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Russell A. Davidson, FAIA
2016 AIA President

In three decades of practice and more than 15 years of AIA leadership, Russell A. Davidson has been a champion of the profession focused on elevating public awareness of architecture’s value, improving public project delivery, integrating governmental issues with public advocacy concerns, and establishing fair guidelines for public approval and project review.

He is President and Managing Partner at Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects PC, in Mount Kisco, New York. With KG+D, Russ and his firm have won numerous local and state design awards, and he has helped build stakeholder’s consensus to fund projects that improve communities, resulting in over $700 million worth of public projects in the last 10 years.

Russ served on the AIA National Board from 2009–2011 and served as Vice President from 2012–2013. He has also served as the volunteer leader of the AIA’s advocacy initiatives, as President of the AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Board, and as President and Treasurer of the AIA New York State Board.

Thomas Vonier, FAIA
2016 First Vice President/2017 President-elect

Architect and industrial security advisor, Thomas Vonier works from Washington, DC and Paris to support public and private organizations with operations in high-risk global locations. His work integrates architecture with security imperatives, focused on business facilities in both mature and developing markets throughout the world.

As an independent expert for the National Research Council, Tom led groundbreaking research on security for US foreign mission buildings, resulting in landmark recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of State and a new generation of design criteria.

A board-certified protection professional, Tom was a founding member of the International Centre for Urban Security in Barcelona. He was also the Senior Regional Vice President in Europe for ASIS International, the global security organization, and is an associate partner in TEMI, a multinational network of security professionals.

Tom launched the AIA’s Continental Europe chapter and served as the AIA’s first liaison delegate to the Architects’ Council of Europe in Brussels.

William J. Bates, FAIA, NOMA
2015-2016 Vice President

Bill Bates knows how to improve an organization’s reach. As Vice President of Real Estate for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, he is responsible for the restaurant growth division. He also managed the design and construction of 1.4 million square feet of office, laboratory, and manufacturing space with Marconi Inc.

His many leadership positions and civic volunteer work also demonstrate the importance connecting the built environment, communities, and culture: He has led AIA chapters and its Diversity Council, and he founded the National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh Chapter. He chairs the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation board and has served as President of the Green Building Alliance.

Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA, OAA
2015-2016 Vice President

Frank Pitts, FAIA, has been at the forefront of design and health for more than 30 years.

President/CEO of architecture + in Troy, New York, Frank is known for his work with mental health facilities, special populations, long-term care, and secure institutions. He has been involved in a broader range of psychiatric hospital design projects than anyone in North America, and he has served as President of the Academy of Architecture for Health and as President of the American College of Healthcare Architects.

With AIA and the Facilities Guidelines Institute, Frank helped shape national standards for healthcare facility design. He also serves on several advisory councils, including those at Rensselaer and the New York State Department of Health.

John A. Padilla, AIA
2015–2016 Secretary

John A. Padilla’s portfolio spans commercial and residential projects, from custom single-family homes to exemplars of excellence in retail and commercial facilities.

He’s been a vital force in shaping the profession and his city as the owner of John A. Padilla AIA – Architect in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

John’s many leadership positions have included President of AIA Santa Fe, AIA New Mexico, and Director of the Western Mountain Region council. He has served as a member of the AIA Diversity Council and 2011-2012 Vice President and member of the AIA National Board of Directors.

He received the 2004 AIA New Mexico Architects Medal for outstanding professional achievements and sense of social responsibility. He is a former member of the City of Santa Fe’s Historic Design Review Board, Planning Commission and currently serves as a member of the Mayor’s Community Development Commission.

Stuart L. Coppedge, AIA, LEED AP
2016–2017 Treasurer

Stuart Coppedge knows the importance of engaging citizens and communities with design and service—he’s been doing it for almost three decades in Colorado Springs.

As a principal with RTA Inc., an architecture, interiors, and planning firm, Stuart’s projects have included educational, healthcare, commercial, religious, and civic facilities. He leads the firm’s strategic planning and business development, and after several years of K–12 education master planning and design, he has shifted his focus to civic work.

Stuart serves on the Colorado Springs Downtown Review Board. Still active in his local component, he was President of AIA Colorado before serving in regional and national leadership roles.

Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA
2016 CACE Director

Torrey Stanley Carleton knows how to build environments where leadership and opportunities flourish—she’s been doing it for more than two decades as Executive Director of AIA San Antonio. She helped grow the group to 600+ membership, host an AIA Convention, and launch the Center for Architecture, a green events and outreach space and gallery.

During her recent term as AIA Council of Architectural Component Executives President, Torrey supported AIA in navigating strategic planning. Her collaboration and leadership abilities have earned her numerous Presidential appointments to AIA committees and Task Forces, including the AIA National Repositioning Advancement Team and the 2014 National Honorary Membership Jury. Among her community and regional roles, she serves on the board of the San Antonio Conservation Society.

Amanda Harrell-Seyburn, Assoc. AIA
2016 Associate Director

With a diverse portfolio spanning single-family home design and major master planning, Amanda Harrell-Seyburn harmonizes health, safety, welfare, and aesthetics. As a designer and project manager at Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects, she balances the poetics of design with authentic materials to produce great places people will love for generations. She enjoys designing and providing shelters that improve the human experience.

Amanda has been an active member of the AIA at the local, state, and national levels. She served as the 2012–2015 AIA Michigan State Associate Director, receiving the 2013 AIA Michigan Associate Award, and she currently serves as the AIA Flint Associate Director.

Danielle Mitchell, Assoc. AIA
2016 Student Director

Danielle Mitchell believes architects are problem solvers who see the potential in every place—and who design spaces that realize that potential.

As the 2015–2016 National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students, Danielle leads forward this vision alongside the next generation of architects and designers. She has served on the AIA Strategic Council, the AIA Government Advocacy Committee, and the AIA Intern Titling Task Force. She has been a juror on several award committees and was previously the AIAS Northeast Quadrant Director and national Advocacy Task Force Chair.

Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA
2014-2016 Public Director

Every day, Julie D. Taylor works to ensure the public and business leaders know one thing: Architects are visionary world shapers and creative problem solvers.

As founder and principal of Taylor & Company, a Los Angeles-based firm that offers public relations and marketing services, she highlights the beauty, innovations, and importance of architecture.

Julie serves on the AIA California Council Monterey Design Conference Committee, served on the AIA/Los Angeles Design Awards and Professional Outreach committees, and has been a panelist at AIA/LA events. She is author of three books and numerous articles and has years of experience providing editorial guidance.

A self-described “design evangelist,” Julie is the West Coast correspondent for, edits the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter newsletter, and performs bono public relations for CanstructionLA, an effort that leverages architecture to fight hunger.

Jennifer Workman, AIA

At the local, state, and national levels, Jennifer Workman has supported emerging professionals, promoting their promise and power. She reinvigorated the abandoned Dallas Young Architects Forum (YAF) and then joined the national YAF, working her way to Chair.

An Associate at GFF Architects in Dallas, she has worked on schools, libraries, and museums, including the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. In 2013, she received the national AIA Young Architects Award and in 2014 was named to Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. She has served as Chair of the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, and she is a volunteer STEM career mentor for girls.

Linna Jane Frederick, FAIA
2016–2017 At Large Director

Extraordinary residences and renovations with an eye towards history and the environment are hallmarks of Jane Frederick’s work.

She is principal at Frederick + Frederick Architect, a custom residential firm in South Carolina, and her honors include Best Renovation of the Year, the Robert Mill Honor Awards, and inclusion in the CRAN, Houses for All Regions book. She serves on numerous community and historic review and planning boards.

Jane has led the AIA Small Firm Round Table Executive Committee and was President of AIA South Carolina. She is part of visiting teams for the National Architectural Accrediting Board and was chair of the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners.

Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA
2016 At Large Director

A pioneer in the design of speed-to-market facilities for financial companies, Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, is co-chairman and CEO of Mancini-Duffy.

Tony has a history of leading forward innovation: As the AIA Board’s New York Regional Director, he helped establish the new governance model, and as AIA New York Chapter President, he launched the “Architect as Leader” training program and developed a business model for its Center for Architecture, which was adopted by AIA chapters around the US. He also helped establish the AIA China chapter and serves on the boards of the New York Building Congress and the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Foundation.

Donald I. King, FAIA
2016–2018 At Large Director

In his decades of practice, committee service, and work in education, Donald King has always kept community needs and the future of architecture front and center.

Currently Principal Architect for Mimar Studio in Seattle, Donald was previously President and CEO of DKA Architecture, a community-based practice that he founded in 1985. The 28-person firm specialized in healthcare, education, libraries, human services facilities, and affordable housing.

As visiting faculty at the University of Hawai’i School of Architecture, Donald helped establish the school’s Community-Based Practice Program and community design center. A longtime champion of diversity, he entered the architecture field as a 1970 recipient of the AIA/Ford Minority-Disadvantaged Scholarship. He chaired the AIA National Scholarship Committee in 1980 and 2000 and has served on the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable since 1990. Donald was awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2015.

Thierry Paret, FAIA, MRIAI, LEED AP
2016–2017 At Large Director

Thierry Paret, FAIA, has been increasing architecture’s global role for over two decades, connecting architects and business leaders worldwide and founding the AIA’s Middle East Chapter covering 16 countries in the MENA Region.

Until recently he was a Design Advisor for the government of Qatar, working on strategic initiatives for a multibillion dollar portfolio. Thierry recently accepted a position as Principal/Lead Architect for the development of a significant science and technology city in the Middle East. Over the past four years, Thierry has supported the US Commerce Department with Trade Missions to the Middle East and has been an organizer of the AIA Middle East Year End Conference.

Thierry sits on the Advisory Boards of the American University in Dubai and Qatar University, supporting them in their bids to become NAAB accredited. He previously served on the Advisory Board of Informa, the organizers of Cityscape events in the Middle East.

Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA
2016 At Large Director

Recognized as a national expert in design-build, Burton Roslyn has advanced new approaches to project management and delivery through his practice and advocacy—approaches that put the architect at the center of the process.

He is president of Roslyn Consultants, LLC, a full-service project management, architectural, and consulting firm currently managing more than $50 million in construction.

Highly active in the architecture community and as an event speaker, he has served in numerous positions with AIA National and the New York State component. His many awards include the prestigious Del Gaudio Award and a Recognition Award for Public Service as a citizen architect by the AIA National Board of Directors.

Marilyn C. Terranova, Ph.D.
2016 At Large Director

Dr. Marilyn C. Terranova has seen much success in her two plus decades of experience as a school superintendent in New York State, including securing more than $100M in school renovation and expansion projects in four school districts.

Marilyn’s leadership provides students with architecturally appropriate environments for learning that highlight 21st-century teaching techniques.

She has held board and leadership positions on numerous community, foundation, and professional organizations, including serving as Past President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. She is currently the Interim Superintendent of The Pocantico Hills Central School District in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Robert A. Ivy, FAIA
EVP/Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic AIA network of 300 chapters and 90,000 member architects and design professionals committed to enhancing the built environment. As an architect, he is strengthening the Association through advocacy, public outreach, and education initiatives that help members serve clients and communities in a global era of challenge and change.

Under Robert’s leadership since 2011, the AIA is transforming to serve the architecture profession in the 21st century. He is repositioning the AIA from its rich legacy into a proactive, responsive, and influential organization. Chief among his and the organization’s goals are heightening public awareness of the value and relevance of all architects.

Signature accomplishments include streamlining AIA governance to improve decision-making, building a new digital-first technology infrastructure, and launching an award-winning public awareness campaign. Robert’s latest focus is shifting AIA resources to prepare architects for their role in addressing today’s pressing issues—climate change, sustainability, and the impact of design on public health.

Prior to his AIA service, Robert was Vice President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. Under his editorial leadership, Architectural Record earned numerous publishing industry honors, including the premier magazine journalism award, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, an unusual achievement for a professional journal.

Robert was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. Robert shares the designation Master Architect with iconic architects, such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century.

Robert is the author of the definitive biography Fay Jones: Architect, now in its third edition, and speaks frequently to lay audiences about the role and meaning of architecture in our lives.