Bennett Partners adds 14 to Staff, Promotes Three Associates
Bennett Partners Adds 14 to Staff, Promotes Three Associates
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 20, 2022 – As Dallas-Fort Worth continues to extend its extraordinary run of growth and development, Bennett Partners has kept pace, recently adding 14 employees whose expertise ranges from architecture and design to construction and urban planning. The firm also is promoting three existing employees.
New to Bennett Partners are:
Taylor Cell, Senior Project Designer – An experienced architectural, interior and urban designer, Taylor has taken a wide variety of clients and projects nationwide through all phases of the design process using a holistic design approach. Among his many notable projects are The Statler (formerly Statler Hilton) hotel and Renaissance Tower, both in Dallas; the Beacon in Washington, D.C., and the Westin Times Square in New York City. Current projects include Berry and Stalcup and the Fort Worth Convention Center Expansion. Taylor holds both a BS in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Chris Chrysler, AIA – Chris has been responsible for designing numerous high-rise residential and commercial projects in tight urban settings in his career. His understanding of construction detailing and sequencing has helped him deliver projects that are on-time, functional and attractive. Recent projects include the King Ranch Saddle Shop in the Fort Worth Stockyards and the Live Grandscape apartments in The Colony, Texas. Chris has both a BS and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Kelsey Davidson, Director of Business Development – Kelsey brings eight years of business development experience in architecture and six years of project-management work to her new role as director of Business Development, where her focus is on understanding market and development trends, connecting Bennett Partners with new client relationships and helping provide design that fulfills the client’s vision. Kelsey received a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Texas A&M University.
Greg Hittler, AIA – With a background in high-end residential, multi-family residential interiors, commercial and graphic-design projects, Greg worked in New York City before relocating to Texas. His work has allowed him to collaborate with various artists, designers and consultants over the years on a wide range of projects of varying detail and complexity. The experience has cultivated a strong design background, from site planning to bespoke hardware and furniture. Greg received a BS in Architecture from Ball State University and a Master of Architecture from The New School - Parsons School of Design, School of Constructed Environments.
Chance Howe, AIA – Chance is a senior project architect with more than 10 years of experience in the planning and design of healthcare and education environments. He is currently working on projects at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth. He brings an attentive ear and team-first attitude to deliver projects that honor the clients’ vision and serve their communities long into the future. Chance’s approach to any design problem is always rooted in constructability and maintainability. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University with a graduate certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication.
Adam Jones, RA, Studio Lead – Adam has focused much of his career contributing to the revitalization of urban city centers, including those in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Chicago and Oklahoma. Adam served as principal-in-charge for the conversion of the historic Old Dallas Central Library and The Statler hotel into a new, mixed-use complex, and has completed many other award-winning adaptive rehabilitation projects. He was among the inaugural group of AIA Dallas’ Emerging Leaders Program. Adam received of a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma.
Samuel Ososanya – Samuel is a project coordinator with experience as a designer on projects ranging from housing and commercial to higher education and hospitality. Working alongside project managers, Samuel is involved from the initial schematic design through the development of construction documents, creating the initial drawings as well as any subsequent revisions. His projects include the Bryan Flats residences on Fort Worth’s Near Southside, the Oncor North Fort Worth Service Center and the Oncor Transmission Grid Management Center. Samuel received a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University.
Justin Roberts – Born and raised in the DFW area and a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Justin has designed projects throughout Texas and nationwide, including The Stockyards Lodge and Bryan Flats residences in Fort Worth. He is focused on delivering each project to its fullest potential, on time and within budget. Justin applies the competitive focus he developed as a collegiate runner to all aspects of his life.
Jillian Sabella, AIA – Jillian is a licensed Project Architect and project manager with more than seven years of experience in Texas. Originally from New Jersey, she is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Her broad range of experience includes high-rise hospitality and multi-family projects, commercial offices, retail and historic projects. Current projects include the Armour & Co. building, the Center for Transforming Lives and Tarrant County College classroom renovations in Fort Worth. Jillian enjoys managing project teams to collaborate with clients, consulting engineers and contractors to see a project through from concept to completion.
Liz Seay – Liz is a Georgia native who moved to Texas after living in Birmingham, Ala., for a year after college. She has a BS in interior design with a minor in international studies from Auburn University. In Birmingham, Liz worked with an interior-design firm focusing on healthcare design. Her current projects include United Cooperative Services and the Lackan medical office building in Fort Worth. At Bennett Partners, she has concentrated on hospitality, commercial and healthcare projects.
Alexia Simioni – A native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Alexia moved to Florida in 2014 and later to Texas, where she completed a BS in Architecture with a minor in Sustainable Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. At Bennett Partners, she moved from intern to full-time project coordinator in a matter of months and has focused on work in schematic and pre-design for commercial, historic, education and mixed-use projects. Alexia has been involved in plans for a new office building at the Waterside development and a master plan for All Saints’ Episcopal School, both in Fort Worth.
Sidney Smith – A recent interior-design graduate of Texas Christian University, Sidney’s focus is retail, residential and hospitality projects, including the Cowan Place mixed-income community and Thompson’s Bookstore cocktail lounge in downtown Fort Worth. She has a self-described “passion for people” and believes design can deeply affect, heal and bring life to a community.
Julianna Turner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP – Julianna is a detail-oriented architect with 15 years of experience across several project types. A past construction-administration leader, she is a collaborator and a coordinator with an aptitude for solving complex problems. Her portfolio includes work on the Fort Worth Convention Center, The Statler hotel and the old Dallas Central Library. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University along with minors in Community Planning and Spanish.
Madison West – Madison believes interior design can help solve physical and psychological issues, and she strives to create transparent and sustainable spaces for all. With experience in healthcare, hospitality and high-end residential, Madison has experienced all phases of design, with projects ranging from Cowan Place and Allens Boots to BNSF railway. A graduate of Oklahoma State University with an Interior Design degree and a minor in business, Madison returns to the school yearly to assist with interior design portfolio reviews and mock interviews.
Recently promoted are:
Samantha Garbarino, RIBA – Promoted to Senior Associate
Samantha brought her diverse design and construction experience to Texas after growing up in the Cotswolds region of England and practicing there for five years as a Registered Architect. At Bennett Partners, her passion for the preservation of notable buildings and the natural environment led her to a senior designer role for historic Fort Worth Stockyards projects such as Mule Alley, RFD-TV studios and the Old Gringo Boots store. Previous work included the Disney Wilderness Lodge in Florida and Skywalker Vineyards in California. Samantha strives to use architecture to balance the built and natural environment. She received a BA in Architecture from Portsmouth University and a Diploma in Architecture.
Sarah Niemeier, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C – Promoted to Associate
Sarah joined the Bennett Partners team in 2017 as an interior designer working on a variety of projects, including corporate, retail, historic, restaurant, multifamily, residential and sustainable designs. Her projects include the Center for Transforming Lives, King Ranch Retail and Briggs Freeman Offices. Her experience ranges from client programming to concept design, construction drawings and construction administration. She received a MA in Design with a Concentration in Interior Design for Sustainability and a BFA in Interior Design, both from the University of North Texas.
Casey Smith, AIA – Promoted to Associate
Casey joined the Bennett Partners team as an intern in 2015, then full-time in 2016. She has been involved in the design of office, retail, residential, education, civic and outdoor plaza space, including the Texas Wesleyan Martin University Center, the 601 S. Main office and retail building and the Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza in Old Town Burleson. She has experience coordinating all phases of a project from programming through construction administration. Casey aims to create functional spaces through attention to detail and her eagerness to create memorable spaces for users. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.
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Bennett Partners is a Fort Worth-based architecture firm focused on creating well-designed, well-built spaces in the public and private sector. At the core of our practice is the idea of partnership. Partnership with our diverse and talented staff, our clients and our community. We believe design can make a difference, and through our work we can inspire positive change.
To learn more about the firm’s work, please visit us at bennett.partners.
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