From Carolyn F. Rome: “Stephen J. Rome Jr., ASLA, passed away on December 18, 2013. He had been a Full Member since November 1993 and before then was an Associate Member since June 1984. He graduated from Louisiana State University, College of Design, Landscape Architecture, in 1978, with a proud career as a landscape architect and landscape contractor for 35 years, topping off his career as owner/manager of SJ Rome, LLC.
“My personal thank you and gratitude to ASLA, national and state organizations, for being an advocate for landscape architects and thus Steve. He was honored to be a member of this Society.”
Shawn C. Kalbli, ASLA, has been promoted to vice president/director of the Tallahassee, Florida, office of Wood+Partners Inc., a land planning and landscape architecture firm with offices in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Tallahassee.
Kalbli joined the firm in 2006 and has overseen the design and implementation of a variety of complex, large-scale projects that have contributed to the enhancement of the surrounding community, including Capital Cascades Trail—Segment 3/FAMU Way Extension, the Florida A&M University Campus Master Plan, the Welaunee Planned Unit Development, and the Pelican Bay Strategic Master Plan.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from Florida State University, with concentrations in urban planning, sociology, and economics, and a master of landscape architecture from the Ohio State University. During his 15-year career, he has served as the chair of the government affairs committee for the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the public relations and government affairs advisory committees for the American Society of Landscape Architects, a community catalyst for the Knight Creative Communities Institute in Tallahassee, and as an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture at Florida A&M University.
WHPacific is pleased to announce that Spencer “Spence” Nickel, ASLA, has joined the firm’s Landscape Architecture (LA) Studio. Based in the firm’s Denver office, Nickel leads the expansion of the LA Studio’s services to Colorado with a focus on campus master planning and the design of outdoor environments. WHPacific’s LA Studio has built a strong reputation in the Northwest creating places that function to the clients’ desired vision and is now eager to work with customers in Colorado to meet their vision and needs.
Nickel is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Colorado. With more than 27 years of professional practice, he has focused on significant outdoor campus and higher education environments for University of Colorado, University of Denver, AIMS Community College, and others. Nickel’s expertise has been featured in the recent book, Built for Learning: A Unified Architectural Vision for the University of Denver, documenting the past decade of landscape and architectural development at the university. Nickel’s work has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Colorado Chapter, as well as the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
John H. Nicolaus, FASLA, has established his own firm, the Office of John Nicolaus, Landscape Architects and Urban Planners, in Sacramento, California.
Nicolaus, who has been practicing landscape architecture in Sacramento for 25 years, had most recently been a principal at Mogavero Notestine Associates. Citing the region’s rebounding economy and need for experienced design professionals, Nicolaus feels the timing is perfect for establishing a new firm.
Nicolaus is a Fellow of the Society and served as Sierra Chapter President and Trustee, vice president of communications, and numerous other roles within ASLA. He also serves as the chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. His work has been built throughout northern and central California, and he was responsible for the design of projects that include award-winning master planned communities, Raley Field, West Sacramento River Walk Park, Capitol Park Rose Garden, and remakes of Fulton, Watt, and Howe Avenues as well as Stockton and Auburn Boulevards.