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June 25, 2019

Albert Kahn Associates Announces 3 New Appointments to Board of Directors

Detroit, Mich. – Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Kahn) announced today its appointment of Johannes Palm, Stephen White and Jeffrey Gaines to its board of directors. These new appointments follow a year of growth for the company, with goals to expand the expertise leading the company to include internal top talent in the fields of architecture and engineering who have proved invaluable to the organization’s operations. These new members join Kahn President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Cobb, along with Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Treasurer Clift Montague, Vice President and Corporate Director Rick Dye, and Senior Vice President and Corporate Director Pete Lynde at the board table, with Senior Vice President Robb Sharrow filling out the organization’s leadership.

As put by Cobb:

”Kahn is excited to have such passionate and talented individuals helping to lead its success. This past year has been a productive one, and I have no doubt these new board members will continue advancing the company in inspiring and innovative ways.”

These appointments expand Kahn’s board of directors from five members to seven to reflect the growth the organization will be taking on in the next few years, and to assist in facilitating this transition. Goals of this leadership team also include continuing to position the company to best serve its clients while sustaining Kahn’s 124 year legacy of collaboratively creating environments around Detroit and world-wide.


About Johannes Palm, PE, LEED AP® BD+C:

As Director of Mechanical Engineering, Johannes (Hans) Palm has spent his full career as a mechanical engineer with Kahn, during which time he was named a Senior Associate prior to being named Principle and to his appointment to the Board of Directors. Palm also serves as one of Kahn’s internal auditors, and is also is a member of the Sustainable Design Committee and Advanced Project Planning Committee. Palm holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.



About Stephen White, ASLA, LEED AP:

As Director of Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, Stephen White has been at Kahn for 21 years, having spent his early career with Bezaire & Associates Landscape Architects as a planner before joining Kahn in 1998. White’s work puts a large focus on user experience and placemaking, with knowledge encompassing all elements of landscape architecture, urban design, master planning, environmental site design and recreational planning. White has over 27 years of diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, and holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto.


About Jeff Gaines, AIA, AICP, LEED AP® BD+C:

As Director of Design, Planning and Sustainability, Jeff Gaines has been at Kahn for 20 years, with over 30 years of expertise in the fields of architecture, planning and urban design. During his career, Gaines has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council, and is also actively involved in the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. He has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University. Gaines holds both a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

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June 6, 2019

Three new leaders elected at AIA Conference on Architecture 2019

Peter J. Exley, FAIA, elected 2021 AIA president-elect

LAS VEGAS – June 6, 2019 – Three new leaders were elected tonight to The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 (A’19).

At the meeting, AIA delegates elected:

  • Peter Exley, FAIA, of AIA Chicago/AIA Illinois as the 2020 first vice president/2021 president-elect;  
  • Evelyn Lee, AIA, of AIA San Francisco/AIA California as the 2020–2021 treasurer;
  • Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP, of AIA Silicon Valley/AIA California as the 2020-2022 at-large-director.

Peter J. Exley, FAIA, 2020 First Vice President/2021 President-elect

Exley is currently an at-large-director on the AIA National Board, chairing the Public Outreach Committee. Previously, he served on the Government Advocacy Committee as the Illinois Regional Representative on the Strategic Council as well as the board liaison to the Young Architects Forum. In 2013, Exley was the President of AIA Chicago. He is the co-founder and director of Architecture Is Fun, Inc., which was recognized as the AIA Chicago Firm of the Year in 2017. Exley earned a M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Arch from Newcastle University.

“Every architect does significant work that improves lives,” Exley said. “If members have one expectation of AIA, it is to broadcast the value of our 94,000 stories.”

Evelyn M. Lee, AIA, 2020–2021 Treasurer

Lee has also held a myriad of leadership positions throughout the AIA. She currently serves as an at-large-director on the AIA National Board. She also served as the AIA California Council Regional Director (2014) and the Young Architects Forum Chair (2017). Lee works as a strategy consultant, using her design skills to help organizations reimagine their culture, operations and policies. Lee earned a B.Arch from Drury University, an M.Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture, and an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School.

Britt Lindberg, AIA, 2020-2022 At-Large-Director

Lindberg served as the 2018 president of AIA California and served on the chapter’s board of directors 2013-2018. She was also the 2014 president of AIA Silicon Valley and was a founding member of the chapter’s Women in Architecture Committee. Lindberg is an architect with the firm Gensler and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Cornell University and an M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley.

Complete leadership information can be found on AIA’s website.

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