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2014 Regional Associate Director Roster
 

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.

   
 

Tim Moran, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Illinois Region
National Associates Committee

timothy_moran@am.jll.com


Illinois Region

Tim Moran, Assoc. AIA, is a Project Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago. He specializes in interior architecture, having worked on high profile Workplace, Professional Service, Corporate Headquarter, and Hospitality projects.

An AIA member since 2011, Tim has been involved with his local AIA Chicago Chapter. He is a member of the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, and was selected to take part in this year’s Chicago Bridge Program, a selective mentorship program that pairs local members of the AIA College of Fellows and the Young Architects Forum.

A LEED Green Associate, Tim is in the midst of earning his license in both architecture and interior design. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Architecture, and Master of Science in Civil Engineering degrees. As a graduate student, Tim was a teaching assistant in the School of Architecture, a leader on the University’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon entries in 2007 & 2009, and was awarded the Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education Fellowship at Stanford University in the fall of 2008.

Tim is active within the community as a member of the steering committee for the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards, the largest single annual fundraiser for the Chicago Greater Food Depository, and as a committee member for Team PAWS, a charity and fundraising team which runs the Chicago Marathon each year benefitting PAWS Chicago, the Midwest’s largest No Kill humane animal shelter. He is also a member of CoreNet Global, where he recently won the 2013 Young Leader of the Year award.

   
   
 

Amanda Harrell-Seyburn, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
Michigan Region
National Associates Committee

harrellseyburn@yahoo.com


Michigan Region

Amanda Harrell-Seyburn, Assoc. AIA, is a passionate designer dedicated to creating sustainable built environments. She has been working, for the past two years, with several Michigan based architecture and planning firms on a variety of projects from single-family home renovations to full-scale urban designs including most recently, the Green Lake Township Gateway Masterplan in Michigan’s Northwest Region with Gibbs Planning Group.

Amanda is a fulltime faculty member at Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction where she teaches courses on the integrated sustainable built environment and computer modeling. Her research focuses on energy and high performance buildings in the Great Lakes Region including her role as a member of the team that is developing and implementing innovative retrofit technologies primarily for cold and mixed-humid climate regions in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program.

Amanda joined the AIA to participate in the advancement of the profession and for mentorship. She has served on several committees and the sponsorship task force. She is involved in the Center for Emerging Professional Resources and the Emerging Professionals Committee. In addition she serves as a commissioner for the East Lansing Historic District Commission and alternative energy subcommittee. She also writes a weekly column on architecture and sustainability for the City Pulse Newspaper.

Amanda holds a Master of Architecture degree from Andrews University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Kalamazoo College. She was a recipient of the Congress for the New Urbanism 2009 Charter Award for excellence in architecture and urban design for Planning Abaco: A Proposal to Restore a Sustainable Settlement Tradition in the Bahamas. She is accomplishing her IDP requirements and will begin taking the ARE in 2012.

   
 

Joseph Lai, AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
Middle Atlantic Region
National Associates Committee

Joseph.p.lai@gmail.com

Middle Atlantic Region

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.

   
 

Derek Osterman, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
New England Region
National Associates Committee

derek.osterman@gmail.com

New England Region

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.

   
 

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
New Jersey Region
National Associates Committee

jpeist@trmassociates.com

New Jersey Region

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA

   
 

Nicolette Feldser, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
New York Region
National Associates Committee

feldser@ashleymcgraw.com


New York Region

Nicolette Feldser, Assoc. AIA, received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and LEED Credentials in 2008. She is deeply passionate about environmental & social sustainability and mentorship within the profession. Nicolette brings that same passion to her work in the K-12 and Higher Education markets through her involvement on LEED projects, through leading office BIM/3D modeling production processes, and promoting professional development across the architectural community. She also serves as a NCARB IDP Auxiliary Coordinator and AIA/CES Point of Contact where she has created programs to aid young professionals in navigating the road to licensure, organized office learning sessions, and promoted community involvement through organized volunteer activities.

She first became an AIA member in 2009 as the Central New York Chapter IDP Coordinator. With her involvement, she spearheaded the creation of the EP Development Series. This series, which recently received a YAF/COF 2012 Emerging Professionals Component Grant, includes IDP Sign Up Days, local ARE Study Groups, and a YAF Lecture Series for Emerging Professionals who do not have access to these resources within their own firms.

In 2010, Nicolette was elected as the 2011-2012 AIANYS Associate Director where she authored the first statewide ARE Scholarship and created outreach efforts to increase awareness on the issue of unpaid internships. During this time, she also led the State Emerging Professionals Committee to draft the Roles & Responsibilities Guidelines for the Associate Director, Regional Associate Director, and Student Director, create an annual Welcome Packet for New Associate Members, and expand the Committee to represent IDP, YAF, AIAS, and Associate Member leaders throughout the State. In 2013, she started the first AIA New York Statewide Mentorship Program titled Mentorship NYS with the support of members of the College of Fellows and other Emerging Professional leaders. She has served on a number of other AIANYS committees including the State Convention Committee, Student Awards Committee, Strategic Planning Sessions, Public Advocacy, and the State Executive Director Search Committee.

Nicolette also serves on the National level of the AIA as a Repositioning Ambassador and member of the AIA Advancement Team where she is working with Kotter International and other AIA leaders to drive substantive change throughout the organization.

Nicolette completed the IDP in 2012 and is currently pursuing licensure within New York State.

   
 
 

Vacant
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
North Central Region
National Associates Committee

North Central Region

Vacant

If you are interested in filling this position, please contact Erin Murphy, AIA at emergingprofessionals@aia.org.

   
 

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.

   
 
 

Vacant
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Pennsylvania Region
National Associates Committee

Pennsylvania Region

Vacant

If you are interested in filling this position, please contact Erin Murphy, AIA at emergingprofessionals@aia.org.

   
 

Michael Atkinson, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
South Atlantic Region
National Associates Committee

jmichaelatkinson@hotmail.com


South Atlantic Region

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.

   
 

Melina Cannon, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
Texas Region
National Associates Committee

mmc@rwarchitects.com


Texas Region

Melina Cannon, Assoc. AIA, was employed at several local architecture firms, doing mostly residential work before beginning work in 2007 at Rhotenberry Wellen Architects in her hometown of Midland, Texas. At RWA, Melina does primarily Construction Administration on commercial and educational projects. She attended the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture. She jointed AIA right out of school, at the urging of her first employer, but did not continue her involvement until 2008. She served as an associate director for one term, and just completed a three-year turn as the Chapter Director for the West Texas Chapter. She also just completed one term on Texas Society of Architects’ Continuing Education Committee.

   
 

JW Blanchard, Assoc. AIA
2013-2014 Regional Associate Director
The Virginias Region
National Associates Committee

johnw.blanchard@gmail.com


The Virginias Region

JW Blanchard, Assoc. AIA

   
 

Jennifer Penner, Assoc. AIA
2014-2015 Regional Associate Director
Western Mountain Region
National Associates Committee

jpenner@designgroupnm.com


Western Mountain Region

Jennifer Penner, Assoc. AIA

   
 

Susan Schaefer Kliman, AIA
2014 NCARB Liaison
National Associates Committee

skliman@klimatic.com

NCARB Liaison

Susan Schaefer Kliman, AIA

   

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