures being studied is the inclusion of an open-

in the North Gulch area of downtown adjacent to

air market similar to Le Marche Des Enfants

a public greenway. Additionally, HCA is bringing

Rouges in Paris.

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Images on this spread: Landmark Mall Repositioning, Alexandria, Virginia

A third project of great interest is located in Brentwood, Tennessee. Historically seen as a southern suburb to Nashville, like many inner suburbs, it is coming into its own. And like many inner suburbs, there really is no recognizable “town center.” The new portion of Hill Center Brentwood is located at a prominent corner and is adjacent to a highly successful retail center. The owner’s vision for the property is a vertical mixed-use project. The owner originally wished to rezone the property to include residential uses. The citizens expressed concern with the impact of additional residential, so the project includes office uses over retail. There are not many office-dominant mixed-use centers being developed in this town center format; but a combination of the owner’s strong reputation in the community, the low rates of office vacancy, and the need for

Q. A.

better retail and restaurant options are combin-

But until wages improve significantly, household

ing to make the project very successful.

creation will remain below historic patterns. Increases in household formation suggest more

Do you have any predictions for retail in

population movement, which creates new mar-


kets, which in turn, would need to be served by new green-field development. There has been

Looking into my not-so-crystal ball, I expect

very little new development occurring in the

a continuation of redevelopment of existing

world of retail in the U.S. Smaller regional malls,

properties. Unemployment rates are dropping

which have been hit hard by competition, are

and wage increases may be around the corner.

ripe for a variety of redevelopment opportunities.

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Regional malls, just like grocery stores, are almost always located in great real estate locations. If they are surrounded by demographically strong neighborhoods, they can be re-envisioned as new projects, have portions reconfigured or have new uses added.

Some new markets continue to grow. We are planning a mixed-use development for Howard Hughes Corp. in Kendall, Florida, in central Dade County west of Miami. The area is growing rapidly out of the recession driven by Latino population growth through migration. While it is a green-field development, it is important to our client that the master plan consider phased development that allows substantial density to increase as the project is built out.


What do you see as the top two or three challenges for today’s retail tenant?


Images on this spread: Ballston Mall Repositioning, Arlington, Virginia


I believe the number one issue facing retailers today is the challenge of creating and delivering a cogent brand message to their target audience

Why has Cooper Carry been so successful with its retail group?


I’d like to believe our success comes from at-

in a world that has so many opportunities for that

tempting to understand retail forces and trends,

audience to be distracted. Retailers who fail to

as opposed to a dogmatic view of building types

create a brand that is understandable and rele-

or architectural movements. We’ve also been

vant are at risk. Those who have not even created

fortunate to attract some great clients. In terms

a brand message are even more at risk.

of understanding trends, I wish I had a dime for every time someone told me “malls are dying.” To us, malls aren’t dying or living; retail is in a constant state of change. It is completely Darwinian. Formats change on a regular basis and consumer tastes are often fickle. But in the end, shopping is a social experience—at least in the types of projects that we are involved. That social experience can occur in open-air environments, as well as

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enclosed. People love to be around other people

other design consultants. We enjoy the relation-

when they shop. It’s where they can see the latest

ships and different points-of-view. The Brentwood

fashions on other people; it’s where boys and girls

project is a perfect example. Although Cooper

meet; it’s where relationships are formed and

Carry is charged with overall design responsibility,

strengthened. It is pure entertainment. So, we

our associated architect, TM Partners, has been a

spend a lot of time synthesizing the fundamental

valuable contributor to design discussions, as has

needs of retail development with creating spaces

the local and very talented landscape architect.

that are exciting and comfortable to be in. The spaces are formed by architecture, landscape

and/or mixed-use is Cooper Carry involved

ing design; but it’s not created in a vacuum. It

with currently?

operations, the involvement of clients and user groups. And when it all comes together, it’s magic.


Approximately how many square feet in retail

architecture, environmental graphics and lightinvolves an integrated approach with leasing and


Q. A.

In 2014, Cooper Carry completed 14 retail projects, which netted nearly 1.5 million square feet of retail space. Additionally, last year we were awarded

Do you integrate other services with your design

more than four million square feet of retail and

approach or do you outsource to consultants?

mixed-use projects. 

We do both. Cooper Carry is a design firm, so we provide architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, environmental graphic design and planning services. But we often collaborate with

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Just the Way

By Lesley Braxton, AIA, IIDA Associate

I never grew up think-

progressed, we can happily point to the fact that our cli-

ing I would be an

ent’s satisfaction is the result of our two firms working

architect. In fact, if you

well together on a very complicated project. The team

had asked my dad circa

was challenged to make bold, sophisticated architectur-

high school in 1999, he

al moves and to strive for design refinement, taking the

would have told you

art of detailing to the next level. Together, the two firms

that I would be work-

balanced one another, creating a building that, quite

ing in some fast food

possibly would have been much different if designed by

restaurant because my

one firm.

ambitions didn’t extend

While working on Talley, we all knew we were cre-

beyond fast pitch softball or a potting wheel. Softball

ating something intense, awesome and we all wanted to

brought out my competitive nature. Pottery fed my

“win.” We all wanted to have the better idea, the better

inner creative spirit. But more than anything, I liked to

design and the better client response. To use a fast

win. I was intense about two vastly different things, yet

pitch softball term, we were all swinging for the fence

both required patience, practice, skill and fortitude. In

every time and with every space. If this project had

other words, I was an “architect in training” long before

morphed into an “us vs. them” mentality, it would have

I knew I wanted to be an architect. I’ve always wanted

turned out much differently. From an interior design

to be the best, work with the best and learn from the

perspective, we flexed our design muscles to create a

best. Obviously, that’s why I came to Cooper Carry.

sophisticated and complicated building interior, which

When I joined the firm in 2011, I was placed on

surpassed the goals and expectations of our client.

a project team for NC State Talley Student Center; we

Looking back, our skill, creativity and ability to reflect

teamed with another design firm to win the project.

and learn from people outside our own firm has been a

There was a local architect of record serving as the

wonderful experience. This is demonstrated in the final

exterior skin designer, and Cooper Carry was responsi-

project outcome. Today, pictures of our interior design

ble for interior architecture, interior design and FF&E.

work at Talley are being splashed across social media

Both firms today readily recognize that the job was

and NC State Talley Student Center is on the precipice

“won” because it was a team effort. As the project has

of being complete.

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NCSU, Talley Student Union Addition & Renovation, Raleigh, North Carolina

Editor’s Note Over the past several years, COOPER CARRY has teamed with other design firms to “win” a project. It’s unusual and there is always a concern that there may be challenges associated with having two design firms with different philosophies, cultures and personalities work together on

a single design. We have teamed with some great design firms and our staff has always grown from those relationships. This year, we will be completing two projects while teamed with other design firms. We asked one of our designers, Lesley Braxton, AIA, IIDA, to reflect on the two projects she worked on with co-design firms.

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Fast forward two years and I’m part of the Georgia Institute of Technology Engineered Biosciences Building (EBB) team as the project interior architect.

been taught to hone my ideas, much like sitting at the pottery wheel for hours while studying how simple finger movements can shape the spinning clay in drastic ways. I learned to exercise patience and restraint—two things that many who know me would say are not my stronger personality traits. I had two leaders on the EBB project, Mark Jensen, AIA and Principal in our Science + Technology studio and David Lake, AIA and

Once again, I am part of a design team with Cooper

a Principal at Lake|Flato, both of whom challenged

Carry and Lake|Flato. This time it is a much different

my ideas and required me to have well thought-out

experience. Instead of swinging for the fence, I have

concepts. Jensen expected strong diagrams with close attention to relationships and programming. Lake required a continual study of relevance, always ask-

Georgia Institute of Technology, Engineered Biosystems Building, Atlanta, Georgia

ing if the materials being suggested had meaning and function. Together they guided not just me, but the entire team, challenging us to create a building that showcases functional beauty. As an example, we used steel outriggers to support solar shades—not a typical implementation. I learned from this simple application of materials that nothing is more beautiful than functional beauty. Both Jensen and Lake demonstrated to me the art of collaboration and the need to challenge designers to reach beyond their comfort zone. They also taught me that with all collaborations, a symbiotic relationship forms. The formation of that relationship recognizes that members are equally dependent on one another for the success of the design. Just like Talley, the entire EBB team felt as though we could create something intense and amazing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The entire team learned one another’s strengths and weaknesses. As this project comes to a close and the doors open later in the summer to its first students, I am certain that many of them will have a professor or two that really stands out. They might even see them as some sort of superhero! I can honestly say that as I reflect back on both Talley and EBB, I have a couple of superheroes, and I shall always be grateful to them for teaching me to no longer swing for the fence, but to look far beyond the fence. 

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The Intern Architect *

A Misunderstood Title * and the path towards licensure By Marco Pieri, RA Staff Architect

Introducing yourself as an architect is often accompanied with positive reactions such as: “That’s what I originally wanted to do” or “That must be great getting to see something you created actually be built.” Then there is “Seinfeld’s” George Costanza’s infamous quote, “You know I always wanted to pretend I was an architect.” Job titles, in any profession, are important because they reflect a level of experience and demand a certain level of respect. The title “intern architect” can be misunderstood as a temporary or student position rather than an architecture school graduate working towards professional licensure. Many people, both within and outside of the building industry, do not realize an “intern architect” is comparable to someone completing a medical residency or a legal apprenticeship. The path to becoming an architect can be broken down into a three-step process: education, experience, and examination. The intern architect position plays a major component in one’s development during the lengthy and tedious path toward licensure.

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the major remains time-intensive

Architectural Registration Exams

throughout college. In 2012, The

(AREs). While some interns may be

Education is one of the lengthier

Washington Post surveyed college se-

limited in their amount of exposure to

steps in the path toward licensure.

niors by major, revealing architecture

the different aspects of architecture,

The required degree is either a

majors study 23.7 hours per week,

most work on and experience multiple

five-year professional Bachelor of

the highest of all majors surveyed. Ar-

projects and various scopes of work

Architecture or a two to three year

chitecture is a well-rounded, labor-in-

in the profession. The intern role is

post-graduate Master of Architecture.

tensive major, fulfilling the first step

critical because it allows a person to

The two different paths of education

in the process to licensure.

convert their theoretical knowledge

have many common characteristics. Both have an intense weed-out


process; often demand all-nighters in

from school to the business aspect of architecture. More senior intern architects, typically very competent

the studio for design projects; require

While the architecture profession

and familiar with the practice, often

knowledge of architectural history

is often led by older generations,

assume the role of assistant project

and theory; and both programs incor-

employees of varied ages carry the

manager. The Internship Development

porate structural, environmental, and

title of “intern architect” in modern

Program (IDP) guidelines require in-

technical construction courses into

day offices. There are various levels

terns to acquire a minimum of 5,600

the curriculum. Introductory archi-

of intern architects, from graduates

work hours in various categories of

tecture courses are often designed

fresh out of school to those with

work experience in the practice of

to weed out students early on, but

years of experience, taking their

architecture. This process often takes

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SPECIAL INTEREST interns three to five years to complete,

of nine months to two years. Many

but instead it is a delicate balance of

substantiating the fact that many

interns complain about the difficulty,

being both a generalist and a spe-

intern architects are actually highly

added stress, extra time, and the

cialist. One is expected to know a lot

experienced and knowledgeable

ambiguity of the testing experience—

about many things, but cannot ever


which are all valid complaints. Test

know the entirety of everything.


results often do not arrive for weeks, they are pass or fail, and they have

When an intern finally completes their

no in-depth scoring summary or

education, experience, and examina-

Intern architects may technically

breakdown. Many interns get frus-

tion, their title will change and they

take the AREs at any time after

trated, because after studying for 40

will become a registered architect.

graduation, but many wait until after

-100 hours for each division, they of-

Done, right? No, of course not. It is

they have acquired a certain level of

ten still leave the exams not knowing

referred to as the “practice of archi-

professional exposure before test-

whether they will pass or fail. While

tecture,” and it is just that: practice.

ing (typically two to four years). The

the exams may be frustrating and are

Whether you are a recent graduate,

ARE 4.0, broken into seven different

often unpredictable in their content,

newly licensed, or a gray-haired

categories/tests, is comprised of 545

they are appropriate and necessary

30-year veteran, you are going to be

multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank

for licensure. They test an intern’s

constantly learning new things and

questions and 10 graphic vignettes.

ability to think critically about the

adapting to the profession. Being an

Interns are able to schedule AREs

best solution or judgment call rather

intern architect is just one important

individually or all at once, however

than a simple right or wrong answer.

step in the process. 

most spread their testing over course

Architecture is never black or white,

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Why Design? We created this section to get to the heart of our designers, to find out why they chose design as a career and to discover what fuels their passion. They were each asked one (seemingly) simple question: What has most influenced you as a designer? We hope you enjoy reading what each of them had to say.

Abundance By John Beres, RA Staff Architect What inspires me in design? I am inspired by geometric form, as it relates to human perception, and how that perception can be manipulated to solve a problem. This interest isn’t limited to architecture but rather it spans from 2-D graphic elements, to interior design and urban planning. Although, most people don’t think about it, I find the human impulse to work with form in opposition to gravity, in relation to light and color, and with a purpose, satisfies a basic human need. There is limitless freedom in the possibility of form that I always return to when I want to quell the harsh realities of economy or time. In fact, while working with geometry, time disappears altogether! I am also interested and inspired by how design is a constant becoming, a process. It’s the place where the subjective realm of ideas drops into concrete form, where that form creates relation and where that relation connects people. This is true abundance. 

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Architecture Captures the Spirit By Torrey Law, RA Staff Architect When I was in college studying architecture, I also minored

In the past, before Hollywood or the Internet etc., architec-

in architectural history and served as a teaching assis-

ture was the epitome of the highest art; it was the deliber-

tant for the required two-semester undergraduate history

ate expression of the zeitgeist and possessed true cultural

sequence. Like most architects, I greatly admire “old”

agency. Today, we live in a complex, globalizing world with

buildings, from antiquity through the twentieth century,

rapid technological advancements and commendable

for their craftsmanship, construction techniques, material

achievements of humanity, but also with climate change

innovation and that je ne sais quoi term many describe as

and vacillating economies. I constantly consider how

“character.” While it might seem that my approach to de-

architecture and design can capture this very moment,

sign would be rooted in historicism, it actually is quite the

and what particular forms, relationships and nuances will

opposite. I find the study of historic architecture intrigu-

result from this type of approach. While architecture often

ing because buildings are, and should be, a reflection of

strives for timelessness, in the future, I will be ok with

their time and the culture that created them. The intricate

remarks that a building I contributed to was “so 2015” if it

decoration of Gothic cathedrals was only made possible by

means it captured the spirit of the day. 

the formation of medieval trade guilds, the importance of religion and the fierce competition between city-states. In a more contemporary context, after the Industrial Revolution delivered new materials and methods of steel and reinforced concrete, Le Corbusier was able to formulate his “Five Points of Architecture.” These were exhibited perfectly in the design of the Villa Savoye, which had an open floor plan and long ribbon windows, while also incorporating a garage for automobiles, as people had increasingly become more dependent on them for transportation.

Looking at the lessons of the past, I have realized that the present and the possibilities for the future of our world influence me most when I

Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye Credit: Flickr: “Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier, Poissy” by Timothy Brown

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Cubicles to Classrooms From

Yesterday’s Office Buildings are the Schools of Tomorrow


it out!

Source: Pew Research Center

10.8 Million Millennials are growing up. Average age = 18 to 33 years old

Urban schools are unprepared for the population influx.

The number of U.S. households with adults between the ages of 25 and 34 who have children. Source: Millennial Marketing

Nearly half of Bailey’s Elementary School students were housed in trailers.

Owners of space office …Meanwhile office is more availablecan than wait ever. for buildings traditional tenants to return...


...or look to new uses for their buildings.

s people increasingly populate metro regions, schools

COOPER CARRY has launched the first SlideShare in a

are facing overcrowding with little affordable real

series, intended to spark conversations about the top

estate available for expansion. This overcrowding, coupled

design trends that are impacting our communities. With the

with the jarring fact that more than 16 percent of office

availability of real estate in urban areas so sparse, the first

space in the U.S. is vacant, has led schools to get creative.

installment, “Yesterday’s Office Buildings are the Schools

Some schools have begun looking to vacant office buildings

of Tomorrow,” examines the growing trend of reusing empty

to house classrooms.

office space for schools, and starting a dialogue about what the future holds for learning environments. 

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Portfolio Showcase

As designers, we are constantly evolving our processes and capabilities. On a daily basis, we add to our skill set through design exploration and construction experience. We ana-

By Stuart Thiel Intern Architect

lyze and dissect our projects to validate our concepts and to assure quality for our clients. However, to move forward as a firm, we must answer some challenging questions: Who are the people that make up COOPER CARRY and what are we really capable of? Where did we come from? What are our individual passions for design and how do we encourage their development both individually and collectively? Our 2015 Portfolio Showcase helped answer these questions by introspectively looking at our diverse design upbringings. Over a two-week period, we viewed more than 30 staff entries from their time in college or “pre-COOPER CARRY” days. The submissions ranged from bound portfolios to thesis projects, furniture studies to watercolor landscape drawings. We received entries from all practice groups, illustrating our passions and our diverse perspectives on design. It was a tangible validation of our efforts as students and our growth as professionals. The challenge now is to understand how best to utilize these talents by the firm at-large. This event has sparked a renewed energy and excitement for producing progressive and meaningful designs.

It is clear that the future is bright for Cooper Carry. Stuart Thiel, The University of Florida

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Studio 5-B - Fondren House of Music

STUDIO 5-B, FONDREN HOUSE OF MUSIC Zach Carnegie, Mississippi State University

CHURCH PERSPECTIVE & PLAN Krista Dumkrieger University of Notre Dame

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LINK HOTEL+HUB, START UP CAMPUS, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Adrianna Acosta Savannah College of Art and Design

ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH & CATHOLIC SCHOOL Meg Robie, University of Georgia

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WHAT’S NEW? Panel Events

Exciting things are always happening at Cooper Carry! Here is a quick snapshot of what’s m been going on at the fir s. over the last few month

Project Stuff

Some of our designers descended three stories below ground to tour the 900 16th Street NW construction site.

COOPER CARRY Principals Ben Wauford, AIA, and David Kitchens, AIA, discussed real estate trends at New York and Virginia Bisnow events.

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new Preparing to photograph our office in lower Manhattan!


An atrium screen depicts the North Carolina State University Tamaskan Dog mascot. Construction of the NC State Talley Student Union Phase II, designed by COOPER CARRY in collaboration with Duda Paine, is nearing completion.

COOPER CARRY was named one of Interior Design Magazine’s “Top 100 Giants.”

Awards We celebrated the Academy hour. with a movie-themed happy

The COOPER CARRY-designed Hyatt Place Baltimore / Inner Harbor celebrated its grand opening.

We participated in a “jeans for charity” fundraiser in support of the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. Our own Carol Alexander sported three pieces of denim for the cause!

The COOPER CARRY-designed Edward Andrews Homes Digital Design Center made its debut.

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Congrats! A heartfelt “Thank You” to those celebrating an employment anniversary in the 4th Quarter of 2014.

get to Don’t for te them a l u t a r g n co In on Linked


10 34 to


Kevin Cantley President, Principal 34 Years

Pope Bullock Principal 33 Years

Angelo Carusi Principal 31 Years

Betsy Kill Librarian 27 Years

Lee Ayers Senior Associate 21 Years

Jason Albers Project Architect 9 Years

Richard Lee Architectural Staff III 8 Years

Manny Dominguez Director of Design 7 Years

Brandon Lenk Staff Architect 7 Years

Mikki Cash Marketing Coordinator 4 Years

Abbey Oklak Planner 3 Years

Lynnette McKissic Studio Administrator 2 Years

Tyrone Shinaberry Project Manager 2 Years

Emilia Delsol Receptionist 2 Years

T Jack Bagby Project Architect 2 Years


49 to




to years

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Allen Dedels Associate Director 21 Years

Lauren Ford Senior Associate 15 Years

Jun Li Architectural Staff III 15 Years

Brandon Danke Project Architect 10 Years

Alysha Buck Architectural Staff I 4 Years

Lesley Braxton Associate 4 Years

Ben Gholson Architectural Staff II 4 Years

Gweneth Kovar Staff Interior Designer 4 Years

Joseph Almeida Architectural Staff I 1 Year

Samantha Yeh Intern Architect 1 Year

Heba Bella Elamin Intern Architect 1 Year

Robert Edsall Intern Architect 1 Year

Khrysti Uhrin Associate 10 Years

Ansu Zaza Systems Engineer I 1 Year

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Congrats! A heartfelt “Thank You” to those celebrating an employment anniversary in the 1st Quarter of 2015.


10 55 to


Jerry Cooper Founder, Principal 55 Years

Sherry Wilson VP of Finance 33 Years

Greg Miller Principal 30 Years

Keith Simmel Principal 23 Years

Christopher Bivins Senior Associate 19 Years

Younghui Han Project Interior Designer 9 Years

Steve Carlin Associate 9 Years


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Nathan Williamson Senior Associate 12 Years

Steve Jackson Senior Associate 11 Years

Cherie Caines Architectural Staff III 10 Years



to years

Gary Elder Interior Designer III 4 Years

Brandi Haughton Marketing Coordinator 4 Years

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Zachary Wilson Intern Architect 4 Years

Sheen Xu Staff Architect 4 Years

Oscar Perez Director of Design 3 Years


John Beres Staff Architect 19 Years

Layton Golding Senior Associate 18 Years

Nancy Gomez Project Accountant 15 Years

Andres Rubio Senior Associate 14 Years

Rod Johnson Office Assistant 14 Years

Chris Culver Associate 12 Years

Matthew Carr Associate 7 Years

Brent Amos Associate 7 Years

Bobbi Sweeney Sr. Graphic Designer 6 Years

Amanda D’Luhy Marketing Manager 5 Years

Rick Casey Associate 4 Years

Krista Dumkrieger Project Architect 4 Years

Rick Snider Sr. Graphic Designer 3 Years

Lydia Caseman Executive Administrator 2Years

Jason King Project Architect 2 Years

Andrew Telker Intern Architect 2 Years

Robert Aydlett Project Architect 1 Year

Alexis Jones Interior Designer I 1 Year

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to years continued

Vinnie Yee Intern Architect 1 Year

Kelly Zimmer Interior Designer I 1 Year

Jessica Burgard Project Architect 1 Year

Whitney Carter Intern Architect 1 Year

Kim Rousseau Director of Interior Design 1 Year

Mushtaque Abban Staff Architect 1 Year

Donnie Bass Architectural Staff I 1 Year

Richard Berrios Intern Architect 1 Year

Conrad Bobach Architectural Staff II 1 Year

Vincent Brownbill Project Architect 1 Year

Andrew DaCosta Architectural Staff I 1 Year

Robin Lackey Project Architect 1 Year

Joseph Martin Intern Architect 1 Year

Stuart Thiel Intern Architect 1 Year

Andrew-Marc Thomas Intern Architect 1 Year

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Welcome to employees beginning their careers at Cooper Carry.

Mourad Kicha Architectural Staff III

Stephanie Allen Interior Designer II

Bill Garcia Project Manager

Adriana Acosta Architectural Staff II

William Collar Intern Architect

Edwina Morgan Studio Administrator

Levy Nguyen Intern Architect

Elias Veneris Architectural Staff III

Aylin Nazli Intern Architect

Daniel Sweeney Project Architect

Sarah Wright Intern Architect

Jorge MendezSchiaffino Architectural Staff II

Uranus Shojachaghervand Intern Architect

Scott Fleming Project Architect

Leslie Tyrone Project Architect

Dannah Yu Intern Architect

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Aspire - Volume Ten Contributors John Beres, RA Staff Architect

Lesley Braxton, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP Associate

Pope Bullock, AIA Principal

Angelo Carusi, AIA, LEED AP, CDP, CRX Principal

Tim Fish, AIA, LEED AP Principal

Torrey Law, RA, LEED AP BD+C Staff Architect

Bob Neal, AIA Principal

Marco Pieri, RA Staff Architect

Stuart Thiel Intern Architect

Aspire - Volume Ten Mentions

Lauren Perry Ford, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Torie Ness (UGA student) Sen. Johnny Isakson (U.S. Senator)

David Kitchens, AIA

Jere Morehead (UGA president)

Carol Alexander

Briana Daugherty (GSU student)

Ben Wauford, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

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Sneak Peek We are very excited about Emory University Chemistry Center finishing up! We can’t wait to share more with you!


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