Our Team

StudioJAED consists of a Purpose-built A/E/FS Team. Each member possesses unique talents and skills to creatively manage and solve the most complex and challenging architectural, engineering, and facilities related project.

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James A. Hutchison, III, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hutchison, President of StudioJAED, has been with the firm since 1978. 

Jim’s experience includes project management of many master planning projects, renovation/new construction projects, assessment projects, as well as design of many mechanical engineering projects.

He is has been a presenter at numerous conferences nationwide regarding energy efficient design, space planning, and assessment.

Jim is regularly consulted regarding Title 29 and State Code requirements by other designers as he has personally been involved in over 300 projects in Delaware over the last five years.

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Edward R. Lupinek, C.P.E.

Vice President

Ed is the Senior Cost Estimator at StudioJAED.  He offers more than 21 years of experience in construction estimating and project management.  He has experience working for large construction companies managing, estimating, purchasing and negotiating on their behalf. 

Ed's most recent experience was the Managing Architecture Program Manager for Red Clay Consolidated School District in Delaware and the City of Providence Public Schools in Rhode Island where he oversaw over $800 million worth of projects in the last 10 years.

He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Professional Estimator.

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Beatrice L. Cook, CDA

Principal / Finance / Human Resource Director

Bea is a Certified Design Accountant responsible for the areas of finance, human resources, and administrative management.

In addition, she has been recognized for her active participation in the Society of Design Administration (SDA), on which she has served as the first President of the Delaware Chapter and as a National Board member.

Bea has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Wilmington University.

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David T. Spangler, P.E.

Principal / IT Director

Dave brings mechanical engineering experience on a wide range of commercial, industrial, and educational projects to StudioJAED. His industrial experience includes hazardous production area ventilation and laboratory ventilation. His educational experience includes Indoor Air Quality remediation and a wide range of HVAC system applications, as well as life cycle costing analysis. In addition, Dave has participated in the management and assessment of nearly all of StudioJAED's nationwide facilities management assessment projects.  Dave has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Delaware.

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Pamela J. Babuca, ASID, IFMA, ALEP

Principal / Project Manager

Pamela is a planning professional with 20+ years’ experience in developing, implementing, and managing a diverse collection of facilities related solutions. She is a detail-oriented person with a strong background in leveraging technology to organize information. Pamela’s passion is to serve and enjoys assisting others develop stewardship-minded practices that improve the spaces and places in which we live and learn. In addition to her work at StudioJAED, Pam has served as Past President of A4LE Chesapeake Bay / Delaware Valley Chapter.

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Brian M. Zigmond, P.E., C.E.M.

Principal / Project Manager

Brian is a Mechanical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager and is responsible for the management of the technical design for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and building control systems.  As a Project Manager, he has directed the design and has overseen construction for projects ranging from the replacement of mechanical and electrical systems to the construction of some of the largest buildings in the StudioJAED portfolio.  His vast experience in energy conservation projects and energy auditing is applied to every StudioJAED project, resulting in some of the most energy efficient buildings in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and maintains membership in both the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

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Philip R. Conte, AIA, NCARB

Principal / Project Manager

Philip is StudioJAED's lead design architect.  He has spearheaded the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as an integral component of StudioJAED’s design capabilities.  As a Project Manager, he has used his experience and expertise to oversee and manage numerous projects, from the simple to the complex.  He is an active member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) and has made presentations at both their Regional and International Conferences.  Philip holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Temple University and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

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Richard Moretti, Ed.D., ALEP, LEED® AP

Project Executive / Educational Planner

Dick Moretti offers more than 45 years of educational and professional expertise to StudioJAED clients.  He has worked as a classroom teacher, building administrator, central office administrator, and capital programs administrator.  His construction, administrative, and oversight experience includes land acquisition for four new schools, construction of four new schools and one natatorium, and major renovation and addition programs for more than 50 schools.

Dr. Moretti is the author of several nationally published articles on the Managing Architecture delivery system and he has made several national presentations on various components of Managing Architecture including site selection.  The Association of School Business Officials International honored Dick with the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for his Managing Architecture Pre-purchase Program in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.  Dick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Saint Vincent College, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilmington University, and a Doctorate of Educational Innovation & Leadership from Wilmington University.  Additionally, Dick is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional and a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and brings outstanding capabilities related to sustainable design and energy efficient building systems to his projects.

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