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Robert J. Acciarri

ADA Architects, Inc.

Acciarri is President of Cleveland-based ADA Architects, Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience in retail planning, design, and project management. A 1980 graduate of the Ohio State University, he is licensed in 44 states. His firm's focus is on all phases of Retail Development; from site selection, entitlement, through project close-outs. The firm's projects range from tenant build-outs to large shopping centers and services clients that include national retailers, property owners, and developers.

Mark Carter

Senior Principal
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates Inc.

Carter, a past SADI winner, is responsible for large retail centers, including the Plaza and Court at King of Prussia, Pa., Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, N.C., and Plaza Vespucio and Plaza Tobalaba in Santiago, Chile. A 25-year veteran of the architecture industry, he has been with Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates his entire career. In 1979, he graduated from Auburn University with degrees in architecture, environmental design and building construction.

Francis Cooke

Senior Designer

As senior designer, Cooke is responsible for project design and for the leadership of the project team. Under the direction of the design partner, he implements and directs the design strategy of a project. He then coordinates and develops the design concepts with the planning, engineering and interiors studios, and with other disciplines and consultants. Cooke is responsible for the project's adherence to the design intent. He has worked in such projects as Chemsunny Plaza, a 1.8-millions-square foot project in Beijing and Shanghai Grand Real Estate Office Tower.

Robert A. Fiala

Managing Partner
Tda Architecture

Fiala, managing partner of tda, has been an active member of the architectural community for more than 30 years. In 1989, he established ThenDesign Architecture, Ltd. (now tda) by acquiring a renowned educational design firm, Huston Associates. His extensive project experience includes retail/commercial, educational, civic, industrial, religious, and recreational facilities in both the public and private sectors. Additionally, Fiala is a civic leader and has tirelessly devoted his time in support of local religious institutions, merchants and business owners. As a City of Willoughby Councilman, Bob's industry knowledge has been invaluable in the sustained and managed growth of the City, as well as the preservation of its' historic downtown.

David B. Janes,

Principal and Design Director
SGPA Architecture + Planning

Janes, AIA, is corporate vice president, design and a principal at SGPA Architecture + Planning, with responsibilities including project planning as well as design overview of projects in both the San Francisco and San Diego offices. Janes has been with SGPA for 17 years and has over 24 years of professional experience that includes master planning and building design of projects in eight states, Japan, Thailand, Guam and New Caledonia. Janes leads a broad range of projects that encompass public as well as private projects, bringing new urbanism principles and innovative concepts to retail, entertainment, corporate office, hospitality and residential markets. Janes is a member of the AIA, Urban Land Institute and ICSC.

Charlie Kridler


Gensler's unprecedented growth and success is a testament to the talents of principals like Charlie Kridler, AIA, who have defined, grown and perfected the firm's retail practice area. He is the first generation for a number of Gensler practice areas that are in their 2nd and 3rd generations: retail, mixed-use, broadcasting, hospitality, renovation and historic renovation.He has directed Gensler's retail practice since 1974, serving some of the top retailers. The practice has grown to over 350 professionals in 28 offices worldwide and is annually ranked among the top retail architecture firms in the world.

Adam Kushabi

Design Manager
General Growth Properties

Kushabi provides design direction for General Growth's retail portfolio in Kentucky and Georgia. Most recently he worked with Gensler as a design program manager for the podium of the MGM City Center Casino and Resort tower in Las Vegas. His past experience with CBRE, IBI group and HOK Consulting includes strategic real estate portfolio planning, project & program management, architectural design for numerous retail/hospitality mixed-use and workplace transformation projects in Canada and throughout the United States. He is a member of Urban Land Institute and AIA.

Greg Lyon

KTGY Group Inc.

Lyon brings to KTGY Group Inc. an impressive list of project experience recognized throughout the country. He has led the design of various projects from retail and mixed-use to resort and entertainment centers. In addition, he has had the opportunity to lead design efforts at many prestigious entertainment companies designing key components of new projects being planned for international markets. Lyon's main focus is on retail design bringing knowledge in various types of retail developments such as open-air lifestyle centers, mixed-use, suburban shopping centers, power centers, as well as a strong emphasis on high-end multi-level urban in-fill type retail developments.

Edward A. Shriver Jr.


Shriver, AIA, CCS, has been planning and managing architectural and strategic planning projects for corporate, developer, and institutional clients throughout the U.S. for over 25 years. He believes planning is an effort to see opportunities in problems, to collect the facts and understand the issues facing an organization, in order to create not just solutions, but value. Developer projects include retail and urban mixed-use developments, integrating retail, entertainment and public markets with housing and/or offices. He is chair of AIA's National Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community, a professional practice area within AIA dedicated to fostering the creation, discussion and dissemination of knowledge about the retail and entertainment environments.

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