TEN Arquitectos has hired a new CEO: John Newcomb, previously a partner of 20 years with KMD Architects. “This will liberate me from administrative responsibilities in order to dedicate my time to design,” says TEN Arquitectos founder Enrique Norten.

San Francisco's Baum Thornley is merging with the local outpost of Kansas-based Gould Evans, which has eight offices nationwide.

The American Institute of Architecture Students has named Michael Graves as the honorary chairman of its Beyond Architecture and Freedom by Design campaigns. The Beyond Architecture Campaign recently secured $1 million in pledges to support membership programs and educational initiatives.

Gensler appointed 11 new principals in January: Brian Berry, New York; Richard Fencl, Chicago; Philip Gillard, London; E.J. Lee, New York; Nancy Nodler, Houston; Raffael Scasserra, Washington, D.C.; Sidney L. Scarboro, Seattle; Duncan Swinhoe, London; James Wallace, Baltimore; Warwick Ian Wicksman, Los Angeles; and Chad Yoshinobu, Seattle.

The U.S. Green Building Council has added $1 million to fund grants on green building research, $500,000 of which is earmarked for K–12 facility research.

HNTB has announced that retired general Barry R. McCaffrey was elected to the firm's board of directors. McCaffrey's credentials in infrastructure and national security led to his being the first nonemployee board member.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz has promoted David Carr, Larry Nordin, and Katy Ruscitti to vice presidents in the firm's Chicago office. Jody Buell, Angela Furman, Susan Heersema, Pablo Mosquera, Rich Van Zeyl, and Clara Wineberg were promoted to associates.