RTKL Architect Dies In Auto Accident S. Goodluck Tembunkiart AIA, vice president and senior project architect for Baltimore-based RTKL Associates Inc., died Sept. 21 as a result of an auto accident in Washington, D.C. Tembunkiart was 44.
Tembunkiart's work focused on the public realm, ranging from small focal urban elements to large-scale, multi-use projects. For the past several years he has served as senior project architect and designer for the 450,000 sq. ft. U.S. Capital Visitor Center in Washington; senior architect for the restoration of the 500,000 sq. ft. Ariel Rios Federal Building in Washington's Federal Triangle; project architect, manager and designer for the 400,000 sq. ft. Washington Center/McLachlen Building restoration; and senior project architect, manager and designer for Pavilion at Reston Town Center, a 5,500 sq. ft. multi-function event facility in Reston, Va.
Tembunkiart received several awards including the Craftsmanship Award from the Washington Building Congress and BOMA's Building of the Year award. A contributing author to "Why Design? Activities and Projects from the National Building Museum," Tembunkiart also served as lecturer for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council/Federal Facilities Council, as well as The National Building Museum. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and Lambda Alpha International, George Washington Chapter.
Born in Washington, Tembunkiart graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor in architecture. He had been with RTKL since 1986. He is survived by his wife, Julie E. Craighill, and two children, Julie J. and Siri Bowdoin Tembunkiart, who reside in Chevy Chase, Md.; and his sister, Supajee Lapcharoen of Silver Spring.
Transwestern Property Co. Thom Ridnour has been promoted to senior vice president of development services for Dallas-based Transwestern Property Co. Ridnour has 19 years of commercial real estate experience and has served in numerous capacities with Transwestern.
Also at the company, Moody Younger has been named vice president and Joe Merritt has joined as senior marketing director. Younger will be responsible for the generation of new business opportunities in the Dallas area. Previously, he was vice president for Compass Management and Leasing. Merritt will be responsible for increasing Transwestern's tenant representation capabilities in Dallas, as well as providing clients with project leasing service.
Little & Associates Architects Carolyn Rickard-Brideau has been promoted to president of the Washington, D.C., regional office of Charlotte, N.C.-based Little & Associates Architects. Most recently, Rickard-Brideau was senior project manager in Little's Charlotte office. Rickard-Brideau has been with the company since 1995. Prior to that, she held positions with Fairfax, Va.-based Burke, Smith and Fong; Alexandria, Va.-based Architectural Design Group; and Washington-based Jefferson Architects.
Retail Planning Associates Kenneth Martell has been named vice president of retail strategy for Columbus, Ohio-based Retail Planning Associates. Martell will direct RPA's staff of retail strategists in the application of the latest consumer behavior research methodologies. Martell joins RPA from The Taubman Co., where he was director of asset management research.
Also at RPA, Chris Kiminas has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Trellis, the company's proprietary retail software. Most recently, Kiminas was regional vice president of sales for The Ultimate Software Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he directed sales and marketing efforts throughout the Midwest and East for the industry's first 32-bit human resources management system (HRMS).
In addition, Janet Groeber has been named director of communication and new business development. Most recently, Groeber was editor and associate publisher of VM+SD, the oldest retail design magazine. In her new role, Groeber will oversee RPA's professional associations with industry organizations, as well as participate in retail forums in the United States and abroad.
The L&B Group Tracie R. Forsythe has been promoted to acquisitions director of retail for The L&B Group, Dallas. Forsythe will be responsible for acquisition of real estate assets on behalf of L&B's institutional clients, including sourcing functions, contract negotiations, underwriting and due diligence activities for retail properties throughout the United States. Forsythe's experience includes more than 10 years in the acquisitions department at L&B. Prior to joining the company in 1988, she was an analyst with LaSalle Partners in the Dallas office.
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