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DRA Architects announces that Jim Barrett AIA, Principal, and Greg Smolley AIA, Senior Project Manager, recently received the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent educational facility planner.

DRA Architects welcomes John Tindall-Gibson PhD who recently joined as Learning Environment Planner. Building upon DRA’s success in the education market, Tindall-Gibson will draw from his more than 30 years of experience as an educator to assist him in his new role. He will work in collaboration with the existing education team and be based in the firm's Connecticut studio. Before joining DRA, he served as Superintendent of Schools at Naugatuck Public Schools in Connecticut. He has worked as a high school teacher, K-8 and middle school administrator, and superintendent in four school districts in Arizona, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Tindall-Gibson earned his PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Arizona.

Carole C. Wedge FAIA, LEED AP, president of Shepley Bulfinch, has been selected as a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC). Formed in 2010, the GRC convenes Boston’s top business, institutional, and civic leaders to develop climate resilience and carbon-mitigation strategies that support the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Lens, a creative consulting studio of national architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch focused on helping organizations improve performance through innovation, consensus and engagement, announced in October that Principal Strategist Lauren Janney, EDAC, LEED AP has joined the Emergency Medicine Advisory Board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for a three-year term.

Tim Pranaitis has been promoted to Design/Drafter II. Pranaitis has been with SBA for 6 months in his previous role as DD1. He serves as SBA’s sustainability co-chair and helps lead the firm’s commitment to the energy reduction of its projects through the AIA 2030 Commitment. Pranatitis holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Roger Williams University.

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