Glastonbury, CT – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) welcomes James “Jim” Hoagland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Cole Peterson, RA, NCARB; and Victoria Fagan, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate; to the firm’s education practice, supporting the Pre-K through higher education facilities, with an immediate focus in Connecticut and New England, and the firm’s growth in Rhode Island. Hoagland and Peterson are based in the firm’s Glastonbury office and Fagan is based in Providence, R.I.
As a senior design architect, Hoagland brings more than 25 years of experience in design and master planning and implementation of public, independent, and higher education projects, including his present work for SLAM in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. He will also provide mentorship for emerging professionals at SLAM.
As a project architect, Peterson brings more than 13 years of experience serving as designer, lead interior designer, and project architect working in partnership with key project stakeholders in transforming education, municipal, hospitality, corporate, and residential architecture. At SLAM, he will infuse his diverse design perspective across multiple studio projects including education.
SLAM representatives say Fagan, an architectural designer, adds a next generation perspective in public education work to the team of designers on the Johnston Public Schools’ Stage II suite of projects including new pre-K and elementary schools, as well as renovations to the middle and high schools. She will provide dedicated support from schematic design to rendering images through construction.
“We’re excited to have these talented designers who bring their unique visions for achieving 21st century learning spaces,” says Amy Samuelson, AIA, SLAM associate principal. “Jim’s extensive experience integrating community voice, results in high quality contextual design; Cole’s natural artistic eye and technical skills, along with Victoria’s focus in public education will afford our clients value-added outcomes.”
Hoagland’s comprehensive approach to design aligns with SLAM’s project approach, that any project begins with a complex, yet accessible outcomes-based programming and planning model that considers the diverse perspectives and demographics of each stakeholder. Prior to SLAM, he has earned numerous regional and national awards, including recognition by the Association for Learning Environments for exemplary Planning Process. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Peterson’s previous accomplishments include a broad spectrum of domestic and international design projects from the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton and the Human Services Center in Bloomfield to numerous 5-star properties such as the Al Messila Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Doha, Qatar. He has an extensive proficiency in architectural design software that blends with his understanding and development of environments and their impact on users’ learning, creative, and contextual experiences. He is also skilled in logo design, fine art, photography, custom furniture design, and children’s book illustration.