Alumni

Joseph Brancato MAPP alum, (B.Arch, B.S. Urban Studies ’80) is being honored by The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) at its annual New York Gala on April 3, 2014. The Foundation will honor Brancato with the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Real Estate and Design. As Managing Principal for the Northeast and Latin America regions, Brancato directs Gensler’s offices in Boston, Morristown, New York, Pittsburgh, Toronto, San Jose, Costa Rica, Mexico City, Mexico and Sao Paulo, Brazil. During his 29-year career at Gensler, Brancato has worked closely with his partners and clients to position Gensler as one of the top architecture and design firms in the world. He has shaped Gensler’s internal gConnect program, which focuses on the professional development of their young leaders. Brancato currently serves on the Board of the Avenue of the Americas Association and the Finance Committee for the American Institute of Architect’s New York Chapter. He co-chairs the Special Events Committee of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, serves as the Event Co - Chair for the St. Francis Food Pantries, and co-chairs the Nostra Storia Fundraiser for FIAO, (The Federation of Italian-Americans Organizations). The evening will also highlight NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Grant for $500,000 that was recently awarded to the University of Maryland Classics Department. Their project, “Between Washington and Ancient Rome: The NIAF Pellegri Program on Roman Antiquity and Its Legacy in America,” will support the study of Latin, ancient Roman archeology and ancient Roman civilization, and will offer opportunities for students to study abroad, conduct research and pursue fellowships in the United States and Italy. Read more at the NAIF website.
Craig Spangler has been elected as the chair of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Board of Visitors. Craig is a Principal and design leader in Ballinger a Philadelphia based architectural firm. During his 28 year career he has been responsible for a broad spectrum of significant projects including campus community projects for learning, research, student life, administrative and campus planning. His projects have won numerous national and local design awards.
Kenneth Jones is the Executive Director of the Salvadori Center in New York City. The Salvadori Center uses the built environment – buildings, bridges, skyscrapers, etc. – to help students understand math and science concepts. They do this through engaging, collaborative, and hands-on project-based learning where every student can succeed. Salvadori’s school-based programs are linked to grade-specific learning objectives and National Common Core Standards and assess the change in students’ comprehension of the math and science concepts explored through the program.
Vikas Mehta has just accepted The Terence M. Fruth/Gemini Chair of Signage Design and Community Planning and Eminent Scholar of Urban/Environmental Design position at the University of Cincinnati. The chair professorship will develop a new initiative focused on communication in the urban environment (CUE) by collaborating with planning, architecture, design, signage design, communication and other disciplines. Professor Mehta is the author of The Street: a quintessential social public space (Routledge, 2013) and Public Space (Routledge series on Critical Concepts in Built Environment, forthcoming 2015).
Mark Noll Since September of last year, Mark has been working for the Louisville Innovation Delivery Team in the Louisville, Kentucky Office of the Mayor. Funded through a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mark’s mission is to improve city services through innovation and breakthrough ideas. He is currently working on a number of sustainability and economic development initiatives to increase the city’s landfill diversion rate and reduce the number of vacant or abandoned properties in urban neighborhoods.
Kathryn Irwin was part of a team from Quinns Evans Architects that designed the restoration of the National Academy of Sciences headquarters, an almost century-old landmark building in Washington, D.C. The project won the team the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award at the 2013 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building’s transformation meshes its history and neoclassical structure with much needed modern improvements, offering a place for special events and public gatherings for years to come.
Thomas Jester was part of a team from Quinns Evans Architects that designed the restoration of the National Academy of Sciences headquarters, an almost century-old landmark building in Washington, D.C. The project won the team the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award at the 2013 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building’s transformation meshes its history and neoclassical structure with much needed modern improvements, offering a place for special events and public gatherings for years to come.
Carl Elefante was part of a team from Quinns Evans Architects that designed the restoration of the National Academy of Sciences headquarters, an almost century-old landmark building in Washington, D.C. The project won the team the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award at the 2013 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building’s transformation meshes its history and neoclassical structure with much needed modern improvements, offering a place for special events and public gatherings for years to come.
Margaret De Arcangelis recently joined Preservation Maryland as the Education and Outreach Director. In her new position she is responsible for organizing educational events such as conferences and tours, supporting the Endangered Maryland program and working with the executive director on state and federal level advocacy work.
Christopher Peoples graduated May 2012 with his Master of Architecture degree from Louisiana State University. During his graduate program, he was part of a team that completed a Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation of Fort Proctor, a pre-Civil War era fort in Lake Borgne, Louisiana, which went on to receive a 2012 Charles E. Peterson First Place Award from the National Park Service, AIA and Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Christopher recently joined GTM Architects in Bethesda as a Project Coordinator.