Thomas Vonier, FAIA
2017 President

As AIA president, Tom is devoted to stimulating public demand for architecture. He places member needs and interests foremost, and leads efforts to promote public buildings and spaces as vital elements of national infrastructure. Tom has a sustained record of global engagement on the urbanization and climate challenges, advancing AIA programs and values in international settings.

Based in Paris and Washington DC, Tom’s practice serves public and private clients with global industrial operations. He also works with municipalities to improve urban security. As a board certified security professional, Tom led groundbreaking research for US embassies and consulates, resulting in landmark recommendations to the Secretary of State and a new generation of design criteria. He was international advisor to the Federal Triangle planning project, which received a Presidential Design Award.

With a group of young architects in Washington DC, Tom pioneered work in energy conscious design and the use of solar and wind energy. He was part of the team that received a P/A Design Award for the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He received the Henry Adams Award for his research on public museums, completed under a fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

An award-winning author on both architecture and security, Tom was the European correspondent for Progressive Architecture magazine, where his work was nominated for the Jesse Neal Award. An avid cyclist, he followed the Tour de France and wrote about the experience for The Washington Post.

Founder of the European Chapter of the AIA, Tom was also liaison delegate to the Architects’ Council of Europe in Brussels. He was elected to serve as Secretary General of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in Paris, and leads in its roles with UNESCO, the WTO and various world heritage and climate organizations. He has lectured widely on architecture, and served as a research affiliate with the Laboratory of Architecture and Planning at MIT.

Carl Elefante, FAIA
2017 First Vice President/2018 President-elect

A nationally recognized expert on sustainability, Carl Elefante serves as principal for Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC, a full-service architectural firm with special expertise in the preservation, expansion, and adaptive use of historic buildings and sites.

Carl has brought his expertise to projects across building types, including the renovation of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Museum; design of Ames Hall at George Washington University; collaboration with William McDonough + Partners on the School of International Service at American University; renovation of the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History; and renovation of Baltimore’s Peabody Institute.

Carl has been an active member of the AIA at the local, state, and national levels. Nationally, he represented the Middle Atlantic region on both the AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council, and has worked closely with the AIA Committee on the Environment, the Historic Resources Committee, and the Sustainability Scan Advisory Group. He also served as President of both AIA Maryland and AIA Potomac Valley.

Bruce W. Sekanick, FAIA
2017-2018 Secretary

Bruce Sekanick is secretary-treasurer and managing director of Phillips│Sekanick Architects, Inc. of Warren, Ohio, a regional firm working principally on commercial and retail projects. Bruce leads the firm’s Creative Studio which concentrates on institutional and office design for both the public and private sector.

Bruce has been active within the AIA for more than three decades. He was previously President of AIA Eastern Ohio, AIA Ohio and the Ohio Architects Foundation, and represented the Ohio Valley region on the AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council. Bruce has also been highly involved in the Government Advocacy Committee, and served as chair of the National Strategic Planning Task Group and the National ArchiPAC Steering Committee.

Bruce is dedicated to giving back to his community, serving on a wide variety of local boards and committees.

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 more than 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 successfully shifted his project focus to civic work.

Stuart chairs the City of Colorado Springs Downtown Review Board, is vice chair of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, and serves on the board of directors of Atlas Preparatory School and the advisory council of Colorado Springs’ Council of Neighbors and Organizations. Still active in advocacy and outreach in his local component, he was President of AIA Colorado before serving in regional and national leadership roles.

Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA
2017 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.

Joseph P. Lai, AIA
2017 Associate Director

Joseph Lai is an associate with the Chicago office of Perkins Eastman. Previously, Joe worked in Perkin Eastman’s Washington, DC office and at Torti Gallas and Partners, a New Urbanist firm based in Silver Spring, Maryland focused on large scale, mixed-used, multi-family projects with an emphasis on urban design.

Committed to advancing the voice of emerging professionals, Joe established the AIA Potomac Valley’s first Committee for Emerging Professionals, and went on to serve as the chapter secretary in 2014. Building on his local experience, Joe was selected to serve as the Mid-Atlantic regional representative and chair of the National Associates Committee. In addition to the AIA, Joe has served as the coordinator for the International Union of Architects' (UIA) Young Architects committee, and was part of the AIA’s delegation to the UIA Congress in Durban, South Africa in 2014.

Originally from Taiwan, he attended Tulane University where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture.

Sarah Wahlgren, Assoc. AIA
2017 Student Director

As the 2016–2017 President of the American Institute of Architecture Students, Sarah has found a passion serving as a lifelong advocate for architecture and architecture students. For the past five years, AIAS has been a platform in her education to further her passion for architecture, leadership, and studio culture.

Originally from Austin, Sarah attended Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Architecture. While at Auburn, Sarah sought a diverse education in social responsibility, community engagement, and dignity through design with opportunities such as Auburn’s Rural Studio in Newbern, Alabama and Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama.

Peter Exley, FAIA
2017-2019 At-Large Director

Peter Exley has established an internationally recognized practice of architecture for children, families, and communities, elevating the standards of design for learning and play environments. He is the co-founder of Architecture Is Fun, a Chicago-based architecture, design, and consulting firm. Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA, once noted that the projects of Architecture Is Fun are “works of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth.” Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Peter has also been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 20 years.

Peter has served the AIA in a number of roles, including as President of AIA Chicago, Illinois regional representative to the Strategic Council, chair of the Public Awareness Campaign Subcommittee of the Public Outreach Committee, as well as a liaison to the Young Architects Forum.

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.

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

In his four decades of architectural practice, volunteer service, and teaching, Donald King has always kept the needs of under-served communities and the application of culturally-responsive 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. He is licensed to practice architecture in California, Hawai’i and Washington. Donald King has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1979 and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2000.

Donald is presently a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Washington College of Built Environments. 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.

Evelyn M. Lee, AIA
2017-2019 At-Large Director

Evelyn Lee leads Workplace Strategy for Savills Studley's West Coast Offices. She is charged with growing the discipline across the region and expanding upon the importance of integrating Workplace Strategy into real estate decisions for organizations who are looking to put their people first.

Evelyn has committed more than a decade of volunteer leadership service to the AIA, serving eight years on the AIA California Council Board of Directors, two years on the AIA National Board as the associate director, and most recently as the California regional representative to the Strategic Council. Her commitment to the AIA earned her the National Institute’s Associate of the Year award in 2005 and the Young Architect Award in 2014.

Throughout her career and volunteer service to the AIA she has consistently focused on the future of practice and remains a consummate advocate on behalf of the profession to the public. She has authored more than 750 articles focused on architecture, design, and architectural practice for a variety of print and online publications. In addition to her written work, Evelyn is a noted knowledge leader and public speaker on the changing practice of architecture and putting design thinking to practice in business.

Thierry Paret, FAIA, MRIAI, LEED AP, ARB
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 is currently the Principal/Lead Architect for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a significant science and technology city in Saudi Arabia. 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.

Jennifer Workman, AIA
2016-2018 At-Large Director

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. She has served as the director of AIA Dallas and a vice president for the Texas Society of Architects.

An associate at GFF Architects in Dallas, she has worked on schools, libraries, and museums, including the Perot Museum of Nature & Science with Morphosis. In 2013, she received the national AIA Young Architects Award and in 2014 was named to Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. In 2016 she received the William Caudill Young Professional Achievement award from the Texas Society of Architects. She is also a volunteer STEM career mentor for girls within the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

Ron Miller
2017 Director

Ron Miller brings more than 35 years expertise from a diverse career in engineering, consulting, marketing, innovation and general management. Currently, Ron is the vice president of innovation for BlueScope Buildings North America (BBNA) of Kansas City, Missouri, a one-billion dollar division of BlueScope, a global steel manufacturing, coating and steel building products business based Melbourne, Australia.

He was appointed to this role in 2011 to lead the product innovation initiatives for the engineered building systems business of BBNA, which goes to market as Butler Manufacturing, Varco Pruden Buildings, BlueScope Construction and Conventional Steel Services.Ron is involved in his local community, serving on the Marketing Advisory Board of the Bloch School of Business, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and on the Business Council of the Kansas City Symphony.

Katharine Weymouth
2017 Director

Katharine Weymouth is a recognized leader in the field of media and communications. She served as Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post from 2008 through 2014. Having joined The Post in 1996 as assistant counsel, Weymouth previously worked in the legal offices of the news organization at both the newspaper and at the website. In 2000, she moved to the business side of The Washington Post serving in a number of roles in the Advertising Department including Vice President of Advertising from 2005 until her appointment as Publisher in 2008.

Katharine is a senior advisor at Laurel Strategies and serves on the boards of Graham Holdings, The Economic Club of Washington, DC, The Philip Graham Fund and The Field School. She gained an innate love of architecture through her father, architect Yann Weymouth, AIA.

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 over 250 chapters and over 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.

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