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									Alan Benson LaFon, AIA, LEED BD+C
Irving, TX 75038, US
Mobile: + (1) 405 795 0732

Director of Architecture / Program Director / Senior Project Manager
An established A+ performer in the architecture sector offering 30 years of progressive experience in delivering
distinct and highly significant projects for diverse industries. Master of Architecture with prolific exposure in handling
key positions such as Principal, Director of Architecture, and Senior Project Manager (AE and Design Build). Proactive
professional communicator at ease interacting with federal government representatives, C+ decision makers, and
stakeholders with proven expertise in Design Build and Integrated Project Delivery. Acknowledged for outstanding
skills in leading and developing teams, aligning and matching views and priorities of clients, and balancing needs,
wants, and business vision.

\▪ Stakeholder Interactions ▪ Industrial/Commercial/Civil Architecture ▪ Entrepreneurial Attitude ▪ Project Feasibility
Analysis ▪ Providing Customized Solutions ▪ Design and Execution ▪ Site Operations Monitoring ▪ Team Management
▪ Strategic Planning and Management ▪ Budget Allocation and Control ▪ Client Relation and Corporate Account
Management ▪ Startup Operations ▪ Profit and Loss (P&L) Management ▪ Architectural Designing and Process
Management ▪ Contract Administration ▪ Quality Assurance and Control ▪ Project Financing ▪ Bid and Execution ▪
Commissioning and Sustainability ▪ Interior Fit out ▪ Interior Design ▪ Facility Programming

   Project Portfolio – Versatile leader with extensive experience in providing strategic direction for fulfillment of a
    wide variety of corporate, federal government, and state agency projects (US Army Corps of Engineers, US State
    Dept., US Treasury Dept., National Parks Service, and HUD), educational institutions, Naval Command Facilities,
    NSA- and CIA-accredited SCIF facilities, mission critical facilities, data centers, geothermal energy, higher
    education, retail and commercial facilities, healthcare and hospitality.
   End-to-End Project Management – Outstanding track record in spearheading complete project planning of
    complex service delivery systems, human resources, business development, and costing for million dollar projects
    in line with specifications and within time constraints. LEED BD+C and Founding Chair East Tennessee Chapter
    US Green Building Council with an ability to develop policies, structures, and environmental designs while
    maintaining a balance between functional, budget and sustainability demands.
   Academic Exposure – Astute trainer and a mentor to aspiring and emerging architects while working as a
    professor with Texas A&M University and Auburn University. Hands-on experience in teaching in graduate design
    studios, history/theory of design, professional practice, teaching and research grant work for urban design studios,
    and architectural design. Lectured on European Studio/Travel Abroad program in various locations of Western
    Europe. Guest instructor for 5th year urban design studio at the University of Oklahoma from 2008-2011.
   Career Milestones – Bestowed with AIA Design Honor (PM for Research Support Center at ORNL, LEED Silver)
    award, Peterson Prize (National Trust for Historic Preservation), and CCAIA Design Award for Apple Computer
    Cupertino Center. Credited with AIA/Education Committee Grant for Innovative Educational Programs in
    Professional Practice, and Wayland Memorial Scholarship.
   Architectural Leadership – Founding Stakeholder of Southeastern States Energy Efficiency Alliance and
    Review. Committee member of Energy Reliability and Energy Efficiency Building Program, Oak Ridge National
    Laboratory. Speaker at Statewide forums of Smart Schools (Department of Energy) and Tennessee Schools
    Board Association Conference (High Performance Schools). Instrumental in development of Historic Preservation
    educational programs as well as the ‘Colonias’ project for developing infrastructure and planning support for
    indigent communities along the Mexico-Texas border.

   Member American Institute of Architects (AIA)
   Member Urban Land Institute (ULI)
   Member Society of Marketing Professionals (SMPS)
   Member Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

                      Alan Benson LaFon | Mobile: + (1) 405 795 0732 | Email:
Project                                                                               Value
Metro Park, Arlington, VA (Data Center and SCIF Space)                                $122,000,000
Tennessee Southeast State Regional Corrections Facility                               $120,000,000
Franklin Center, Columbia, MD (SCIF and Secure Office space)                          $90,000,000
Lexington Park (Data Center and SCIF space)                                           $87,000,000
MRAP Task X Facility, Afghanistan                                                     $62,000,000
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research Support Facility                               $60,000,000
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Biological Research Sciences        $48,000,000
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Sciences                                $45,000,000
Office of State Finance Data Centre                                                   $40,000,000
Fresno City Hall                                                                      $40,000,000
Aircraft Component Repair Facility, Robbins Air Force Base                            $32,000,000
Chemistry and Biology Building, UC Santa Cruz                                         $27,000,000
Guam Army National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Facility (CSMS)                 $22,000,000
Visual Arts Centre, College of Santa Fe                                               $20,000,000
Apple Computer SPICE facility                                                         $8,000,000
Sebesta Blomberg & Associates, Dallas, TX                                                      Oct 2011 – Jun 2012
Principal, Director Advanced Services Strategies
 Responsible for logistics planning for new service offerings related to current core capacities in commissioning,
    energy management, and retro-commissioning.
 Developing new service strategies in alignment with current employee skills while acquiring additional key
    personnel or companies for delivering required services.
 Responsible for business development activities with higher education and Federal Government clients.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)                                         Oct 2007 – Sep 2011
Energy Environment and Infrastructure LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Senior Project Manager and Director of Architecture (Formerly Benham Companies)
 Led AE and design build projects while effectively leading staff from multiple disciplines.
 Responsible for client and project financial and schedule management.
 Provided leadership, direction, and mentoring to around 35-40 architects and interior designers.
 Coordinated project team assignments across AE sectors.
Frankfurt Short Bruza Architects, Oklahoma City, OK                                            Apr 2005 – Sep 2007
Project Manager
 Spearheaded a number of federal, state, and local projects.
 Assisted associates in the management of design projects from briefing to completion.
 Monitored productivity and technical proficiency of assigned personnel.
 Prepared staff estimates and execution plans while monitoring progress assessment.
 Liaised with and provided advice to a wide range of clients as well as external and in-house consultants.
 Prepared and verified drawings and specifications for technical accuracy and compliance with relevant standards.
 Promoted sustainable design within the team and projects.
 Ensured coordination of architectural design work with project staff and engineering disciplines by maintaining
    clear communication.
 Reviewed work produced to ensure applicable codes, standards, and procedures are followed while meeting
    desired quality levels.
Cope Associates Inc., Knoxville, TN.                                                             Jan 2000 – Apr 2005
 Responsible for project management, operations management, resource allocation, project budget forecasting
   and control, human resource development, and business development.
 Developed project concepts, detailed design drawings, and assisted in creating presentation drawings.
 Provided leadership to multidisciplinary engineers and managed the shop drawing approval process.
 Negotiated at the highest levels with all stakeholders and obtained introductions to new business opportunities
   and new projects for expansion of an existing business with possible diversification into new sectors.
 Prepared relevant concepts, initial design drawings, and presented ideas for the clients or their representatives for
 Providing continuous guidance and support to internal and external clients on interpretation and adoption of
   design standards.

                      Alan Benson LaFon | Mobile: + (1) 405 795 0732 | Email:
Previous employment of over 20 years includes commencement of career in 1973 and progressive career
advancements handling roles as a project manager, a senior architect, and a vice president of architecture
complimented with academic experience as a professor at Auburn University and visiting professor with Texas A&M

M. Arch (Magna cum Laude)                                                                        Sep 1985 – Dec 1986
Texas A&M University, US
B. Arch (Magna cum Laude)                                                                            Sep 1979 – Dec 1982
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, US
Diploma                                                                                              Jun 1982 – Sep 1982
American School of Arts, France
NCARB Certificate # 43975
Current Active Architectural Licenses: California, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Hawaii
Registered Interior Designer, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: 31 July, 1955                                                                         Nationality: American
Marital Status: Single                                                                      Driving License: American

                                          References available on request

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