By taking action, being involved in their communities, and engaging legislators, Citizen Architects are the driving force behind AIA’s advocacy efforts.
Corey Clayborne, FAIA
As a former practitioner, Corey Clayborne made the transition to full-time advocacy nearly four years ago when he became Executive Vice President and CEO of AIA Virginia, where he is helping to shape the next generation of Citizen Architects. In addition to his government affairs work with the Commonwealth’s AIA chapter, Clayborne lends his voice and expertise as an appointee to his local county planning commission, which advises elected officials on matters related to planning, zoning, housing, transit, and land use policy.
Robert Fiala, AIA
Citizen Architect Robert Fiala has been working in and around government since he started his career more than 40 years ago. After leading a firm responsible for designing educational facilities in Ohio, he is now leading the city of Willoughby, Ohio, through the COVID-19 pandemic while executing a “community-wide effort” for reinventing the town. Fiala’s experience as a planner and architect has benefited Willoughby in other ways, as well. While serving on the City Council, Fiala chaired the Budget and Finance Committee and the Economic Development Committee, and was a member of the Environmental Planning Committee.
Valarie Franklin, AIA
Citizen Architect Valarie Franklin has used her knowledge to help shape Music City’s growth by envisioning spaces that appeal to the diverse communities they serve and that contribute to the culture and vitality of one of America’s most storied towns.
Jorge Mastropietro, AIA
Jorge Mastropietro, AIA works with local officials to reimagine suburban life, transform his own community, and educate citizens about reducing their carbon footprints.
Maureen Guttman, AIA
Maureen Guttman, AIA, has more than 25 years of experience in energy-efficient and green building design. A committed advocate at the local, state, and federal levels, Guttman is a leader in the fight for the development, adoption, and implementation of the type of robust building codes that will help the United States more effectively address the global climate crisis.
Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, and Brandon Warshofsky, AIA
Citizen Architects – Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, and Brandon Warshofsky, AIA
Angela Brooks, FAIA
Angela Brooks, FAIA, is a seasoned advocate at the local, state, and federal levels. With an emphasis on sustainability, affordable housing, and social justice, her mission is to convey to policymakers and public planners that design is not about a single building—it exists to create communities that improve the lives of the individuals who live in them.
Rico Quirindongo, AIA
DLR Group Principal Rico Quirindongo, AIA, has been working for 25 years to revitalize and reimagine some of Seattle’s most historic landmarks and neighborhoods. He is an active AIA volunteer, serving as AIA Seattle president from 2012 to 2013 and as a board director from 2009 to 2014. Quirindongo’s civic experience includes a five-year mayoral appointment to the Historic Seattle Council.
Molly M. Scanlon, FAIA
Molly M. Scanlon, FAIA shares her perspectives on how architects are helping communities as the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold.
Kenneth Drake, AIA
Kenneth Drake, AIA shares his perspectives on how architects are helping communities as the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold.
Illya Azaroff, AIA
Illya Azaroff, AIA shares his perspectives on how architects are helping communities as the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold.
Tim Kearney, AIA
Citizen Architect, Pennsylvania state Sen. Tim Kearney, AIA, Principal, views his work in elected office as an extension of his work as an architect. Kearney previously served as mayor of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where he helped the community become a leader in environmental protection and sustainability practices, fair and equitable policing practices, and LGBTQ equality.
Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA
Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA, Citizen Architect, Committee on Architecture for Education, Grassroots, Hord Coplan Macht, Jenine, Kotob, Steve Cimino