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2015 NAC Advisory Committee Roster
 

Joe Lai, AIA
2015 Chair
National Associates Committee

joseph.p.lai@gmail.com


Chair

Joseph Lai, AIA, currently works and resides in the Washington, DC metro area. Originally from Taiwan, he attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture.

 In 2007, Joseph joined Wiencek + Associates, an award-winning 50 person firm with offices in Washington, DC and Gaithersburg, Maryland. Joseph shares W+A’s passion for creating socially responsible and community oriented architecture, and has gotten the chance to work on several multi-family projects—including Wheeler Terrace and The Vista at Edgewood Terrace—that have transformed neighborhoods and communities in DC. In addition to affordable housing, he has also gotten the opportunity to collaborate with Adjaye Associates on the Francis Gregory and Lockridge Bellevue DC Public Libraries, both of which were opened in the summer of 2012. Most recently, Joseph served as project lead for The Avenue, managing the project from schematic design through construction administration. The 82 unit apartment building is the first phase of the masterplan to revitalize the Park Morton neighborhood of Washington, DC and was completed in October of 2012.

Joseph first became involved with the AIA through the Potomac Valley chapter as a member of the Programs Committee. He worked with other volunteers to plan, advertise, and execute various events for the chapter; many of which were centered on mentorship and licensure issues of fellow Associate members. With this interest in mind, Joseph joined the AIA-PV board in 2012 as Associate Director, where he established the chapter's first Committee for Emerging Professionals, focused on engaging more Associate members in the region to serve their needs. Working with the Committee, Joseph secured a grant from the College of Fellows to create a Lending Library for Associates studying for the Architectural Registration Exams, of which he is also in the process of completing.

   
 

Lucas Gray, Assoc. AIA
2015 At-Large Director
National Associates Committee

lucasg@propelstudio.com

2015 At-Large Director

Lucas Gray, Assoc. AIA, is an active member of the Portland architecture community and is looking forward to serving the AIA on behalf of Associate Members. His diverse interests range from architecture design, teaching, and writing to working on implementing a communications strategy for the local AIA Portland chapter where he serves on the board. Lucas recently founded a new architecture office, Propel Studio, with a partner and is working on growing the small business focusing on community projects and sustainable design.

Lucas will be working with the National Associates Committee, helping to promote the interests of associates through advocacy, education and policy initiatives. His specific interest regards the licensure process and working with the AIA NAC to press NCARB and other stakeholders to streamline the licensure system, make it more relevant to practicing architecture today, and making it less expensive and time intensive. One of his goals is to allow students to begin taking the ARE's while still in school and have NAAB accredited programs begin integrating ARE exams into their required coursework.

Lucas has a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a LEED accredited professional. He is currently the communications chair of the Vernon Neighborhood Association, the Associate Director of the American Institute of Architects Portland, The Regional Associate Director for the Northwest and Pacific Region of the AIA, has volunteered for Architecture for Humanity, and is the founder of the architecture blog Talkitect.com. He is also a guest design critic at the University of Oregon and Portland State University. Along with Lucas’s focus on architecture, design and the built environment he enjoys exploring the natural wonder of the Pacific Northwest, is a regular supporter of the Portland Timbers.

   
 

Schuyler Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA

2015 At-Large Director

National Associates Committee

schuyler.leigh@gmail.com


2015 At-Large Director

Schuyler Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA, received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2007 and worked in several architecture and construction firms in California. She began serving on her local AIA chapter board in 2011 as Communications Director. Since then she has continued to get more involved in the AIA; organizing architectural bike tours, serving as Repositioning Ambassador, and AIACC Director. Schuyler is currently back in school pursuing her MBA while finishing her licensure exams. 

   
 

Ross Miller, Assoc. AIA
2015 At-Large Director
National Associates Committee

ross.miller@hdrinc.com


2015 At-Large Director

Ross Miller, Assoc. AIA, is a creative and award–winning designer with HDR Architecture, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. He joined the company in 2010 and has designed a variety of facilities, including healthcare, educational, and research, along with commercial and residential. For the past three years, Ross has been actively involved in the AIA at the local, regional, and national levels. In 2011 he was elected as the Associate Director of AIA Nebraska and has served two terms. He made it his mission to encourage and engage other Associates, Emerging Professionals, and AIAS members to become more involved and participate in the AIA. Several key accomplishments during his tenure on the AIA Nebraska Board of Directors include establishing an Emerging Professionals Committee, revitalizing the AIA NE/AIAS Mentorship Program, and updating AIA Nebraska’s Annual Conference to ensure it is an Associate and Emerging Professional–friendly event. He accomplished this by developing and incorporating an Emerging Professionals Design Exhibit, and establishing a Professional Mentorship Program for AIA Nebraska leaders to mentor Associate members at the Annual Conference.

In addition to working at HDR and serving as the Associate Director of AIA Nebraska, Ross has also volunteered to help teach second–year design students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and frequently critiques for other design studios. Ross has also worked with AIAS to lead portfolio workshops for architecture students, and mentors four students at different levels, ranging from first–year to sixth–year.

Ross attended the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and received a Bachelor of Science in Design, Architectural Studies in 2008, with a dual Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration in 2010. Ross is currently preparing for the Architectural Registration Examination to become a licensed architect.

   
 

Greg Spon, AIA
2015 Strategic Council Liaison
National Associates Committee

spon77@gmail.com


2015 Strategic Council Liaison

Greg Spon, AIA, is a Project Manager for Smith Consulting Architects and studied at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, CA. He has accumulated 14 years of experience working for engineering and architecture firms in Ohio, Pennsylvania and California that concentrated on designing; bridges, waste water treatment facilities, educational institutions, restaurants and retail centers. Gregory also served in the United States Army Corp of Engineers and is a Registered Architect in New York State and is pursuing registration in California.

Gregory has become an active AIA member since 2007 and has served at the local, state and regional AIA leadership levels. He most enjoyed the role as the Ohio Valley Region Associate Director while serving two years on the National Associates Committee (NAC). Currently, he is the NAC ArchiPAC Chair and serving a one year term on Board Advocacy Committee (BAC).

In 2011 & 2013 he served on the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention Committees and was co-chair of the nationally recognized "UnConvention" for Emerging Professionals.

Gregory’s commitment to the Institute is driven by his desire to assist all Associate Members while promoting the value of licensure and supporting alternative careers. He believes in working with the elders of this great profession and the Institute to help guide the future leadership.

   
 

Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIA
2015 CACE Liaison
National Associates Committee

nicci@aialosangeles.org


2015 CACE Liaison

Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIA, has worked for the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter since 1993, serving as its Executive Director for 16 of those years. During that time, Nicci has helped to grow AIA Los Angeles from 1800 to more than 3000 members, consistently maintaining the Chapter as one of the top five AIA components in the nation.

During her tenure as Executive Director, Nicci has successfully managed two National AIA Conventions in Los Angeles, implemented numerous new programs and continues to work strategically with the Board of Directors on ways to perpetually improve the organization.

As a direct result of her successful leadership of the AIA|LA, Nicci has participated as a panelist on numerous occasions, providing workshops and coaching for her colleagues around the country. She has spoken on panels at the AIA Council Association of Component Executives (CACE) Annual Meeting, the 2009 AIA National Convention, the Knowledge Leadership Assembly and at the AIA National Grassroots Conference. Panels she has been a part of included: Good Boards Don’t Just Happen; Component Operating Framework & Manuals; and Non-Dues Revenue and Your Budget: Developing New Wealth in Your Component. 

In addition to her work locally, Nicci has held various leadership positions at both the State and National level, including CACE Secretary, California CACE President and AIA California Council Vice President for California CACE. Nicci’s success in these various positions comes from her ability to utilize her communication strengths and nearly two decades of executive experience to develop a forum for open discussion of key issues and to enable all AIA Chapters, large and small, to grow in membership, resources and solidarity. 

For her years of involvement with AIA, Nicci was recognized by AIA Los Angeles with Honorary AIA|LA in 1999 and by AIA California Council with Honorary AIACC in 2004, and in 2012 she received the Honorary AIA title. In 2010, the Southern California Development Forum presented her with their SCDF Award for Outstanding Services to LA Architecture.

   
 

Erin Murphy, AIA
AIA Staff Liaison
Center for Emerging Professionals
National Associates Committee

erinmurphy@aia.org


AIA Staff Liaison

Erin Murphy, AIA, is a Director for the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals. Erin is a staff liaison to the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC) and the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF). She also identifies and researches trends regarding the path to licensure and integrates this knowledge into programs, initiatives, and advocacy efforts for emerging professionals.

Erin previously worked as a Project Architect at Bowie Gridley Architects in Washington, DC, and as a Project Manager and Staff Architect for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP in New York. Erin earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture.

   

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