The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) is pleased to announce the following team members have been promoted to associate principal: Lynn Cain, AIA, Amy Mund Christmas, ALEP, Geoffrey Gaunt, AIA, NCARB, and Julija Singer, AIA, NCARB.
Lynn Cain, AIA, a resident of Atlanta, GA, is an architect with more than 20 years of experience as a Design Architect, 11 of those years with SLAM, where his responsibilities include mentoring the firm’s intern architects. An AIA award winning designer, Lynn is adept at designing contextually appropriate buildings which he interprets through a modernist lens to represent each clients’ vision of their future. Lynn’s understanding of the building delivery process is further informed by his training in Construction Engineering which he utilizes to strike a balance between design integrity and programmatic functionalism. His clients include Emory University, Georgia Southern University, Western Michigan University, Sanofi Pasteur, and The Mill in Atlanta. Lynn is a member of the American Institute of Architects and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture/construction engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University, where he has served as a guest juror.
Amy Mund Christmas, ALEP, a resident of Marlborough, CT, is an ALEP professional who began her career as a Staff Architect with SLAM, upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1996. Amy serves the firm’s Public, Independent and Higher Education studios, and has transitioned her focus to programming and planning for academic environments. She works closely with stakeholders, leadership, and students in understanding their relationship to the architecture of countless learning environments, spatial adjacencies, and building organization. Amy is a key player in developing SLAM’s Discovery-Driven Programming and Planning approach, a unique metric designed to help clients assess the value of complex outcomes through architecture and spatial relationships. Amy’s higher education clients include University of Notre Dame, University of Cincinnati, University of Hartford, and Stonehill College. She has also served the Hartford Public School system and Capital Region Education Council (CREC). She has presented at AIA National, A4LE, ACUI, SCUP, and IFMA conferences and has earned the Society of College & University Planners (SCUP) Planning Institute Certification and the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), Accredited Learning Environments Planner Certification.
Geoffrey Gaunt, AIA, a resident of Wethersfield, CT, is a NCARB certified architect with more than 19 years of experience as a Project Architect designing and managing projects within the Independent Education market in Connecticut and throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. As a Project Architect, Geoff is heavily involved in the entire building process, from planning to construction, and prides himself on building strong relationships with schools that continue beyond just one project. This commitment to client satisfaction is echoed by SLAM and is demonstrated by long-standing relationships with schools such as Kent School, Avon Old Farms, and Hopkins School. Projects include all building types, from dormitories, to visual and performing arts centers, to athletic facilities and student centers. Geoff is a member of the American Institute of Architects, holds a Master of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts. Geoff’s accomplishments include having served as a professor of Design at the University of Hartford and a former volunteer with the ACE Mentor program.
Julija Singer, AIA, a resident of Farmington CT, is a NCARB certified architect with 28 years of experience as a Design Architect, 18 of those years with SLAM. Julija serves the firm’s Higher Education, Healthcare and Corporate studios, with a focus in educational and research buildings. Three out of her six school designs—Waterbury Career Academy, Gilmartin Elementary School and W.F. Kaynor Technical School—have been published in industry magazines. Her educational design work is noted in the current exhibition, “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980,” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Over the course of her career, she has worked in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Julija is a member of the American Institute of Architects and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Belgrade.