Full Circle Newsletter
An e-Newsletter for the Clients and Friends of C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A.

March 2007

Going for the "Green"

DeLand City Hall & Municipal Complex

CTH+A Staff News

CT Hsu C.T. Hsu elevated to national Fellowship – In February, C.T. Hsu was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.  He is among 76 AIA members nationwide being elevated this year and one of only two in Florida.

The Jury of Fellows selected C.T. for elevation to Fellowship because of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.  He was nominated by the AIA Orlando Chapter and sponsored by Maitland architect Robert D. Miller, FAIA, himself elevated to Fellowship in 2006.  Both men earned their elevation in the category reserved for those who “make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.”

In support of C.T.'s nomination, Miller noted that nearly 200,000 people have benefited from C.T.’s volunteer leadership, ranging from pre-Kindergarten students to disabled adults.  He has devoted more than 5,000 volunteer hours in the past decade in service to others, including serving on the boards of directors of 17 charitable and civic organizations and leading six of them as board chairman.  He has donated funds and services equaling $1,091,000 and directly or indirectly raised more than $15 million to address critical community needs.”

C.T. will receive his Fellowship medal during an investiture ceremony at the Alamo in San Antonio, Tex. in May. 

Nathan Butler Nathan Butler, AIA, receives the 2006 President's Award from the American Institute of Architects, Orlando Chapter – The award annually recognizes exemplary service and dedication to the Orlando Chapter and the profession of architecture.  Nathan received the award along with John Ehrig, FAIA, for their development of a grant proposal that resulted in $15,000 from the national AIA organization to replicate the chapter’s Art in Architecture program in other AIA chapters nationwide.  Art in Architecture began as a local initiative to address the shortage of affordable housing units and the “not in my back yard” attitudes toward affordable housing as well as promote home ownership and equity building.

Nathan Butler, AIA, elected vice chairman of the Central Florida Builders Exchange – Founded in 1944, the Central Florida Builders Exchange (www.cfbe.net) is a member-owned, nonprofit association whose purpose is to provide quality information, access to plans / specifications and services that enhance and promote the local commercial construction industry.  Membership is comprised of design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturer's representatives and specialty companies connected with the construction industry.

Nathan Butler, AIA, promoted to associate principal – Previously a senior associate, Butler earned his Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 1995.  He currently is serving as vice chairman of the board of directors for the Central Florida Builder's Exchange and is a past president of the American Institute of Architects, Orlando Chapter. 

James Hughes James Hughes, AIA, AICP, promoted to principal – Jim has more than 28 years’ experience in the development, master planning, design and construction of public and private projects.  Currently, he is the firm’s senior project manager for architecture and planning for the $180 million rehabilitation and hurricane restoration of Airsides 1 and 3 at Orlando International Airport.  He received his master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. 
Diana Faustmann Diana V. Faustmann promoted to senior associate – Faustmann supports the firm’s business development as marketing manager.  She also supports the firm’s public relations/media relations coordination, newsletter production and website copywriting and updating.  Before joining the firm, her career included writing and editing for two national magazines.
Donna Pascoe Donna Pascoe elected treasurer of the board of director for the Society for Design Administration, Orlando Chapter – An affiliate organization of the American Institute of Architects, the Society for Design Administration (www.sdadmin.org) serves members in the related disciplines of design firm administration by enhancing practice administration through personal growth and continued education, encouraging career growth and excellence through a Certified Design Administration (SDA/C) program and contributing to the development of office systems and materials.  Pascoe is the firm’s accounting manager responsible for all accounting functions.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has worked in accounting for the past 17 years.

Eric Kleinsteuber

Jennifer Stencel

CTH+A staff members Eric Kleinsteuber and Jennifer Stencel presented architecture as a career option to students enrolled in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Orange County’s Union Park Middle School.  Teacher Susan Brandt gave their presentation high marks.  “I really appreciate it when a guest takes the time to thoroughly plan a lesson for my students.”  She noted also that Jennifer’s participation was important for illustrating to the girls in her class that women as well as men can be successful architects.

Eric and Jennifer made quite an impression on the students, as well.  “I really enjoyed learning how you use art in your job,” said Kayla R.  “I plan to be a dentist but if that doesn’t work, architecture seems like the coolest choice,” added Marybel C.

The students were especially interested in plans for their new school that CTH+A is designing.  “The best part I liked about your visit was showing us the plans for the school, and how it’s supposed to look like when it is finished.  I bet when you are finished ... everyone will like it,” remarked Allison G.  Erin K. agreed, “Thank you again for designing our new school. I love it.”



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