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2015 Young Architect Regional Director Roster
 

Stephanie Silkwood, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
Northern California Region
Young Architects Forum

ssilkwood@rmw.com


Northern California Region

Stephanie Silkwood, AIA LEED AP BD+C is an Associate at RMW architecture & interiors in San Jose, California. She is a licensed architect with over six years of experience in commercial architecture. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Minor in Sustainable Environments. Stephanie is an advocate for the advancement of emerging professionals and volunteers her time for her local AIA chapter, NCARB, the AIA California Council (AIACC), and the California Architects Board. Stephanie is passionate about raising the bar for the architecture profession by empowering and educating young professionals and promoting licensure. She has been awarded the AIACC Young Architect Award and an AIACC Presidential Citation for her influence on the licensure process and her contributions to emerging professionals programs. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, cooking, brewing beer, biking, and home improvement projects.

   
 

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.

   
 

Katie Harms, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
Central States Region
Young Architects Forum

kharms@opnarchitects.com


Central States Region

Katie Harms, AIA, has been an architect with OPN Architects for eleven years. Katie brings with her a wealth of experience working on various building types in our Region. In 2012, Katie received the National AIA Young Architects Award. This Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. She promotes architecture as more than creating physical buildings, but crating relationships with her colleagues, here clients, and her peers.

Dedication, passion, and thoughtful creativity are words that describe Katie Harms, AIA. Katie’s dedication is evident in many of the professional positions she has

held both in the AIA and the community at large. Here leadership is exemplified both at the local and national level, as well as, through her focus on the advancement

of emerging professionals. Mentorship for others, as well as, herself, is a keystone in her career. Through her involvement, Katie always looks toward the future from the impact she makes today. She promotes architecture as more than just creating physical buildings, but creating relationships with her colleagues, her

clients, and her peers.

   
 

 

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

jheap1@verizon.net


Florida-Caribbean Region

Jedd Heap, AIA, began his career at the University of Florida where he graduated in 1998 from the College of Architecture with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design. Heap then continued his education at the University of South Florida where he earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the College of Architecture & Community Design.

He has worked in the Sarasota/Manatee area, gaining experience in a variety of project types. Since 2007 Jedd has been dedicated to sustainable design and LEED green building rating system. He has performed LEED administration service for both architects and contractors including the recently completed LEED Silver Sarasota National Guard Armory with Power Contracting.

Heap is a member of the United States Green Building Council, and Immediate Past President of the Florida AIA Gulf Coast Chapter. Currently he serves as the AIA Florida/Caribbean Regional YAF Director, and as the CSI Suncoast Chapter President Elect.to help communicate your ideas

   
 

John Thurman, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
Gulf States Region
Young Architects Forum

jthurman@mhminc.com


Gulf States Region

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Rob Anderson, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional
Director
Illinois Region
Young Architects Forum

Architect1122@gmail.com


Illinois Region

Rob Anderson, AIA, LEED AP is an Architect at EWR Associates located in the Metro East Illinois region near St. Louis. His firm provides a wide spectrum of architectural services for primarily local clients in a variety of building types. Since 2001, Rob has been involved in nearly every stage of project development from pre planning to post occupancy evaluations at EWR Associates. Rob has been a registered Architect in Illinois since 2008.

Serving a second term as YAF’s Illinois Region Director, Rob’s service to AIA includes President of the AIA Southern Illinois Chapter. At this time, he aided in the conception and development in creation of the region’s first distance based Masters of Architecture program offered through Southern Illinois University Carbondale. As a member of the first cohort, he completed the program in 2014 as an extension of his undergraduate studies completed in 2000.

In addition to AIA service, Rob serves on a number of local governmental boards and organizations within his home region. He actively purses opportunities to create or participate in a variety of community based projects and also serves by leading local scouting programs.

   
 

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.

   
 

Ryan McEnroe, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
Middle Atlantic Region
Young Architects Forum

rmcenroe@mcgrawbagnoli.com


Middle Atlantic Region

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, spent the majority of his childhood working the fields and learning the principles of organic agriculture on his family’s farm in New York State. These regenerative qualities have been ingrained into his critical thinking and are brought into his approach during every aspect of the design process. As a graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. McEnroe is both a licensed architect and licensed landscape architect. He is an active participant within the professional community, serving on the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) as well as the National Council of Architecture Registration Board (NCARB). Additionally he serves the AIA|DC Chapter on the Emerging Architects Committee, serves on the chapters Education Committee and is the founder and Co-Chair of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.

Through his professional experience, Mr. McEnroe has worked on a wide variety of project types including adaptive reuse, retail, multifamily and single family residential, commercial, institutional, roof terraces, plazas, parks, town squares, master planning, and his true passion, the conservation of agriculture land. He has received a number of design awards, including an AIA|DC Unbuilt Honor Award for the University of Virginia, Center for Innovation, and both a Potomac Valley ASLA and Virginia Society ASLA Honor Award for the South Carlyle Master Plan. In 2014 he was awarded with the AIA|DC Emerging Architect Award.

Mr. McEnroe currently resides in Washington, DC and works as a project architect for McGraw Bagnoli Architects.

   
 

Elizabeth Cox, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
New England Region
Young Architects Forum

yafnewengland@gmail.com


New England Region

Elizabeth Cox, AIA, is currently employed as an architect at Payette in Boston, MA, where she focuses on the design of healthcare facilities and university hospitals. Elizabeth has served the AIA most recently through the formation of the Revit Users Group at the BSA, which she chaired for past 2 years. Elizabeth’s commitment to the architecture profession manifests itself in her accessible and inquisitive approach. She has a strong desire to understand how the profession and practice work and share her knowledge with others. Elizabeth graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. She also holds accreditations as a LEED AP BD+C, as well as an Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification through The Center for Health Design.

   
 

Ryan Day, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
New Jersey Region
Young Architects Forum

ryan.douglas.day@gmail.com


New Jersey Region

Ryan Day, AIA, is a registered architect and sole proprietor of his own architecture firm in Southern New Jersey. His company is involved in a wide variety of project types including residential, non-profit, recreational, industrial, and commercial. 

Ryan graduated with honors in 2003 from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he served as the School of Architecture's Student Senate Representative and Architecture Student Union (AIAS) President for several terms. Following graduation, he worked at a number of firms around the greater Delaware Valley region gaining experience and building his repertoire working on landmark sites in center city Philadelphia to projects as far away as the Caribbean and China. Ryan describes the experience of transitioning into sole practice as something out of the ordinary, "When you take responsibility for all aspects of a project. It puts your emotional and professional investment right in line with those of the client." Ryan has recently served as trustee on the AIA NJ Board and an active member of the AIA NJ Committee on Environment. As a professional who is passionate about sustainable building design and construction, Ryan volunteered to teach and assist many of his peers in the AIA to achieve their LEED certification. When he isn't working hard for his clients and the AIA, Ryan most enjoys spending his time with his wife and three children at their country home in Jersey.

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Philip Anzalone, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
New York Region
Young Architects Forum

pa@aa64.net


New York Region

Philip Anzalone, AIA, is a Principal at Atelier Architecture 64 in Brooklyn, New York, where he has been a practicing Architect and Owner for over seven years.  Atelier Architecture 64 is an architecture firm with diverse expertise in building design and material research with an innovative practice focused on bridging material explorations and fabrication processes developed in the workshop with the specific needs of each project through environmental performance, architectural detailing and methods of manufacturing.  Phillip’s work includes residential and commercial projects, as well as installations and pavilions, with projects in North America, Europe and Asia.

Phillip has been an architectural educator for ten years, and is currently a Professor of Architectural Technology at the City University of New York’s College of Technology, where he teaches courses in advanced materials, building science and technology, building structures and architectural design.  Phillip’s research includes the application of science and technology to architectural design problems in areas such as advanced materials, automated manufacturing and construction, computational workflow and innovative building systems.  Phillip is the former Director of the Building Science and Technology Department at the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, where he was also the founding Director of the Laboratory for Applied Building Science and the Certification Program in Applied Building Science.

Phillip holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University and B.P.S. Architecture from SUNY Buffalo, with a minor in Business Administration.  His past experience includes five years as a building envelope consultant for R. A. Heintges & Associates and three years as an architectural designer with Greg Lynn Form.

Phillip is a member of the Board of Directors of ACADIA, the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture and is the New York State Regional Director of the American Institute of Architect’s Young Architects Forum.  Professor Anzalone holds patents on advanced building manufacturing and construction systems, has been widely published and lectured extensively.

   
 

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.

   
 

Melissa Bernstein, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
Pennsylvania Region
Young Architects Forum

rad.aiapa@gmail.com


Pennsylvania Region

Melissa Bernstein, AIA obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University. During school, she gained an interest in structural engineering and joined KlingStubbins’ Structural Engineering department for a summer internship. After spending a semester abroad in Rome, Melissa joined KlingStubbins’ architecture department where she continues to work. At KlingStubbins, her experience includes working on office towers, laboratory buildings, hotels, and various other commercial projects. Melissa became licensed in 2012.

In the past, Melissa served as Temple University’s AIAS Chapter Secretary and President. For 2009-2010, she served as the AIA PA Associate Director, and in 2011-2012 she was AIA PA’s Regional Associate Director on the National Associates Committee. In these roles, she visited the six universities in Pennsylvania with accredited architecture degrees to present to the students about IDP, the AREs, and the path to licensure. Melissa ran the AIA PA Associate’s Committee and served on several committees through the State Board. She also attended AIA National Convention and AIA Grassroots, at which she gained the motivation to begin a group mentoring program for her local chapter. The purpose of the program is to create a dialogue and network for aspiring and licensed architects in Philadelphia. In each group is a college student, a graduate on the path to licensure, a recently licensed architect, and an experienced architect. This program has successfully run four times since 2011 in Philadelphia, and will continue to run in the future.

   
 

Shelby Morris, AIA
2015-2016 Young Architect Regional Director
South Atlantic Region
Young Architects Forum

shelbymorris@beckgroup.com

South Atlantic Region

Shelby Morris, AIA, is an Associate Principal within Beck’s Integrated Team. Shelby has led or been part of over $500 million of design and design/build work.  Some of his key projects include Lenox Square Mall Renovation, Duke University’s Krzyzewski Center for Athletic Excellence, Duke University’s Wallace Wade Stadium Renovation, Princess Margaret Hospital Expansion (Nassau, Bahamas), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Water Center.  His projects have won some of the highest awards presented by the Design Build Institute of America(DBIA), including DBIA SE Project of the Year 2013.  Shelby is also an award winning designer having received awards in four international design competitions.  He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Texas Tech University. 

The AIA has given Shelby the opportunity to pursue one of his personal passions, education.  In 2006, Shelby helped develop the annual AIA Atlanta Youth Architecture Fair which is now in its 9th year and has introduced over 800 students to architecture.  As the YAF South Atlantic Region Director, Shelby is active throughout AIA at the local, regional, and national level.  He has served as AIA Atlanta’s Director of Public Awareness (2013-2014), AIA 2015 National Convention Committee (2013-2015), AIA National Convention Tours Chair, AIA Atlanta K-12 Committee (2006-2015), AIA High School Design Competition Juror, the Developments of Excellence Awards Juror for the Atlanta Regional Commission (2014), and as a Juror for the Future City Competition. 

   
 

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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