Architect and community planner David O. Meeker Jr. has joined James Architects & Engineers Inc., an Indiana-based firm, as a principal. Meeker formerly was chief executive at the American Institute of Architects, assistant secretary for community planning and development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and deputy mayor of Indianapolis. He will head the firm's new Arlington office.

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, a national firm, has named Rita Abraham director of business development for the Washington office. Abraham previously was director of corporate relations for the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. and marketing director of Georgetown Park before that.

Economists Perry D. Quick and William F. Finan have formed an economic and business consulting firm, Quick, Finan & Associates, specializing in international trade, financial regulation, taxes and business strategic planning. Quick was vice president of the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies and a senior staff economist for the Federal Reserve Board, Council of Economic Advisers and Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.). Finan was special assistant to the Commerce undersecretary for international trade and an economist at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates and the Senate Finance Committee.

Reinforced Earth Co., an engineering services firm that holds patents on an earth-retension system used primarily in major infrastructure construction projects, has announced two appointments: Philip D. Egan, who joined the firm in 1977 as engineering director, has been promoted to vice president of engineering, and Michael A. Pagano, previously a regional director of product and business development, has been promoted to vice president of marketing and sales for the Arlington firm.

Vanguard Technologies Corp., a Fairfax computer services firm, has promoted Charles H. Cagle to the post of vice president for administration. Cagle joined the firm in 1984 after management stints with Electronic Data Systems and Computer Sciences Corp.