December 17, 2019
OTJ Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of key staff members: Camie Bingham, IIDA, LEED AP, Pete Ducas, LEED AP, Holly Martin, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, and Pascal Molenat were advanced to the firm’s senior-most leadership position as Partners. Amy Carter, IIDA, John Easterling, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Steve Jensen, AIA, and Georgina Sperber, SAIA, LEED AP, were named Principals.
OTJ has also promoted several business and design leaders to Senior Associate, including: Annette Carter, AIA, LEED AP, Kaan Dilber AIA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, Margaret Fogarty, IIDA, NCIDQ, Denise Myler, WELL AP, Spencer Sear, AIA, Archana Tembulkar, Associate AIA, LEED AP, and Chris Leonberg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.
In addition, the following individuals were made Associates: Oriol Aguilo International Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, Chefe Benitez, LEED AP, Christina Christian, Cristina Darter, IIDA, NCIDQ, Catherine Dolezal, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Jackie Garcia, Associate AIA, Sam Geraci, NCIDQ, Stacey Gracia, Associate IIDA, Allison Kahl, Associate IIDA, Jack Radowich, AIA, Thorne Ransom, Associate AIA, APX, Sarah Shuba, AIA, NCIDQ, and Katherine Tong, IIDA.
Managing Partner Lance Jaccard, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, remarked: “2019 saw the continuation of our firm’s rapid growth trajectory as we expand to new markets and continue to diversify our services. These promotions reflect OTJ’s commitment to the success of the firm through the strategic hiring and promotion of top talent. The addition of these professionals to our leadership team will ensure that we are ideally positioned to deliver projects of increasing complexity and design quality.”
Camie Bingham, IIDA, LEED AP, is committed to advancing her client’s business objectives through the design of high-performing workplaces noted equally for their functionality, aesthetics, and brand savvy. Her recent work on the PBS and Aspen Institute headquarters exemplifies OTJ’s position as a recognized design leader. In addition, Camie initiated and leads OTJ’s Grass Roots committee – connecting staff across studios to inspire continued focus on design excellence. Camie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Marymount University.
Pete Ducas, AIA, LEED AP, is noted for his expertise in the design and delivery of complex technical and security solutions for clients who require network operations centers, training rooms, and state-of-the-art conference facilities. A sample of his recently completed projects includes the 350,000 SF headquarters of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operation (DOS OBO) as well as the new OneWeb workplace. Pete holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Catholic University of America.
Holly Martin, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, is a former president of the IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. A recognized industry leader, she believes that the most successful design outcomes are grounded in strategy informed by industry-specific research and client evidence. Holly holds a Masters in Real Estate Management which offers her a unique, business-centric perspective on design that aligns strategic, operational, and human objectives. Holly recently delivered new workplaces for NCARB and FiscalNote.
Pascal Molenat is OTJ’s Chief Marketing Officer. Pascal partners with OTJ’s design and executive leaders as well as its marketing and business development teams to deliver holistic solutions that shape the firm’s reputation and support its fast-paced growth in Washington, D.C., New York, NY, and the continental United States. Pascal’s professional experience spans the fields of publishing, public relations, as well as corporate branding and communications. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University.
Amy Carter, IIDA, brings nearly 25 years of commercial interior design experience to bear on projects spanning the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Since joining OTJ, Amy has more than doubled the size of a team focused primarily on the delivery of landlord projects, including commercial building repositioning and tenant build-outs. Her clients include Cushman & Wakefield, Stout & Teague, Blake Real Estate, Monday Properties, JPMC, and HHS/OIG among others. Amy graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
John Easterling, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is a project manager and senior architect with 30 years of experience in developing superlative design solutions for cultural, educational, and public projects with complex budgetary, scheduling, and phasing requirements. John is currently at work on a trophy commercial office building located at 2100 L Street as well as the renovation of the National City Christian Church – both in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Studies from University College London and a Master of Architecture from Rice University.
Steve Jensen, AIA, is a highly collaborative architect and project manager, who enjoys a long professional history of trust-based relationships. Steve partners with stakeholders and consultants from the onset of each project to ensure that the built space supports his client’s objectives well into the future. He is a noted problem solver, adept at balancing financial imperatives without compromising the integrity or quality of his designs. Steve is currently at work on the reimagining of Washington, D.C.’s iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. Steve received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University
Georgina Sperber, SAIA, LEED AP, brings an international design background to a wide range of community planning, development, and educational projects. With a focus on the planning and design of performing arts venues as well as rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects, Georgina provides strong leadership abilities in her role as project manager. Georgina lends her expertise in the design and production of technical documents for complex rehabilitation and new construction projects such as the National Center for Latino Culture and Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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