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Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition Jurors


The jurors for the Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition reviewed nearly 30 submissions.

Brief biographies on each of the jurors are listed below.

Despina Stratigakos, Assoc. AIA, is an internationally recognized historian and professor in the Architecture Department at the University at Buffalo. She has published extensively on the history of women in architecture, including her award-winning book, A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (2008), the story of a forgotten metropolis designed by and for women. She lectures publicly on issues of diversity in architecture and in 2007 curated an exhibition on Architect Barbie that focused attention on gendered stereotypes within the architectural profession. Stratigakos is a Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, a former Advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, and a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy (ADA), an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to increase diversity in architecture. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at the University at Buffalo.

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, LEED AP, is the Interim Assistant Vice President at the Capital Planning Group at the University at Buffalo and 2011 President Elect for AIA New York State. She is Past President of AIA Buffalo/WNY.  In 2008 she was the recipient of the Young Architect’s Award from AIA National. She collaborated with Mattel on the design and launch on 2011 'Career of the Year,' Architect Barbie. Hayes McAlonie fostered her interest in architecture in education as a student at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University).  This passion continued as she joined the workforce designing playgrounds and other learning environments for children. Hayes McAlonie founded the AIA Buffalo/WNY Architecture + Education program, which brings architects and teachers together to introduce children to the world of design and is a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy (ADA) in the Buffalo Public Schools. She is biographer of Louise Bethune, the first woman architect in the United States.

Robert J. Hotes, AIA, LEED AP, recently joined Klein and Hoffman, Inc. as Associate / Restoration Group Leader, contributing more than 20 years of experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings for institutional, governmental and commercial clients.  A leader in the architecture and preservation professional communities, Hotes is conversant in the principles and technologies of sustainable design and lectures widely on issues of architecture, preservation and sustainability. Hotes was the recipient of the 2000 AIA Philadelphia Young Architect Award, since 1995 he has served as Co-chair of the AIA Philadelphia Historic Preservation Committee, and he is currently a member of the AIA National Board Diversity Council. Hotes is also the 2011 laureate of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, a professional honor for which one American architect is chosen every two years to meet and work with restoration architects and professionals throughout France for six months, exchanging information, techniques and professional practices.

Jean Zagrodnik, AIA LEED AP, has served as Managing Partner of San Diego’s Zagrodnik + Thomas Architects (ZTA) since 1991.  Combining her Master of Architecture with an undergraduate in Social Work, Zagrodnik is committed to helping communities better their environments, creating healthy and joyful places to live and play.  Zagrodnik’s recent projects include the LEED Platinum San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center and Ohr Shalom Synagogue Historic Restoration. Jean currently serves on the AIA National Diversity & Inclusion Council overseeing the Design Voices Committee which includes Women in Architecture, LGBT, Universal Design and Multicultural subcommittees.   Zagrodnik served as 2009 President of the San Diego chapter of the AIA where she continued to advocate for women in architecture. 


Despina Stratigakos, Assoc. AIA


Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, LEED AP

Robert J. Hotes, AIA, LEED AP

Jean Zagrodnik, AIA LEED AP


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