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January 8, 2013
COFPAES Elects Christopher M. Stone as Chairman for 2013

Reston, Va., Jan. 7, 2013—The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES) has announced the election of Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP, as Chairman for 2013.

Stone was elected chairman to a one-year term by the delegates from the five COFPAES member organizations during the Council's meeting in Washington, DC.

Stone is the President of Clark Nexsen PC, an ENR 500 firm headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, providing architecture, engineering, and interior design services with a staff of over 500 professionals.

A past president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), serving 2011-2012, Stone has served on the society's Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, Membership Committee, and Metrics Oversight Task Force, among others. He has previously served as the NSPE delegate to COFPAES.

"Mr. Stone's has extensive knowledge of federal A/E selection procedures and is an effective advocate for qualifications based selection (QBS). As the past president of NSPE, he has a deep understanding of the design profession, the federal market and associations," said John Palatiello, COFPAES Administrator.

Since its inception in 1966, COFPAES has provided the design community with a common voice on federal procurement law and regulations. COFPAES continues to serve the American public as a well-known and respected forum for the consideration of policy and operational changes in the selection procedures for design professionals. Because of its emphasis on professionalism in the procurement process, COFPAES assists the federal government in assuring that the design of projects to satisfy the building, infrastructure, resource and program management needs of our Nation are conducted in an efficient and quality manner.

The member organizations of COFPAES are the, the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, MAPPS - the association of private geospatial firms, National Society of Professional Engineers, and National Society of Professional Surveyors.


COFPAES was formed in the 1960s to serve as the unified voice of the architectural, engineering (A/E) and related services profession on issues related to federal contracting. Member organizations are the  American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and national Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). Throughout its history, COFPAES has focused on ensuring quality and competence in the procurement of professional A/E (including surveying and mapping) services. COFPAES serves the American public by assisting Congress and federal agencies with policies to ensure that projects to satisfy the building, infrastructure, resource, defense, and security needs of the Nation are conducted in an efficient and quality manner.

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