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Podcast: 2009/10/16 - 19:39

Presenters: Dave Alpert, AIA, Kelly Burris, AIA, Peter Shannon, AIA and Sheila K. Snider, FAIA



David Alpert, AIA is Vice President of HGA Architecture in San Francisco, CA. He is responsible for overseeing all professional staff, leading staff development and recruitment. He has realized office growth of 20% in six months. Further, Alpert has won more than $1 million of new contracts with public and prive clients. Alpert received his MBA from Golden Gate Universtiy. He earned both his M.Arch and Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley.

Kelly Burris, AIA, FMA
is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Kansas State University. As a leader in the Administrative Services Department for State Farm Insurance, Burris is an experienced Facilities Manager, with work including corporate real estate, design, construction, space planning, contract administration and maintenance of over 70 owned and leased facilities. Other work includes over 15 years of experience in catastrophe coordination and response.

Peter Shannon, AIA
is a Senior Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Strategic Consulting Group. Mr. Shannon is a licensed architect and has responsibility for corporate real estate advisory and capital program consulting. He specializes in occupier portfolio strategy, and assists corporate clients in optimizing portfolio performance. Mr. Shannon earned both his MBA and Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Illinois.

Sheila K. Snider, FAIA
is a consultant and uses her unique experience to assist individuals, organizations and communities in recognizing their goals, organizing their constituents, focusing their efforts and acquiring funding to realize their missions. She received her B. Arch. from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning.

Architects in today's economy are seeking a stronger competitive edge, or possibly even seeking architecture-related employment outside of an architecture firm. Gaining insights from architects working as owner's representatives at corporations and public organizations can add significantly to professional success. Working as an owner's representative is an architecture-related role that architects might consider as positions in architecture firms are eliminated.

Architects who are currently or have recently served as owner's representatives give their insights so others can learn from their perspectives.



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