Auerbach Pollock Friedlander Announce Staff Promotions

by Michael Eddy
Top L-R: Grace Gavin Rhodes, Kevin Macpherson Bottom L-R: Emily Brainerd, Robert Hill
Top L-R: Grace Gavin Rhodes, Kevin Macpherson Bottom L-R: Emily Brainerd, Robert Hill

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander (APF) announce promotions for three staff membersin the Theatre and AV divisions: Robert Hill, Emily Brainerd, and Kevin Macpherson. They have proven to be an invaluable part of the Auerbach team. They are the core of APF’s success and vital to the firm’s continued high quality of services. Their new positions represent their talent, hard work, and dedication to APF’s clients and colleagues. The firm also announces the return of Grace Gavin Rhodes, as a Senior Associate.

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Robert Hill, ASTC, Principal – With more than 11 years at the firm, Hill has become a valued leader, providing APF clients the confidence that their projects will be successful. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a consultant and theatre professional to his work.  In addition to managing some of APF’s most complex and demanding projects around the globe, Hill is the studio manager for the San Francisco office. 

Emily Brainerd, Associate – Brainerd joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander’s San Francisco office in 2011 and has since used her exceptional project management and design skills on many of APF’s civic and educational projects. Brainerd is an experienced theatre professional, having worked as a technical director for Iowa State University prior to joining the firm.

Kevin Macpherson, LEED AP, Associate – Macpherson has been able to bring together his passions for theatre and architecture in his role at the firm.  In the four years since he joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, he has been the lead designer for a broad range of projects from high schools to large commercial entertainment venues.  Macpherson previously worked as a scenic and lighting designer and production manager in New York City, both on and Off Broadway.

Welcome Back

In addition to the above promotions, Grace Gavin Rhodes has rejoined the Auerbach Pollock Friedlander team as Senior Associate. After her departure in 2008, her family relocated first to Europe and then to San Antonio, TX. During her 12-year tenure with the firm, she worked on a variety of projects ranging from historic renovations and regional multi-purpose spaces to large multi-venue performing arts complexes throughout the world.  We are happy to welcome Gavin Rhodes back and to have her collaboration on the design, documentation and management of APF’s domestic and overseas projects.