Member News & Achievements

Jonathan Miller, AIA
Robert Swinburne Architecture featured in "Pretty Good House" book
Birdseye Selected As A Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Best Small Firm
Alex Halpern, AIA
Jesse Beck, AIA
Shawn Brennan, AIA
Jesse Robbins, AIA
Brian Leet, AIA
Bodwe Kashinidi
TruexCullins' Rosebrook Lodge Wins 2022 HD Award for Best Event Space

Jonathan Miller, AIA Elected as President of the Vermont Chapter of CSI

Jonathan M. Miller, AIA, FSCI, CDT, CCS, CCCA, SCIPa is a 25-year member of AIA Vermont, a 31-year AIA member, was just elected as President of the Vermont Chapter CSI. After graduating MArch from UMN in 1985, he worked for a variety of firms before moving to Vermont to work for FFF from 1997 to 2001. A CSI Fellow and past chair of the CSI Institute Certification Committee, he eventually specialized in writing specifications where, since 2015, he's been a full-time remote employee for the firms responsible for maintaining AIA’s MasterSpec.

Currently a Principal Spec Writer in Deltek’s Information Solutions department, Jonathan continues to work closely with building product manufacturers as they integrate with Specpoint, an online integrated database of products and MasterSpec specification documents.

Robert Swinburne Architect LLC Featured in "Pretty Good House" Book

For the past year Robert Swinburne has been involved with the production of the "Pretty Good House" book published by Taunton Press. Although not one of the four authors due to health reasons much of my work is featured inside and on the cover. Learn more and order a copy of the book here:

Birdseye Earns Special Mention in Architizer A+ Awards

Birdseye is honored to be selected as a Special Mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Best Small Firm (1-10 employees), celebrating the work of the world’s best firms and highlighting the work of pioneering architects as they strive to create architecture that will stand the test of time. Learn more:

Freeman French Freeman Announces Leadership Changes

Freeman French Freeman is pleased to announce several leadership changes at its Burlington, Vermont studio.

Alex Halpern, AIA, NCARB has been named President. Alex joined Freeman French Freeman in 1998 and has led many of the firm’s flagship projects including the STEM Complex at the University of Vermont, the Dion Family Student Center at Saint Michael’s College, and the Pomerleau Family YMCA in Burlington. Alex replaces Jesse Beck, who served as President for 33 years. Beck assumes the role of Past President and continues to serve a select number of existing clients. 

Shawn Brennan, AIA, CDT has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has built a career focused on long-term relationships with high-profile clients including the New England Federal Credit Union, the State of Vermont, and his alma mater, Norwich University. Shawn joined the firm in 1999.

In addition, FFF promoted two architects with over 30 years of combined service to the firm:  

Jesse Robbins, AIA, LEED AP has been elevated to Senior Project Manager. With the firm since 2000, Jesse has nearly 25 years’ experience managing complex projects including the $130M restoration of the Waterbury State Office Complex. 

Brian Leet, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. Brian joined FFF in 2013 and has managed several award-winning projects including City Market and Hotel Saranac.

Both Robbins and Leet have deep experience in sustainable design and together have helped deliver over one million square feet of LEED certified projects. As signatories to the AIA 2030 Commitment, Freeman French Freeman seeks to achieve net zero energy use in new buildings by 2030. 

These promotions coincide with the firm’s 85th year in business. As Vermont’s longest operating architecture firm, Freeman French Freeman works with clients across northern New England to create a more beautiful, sustainable, and just built environment.  Learn more at

FFF is thrilled to welcome Bodwe Kashindi as their paid summer intern. Bodwe is a 2022 graduate of Burlington High School and the Engineering and Architectural Design program at the Center for Technology, Essex. Bodwe has been putting his REVIT skills to good use on several projects and hopes to pursue a career in architecture.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design Wins Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design

TruexCullins won the 2022 HD Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, Best Event Space, for the Rosebrook Lodge at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The HD Award, presented by Hospitality Design Magazine, celebrates the best of the best in the hospitality industry’s most influential and innovative design work. TruexCullins was one of three finalists in the Best Event Spaces category, competing against more than 1,100 product and project submissions from U.S. and international design teams. On Thursday evening June 7, TruexCullins Associate Principals Marc DeSmet and Matt Bushey accepted the award at the HD Awards Gala in New York City, hosted by Hospitality Design Magazine in conjunction with Emerald Expositions. Also in attendance were Principal John Ashworth and Associate Principal George Janson of Bull Stockwell Allen. Read More