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2014 Executive Board Roster

Greg Spon, AIA
2014 Chair
2015 Associate Director
2016 Senior Associate Director
National Associates Committee


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.


Haley Gipe, Assoc. AIA
2014 Associate Director
2015 Senior Associate Director
National Associates Committee

Haley M. Gipe, Assoc. AIA,
currently resides in Fresno, CA after graduating in 2006 from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors of Architecture and Minors in Art and Design, Sustainable Environments and Environmental Design. She helped establish “The SloArch Foundation” and co-hosts a weekly pod-cast for Cal Poly architecture students, faculty, alumni and enthusiasts called “The Studio” at

Haley joined Darden Architects in 2008 and has worked on Education, Transportation, Master Planning and Healthcare projects. She also helped establish the firms IDP program resulting in the 2009-2012 National IDP Firm Award, the 2011-2014 National IDP Firm Award and 2011 AIACC Academy for Emerging Professionals Firm Mentorship Award.

An AIA member since 2008, Haley has been involved with her local AIA San Joaquin Chapter and statewide with the AIA California Council Academy for Emerging Professionals Council of Advisors, the Foundational Issues Committee, the Future of AIA in California Taskforce, and various Emerging Professionals Strategic Planning Sessions. She also oversaw the planning and implementation of the California 2011 Architectural Education Summit.

As the 2009-2011 California IDP State Coordinator, Haley conducted licensure outreach to students and interns, working directly with the California Architects Board and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.


Wayne A. Mortensen, Assoc. AIA
2014 Senior Associate Director
National Associates Committee

Senior Associate Director

Wayne A. Mortensen, Assoc. AIA, holds an undergraduate degree as well as a Masters in Architecture, Urban Design and Social Work from Washington University. Wayne served as the 20—AIAS National President and worked from the organization’s headquarters in Washington, DC. He was responsible for the organization’s national agenda and student advocacy efforts. His involvement with the AIAS continues today on the Freedom by Design Advisory Council—a program that he helped implement that trains design students to assist low-income and disabled community members through simple design and construction solutions for modifications in their homes.

Wayne has a passion for exploration of the built environment that facilitates the creation of bridging social capitol and civic engagement. His professional aspirations are distinctively “alternative” and include teaching, research and socially-oriented practice. He is hopeful that evidence-based practice will “save the profession.”


Derek Osterman, Assoc. AIA
2014 Advocacy Director
National Associates Committee

Advocacy Director

Derek Osterman, Assoc. AIA, is an Architectural Designer, Planner and Client Services and Project Manager. His leadership in management, planning and design is founded on more than ten years of experience in the industry, specializing in services for corporate and commercial, institutional, federal and advanced technology clients.

Derek approaches each business relationship as an opportunity to lead his clients to their goals through design excellence.

Complementary to his leadership in design, Derek has strong marketing and business acumen allowing him to fully engage with clients and execute projects consistent with their goals and objectives.


Devin Little, Assoc. AIA
2014 Community & Communications Director
National Associates Committee

Community & Communications Director

Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, is an Architectural Intern with BWBR Architects. As a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate, he currently resides in Madison, WI and is currently serving on several local AIA committees as well as serving as his chapters Emerging Professional chair.

As a member of the AIA since 2008, Devin has served in many different roles as the State Associate Director for Wisconsin from 2009-2011 and most recently the Regional Associate Director for the North Central States from 2011-2013. While Devin is very dedicated to the outreach and communication with other emerging professionals, his main devotion is to the engagement with his local chapter through community volunteer programs such as CANstruction.


Michael Atkinson, Assoc. AIA
2014 Knowledge & Programming Director
National Associates Committee

Knowledge & Programming Director

Michael Atkinson, Assoc. AIA, Michael Atkinson grew up in a small rural SC town, working summers on construction sites for his father. He attended Clemson University to pursue Architecture as a profession, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Design. Feeling a disconnect between his academic education and practical training, he moved to Charleston to intern at various Architectural offices. Seeking to broaden his horizons, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC), where he graduated with a Master of Architecture. While at SCIARC, he became closely involved with the operations of the school as the Graduate Director Assistant and numerous student staff positions. After graduation, he continued his practical training in Los Angeles on large scale Urban Developments, Public Work projects, and Luxury Estate Homes. He returned to SC in 2005, telecommuting to his office in LA until settling in Charleston and joining AJ Architects in 2008. Since then, he has continued his practical training in the areas of Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse and Modern Additions. Professionally, he became an Associate AIA member in 2008 and completed his IDP requirements in 2011. Since becoming an Associate AIA member, he served as an AIA:Charleston Director from 2009-2011, as the AIA:SC Director of Emerging Professionals from 2011-1012, and is currently serving the National Associates Committee as the 2013-2014 South Atlantic Regional Associate Director. Continuing his interest in educational outreach and community service, he taught at Trident Technical College, volunteers at Learning By Design (LBD:SC), and coaches Charleston Peninsula Youth Sports.


Jennifer Taylor, Assoc. AIA
2014 AIAS Liaison
National Associates Committee

AIAS Liaison

Jennifer Taylor, Assoc. AIA, is the National Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and 2013 graduate of the Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture.

During undergraduate studies, Jennifer’s leadership involvement consisted of local AIAS Chapter President, Architecture Student Leadership Council, Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society President, University Ambassador, Alpha Kappa Mu University Honor Society Member and pitcher of the university softball team. She has also serves as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador and is currently the Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association (TACAA) Secretary of Young Alumni Affairs.

As the National Vice President, Jennifer has the opportunity to serve as the voice for 27,000+ architecture students among the collateral architectural governing organizations. She also manages and implements initiatives set forth by the AIAS Board of Directors and AIAS Council of Presidents. As the Vice Presidents, she serves as both the treasurer and secretary of the organization as well as the Student Representative on the ACSA Board of Directors, Council of Emerging Professionals, and National Associates Committee.


Michael Waldinger, Hon. AIA
2013 CACE Liaison
National Associates Committee

CACE Liaison

Michael Waldinger, Hon. AIA


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

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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