Leadership

Meet our team
Executives

Robert Lamb Hart, Chairman Emeritus

Bob has been actively involved in all of the firm’s projects since its inception with major assignments in all regions of the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and around the Pacific Rim. This includes planning and architectural assignments for large landowners such as the Pebble Beach Company and the Rockefeller family; for some of the country’s leading land developers, such as Vail Resorts and Hines; for entertainment developers such as Disney and Universal Studios; for institutions such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and for leaders in responsible land stewardship, such as Callaway Gardens and the Santa Lucia Preserve.

Bob also recently published A New Look at Humanism, enlarging the way designers think about design, by learning more about the maturing sciences of human life―evolution, ecology, and the neurosciences.

Education

Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture
Coolidge Prize, University of Pennsylvania, Master of City Planning
American Institute of Planners Award

David P. Howerton, Chairman

Dave leads the firm as Chairman. In that role he provides high-level strategy and is an active member of all planning/design teams and international projects in our San Francisco and New York offices. As a result of his groundbreaking work on many environmentally sound, highly marketable new communities and resort projects, including the nationally acclaimed Santa Lucia Preserve and Palmetto Bluff, Dave is widely recognized as a leading talent in the profession both in the business and academic fields.

He has taken active roles in the ULI, and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and at Harvard University. He also serves as a Trustee of the Architecture School Foundation at the University of Virginia. Dave is an avid golfer and horseman.

Education

University of Virginia, School of Architecture, BCP
University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design,Master of Landscape Architecture
ASLA Certificate of Honor for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture

Professional Associations 

American Society of Landscape Architects, Fellow
American Institute of Certified Planners
NCLARB Certified
Urban Land Institute Foundation, Governor

Jim Tinson, Chief Executive Officer

Jim works directly with client leadership, for complex assignments in sensitive locations throughout the world. From cities to private estates, clients seek out Jim’s business acumen, international connections, technical expertise and more than 20 years of experience as a strategist, planner and designer. He combines an extensive business management background with broad design talent to lead our firm’s operations.

Jim has worked to create new communities, urban centers, and mixed-use environments for such premier clients and developers as The Related Companies, Cushman and Wakefield, DMB, St. Joe Company, Crescent Resources, Revolution Resorts, Rockefeller Group Development Company, Dolphin Capital, Walt Disney Company, and in association with others, Georgetown Development Co., Yale University, and the New York Jets.

An active educator, Jim serves as a returning critic for advanced studios at the Yale Graduate School of Architecture, leads an Executive Education course on Community Planning for the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has been a lecturer and juror at the University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame.

His work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Education

University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Architecture
Yale University, Master of Architecture

Professional associations

American Institute of Architects
Urban Land Institute
Congress for the New Urbanism
NCARB Certified

Brian Depolo, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Brian brings over twenty years of experience to managing all financial and administrative aspects of Hart Howerton’s operations. He joined the firm in 2002 with expertise in finance and operations from Ernst and Young, Sony, and three software startups.

Education

University of the Pacific, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Professional Association

Licensed CPA (inactive), California
Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Oakland

Paul D. Milton, Board Member

Paul is a Board Member of Hart Howerton who joined the firm in 1999 from South Africa. With nearly thirty years of broad international experience and a global network of professionals, he is a thought leader and a high level strategist, dedicated to developing innovative sustainable development models within areas of important global natural resource. Working with the private sector, governments, and science communities, he utilizes the economic platform of quadruple bottom line thinking to help unlock land asset values, protect environments at risk, integrate community upliftment and deliver investor returns through true long-term and transparent partnerships. Clients work with him at a partnership level and rely on him for sophisticated insight into new markets, project feasibility and vision, innovative design concepts, and economics. His standards of design excellence, leadership and professionalism have become hallmarks of the firm’s practice.

He is also an active board member for the Frankfurt Zoological Society and is a general partner and board member of the Singita Partnership, an initiative to raise capital for Singita driven ecotourism programs. Paul is an avid conservationist, wildlife photographer, landscape watercolorist, and global traveler, and has lived on and worked in three continents — Europe, Africa and the US — working toward protecting the lands, wildlife and communities that he cares deeply about.

Education

St. Bartholomew’s School, Oxford, United Kingdom
Southend on Sea Polytechnic, United Kingdom
Manchester Polytechnic, United Kingdom

New York Principals

Albrecht Pichler

Albrecht has been a key member of Hart Howerton’s design team on major projects since 1971, beginning with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  As Principal in charge of design in the New York office he works closely with the design teams on architectural assignments as well as master planning, landscape architecture and interior design efforts.  He is one of the principals who created and developed the firm’s ability to“Design Complete Environments.” Most recently he has worked at Spanish Peaks, Empire Pass, Reynolds, Dorado Beach, Red Sky Ranch, Killington, Yellowstone Club, and some of the leading educational institutions in the East, as well as on high-end residences throughout the country.

Albrecht’s design work and drawings are featured in Robert Lamb Hart’s newly published book, A New Look at Humanism. 

When not working with his design teams, Albrecht tends his prize-winning flock of Merino sheep on his farm in upstate New York.

Education

Institute of Technology, Villach, Austria
University of Graz, Austria, Architecture Diplom Ingenieur

PROFESSIONAL Association

American Institute of Architects, (AIA).

David Rau

David is an architect with over 25 years of professional experience. His unique, collaborative approach has attracted a diverse clientele that relies on his ability to bring together ownership, executive teams, and other stakeholders around sound financial and operational objectives. David has led large, complex assignments worldwide for destination resorts, residential communities, cultural centers and urban infill developments.

Recent work includes two new U.S. locations for Hyatt’s luxury Miraval resort brand, as well as expansion of the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod and the repositioning of Harbour Town at Hilton Head Island. Prior work includes a private yacht club on Gibson Island in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay; a new Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead resort in Virginia; and the repositioning of the iconic Grove Park Inn at Asheville. David’s international work includes The Belfry resort outside Birmingham, UK and a new residential community along the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.

A frequent lecturer, David recently delivered a TED Talk as part of a regional TEDx event. He serves on the editorial board of The Classist, the national journal of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art. Professional peer organizations have invested David into their membership, including the Design Leadership Network and the New Urban Guild. His buildings and interiors have been widely published, in print and online. Recently, his work for Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia – for which he served as architect and designer – received widespread recognition, including in Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Best New Hotels and Resorts in the World.”

EDUCATION

Ball State University, Bachelor of Architecture
Ball State University, Bachelor of Environmental Science

Professional Associations

The American Institute of Architects

Douglas Balsley

As a Principal at Hart Howerton, Doug has provided strategic advice and visioning to some of the world’s most successful private developers. His projects have ranged in scale from private estates, golf and resort communities to new towns and urban redevelopment. His assignments have included planning and implementation of a town center in Australia, and entertainment based redevelopment plans for town center sites in Waikiki, Nice, Barcelona, and Montreal. He has directed a number of planning assignments for casino operators in Las Vegas, Reno, on the Gulf Coasts in Tunica and Gulfport, Mississippi; in Massachusetts and in Chicago. Doug has also worked with theme park developers in Europe and Korea, and has developed plans for the Walt Disney Company and MCA/Universal here in the U.S.

A significant part of his work has focused on premier resort communities and leading developers in the US. These include the Greenbrier Hotel & Sporting Club, Hotel Hershey, Reynolds, Skytop Lodge, St. Joe Company, and the Rockefeller Family. He has also worked with Vail Resorts on Bachelor Gulch in Colorado, and on the redevelopment of existing landholdings and urban sites in Vail and Breckenridge.

Education

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry at Syracuse University
Master of Business Administration, Real Estate Program, Golden Gate University

Professional Association

American Society of Landscape Architects
Urban Land Institute

John Burkholder

John has been a key planner and landscape architect for many of the firm’s master planning and architectural projects since 1986. With over 30 years of experience, he is one of the industry leaders in mountain-based planning and design. Developers seek him out as an integral early member of their strategic teams. His work has included planning and design for real estate development projects including Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek Mountain, Red Sky Ranch, the Lionshead Core Redevelopment, and Breckenridge Mountain Resort. More recently he has lead design teams at Yellowstone Club and Spanish Peaks in Montana, and on typical resort work in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

John is an outdoor recreation enthusiast – hiking, biking, tennis, basketball, skiing, and sailing are a few of his many interests.

Education

SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry at Syracuse University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 1977.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

American Society of Landscape Architects
Urban Land Institute

Michel Dionne

Michel has over 25 years of professional experience as an urban designer and architect in both public and private sectors. He has been responsible for new mixed-use, resort, urban infill and transit-oriented communities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, France, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Russia, and China.

Michel has led planning and design teams on large-scale, mixed-use communities, including a new urban neighborhood in Mississauga, Ontario for Rogers Property; an updated master plan for Research Triangle Park in Raleigh/Durham, NC, which incorporates a town center and residential neighborhoods into one of the nation’s leading research communities; and multiple mixed-use communities and conservation land totaling 78,600 acres near Charleston, South Carolina for MeadWestvaco; and the mixed-use Val d’Europe for Disney in Paris. His retail planning and design experience includes Napa Town Center, California; the Arlington Town Center in Arlington, Texas for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys; the North Haven Town Center in Connecticut; and 100,000 sf of planned retail at Bay Meadows, San Mateo, California. Michel has also led urban design work such as the Lower Manhattan Streetscape Project for the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc., as well as master plans to transform urban waterfronts in Washington, DC, New York City, Miami, St. Louis and Barcelona.

Education

Université de Montréal, Bachelor of Architecture
Columbia University, Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design

Professional Associations

American Institute of Architects
NCARB Certified
Registered Architect: New York
Ordre des Architectes du Québec

Nicole Emmons

Nicole is Principal and architect with over fifteen years of experience in the design of academic, institutional, and residential buildings, as well as master plans, design guidelines, and entitlement permitting for urban mixed use developments, new communities and redevelopment sites. Nicole has led interdisciplinary design teams to produce development plans in the southeast as well as in New York and California.

Nicole works at a wide range of project scales including a destination resort in New York’s Catskills region, redevelopment of a former industrial site on the Hudson River in New York, new mixed-use communities in South Carolina, master plans for the University of Virginia Foundation’s Boar’s Head Inn and Morven Farm properties, as well as master plans and design of mixed-use buildings at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, California.

Education

Yale University, BA Architecture
University of Virginia, Master of Architecture

Paul Milana

As a Partner in the firm, Paul provides the strategic vision and oversees the detailed design on a range of mixed-use, transit-oriented, infill and new communities and resort villages nationally and abroad. His work exemplifies our approach to Designing Complete Environments and our commitment to fostering healthy places.

Since joining the firm in 2010, Paul has led our planning and design efforts for Nexton, South Carolina, a new 5,000 acre mixed-use community 20 minutes north of Charleston.  As the first gigabit community in the state, Nexton offers a complete range of uses in a collection of walkable neighborhoods interconnected by a robust open space and trail network.  He is also directing the master plan for Hollywood Park, a new mixed-use sports and entertainment district in Inglewood, California, and future home to the Los Angeles Rams, as well as new mixed-use communities in Texas.

Among the award-winning designs Paul has directed, WaterColor, a resort town along the Florida Panhandle Coast, was the recipient of ULI’s Award for Excellence.  Other recipients of this award where Paul has had a significant design role include Celebration, Florida and Daniel Island, South Carolina.

Paul is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, where he currently serves on a Community Development product council and where he has led an annual course in Town Planning for the ULI Real Estate School. He has been a moderator, panelist, and speaker at real estate forums across the country.

Education

University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Architecture
University of Notre Dame, Rome Studies Program

Professional Associations

American Institute of Architects
NCARB Certified
Congress for the New Urbanism
Urban Land Institute
Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America

Tim McCarthy

Tim’s one of the most effective people we know – while he’s designing hospitality, residential, and institutional work for clients around the world, he also manages those assignments, leading creative teams through implementation.  We rely on him to keep the firm organized, too – as Managing Principal in New York, Tim is regularly coordinating timely design input from principals while structuring design teams that align the expertise of our professionals with the objectives of our clients.

Tim is also committed to understanding how conditions in the built environment may drive health and wellness-based design strategies. He continues to lead the firm’s research collaboration with the University of Virginia’s Center for Design & Health and he is an active contributor to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative.

Tim is a member of ULI’s Global Exchange Council. He has served as a guest critic at Kent State University’s architecture program in Florence, Italy, and worked as a course aide at the University of Pennsylvania and as a teaching assistant at the University of Notre Dame. His work has been published and exhibited internationally.

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture
University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Associations

The American Institue of Architects
LEED AP
Urban Land Institute

San Francisco Principals

Anne Howerton

Anne is an exceptionally talented landscape architect. Her education and experience qualify her to work at all levels in the profession, from the design of quiet intimate gardens to planning vibrant new communities. Her deep understanding of design, respect for the environment and the inherent beauty of natural settings, allowing the landscape to dominate over the built form have been a long-standing basis of the firm’s work.

Since joining the firm in 1986, Anne has worked on many of the firm’s largest and most influential projects including the landscape planning and detailed landscape design of the Santa Lucia Preserve and Palmetto Bluff; two award winning residential communities.

More recent assignments include landscape architecture for Starwood’s flagship Baccarat Wailea in Maui, Hawaii, and a 5-star luxury national hotel brand project in northern California. She has been the landscape architect for dozens of luxury residences in Hawaii on the Big Island at Hualalai, the Mauna Kea Resort and Kuki’o, as well as in northern California at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel. Urban projects include the landscape of the CalPERS Headquarters Building and a corporate headquarters redesign in Menlo Park.

Her extensive horticultural knowledge  in diverse geographic settings and technical competence, combined with a deep understanding of design, has been a long-standing foundation of the firm’s practice.

Education

Yale University; Stanford University, B.A. Art History
University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Master of Landscape Architecture
ASLA Certificate of Honor for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture

Professional Associations

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Chris Hall

Chris leads a variety of challenging projects for the firm, coordinating and executing the design process from research and vision through implementation. He works closely with all members of project teams, including clients, senior firm management, and designers, consultants, builders and local governments. Chris’ experience includes the design for master-planned residential and mixed-use communities, boutique resorts, institutional campus planning, and faculty and student housing. Recent projects include the master planning of residential neighborhoods at Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts and Potomac Shores in Virginia; the master plan and precise development plan for the San Francisco Theological Society in San Anselmo California; and staff housing for the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

An experienced educator and critic, Chris has taught an undergraduate architecture course at Yale University as well as a graduate course in interior design at Pratt Institute. He has sat on design juries at Pratt Institute, Yale University, and California College of Art.

Chris is a licensed architect in California and New York.

Education

Pratt Institute, Bachelor of Architecture
Yale University, Masters of Architecture

Professional Associations

The American Institute of Architects
Urban Land Institute

Craig Roberts

Craig is a Partner in the firm, and one of those rare designers whose thoughtful creativity consistently produces warm, welcoming, relaxed elegance in the work our firm produces. He understands the qualities that characterize the world’s finest residential and hospitality projects, and he combines that knowledge with effective team- building. He is highly regarded in the profession for his broad international experience, his facility to quickly conceptualize big ideas and his commitment to design excellence. Since joining Hart Howerton in 1999, Craig has had his hand on many of the firm’s most notable projects including Kukio, Four Seasons, Mirabel, Palmetto Bluff, El Dorado, and the Santa Lucia Preserve.

Craig is an accomplished watercolor artist and spends much of his free time painting landscapes in the countries he visits.

Education

Witwatersrand Technical Institute, South Africa, 1971

Douglas Atmore

Doug Atmore has over twenty-five years of experience with the design of luxury hotels and destination resorts throughout the United States and worldwide. He has led design teams working with leading operators including Four Seasons, Montage, Rosewood, Fairmont, Hyatt, Destination, Waldorf Astoria, and Westin.

Prior to joining Hart Howerton, Doug was with HKS Hill Glazier Studio and a Principal at Hill Glazier Architects. His numerous award-winning projects include Four Seasons Resorts in Hawaii, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Bermuda, Italy and France; the Yellowstone Club Residential Lodge in Big Sky, Montana; Rosewood Sand Hill in Meno Park, California; Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California; the Vista Serena Montage Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico; Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas; Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida; the Fairmont Heritage Place in Acapulco, Mexico; and the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

Professional Associations

The American Institute of Architects
LEED BD+C

Eron Ashley

Eron is an architect and urban planner working with the firm throughout the US and abroad. Currently, he is the Managing Principal of the San Francisco office, and his contribution of skills spans from early master planning, design and construction. Over the last several years Eron has led a variety of assignments for the firm, including: community master plans in Abu Dhabi, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii; full-services design of Pearl Island, Panama; a master plan for San Francisco’s Olympic Club; new clubhouse facilities in Phoenix and Park City; the mixed- use Emeryville Public Market; and The Island House boutique hotel in Lyford Cay, Bahamas.

Eron is a licensed architect in New York State and an active member of ULI. After many years in our New York office, he and his family now live in San Francisco.

Education

Yale University, Masters of Architecture
University of Colorado, BS Architectural Engineering

Fatima McNell

Fatima is a Principal and a talented interior designer whose work completely integrates with the architectural and landscape design work of Hart Howerton. Fatima has produced interiors for many of the firm’s largest and influential assignments, including clubs, hotels, and residences at The Santa Lucia Preserve, Kuki’o, Palmetto Bluff, Royal Isabella and Potomac Shores.

Fatima started her career in South Africa and then moved to Hong Kong working on international projects and a variety of commercial, residential, and hospitality projects. Fatima manages the firm’s interior design practice leading teams in an interdisciplinary process of design and construction documentation through the detailed furnishings and accessories installation.

Education

Design Centre, Greenside, South Africa
Rudolph College of Graphic Design, South Africa

Professional Associations

America Society of Interior Design

Jim Jacobs

With over 25 years’ experience, Jim approaches each design with a sense of place that creates a timeless environment for both present and future users. His global experience as a landscape architect includes the planning, design, and management of wide ranging of projects, including institutional campuses, civic spaces, urban landscapes, transit-oriented corridors, national parks, recreation resorts, and planned residential communities.

Jim brings expertise in working within complex multi-jurisdictional settings and adeptly builds consensus with diverse client and community groups as part of a collaborative process. With a diverse portfolio that extends across the West Coast and the Pacific, Jim is currently working on Hoakelei, a multi-use, master planned, ocean-front community located approximately 20 miles west of Downtown Honolulu; Assembly at North First, a 40 acre R&D campus located in the heart of Silicon Valley; and Mana’olana, a 96-key Mandarin Oriental Hotel and 120 unit branded residential tower in the Ala Moana district in Honolulu

Jim has contributed to several professional journals, guest lectured at University of California, Berkeley and Louisiana State University, and his work has been recognized by ULI, ASLA and the APA.

Education

University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
University of California, Berkeley

Professional Associations

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR)

Tim Slattery

Tim is a Partner in the firm, and a versatile architect and planner with over 20 years of experience designing residential and resort communities. Since joining Hart Howerton in 2002, Tim has led architecture and planning assignments at Palmetto Bluff, a new residential community situated on a 20,000 acre land holding in Bluffton, South Carolina; Hacienda, a resort community in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Rancho Encantado, a new Auberge Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Prior to joining Hart Howerton, Tim’s extensive knowledge of urban design and town planning led him to work on such notable projects as Watercolor, Florida; Celebration, Florida, and Bay Street in Emeryville.

Education

Harvard University, Master of Architecture in Urban Design
University of Notre Dame, Bachelor in Architecture

Professional Associations

The American Institute of Architects
Urban Land Institute

Boston Principal

Dwight DeMay

Dwight, a Partner and Principal at Hart Howerton, leads the firm’s Boston office. Since joining the firm in 1995, Dwight has led multi-disciplinary teams on a broad range of master planning, conservation-based and new community design projects in all regions of the United States and abroad, including Palmetto Bluff in the South Carolina; The Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California; Empire Pass, Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah; Killington in central Vermont; Squaw Valley in California’s Sierras Mountains; and Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic. As an educator, Dwight is the lead instructor for the Community Master Planning course at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education program.

When away from the office, Dwight can be found with his family on the Norwegian coast and helping his son learn the finer points of carpentry.

 

Education

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Magna Cum Laude
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture

Professional Associations

American Society of Landscape Architects
American Planning Association
Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis Principal

Roland Aberg

Roland is the Managing Principal of the Minneapolis office. He has been a member of the firm since 1988 and has proven to be an exceptional leader of the interdisciplinary teams as an architect, planner, and landscape architect. His hard-won experience in successful government approvals processes has given him an unusual breadth of understanding of natural environments and communities. At the same time, he is a sensitive designer and strategist whose work is tested and proven in the marketplace. This includes planning, design and new community development at Gateway Valley in the East Hills of San Francisco Bay, Santa Lucia Preserve in Monterey, Rancho La Quinta in southern California; the Honeywell family estate on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota; urban design and master planning for the Mississippi riverfront in downtown St. Paul; the San Juan River and Bootjack Ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado; as well as new town planning for the City of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Reno, Nevada.

Personal interests include alpine skiing and wilderness expeditions with his family, as well as nurturing the woodland and wildlife habitat on the family farm.

Education

Cornell University, B.S. Landscape Architecture, ASLA Certificate of Honor for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture
University of Oregon, Master of Landscape Architecture
University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture

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