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June 27, 2005

Award-Winning Architect and Urban Planner Eric Hill Joins Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s Ann Arbor Office

Office Growth Brings Opportunity to Add to Senior Leadership

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 27, 2005 – Prominent architect Eric J. Hill, PhD, FAIA, former vice president and director of urban design and planning for Detroit-based Albert Kahn Associates, has joined the Ann Arbor office of Lord, Aeck & Sargent. His appointment as a principal of the award-winning architecture firm is effective today.

“Since we opened our Ann Arbor office four years ago, we’ve grown to a staff of 15, and that substantial growth created an opportunity to bring on a second principal who’ll join me as part of senior leadership,” said Terry Sargent, AIA, design principal and director of the Ann Arbor office. “We couldn’t be more honored than to have that role be filled by Eric, who adds great capabilities in our areas of expertise.”

“Lord, Aeck & Sargent is a cutting-edge firm that designs quality architecture,” Hill said. “I support the firm’s values of ‘responsive design, technological expertise and exceptional service.’ I’m very excited about this opportunity and believe that Terry and I will make a great team.”

Hill, whose architectural career spans 40 years, is an award-winning architect and urban designer. At Albert Kahn, where he worked from 1995 until last year, he was the managing principal on numerous high-profile projects, among them:

  • The restoration and renovation of Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus (in association with Quinn Evans Architects). The project won two American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, including an AIA National Honor Award for architecture.
  • General Motor’s Corp.’s Renaissance Center Plaza and Promenade (in association with Hargreaves Associates).
  • The adaptive re-use of General Motors Corp.’s former headquarters building – C dillac Place – into an office building for the State of Michigan. The project won an honor award for preservation design from the Engineering Society of Detroit.
  • Wayne State University’s (Detroit) 2020 Campus Master Plan, a project for which Hill
  • also served as the urban design principal. • The design of Detroit Civic Center Promenade, which won an AIA Honor Award for urban design from the AIA Detroit chapter (in association with Sasaki Associates).
  • The restoration of the Detroit Opera House, which won three AIA awards, including an AIA National Honor Award for interior architecture.

In addition to these and many other project awards, Hill is the recipient of several individual honors, among them the 2002 AIA Detroit Gold Medal, which is the highest honor the architectural profession can bestow on one of its members, and his election in 2000 into the AIA College of Fellows.

Hill has written articles for a number of publications, but his most notable published work is “The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture,” which he co-authored with Detroit Free Press architecture critic John Gallagher.

In addition to his nearly 10 years as vice president of urban design and planning with Albert Kahn Associates, Hill served six years as vice president and chief operating officer of Michigan-based Rossetti Associates. During his tenure at both Kahn and Rossetti, each firm received the Architectural Firm of the Year Award from AIA Michigan.

Hill’s academic credentials include both doctoral and bachelor’s degrees in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in architecture with highest distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He also was a Marshall Research Fellow at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

In addition to his membership in the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, Hill is affiliated with the Society of College and University Planners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Urban Land Institute, the International Facility Management Association, the American Planning Association, the Congress for New Urbanism, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Club and Downtown Detroit Inc. He also is a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate holder.

About Lord, Aeck & Sargent

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