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Fernando Castillo has joined api(+) to lead the firm’s Miami office. Fernando brings 25 years’ experience in branding planning and design both nationally and internationally to the api(+) team. He is a licensed interior designer skilled in architecture, merchandising, fixture systems, and overall environmental design.
His expertise in strategic planning yields high impact, high value, award-winning results within the global retail arena. Before joining api(+) Fernando worked with well-respected firms, The Pavlik DesignTeam, PDTI and most recently with IDDI in Miami.
His portfolio includes specialty retail, food retail, restaurant, entertainment, department store, mall, hospitality, and travel retail work for clients such as Chedraui Markets, Carnival Cruise Lines, B Hotel + Condominium, Yum Brands, Universal Studios, Harrods(UK), and Golden Harvest Sky Cinema (Hong Kong).
api(+) is pleased to announce that Deborah Bortolin has joined our team as retail center studio director. Bortolin will lead api(+)’s retail center work including mixed-use and urban planning projects.
Bortolin brings 15 years’ international experience in place-making and comprehensive retail strategy for large-scale enclosed and open-air mixed-use developments to the api(+) team. Her extensive experience also includes master planning, retail design, wellness, leisure, hotel, spa, office and high-end residential projects.
api(+) president and CEO Juan Romero said “Deborah’s qualifications and professional experience support our commitment to delivering exceptional design solutions focused on branded experiences, differentiation and performance.”
As a studio leader, Bortolin has directed teams, coordinated with clients and oversaw design, budget and functionality for large-scale enclosed and open-air, mixed use developments including: the Atlanta Braves sports complex master plan in Atlanta, Georgia, The Market at Santa Monica Place by Macerich in Santa Monica, California, and Kashirskaya Retail Center in Moscow, Russia, just to name a few.
Deborah earned a Doctor of Architecture degree from IUAV University of Architecture in Venice. She established her own firm in Italy, designing leisure and retail centers, before working with the well-respected firms of Design International in London and most recently The Jerde Partnership out of Los Angeles.
api(+) today announced new team member Trish Nearhoof, AIA, NCARB. Nearhoof comes to api(+) as project manager for its food retail group.
As project manager for api(+)’s food retail group, Nearhoof, a registered architect, will manage multiple projects and supervise others to ensure proper communication and successful delivery of projects in terms of budget, schedule, quality and Client satisfaction. She brings 10 years of professional architectural experience in project management, design, construction documentation and rollout expertise to the api(+) team.
api(+) is pleased to announce that three of its architecture and design projects earned awards in Progressive Grocer’s 2013 Store Design Contest. The firm earned best-of-class awards for the following categories:
- “Best Remodel, Under $3 million” for Yummy Market in Toronto, Canada
- “Best Discount Format” for Super 1 Foods in Tyler, Texas
- “Runner-up for Best Overall Store Design, New Construction, Under 50,000-square-feet” for Schnucks in Ballwin, Missouri
api(+) president and CEO, Juan Romero said, “While we are honored to earn awards, the successful performance of our stores, Client satisfaction, and customer delight is our ultimate goal. Our Clients’ success is our greatest reward.”
api(+) is pleased to announce that the Association for Retail Environments has honored its prototype design for Walmart To Go with the gold award in the convenience store category of the A.R.E. Design Awards.
The 2015 A.R.E. Design Awards celebrated adventures in retail from around the world with an awards presentation at GlobalShop in Las Vegas, which showcased Walmart To Go among winning projects from nine countries.
Walmart To Go is the retailer’s first small format convenience store and it’s now open near its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. It features illuminated green and yellow exterior branding, splayed “W” columns, logo sparks on the canopy underside, a lowered green entry canopy and an expansive glass storefront accommodating views to the interior. Inside it offers a mix of fresh prepared and traditional grocery items foods along with popular convenience store products, enhanced by polished concrete floors, galvanized cooler panels, and exposed finishes that create an urban loft theme.
“We are proud to continue to be a resource to Walmart for original thinking and fresh design ideas and honored to be recognized by the leading retail design association, A.R.E., for our work.” said Juan Romero, AIA, NCARB president and CEO of api(+).
api(+) is pleased to announce five established employees, David Behrens, Ryan Martin, LEED AP, Christy Emery, AIA, NCARB, John Scheffel and Tim Moore, have been promoted to associate level.
The associate title recognizes individuals who have laid roots and are making ongoing contributions to the vision, strategy and culture of api(+). Those who earn the title are presented both an opportunity and an obligation to continue contributing, growing, developing and leading.
Juan Romero, AIA, NCARB, president and CEO said, “It’s a privilege to have these five individuals contributing to our leadership and work. Each adds exceptional value and enthusiasm to our team, provides insight and creative input to spotting and resolving problems, and influences others as a role model within the firm.”