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The Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Peter Bohlin is the recipient of the 2010 AIA Gold Medal. Photo: Courtesy AIA Extra Large Image

New York · 2009.1208
Kohn Pedersen Fox has announced a series of promotions in the firm's three primary locations of New York City; London, United Kingdom; and Shanghai, China.

In the New York office, Joshua Chaiken, Brian Girard, Inkai Mu, Richard Nemeth and Trent Tesch have been named principals, and James Brogan, Shawn Duffy, Charles Ippolito, Hana Kassem, Jeffrey Kenoff, Marianne Kwok, Susan Lowance, Ko Makabe, David Malott, Jerri Smith and Hugh Trumbull have been promoted to director.

In the London office, John Bushell, Mustafa Chehabeddine and Dominic Dunn have become principals, and Cristina Garcia, Jens Hardvendel, Paul Simovic and Paul Voysey have become directors. In Shanghai, Rebecca Cheng has been named a director.

Phoenix · 2009.1208
Construction has been completed on One Central Park East, a new office tower in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix office of SmithGroup designed the 26-story, 700,000-square-foot (65,000-square-meter) building, which includes 16 floors of Class A office space, a nine-level parking garage, and ground-floor and lobby retail space. The building features a curtain wall of high-performance glass, with a dichroic glass feature on the south facade that changes over the course of the day.

The general contractor is Holder Construction Company. The development team consists of Mesirow Financial as the owner/ development manager and National Electrical Benefit Fund as the majority owner of the project.

Annapolis · 2009.1207
A new $15 million community recreation center designed by Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects of Annapolis, Maryland, has been completed in Annapolis. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the project includes meeting rooms, a running track, three basketball courts, an auxiliary court, a dance studio. and exercise rooms. The project was constructed by Scheibel Construction for the City of Annapolis.

Las Vegas · 2009.1204
At the 67-acre (27-hectare) CityCenter resort development in Las Vegas, Nevada, several projects have opened: the Vdara Hotel & Spa, designed by Rafael Viñoly; Crystals retail and entertainment district, designed by Daniel Libeskind with interior architecture by Rockwell Group; and the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. All three projects are LEED Gold-certified.

Also LEED Gold-certified are the ARIA Resort & Casino, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, slated to open on December 16, and the Veer Towers, by Helmut Jahn. The Harmon Hotel by Foster + Partners, slated to open in late 2010, is also pursuing LEED certification. Residential occupancies are slated to begin mid-January.

The executive architect for the high-density mixed-use project is Gensler. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.

Washington, D.C. · 2009.1203
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the recipients of its Gold Medal, Firm Award, and Topaz Medallion for 2010. The Gold Medal, the AIA's highest honor for an individual, goes to Peter Bohlin, FAIA, founder of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (pictured above: Bohlin's Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City). Pugh + Scarpa Architects receives the Firm Award, the AIA's highest honor for an architecture firm. Michael Graves, FAIA, has been awarded the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded jointly with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

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