Urban Design Group Promotes Eight Team Members

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Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm serving worldwide clientele from studios in Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA, recently named five new Associates and three Senior Associates to the firm.

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We are proud to recognize our team members for their past achievements and contributions to the firm, and look forward to their continued leadership as we strive to ever improve our firm’s response to our clients’ needs.

The Principals of Urban Design Group (UDG), a multidisciplinary architectural firm, are pleased to announce the promotion of eight team members.

The following team members were named as new Associates:

Marc Clear, Architect, LEED-AP
Jacque Edmonds, LEED-AP
Elena Lasker
Matt Mitchell, NCARB, LEED-AP
Jana Rubin, CPSM

The following team members were promoted to Senior Associates:

Luc Helterbrand, Architect
Elroy Sutherland
Pj Hall, CPA

“During our annual meeting, all the Principals of Urban Design Group look to the future and take note of those individuals who continue to represent the firm by exhibiting talent, leadership and the exercise of excellence in service,” said Ronald D. Armstrong, AIA, President and Managing Principal. “It is with extreme pleasure that during our deliberations we have voted unanimously to acknowledge and appoint eight team members as new Associates and Senior Associates of UDG. We are proud to recognize their past achievements and contributions to the firm, and look forward to their continued leadership as we strive to ever improve our firm’s response to our clients’ needs.”

Marc Clear, LEED-AP, Associate, UDG:
A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Clear joined UDG’s Atlanta studio in 2009. Clear has a breadth of experience in architectural 3D modeling, rendering, graphic design and BIM (Building Information Modeling). His software expertise includes AutoCAD, AutoDesk Revit, Google Sketchup, Architectural Desktop, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Clear’s portfolio of experience is comprised of casino and restaurants, hospitality, museums and cultural centers, multi-family, office and education projects.

Jacque Edmonds, AIA, LEED-AP, Associate, UDG:
Bringing eight years of architectural experience, Edmonds joined the Atlanta studio in 2006. She is well-versed in several architectural software packages such as AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, Photoshop, Illustrator, Viz4, and Macromedia Flash. Edmonds’ portfolio includes educational, hospitality, retail, gaming, medical and commercial facilities. Involved mostly in production and construction administration, Edmonds is an important addition to any design team, coordinating efforts among all contributing members.

Elena Lasker, Associate, UDG:
A member of UDG’s interiors team, Lasker ensures continuity in design from the initial ideas through the finished product. Her body of work includes projects in hospitality, gaming, themed entertainment, cultural centers, museum design and office buildings. Lasker lends her expertise in facility programming and analysis, space planning, design development, Cadd drawing, product selection and specification, and installation coordination. She is noted for her passion for artistic presentations that clearly express project ideas to clients.

Matt Mitchell, NCARB, LEED-AP, Associate, UDG:
One of UDG’s newest hires, Mitchell brings 20 years of experience to the Atlanta studio. Previously, Mitchell worked on such varied projects as religious and educational facilities, mixed-use developments, office buildings and sports stadiums. Prior to relocating to Atlanta, Mitchell had his own architecture practice, which placed in the top five in the Monument to the Third Millennium international design competition. Mitchell’s strengths lie in fast-track project management and his technical expertise in delivering creative concepts into reality.

Jana Rubin, Associate, UDG:
Rubin has a proven track record of creating successful marketing campaigns and is known for her ability to organize marketing data and serve as a strong team player in the pursuit of projects. Rubin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, and she earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) designation from the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Rubin is also a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).

Elroy Sutherland, Senior Associate, UDG:
Sutherland has over two decades of architectural experience with expertise in developing program requirements, code review and compliance, design development, consultant coordination, project management, and construction administration. Today, Sutherland focuses on project management. He especially enjoys the problem-solving aspects of this position, and focuses on cost control in order to maximize the power of a client’s budget. His creativity, attention to detail, and analytical skills make him an ideal leader for any assignment. Sutherland oversees UDG’s hospitality, education, and gaming projects.

Luc Helterbrand, Registered Architect, Senior Associate, UDG:
Helterbrand has over 25 years of design and project management experience. His projects include casinos, corporate interiors, commercial buildings, and high-end residential projects. In addition, he has taken part in master planning and conceptual design for hospitality, government, and health care clients. Helterbrand’s responsibilities include design and presentation. He is primarily involved in interior architecture, though, as a registered architect, he is accomplished in all aspects of architectural design.

Pj Hall, CPA, Senior Associate, UDG:
UDG’s CFO, Hall, has over 25 years of experience in management-level accounting with multi-million dollar companies. Hall, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), joined UDG in 2006 where she provides oversight to the firm’s finance and human relations teams.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 36-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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