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2015 NAC Full 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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Regional Representatives & Liaisons

 

Schuyler Bartholomay, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
California Region
National Associates Committee

schuyler.leigh@gmail.com

California Region

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
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Central States Region
National Associates Committee

ross.miller@hdrinc.com


Central States Region

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.

   
 

Sherryl Muriente, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Florida-Caribbean Region
National Associates Committee

smuriente@yahoo.com


Florida-Caribbean Region

Sherryl Muriente, Assoc. AIA currently works as an Instructor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the art duet Lejobart. Her passion for experiential education brings a hands-on approach that she acquired through architectural studio training into other disciplines, like urban planning and urban design. Through Lejobart, she is the visionary and creative director of various art installations, where she uses art as a tool to communicate and engage with communities in collaborative design work. Her passion for generating local awareness of our profession through small scale urban intervention projects generates a new sense of participatory activities in the city.

As a mediator between people and cities, her inspiration derives from the years she collaborated with both Casagrande & Rintala Architectural Firm and C-Lab from Finland. Through this practice, she worked in large architectural installation work, as well as, participating as an art performer in various urban settings in Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and Italy. Today her work and research concentrates on the notion of Urban Acupuncture and the use of grounded theory as a method to find contextually appropriate design solutions that revitalize cities.

Sherryl graduated from FAU's Master of Regional Planning program in 2009, for which she received the Excellence in Planning Fellowship Award. Prior to the Master's Degree, she also graduated in 2007 with a Professional Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from FAU.

Sherryl has been involved in the AIA Palm Beach Chapter as a Chapter Director in 2013. During her term she was awarded AIA Palm Beach Educator of the Year. She will be serving, in 2014, as a State Director for AIA Palm Beach, as well as, Regional Associate Director for the Florida-Caribbean Region. Sherryl is currently preparing to take her Architect Registration Examinations.

   
 

James Meyer, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Gulf States Region
National Associates Committee

jmeyer@werarch.com


Gulf States Region

James Meyer, Assoc. AIA, is a project designer at WER Architects in Little Rock, as well being a founding member of studioMAIN, a board member of the Architecture + Design Network, and the Regional Associate Director for the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects.

James attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and attained his Bachelors of Architecture in 2006. Upon his graduation he was awarded a prestigious travelling fellowship from the Skidmore Owings and Merrill Foundation as part of their annual portfolio competition. James is the only Arkansas student to ever have been awarded the fellowship, and was the highest rated undergraduate student that year. On his Fellowship, he travelled throughout Europe studying many of the great cities in the world, with a particular focus on public space and city fabrics.

James returned to Little Rock in 2007 and has been using his hard work, dedication, and a passion for architecture and placemaking, to make an impact on both his city and his profession. Through the SoMa-based community outreach and design center, studioMAIN, James has been one of the key cogs in the PopUp Main Street event and the Envision Little Rock Competition in Arkansas, and currently working to develop a program to get design-based learning into local classrooms.

Over the course of his short career, James has had the opportunity to work on projects at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and WER Architects, which have won over 40 local, national, and international design awards. James is committed to bringing that level of excellence to everything he does, and believes that every project must consider its role in the wider debate of our built environment.

   
 

Ryan Bloom, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
Illinois Region
National Associates Committee

rmbportfolio@gmail.com


Illinois Region

Ryan Bloom, Assoc. AIA, is an energetic architect-in-training working and growing toward find ways to improve our profession and touch the world around him, professionally and personally. Ryan has a passion for solving problems and believes in reaching for possibilities, and aims to use his skills to impact others in a positive way.

Professionally, as a Project Architect for The Dobbins Group in Chicago, Ryan provides technical and BIM support associated with production of all contract documents. He uses his passion for quality design solutions to coordinate architectural and engineering drawings with the goal of ensuring quality documentation that exceeds our client objectives. As an advocate for the profession, Ryan is actively involved in the AIA and has assisted and participated in various local events from panel discussions to architecture week. Additionally, he is working with the non-profit group “refortify” (part of non-profit “regroup”) to bring the second annual refortify clothing donation and fort building event to life. Ryan is currently pursuing his Architect license aimed at achieving licensure by the end of 2015.

 

Personally, Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who grew up in an active lifestyle as a competitive gymnast. He moved to Chicago after high school to obtain a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Ryan enjoys being active, participating in occasional intramural sports, going to the gym, and racing in obstacle course races like the Spartan series and Warrior Dash. He enjoys experiencing new things, building with Legos, and spending great quality time with people. Dancing, eating, and laughing also top the list of activities he enjoys.

   
   
 

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Matt Guinta, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
Michigan Region
National Associates Committee

guinta@gmail.com


Michigan Region

Matt Guinta, Assoc. AIA

   
 

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Yiselle Santos, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
Middle Atlantic Region
National Associates Committee

yiselle.santos@gmail.com

Middle Atlantic Region

Yiselle Santos, Assoc. AIA

   
 

Kathryn Wetherbee, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
New England Region
National Associates Committee

kathrynwetherbee@gmail.coim

New England Region

Kathryn Wetherbee, Assoc. AIA, started her career by receiving her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine. She then went on to peruse a Masters of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts. While in Amherst Massachusetts Kathryn became involved in the Western Mass AIA Board where she helped develop their social media presence, was an active participant in programs, and served as a liaison between the graduate architecture program at UMass and the AIA. Throughout graduate school Kathryn focused on using architecture as a way to express social change and ideas. Her published thesis, “Envisioning a New Public Space”, focused on community and developing a new approach on designing public spaces in urban areas. Kathryn also collaborated with a group of three of public historians, to design and present an exhibit in New York City which toured the country for two years. The exhibit explored the architecture of places of controversy. After graduate school Kathryn began working as a designer for Harriman Architects + Engineers in Portland, Maine. She became involved in NCARB as a member of the Intern Think Tank, is currently a member of the Internship Committee, and the Architect Licensing Advisor for the state of Maine. Kathryn sits on the Maine AIA board, serving as the Emerging Professionals Chair. She holds the professional designations of Engineer Intern as well as LEED Green Associate.

   
 

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Nicholas Caravella, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
New Jersey Region
National Associates Committee

nick,caravella@gensler.com

New Jersey Region

Nicholas Caravella, Assoc. AIA

   
 

James Yankoloulos, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
New York Region
National Associates Committee

jlyankopoulos@gmail.com


New York Region

James Yankopoulos, Assoc. AIA, received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology in 2011 achieving the Alpha Rho Chi bronze medal at commencement.  While completing his undergraduate education, James was an active member and leader with the NYIT Manhattan Campus AIAS Chapter, where he founded the schools and New York City’s first Freedom by Design Chapter. After graduating, he became an active AIA member with his state and local components serving as AIA New York States Associate Director for 2014, and the AIA Queens Component Associate Representative from 2012-13. Working closely with the New York Components Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee, James served on the planning teams for the 2014 ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition; ‘The Queensway Connection’ and the 2012 & 2014 Future Now Summits.

James is presently employed as a Project Manager for the Architecture/Engineering department at the New York City Housing Development Corporation and has had the opportunity to design, develop, and preserve affordable housing in New York City working under the Mayor’s 10 year affordable housing plan. During the summer of 2014, James began collaborating with the Pratt Center on the Sandy Helpdesk where he had the opportunity to work with the NYC ‘Build it Back’ program in lending homeowners of Sandy Struck areas with zoning and building consultation moving forward.

Through his volunteering and collaborations with the AIA and AIAS, James has had an abundance of career enrichment and professional development. It is his goal to continue this legacy through providing opportunities for growth and development for emerging professionals.

   
 

Claire Gillis, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
North Central Region
National Associates Committee

clairegillis@gmail.com

North Central Region

Claire Gillis, Assoc. AIA, is a designer specializing in 3D visualization and marketing at RSP Architects. She contributes on a variety of project types including commercial buildings, tenant improvements, hotels, retail developments, laboratories, and facilities management. Claire excels at creating beautiful, realistic views of un-built projects, allowing clients to fully engage in the design process.

Claire mentors graduate students at the University of Minnesota, serving as a guest reviewer. She is active in events for Minnesota Emerging professionals. Her design creativity and craftsmanship is highlighted in RSP’s entry in the IIDA Northland Fashion Fusion Show. (Claire has been one of the firm’s main dress designers for the past two years.)

Claire holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has begun taking her ARE Exams and is looking to complete the Internship Development Program in 2015.

Outside the industry, Claire participates in the Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

   
 

Lucas Gray, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Northwest & Pacific Region
National Associates Committee

lucasg@propelstudio.com


Northwest & Pacific Region

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.

   
 

Ted Ferringer, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Ohio Valley Region
National Associates Committee
tferringer@bialosky.com

Ohio Valley Region

Ted Ferringer, Assoc. AIA, works, resides and advocates in Cleveland, OH as an Intern Architect and Urban Planner. A self-identified Midwesterner (Ted is Upper Appalachian by birth), he is a graduate of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative at Kent State University (March ’08, MUD ’08). His enthusiastic activism, creativity in the industry and continuous volunteerism/involvement in the region was recognized by Bialosky + Partners Architects, who added Ted to their Cleveland office in 2012 as a designer where he was worked on range of mixed-use buildings and planning projects in all stages of project development.

Serving as AIA Cleveland Associate Director from 2010-11, Ted helped to initiate the Associates Committee, which gathered and empowered unlicensed designers and architects to create programming for growing professionals, including ARE Study Sessions, portfolio reviews, an emerging professional lecture series, building tours, and mentorship events.

Ted works to educate and excite Cleveland residents, architects and stakeholders about their city as a reoccurring presenter at Pecha Kucha Cleveland, an organizer of regional gallery shows, as a local leader of PARK(ing) Day Cleveland, and was recently appointed to server on Cleveland’s East Design Review Committee. Ted, with colleagues, published the popular Cleveland Architecture Coloring Book in 2012, which seeks to educate and engage children (and their parents) with the built environment. With a natural harmony of advocacy and practice, Ted is a champion at Bialosky + Partners in their regional pro bono work. Currently, as a member of the Advocacy Committee of Bike Cleveland, Ted is currently blending his crusading for a safe and vibrant cycling culture in a rigorous planning proposal that explores the re-use of an abandoned streetcar system as a cycle track network for Greater Cleveland neighborhoods.

   
 

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Jana Brink, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
Pennsylvania Region
National Associates Committee

jbrink@franciscauffman.com

Pennsylvania Region

Jana Brink, Assoc. AIA

   
 

Matt Szymanski, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
South Atlantic Region
National Associates Committee

matthew@designspecinc.com


South Atlantic Region

Matt Szymanski, Assoc. AIA, grew up on the western plains and then moved to the pineforest of the east, spending summers back in Montana. He now calls the Carolinas home. Matt camps, hikes, bikes, kayaks and enjoy travel and art. As he finishes up his ARE’s he has begun painting and showing work. Matt’s recent travels have been trekking through Ecuador and Peru.

Matt attained a Bachelors from Clemson University and my Masters in Architecture from NC State. He currently works in Chapel Hill for DesignSpec, a small firm known for its modern design sensibility, sustainable focus and collaborative approach. He enjoys working with talented people and achieving results and impacting environments in ways that one could never do alone. Matt is passionate about making a positive impact on our profession and community. Thankfully, he works for a firm that supports these efforts.

Matt is a board member of his local section and serves as Director of the Young Architects Forum and Emerging Professionals groups. As director, Matt strives to help our members develop talents and acquire leadership skills as we: actively serve and support the AIA, develop our three tiered mentor program (student, intern, architect), offer IPD and ARE initiatives, promote our profession, and complete community services projects.

Matt was a founding member and currently sits on the steering committee for ReSpace.org. This international design competition encourages exemplary design with a focus on reuse materials. The initiative draws on the expertise within our local AIA and Habitat for Humanity sections, which partner together to launch each competition and then build one of the winning designs.

One of his favorite public outreaches has been an effort to capture memories from the community on a large magnetic metal map of Raleigh at the open source festival, SPARKcon. The AIA Triangle collaborated with The City of Raleigh Museum, Arts Council, Urban Design Center, and other groups in this effort to inspire the public to consider the impact designers have on the places they live, work and play.

Matt enjoys that his hard work for the AIA has opened doors to a great variety of valuable experiences.

   
 

Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
Texas Region
National Associates Committee

justin.oscilowski@gmail.com


Texas Region

Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, is a Designer at Page Austin. In his two and a half years at Page, Justin has worked on a variety of projects in the Academic, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional, and Residential markets. His work has ranged from small scale residential design to master planning. Justin has a keen interest in both design and business and looks to bring a balanced approach to team projects.

Justin served on the Texas Society of Architects (TSA) Convention Committee in 2013. He contributed to the planning of the convention and specifically focused on the Craftsman Square, a full-scale design collaboration with ACME Brick. The Craftsman Square was a successful departure from ACME Brick’s traditional marketing strategy and led to the adoption of a similar model for a different building system at the 2014 convention in Houston. He participates in the Austin AIA design competitions.

Justin is interested in strategic initiatives surrounding the future of the profession. The industry is changing rapidly and it is uncertain what role architects will play. New delivery methods, increased automation, and changing client relations pose great challenges and opportunities to the future of the profession.

Justin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Business Foundations Certificate in August of 2012 and is currently pursuing licensure.

   
 

Vacant

Vacant
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
The Virginias Region
National Associates Committee


The Virginias Region

This position is vacant. If you are interested in volunteering for this position please email emergingprofessionals@aia.org for more information.

   
 

Korey White, Assoc. AIA
2015-2016 Regional Associate Director
Western Mountain Region
National Associates Committee

kdwhite2@gmail.com


Western Mountain Region

Korey White, Assoc. AIA, is a graduate from the University of Colorado Denver, earning both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to her graduate studies, she received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.

Currently, Korey is a project coordinator with Path21 Architecture. Her project experience includes residential, commercial, and healthcare. She has had involvement in every phase of project design. Past experience includes working as an architectural intern on projects ranging from boutique restaurants and breweries, to residential additions.

She has served on the AIA Colorado Board of Directors as the student director, while also serving as the AIAS UC Denver Chapter President, 2012-2013. Locally, she is serving as the Emerging Professional Committee member to the AIA Colorado Programs Evaluation Committee. She has worked on various AIAS National Committees, most recently the AIAS National Advocacy Committee. Korey is working towards architectural licensure and is an ARE candidate. In her free time she works with Housing Colorado to develop community design charrettes for affordable housing organizations. Her extensive leadership experience has allowed Korey to collaborate with individuals and move projects, tasks and initiatives forward.

   
 

Obi Okolo, Assoc. AIA
2015 AIAS Liaison
National Associates Committee

obiokolo@aias.org

AIAS Liaison

Obi Okolo, Assoc. AIA

   
 

Jeanne Jackson, FAIA
2015 NCARB Liaison
National Associates Committee

jjackson@vcbo.com

NCARB Liaison

Jeanne Jackson, FAIA

   
 

Robert Barfield, AIA
2015 YAF Liaison
National Associates Committee

jjackson@vcbo.com

YAF Liaison

Robert Barfield, AIA is an architect and project consultant with Berman and Wright Architecture, Engineering and Planning’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. As a member of the firm’s leadership team, Robert brings over 12 years of experience to the firms practice of architecture, building diagnostics, and forensics.

Throughout his career, Robert has served the profession as the Associate Director on the AIA Charlotte board of directors in 2007 and as co chair of the AIA Charlotte mentorship committee in 2008 and 2009, and as the South Atlantic Region’s YAF Director from 2011 to 2013. He currently serves as the IDP Coordinator for North Carolina and will serve at the 2014-2015 Community Director on the YAF Advisory Council. In his role as IDP Coordinator, Robert has presented on a variety of topics related to IDP, the ARE, and licensure and is passionate about mentoring students and interns through transition from academia to the profession and ultimately licensure. Robert was also honored with the AIA North Carolina J Hyatt Hammond Scholarship in both 2009 and 2010.In addition to his professional involvement with the AIA, Robert also serves as the Director of Facilities for Myers Park Baptist Church, as a member of the Advisory Council for Central Piedmont Community College’s Architectural Technology program and is a mentor to area high school students through the ACE mentoring program.

Robert received both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Art and Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was also honored with both the Student Mentor Award and the AIA North Carolina Award. Robert received his license to practice architecture in 2008 and is currently a registered architect in North Carolina, South Carolina and New Jersey. He is also a Construction Document Technologist (CDT) as well as an ICC Certified Building Inspector.

   

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