People roundup: HGOR celebrates 25 years with three new principals

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HGOR is celebrating its 25 years of projects like The Battery at SunTrust Park, Coca-Cola World Headquarters, Grant Park Getaway Project and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with the appointment of three new principals. These principals are Chris Mutter, Lauren Standish and Todd Fuller.

HGOR says it is responsible for master planning and the design of transformative built environments, and they are led by a team of five principals.

Chris Mutter focuses on stimulating organizations and shaping productive work environments by applying business-minded design and planning decisions to every project.

Lauren Standish focuses on the user experience and how people are experiencing the place.

Todd Fuller connects client needs with lasting solutions that the company says provides a return on investment across a broad diversity of commissions.

Robert Hughes reimagines places across a broad geography and finds effective solutions to complex problems, and Stephen Sanchez explores how landscapes provide critical benefits and essential functions to the built environment.

“We strive to combine a business solution with a placemaking solution to create an asset,” said HGOR founding principal, Robert Hughes. “We believe that you do well by doing good and strive to continue to make a significant difference in our city and other cities for another 25 years.”

Quintanilla joins Michael Baker International as lead for Urban Design Studio (UDS)

Michael Baker International recently announced that Peter J. Quintanilla has joined the firm as the Urban Design Studio (UDS) lead for the Pennsylvania Headquarters Region.

The company says Quintanilla brings more than 18 years of experience to his new role. In this role, the company says he will lead the UDS team in Pennsylvania as part of a collaboration process across the company’s practice groups to deliver complex and holistic urban design solutions for clients.logo for Michael baker international

The company says that with increased urbanization across the United States, city residents are looking for communities designed to offer sustainable, vibrant and healthy places to play, live and work.

“Michael Baker International aims to bring the best minds to the Urban Design Studio to craft innovative solutions for our clients; the addition of Peter Quintanilla to lead the efforts in Pennsylvania provides a talented resource to advance the vision,” said Susan Harden, senior vice president and practice lead, planning and architecture at Michael Baker International. “Peter’s experience leading collaborative design projects across the globe helps the Urban Design Studio reinforce how ‘We Make a Difference’ in communities and gives our local and national clients the opportunity to utilize the team’s unmatched design services.”

Before joining Michael Baker, the company says Quintanilla lead numerous projects throughout the world using the charrette methodology. This process, Michael Baker says, brings together local government officials, residents and land owners with engineers and project designers to create a complete design that the company says responds to the needs of the community while creating the largest buy-in from government agencies.

Most recently he worked as a senior associate urban designer at PlaceWorks. Here Quintanilla master planned greenfield, infill projects and urban regeneration. He also has served in numerous roles for The Prince’s Foundation, and the company says he has extensive experience in leading charrettes, AutoCAD, Photoshop, master planning, watercolors, hand drawings, urban design and architectural design.

“I look forward to leading the Urban Design Studio in Pittsburgh, as we grow Michael Baker’s regional presence while tapping into ongoing national projects that will help to build our larger portfolio and expertise,” Quintanilla said.

Quintanilla is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, New Urbanism Film Festival and the Urban Land Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a master of architecture from the University of Miami in Florida.

Dewberry hires Jack Story as landscape architect

Dewberry announced that Jack Story, ASLA, RLA, was hired as a senior landscape architect in the firm’s Leesburg, Virginia, office.

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Having been in the industry for 15 years, the firm says that Story will be responsible for the management and coordination of the landscape architecture practices in the firm’s Leesburg, Fairfax and Gainesville, Virginia, offices. The firm says his experience covers numerous markets, including military and government improvement, capital improvement, parks and recreation, land development and institutional.

Before joining Dewberry, Story worked for a large consulting group in the D.C. metro area where he worked as a team leader and managed all phases of landscape project development, such as cost estimating, budgeting, construction documentation, administration, design conception and development, proposal penetration and feasibility.

The firm says that Story has been involved in various projects since joining Dewberry, including the design of the Sister Jean Bridgeman plaza at Georgetown University. The firm notes that Story is also leading construction administration for landscape architectural services on the upgrade of a large medical facility in New Jersey.

Story is a licensed landscape architect in Maryland and Virginia, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State University in 2001. He is also a certified playground safety inspector, and he is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society.

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