Architecture Firm Announces New Roles

Back row (l-r): Laura Gilmore, Paul Santos and Abigail Carlen. Front row (l-r): Dov Feinmesser, Brooks Fischer and Melinda Agron

New Haven, CT – The board of directors at Newman Architects recently announced a new organizational structure that will guide the firm’s management going forward.

A. Brooks Fischer, AIA, is now Newman’s chief executive officer. The firm’s representatives say that, as president and CEO, Fischer will continue to advance Newman’s growth, market and service expansion, and sustainable success by promoting the firm’s evolution and innovation. As principal, he leads Newman’s work in the commercial development market and works to encourage relationships that expand the firm’s reach. He joined Newman in 2004.

Melinda Marlén Agron, AIA, NOMA, LEED GA will serve as chief operating officer to advance Newman’s business model and culture to support sustainable growth, excellence in design, and meaningful professional development for staff. She says that, as principal, she is passionate about creating synergies between building design and organizational strategy. Agron joined Newman in 2018.

In addition, four director-level positions will guide key facets of the practice:

As Newman’s new director of design, Laura Gilmore, AIA, LEED GA will guide the creation of work defined by design excellence, sustainability, quality of documentation, and positive contribution to the communities the company serves. An associate principal, Gilmore joined the office in 2018.

Representatives say that, as director of marketing and communication, Abigail M. Carlen, LEED AP BD+C is responsible for leading a coordinated marketing, business development, and communications program that advances Newman’s reputation for leadership in design and sustainability for educational, commercial, and community clients and propels the firm to meet its strategic goals. She joined the firm in 2021.

Paul Santos, AIA will bring additional focus to the firm’s work in the commercial sector as director of housing. He will continue to advance Newman’s work in the housing sector as partners for design, technical, and financial expertise in the development of affordable, mixed income, market rate, senior, and mixed-use projects. He is an associate principal of the firm, and joined the company in 2006.

As director of sustainability, Dov Feinmesser, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will organize Newman’s efforts to bring high sustainability standards to the design and realization of projects where architecture harmonizes with the environment, fostering sustainable, resilient, and inclusive communities. He is a senior associate and joined Newman in 2016.