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Women’s Leadership Development Summit Planning Committee

Lauren Bostic, Assoc. AIA


In addition to her architectural work, Lauren has combined her love of travel, language, and service by traveling to Italy to study architecture, Spain to study Spanish and architecture, and China to teach English at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Lauren received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Virginia and subsequently earned Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Michigan.  She currently works with a non-profit retirement community as Associate Planner for Charlestown Community, Inc. in Baltimore County, Maryland.  Lauren previously served as 2006-2008 AIA Mid-Atlantic Associate Director on the National Associates Committee.  She is currently an active AIA member at the local and state level in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as nationally on the 2009 Diversity Council. 



Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA


Sho-Ping Chin instigated the BSA Women Principals Group in 2006 and has been the co-chair since that time. As the Healthcare Principal at Payette, she leads project teams using design to synthesize the challenges presented by rapid advances in medical technology with the real human needs of patients and caregivers. She works on projects of multiple scales with academic institutions, community hospitals and charitable services.



Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA, LEED AP


Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA, LEED AP is the founding partner of Goshow Architects, the largest 8(a) WBE architectural firm in New York City.  Under her leadership, Goshow Architects is dedicated to sustainable design for the public sector and is known for its diverse range of green projects. The Goshow design brand champions "Green building design for the public sector, for the public good."  Goshow Architects has grown into a triple bottom line firm (People, Planet, Profit) by creating a culture of sustainability and diversity to enhance business value.



Maria Kook, AIA, LEED AP


Maria Kook, AIA, LEED AP is a principal of MSK Architects, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to founding MSK Architects, Ms. Kook has worked as a Project Manager for two of the leading A/E firms in Michigan and an architect and an urban designer for NSW Government Architect’s Office in Sydney, Australia. Her experience includes new constructions, additions and rehabilitations and master plans for Retail, Mixed-use, Commercial, Religious and Residential projects.



Laura Pastine, AIA, LEED AP


Laura Pastine, AIA LEED AP is the founding principal of Form Field Studio, an architecture practice dedicated to how people engage spaces to form meaningful relationships with materials, sites, resources, and each other.  In addition to commercial, residential, and planning projects, Form Field Studio seeks out opportunities to work with communities to bring design solutions to underserved populations.  Laura is a past director of the Women in Design Kansas City and continues to serve the organization as the History committee chair.



Randy Steiner, AIA, LEED AP


After spending 15 years as an architect working within a small boutique design firm, the National Park Service [Executive Residence], a design/build firm, and private practice, Randy Steiner began a second career as a professor and coordinator of an Architecture Program at the largest community college in Maryland, Montgomery College. She has created courses on building codes and CAD as well as Introduction to the Built Environment and Principles of Sustainable Design. She has served on the AIA/Potomac Valley Chapter as president, board director and currently serves as AIA/PV Foundation treasurer and member of the AIA Board Diversity Council.



Heather Taylor, AIA, LEED AP


Heather Taylor, AIA, LEED® AP, is a Principal of EYP. With nearly 20 years of experience as an architect, project executive, and project director, she has deep familiarity with all project phases from programming to construction administration. Heather brings particular expertise in the planning and programming of academic teaching facilities, including undergraduate science and research laboratories and libraries and classrooms, as well as in campus master planning.



Jean Zagrodnik, AIA


As Managing Partner of Zagrodnik + Thomas Architects (ZTA), Jean is directly responsible for the success of every project. Known for her hands-on approach to architecture, she is accessible and accountable to her clients at all times.

ZTA received several design awards for Jean’s work over the years including the Stepping Stone Residential Recovery Facility in San Diego, KTU+A Historic Renovation and a Health Hero award for ongoing commitment to a non- profit client.


Sherry Snipes


Sherry Snipes recently joined The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Diversity is one of three strategic initiatives, along with Sustainability and Integrated Project Delivery. The overarching objective of the diversity strategic goal is industry diversification. Snipes works cross-functionally with the Diversity & Inclusiveness Council to communicate the business case and to drive tactical programs around pipeline development, marketplace diversity & workplace diversity & inclusion.


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