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2014 Young Architect Regional Director Roster
 

Ian Merker, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
Northern California Region
Young Architects Forum

imerker@rainforthgrau.com


Northern California Region

Ian Merker, AIA, is an architect with Rainforth Grau in Sacramento, California, his hometown. The firm is dedicated to serving educational clients through thoughtful and innovative planning and design, and exceeding the high performance standards for California schools. Past project leadership includes a neighborhood catalyst transit oriented development, an intermodal light rail station, renovation of a sports arena, and energy efficient prototype homes in the desert.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Regenerative Studies from Cal Poly Pomona with additional study of Architecture and Building Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2003, and has completed numerous LEED Gold and Platinum certified projects.

As Associate Director for the AIA Central Valley Chapter, his goal was to keep future architects excited about the profession. His first action was to put a Young Architect on the board to encourage new ideas. Ian has continued his involvement at a local level as the chapter’s Film Curator of a monthly “Film Night”, which has been an effective method to share the beauty of design with the public and give a forum for discourse.

Additionally, Ian is an active member of Sacramento Heritage, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Sacramento’s architectural heritage through awarding grants, providing walking tours and official property plaques, and various events. He also shares a passion for smart growth development as a board member of the Sacramento Transportation Management Agency.

   
 

Ben Kasdan, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Southern California Region
Young Architects Forum

bkasdan@ktgy.com


Southern California Region

Ben Kasdan, AIA, is a Senior Project Designer at KTGY Group, Inc. He has been involved in the design and planning of a wide variety of real estate projects located throughout California, the East Coast and internationally for more than a decade. Mr. Kasdan’s primary focus is the sustainable design of multifamily, mixed-use, and urban infill housing developments. His experience includes affordable housing, market-rate apartments and condominiums, townhomes, student housing, and commercial buildings.

He graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture, and studied in Florence, Italy. He is a licensed architect in California, Washington DC, and Oregon, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

He is a frequent architectural design critic at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Orange Coast College, and contributes articles and blog posts on topics related to sustainable architecture and multifamily housing to periodicals such as Green Home Builder and Builder & Developer magazines.

He is a member of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI); and currently as a member of AIACC, he is dedicated to promoting licensure and celebrating design and represents the AIA members of California (who have been licensed for 10 years or less) on the National Young Architects Forum (YAF), AIACC Board of Directors, and Academy for Emerging Professionals (AEP). He has served as AIAOC's Director of Emerging Professionals, Membership Director, and Associate Committee Chair. He is a frequent participant at CANstruction and Habitat For Humanity Build Days. He has held leadership positions with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and AIA Orange County and currently serves as an IDP Mentor/Supervisor.

   
 

Matthew Coen, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
Central States Region
Young Architects Forum

mcoen@realizeyourvision.net


Central States Region

Matthew Coen, AIA, is a Principal Architect at Walker Coen Lorentzen Architects, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of the firm is urban revitalization, specifically in areas of historic preservation, adaptive re-use, affordable housing and urban infill construction. In addition to urban revitalization, Matt has worked on single family residential projects as well as commercial office projects.

Matt graduated with distinction from Iowa State University in 2002 which included studies in Rome, Italy. He continues to be a frequent juror for the Department of Architecture at the University. Matt is also a 2009 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

In addition to serving as the Central States Region YARD, Matt is a member of the Board of Directors for the AIA Central States Region. Further, Matt has served as an Associate Editor of the award winning Ia Architect Magazine since 2004. During that time, Matt has worked diligently to expand the magazine’s circulation to a larger and more mainstream audience. In doing so, the publication has become a major Public Relations tool for promoting the value of architecture and the architecture profession to the general public.

Beyond the AIA, Matt serves on numerous community boards and commissions. This includes serving as Chair of the Ingersoll Business Committee and as a Director for the North of Grand Neighborhood Association, Ingersoll/Grand SSMID District, and Neighborhood Development Corporation.

   
 
 

Jedd Heap, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Florida-Caribbean Region
Young Architects Forum

jheap1@verizon.net


Florida-Caribbean Region

Jedd Heap, AIA

   
 
 

Jamie A. Brown, Jr., AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
Gulf States Region
Young Architects Forum

jbrown@osbornarchitects.net


Gulf States Region

Jamie A. Brown, Jr., AIA

   
 
 

Robert Anderson, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional
Director
Illinois Region
Young Architects Forum

Architect1122@charter.net


Illinois Region

Robert Anderson, AIA

   
 

Kurt Neiswender, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
Michigan Region
Young Architects Forum

kurt@sfarch.us


Michigan Region

Kurt Neiswender, AIA is a Project Architect at Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects, in Flint Michigan, a firm founded in 1958. As Project Manager, Kurt manages the design and construction documents for dialysis and assisted living projects. Kurt also is a liaison for the AIA Flint chapter for a local non-profit public art project funded by a national Art Place grant. Kurt has been licensed in the state of Michigan since 2008, as well as his LEED Accredited Professional. Since October 2011, Kurt has been a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Kurt received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 2003, and is currently enrolled at Lawrence Technological University, pursuing a Masters of Urban Design, with a sustainable urbanism concentration. Kurt has held one of the very limited research positions within Lawrence Technological University, where he collaborated on a directed research project focused on Southwest Detroit. Recently Kurt has been selected to represent LTU with the University Partners, a leadership training program that is modeled after Leadership Detroit. This group brings together students from seven area universities for monthly panel discussions and leadership exercises.

Being relatively new to the AIA and the local Flint Chapter has not stopped Kurt from making an impact right away. His first project was to coordinate the design and fabrication of their Park(ing) Day installation. With zero funds and limited resources, Kurt was able to guide a handful of volunteers to fabricate street furniture out of cardboard plotter tubes that were donated from local firms and reprographics company. The entire installation cost no money and was featured on michigantimes.com and YouTube for its innovative use of materials. Since this early challenge Kurt has remained involved with the AIA at the local and regional level as a committee member focusing his energy on emerging professionals and public awareness of the AIA. In addition to being elected to the Young Architects Forum, Kurt is also the AIA Flint Emerging Professionals Committee Chair.

   
 

Jeremy Sharp, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Middle Atlantic Region
Young Architects Forum

jsharp@quinnevans.com


Middle Atlantic Region

Jeremy Sharp, AIA, is a Senior Project Architect in Washington, DC with BKV Group.  He is a resident of Washington, DC and is an active member of AIA/DC.

   
 

Nicole C. Martineau, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
New England Region
Young Architects Forum

nicolem@tms-architects.com


New England Region

Nicole C. Martineau, AIA, is an associate at TMS Architects, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With 11 years of experience, Nicole's practice extends from residential housing and theater design, to retail, commercial and historic architecture as project manager and project architect. Sustainable design and the use of new building technologies is a high priority for Nicole and she has successfully incorporated these practices in every project.

Nicole has had the opportunity to work with the National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program in Washington DC recording historic American structures to be archived at the Library of Congress. She has focused sections of her architectural work on historic preservation and restoration projects and is a board member of her local Historic District Commission.

In addition to her professional work, Nicole has taught at the University of New Hampshire and the Boston Architectural College. She is involved with the Northern New England Chapter Eastern Region of APPA for Educational Facilities. Nicole is the current AIA New England Young Architects Forum Regional Director and is currently structuring a mentorship program within the region.

Nicole is NCARB certified, holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Art and Architectural History degree from Roger Williams University and is a licensed professional in New Hampshire as well as a LEED accredited professional.

Nicole is interested in advancing practice management for the profession while staying connected with her passion for design excellence. She works to connect architects with community programs for outreach in the New England Region.

   
 

Andrew Mikhael, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
New Jersey Region
Young Architects Forum

am@andrewmikhael.com


New Jersey Region

Andrew Mikhael, AIA is principal of Andrew Mikhael Architect, LLC. His practice is focused primarily on residential design in New Jersey and New York. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew serves as a trustee on the Architects League, his local AIA section, as well as AIA NJ Legislative and Government Affairs Committee section representative and advertising coordinator for Architects League's Leagueline newsletter.

   
 

Illya Azaroff, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
New York Region
Young Architects Forum

ia.pluslab@gmail.com


New York Region

Illya Azaroff, AIA, is an award-winning artist who has been successful in performance, visual art, design and architecture. Collaboration, experimentation and service to the community define Illya Azaroff, AIA. He is currently Principal of the +LAB architects for experimentation, based in Brooklyn. His studio is built on trans-disciplinary collaboration where he regularly works with a broad spectrum of professionals on a wide variety of projects. Experimentation and inquiry underpin his work in the built environment and he is engaged in prototyping disaster relief shelters and rapid response systems.

Recently Illya has been appointed as New York Regional Director for the AIA Young Architects Forum (2011-12) and serves as co-chair of the DFRR – Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee at the AIANY. He is an advisor for exhibitions at the Center for Architecture and is on the advisory board of d3 Architecture gallery & publications as well as a contributing editor for UrbDeZine Magazine. In addition to his professional work Illya is on the faculty at CUNY - City University of New York where he was named a CUE teaching fellow (’09), he is the 2011-12 SVAID - School of Visual Arts, visiting guest critic.

   
 

Rhet Fiskness, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
North Central Region
Young Architects Forum

North Central Region

Rhet Fiskness, AIA, is an architect with EAPC Architects Engineers, Fargo, ND, and an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at North Dakota State University.

Rhet has extensive experience coordinating multi-family housing projects throughout the region and has also worked on a variety of projects types ranging from healthcare and institutional to single family residential. Career highlights include being honored AIA ND Intern of the Year, and winning an AIA ND Design Award for the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center Choir Loft. As an active member in AIA, he served as YAF ND President from 2007-2011.

Rhet is passionate about architecture and eagerly participates in multiple design competitions, Minnesota Design Team community visits, and provides pro-bono architectural services to University of the Nations, Calabar, Nigeria, and Children’s Relief Orphanage in Dondo, Mozambique.

Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Dakota State University, he studied Modern Nordic Architecture at the University of Oulu, Finland.

   
 

Shannon Peterson, AIA
2014-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
Northwest & Pacific Region
Young Architects Forum

shannonp@ctagroup.com

Northwest & Pacific Region

Shannon Peterson, AIA, is an Associate and Project Manager at CTA Architects Engineers headquarters office in Billings, Montana. CTA is a multi-disciplinary firm with over 360 employees in 17 offices throughout the United States and Canada serving commercial, education, government, healthcare, retail, residential, and hospitality clients. Shannon is the Architectural Services Leader for the Billings and Gillette, Wyoming offices, managing workload, project staffing, and professional development. Shannon specializes in commercial and local government projects, with a focus on the design and construction of financial institutions.

Shannon has worked full-time at CTA since her graduation with a Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design at Montana State University. She became a licensed architect in Montana in late 2010. Shannon has gained her LEED AP BD+C credential and has completed LEED Platinum and Gold certified projects. She also holds a NCARB Certificate.

Shannon served as the second Associate Director on AIA Montana’s Board of Directors and has been serving as State IDP Coordinator for Montana since 2009. Prior to that, Shannon served on the Board of Directors for the Billings Architectural Association, a local section of AIA Montana. Shannon is also on NCARB’s 2013-2014 Internship Advisory Committee. Shannon is actively involved in the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture at Montana State University and the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools, connecting students of all ages with the architectural profession.

   
 

Christopher Gerrity, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Ohio Valley Region
Young Architects Forum
cgerrity@schmidt-arch.com


Ohio Valley Region

Christopher Gerrity, AIA, is a project architect at Schmidt Associates, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Schmidt Associates is a multi-disciplinary firm serving higher educations, K-12 education, and urban development clients through strategic planning, program management, design, and construction administration.

Chris holds a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from Ball State University. He is a licensed architect in the State of Indiana. Chris had also received his LEED AP BD+C credentials and has completed many sustainable projects including the first LEED for Schools project in the state of Indiana.

Chris has served the local AIA chapter as the Indianapolis Programs Committee Chair and YAF Indianapolis Co-Chair. In addition, Chris was also involved in mentoring high school students interested in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields through the ACE Mentorship program as well as developing new home designs for Habitat for Humanity.

   
 

Jeffrey Pastva, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Pennsylvania Region
Young Architects Forum

jpastva@gmail.com


Pennsylvania Region

Jeffrey Pastva, AIA, is a Project Architect with JDavis Architects in Philadelphia, PA. The firm serves primarily the multi-family housing market, but Jeff has extensive experience designing affordable and senior housing.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has been a licensed Architect in PA since mid-2011. In addition to licensure, Jeff has been a LEED AP since 2008 (BD+C since 2011) and has worked on a number of sustainable projects that have achieved rating system certifications; LEED Gold, EnergyStar Tier 2, NJMHFA Green Homes and Enterprise Green Communities.

He has served the AIA predominantly from the local level, having Chaired or Co-Chaired YAF Philadelphia since early 2012. His efforts have focused on collaboration, helping young professionals create an ecosystem among allied disciplines, and adding soft skills to the designers' arsenal. The programs he has created or continued consist of networking events, design charrettes, portfolio reviews and the signature event, Elevator Pitch. At the national level, he has been an Assistant Editor to YAF Connection since December 2012 and has been a part of issues 11.01 - to the present.

In addition to his service to the AIA, he advises his neighborhood association as a member of the Architectural Review Committee. He reviews projects with other members of the committee and helps solve aesthetic issues before they proceed to the zoning board

   
 

Shelby Morris, AIA
2013-2014 Young Architect Regional Director
South Atlantic Region
Young Architects Forum

shelbymorris@beckgroup.com

South Atlantic Region

Shelby Morris, AIA

   
 

Jamie Crawley, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Texas Region
Young Architects Forum
jcrawley@HA-Architecture.com

Texas Region

Jamie Crawley, AIA, David James Crawley (Jamie) is a naturalized Texan originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Environmental Degree and Master of Architecture with a Historic Preservation Certificate from Texas A&M University. He is a licensed Architect in Texas, certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).  In 2010, he formed the HA Architecture studio, an emerging design practice in East Austin serving civic, commercial, residential and non-profit sectors.

Jamie remains active in both the local and state components of the American Institute of Architects having served on a variety of committees, including Honor Awards, IDP, Convention, Branding Task Force, Intern Task Force as well as Chairing both the TxA Education and Student Liaison Committee and the TxA New Media Committee. Presently he serves as Communications Committee Co-Chair for AIA Austin.  In recognition of service to the Institute and the community, Jamie was honored in 2007 as the Texas Society of Architects Associate Member of the Year in part for his pro-bono efforts to a North East Austin Community through architectural advocacy. This effort was further recognized by Mayor Will Wynn and the Austin City Council by Mayoral Proclamation for service to the community. He was previously honored by AIA Dallas in 2000 and 2001 as Young Associate Member of the Year for earlier contributions. Formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University teaching design studio, Architecture History and seminars in Historic Preservation, he remains passionate about connections to the Academy. Leading an emerging Architecture studio built on the experience of service, teaching and strong design practices, he shares his passion for Architecture embracing  dialogue with peers and the public and continues to participate and lecture at conferences on sustainable design, architecture, advocacy, social media and education.

   
 

Josephine Arbaugh, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
The Virginias Region
Young Architects Forum

josephine.arbaugh@aecom.com


The Virginias Region

Josephine Arbaugh, AIA, is an architect an urban planner at AECOM. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects – Blue Ridge Chapter through which she has headed a number of community organized events including the 2008 Roanoke Urban Effect Design Competition, Roanoke Parklet 2012 and Roanoke Parklet 2013. As part of her architectural experience with AECOM, Josephine Arbaugh has participated in the design development of a number of local, national and international projects in the secure facilities, communications, healthcare, and higher education markets. In addition to design and planning work for AECOM, she has two years of research experience with the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech (Alexandria) and the National Vacant Properties Campaign in the fields of urban planning, community revitalization and sustainability. More recently, Josephine Arbaugh participated in the Virginia Society’s 2012 Emerging Leaders in Architecture Honors Academy during which she contributed to the Orange Dot project; an effort with community leaders to address Charlottesville’s expanding income gap. Josephine Arbaugh holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She was nominated MURP’s featured student in 2009 and awarded the Marsha Ritzdorf Book Award for Best Student Paper in 2011 for her thesis project on Urban Greening Strategies for the Sustainable Reuse of Vacant Properties in Roanoke, VA.

   
 

Daniel Chenin, AIA
2014-2015 Young Architect Regional Director
Western Mountain Region
Young Architects Forum

danielchenin@yahoo.com


Western Mountain Region

Daniel Chenin, AIA, is an award-winning designer with over a decade of diverse experience in the field of interiors and architecture. His credentials include top honors for competitions in urban housing, hotel, and transportation facilities. He is a licensed architect in Nevada, certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), and an active member of the American Institute of Architects. Additionally, Daniel is a LEED accredited professional with a specialized credential in Building Design and Construction.

As Director of Todd Avery Lenahan Studio (TAL-Studio) Daniel executes and oversees project design through each successive phase, working with clients to establish programming and brand objectives.  In addition to Daniel's practical knowledge and experiences, since 2002, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Architecture. Daniel has taught design studios at the foundation and the upper division levels in both interior design and architecture.

In recognition of Daniel's service to the AIA, the profession, and the community, he was the recipient of the coveted AIA Nevada Young Architect Award for the year 2012 and the AIA Nevada Distinguished Service Associate Award for the year 2010. Daniel served as a director on the AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors from 2012-2013 and as the EPYAF Director from 2010-2011. Currently He serves on the AIA Nevada Executive Committee in conjunction with being the NCARB Intern Development Program (IDP) State coordinator for Nevada.

He received his professional architecture degrees from UNLV where he was awarded the Fielden Medal for Academic Excellence in Architecture and upon graduation the College of Fine Arts' Most Outstanding Graduate Scholarship. While at UNLV, Daniel was also involved in the student chapter of the AIA where he served as Secretary and Treasurer.

   

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