2018 Candidates for Board of Directors Slate

AIA Philadelphia's Nominating Committee has selected a list of candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors, see below. As an AIA member, you are entitled to nominate additional candidates. These additional nominations require the following:

  • Nominations must be submitted no later than Wednesday, November 15 at 5pm.
  • Nominations must have 20 signatures from current AIA Philadelphia members submitted along with the nomination
  • Bio and headshot

After all nominations are received, a complete list of candidates, including short bios, will be distributed with the electronic voting ballot on Thursday, November 16. The voting period will end on Monday, December 1.


PRESIDENT-ELECT

John Campbell, AIA, ARIAS, RIBA, LEED AP
President, Francis Cauffman

We live in a time where disruptive technologies are breaking down old paradigms across all aspects of daily life. This time of rapid transformation provides Architects with the wonderful opportunity to the challenge the expected and inspire new sustainable and thoughtful solutions to address the multiple issues we face in the built environment. The AIA Philadelphia plays a key role as a catalyst in this process and we need to build on this further both internally to provide value to our members and externally, engaging with the ‘community’ at large.


Treasurer

Troy Hannigan, Assoc. AIA
Program Director, Community Ventures

Troy Hannigan, Assoc. AIA, is program director at Community Ventures, a non-profit affordable housing developer partnering with local communities to create sustainable and affordable opportunities, and has been working in various aspects of architecture and affordable housing development since 2009. Troy manages complex multi-family housing development projects from conception through occupancy including managing development, financing and construction budgets from four million to twenty-one million dollar projects.

Troy has been an active member of the AIA since 2009 and has served on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors since 2014 and as Treasurer since August 2015. As AIA Philadelphia Chapter Treasurer, Troy will also serve as the Treasurer for the Center / Architecture + Design.

Troy graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture and completed a Master’s of Arts in Urban Studies with a concentration in Community Development from Eastern University. Troy is a recipient of the 2014 Philadelphia Association of CDC’s Rising Star Award, a co-recipient of the 2015 Philadelphia University Young Alumni Achievement Award and received the 2015 AIA Pennsylvania Associate Award.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Choose 5)

Kelly Vresilovic, AIA, LEED AP
Partner, CaVA Architects llp

AIA Philadelphia’s role and leadership in helping to define and shape our changing city at this time cannot be understated; the importance of clear, careful and thoughtful design has never been more exhilarating or far reaching. As an AIA Philadelphia Director I hope to impact the many issues affecting our profession and city; education, sustainability, preservation, and the intentional integration of landscape and architecture.


Catharine (Katie) Broh, AIA
Partner, MGA Partners Architects

As a Board Member of the AIA, I will bring my professional design skills and prior board leadership experiences to the Institute, to advocate and promote excellence in our profession, and to continue to strive for new ways to make the Institute an educational and professional resource that is engaging and relevant to all its members. I have served on the AIA Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Design Committee over the last 2 years and am eager to develop initiatives coming out the forthcoming strategic plan that will continue to engage our community of architects.  My professional experience is in the realm of K-12 education, higher education and the performing arts.  As a leader of our studio’s staff and recruiting, I focus on diversity and equity in the profession and firm culture.  As adjunct professor at Drexel University, I know that advancement of diversity in the profession begins with early advocacy and mentoring. 

Moving forward as Director of the AIA Board, I would like to bring my expertise to leadership in the realms of design, education and diversity in the profession.


Paul J. Avazier, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Associate, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Paul is an Associate at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, where he has developed into a leader both on project teams and within the office. He has a passion for helping others advance their own careers, and has been a source of insight to many through his involvement in the AIA mentoring program, continued involvement at his alma-mater Drexel, and working with developing staff within the office. As a past Associate Director and as a Board Director of AIA Philadelphia, Paul has had the honor of serving on a number of committees and was recognized for his contributions with the 2016 Young Architect Award. Most recently he has held key roles as Vice-President on the Executive Committee, on the Strategic Planning Committee, and currently as Chair of the Design Conference (formerly Design on the Delaware) Committee working to launch a new highly anticipated educational event in 2018.

“As an elected board member, I would continue to push the Strategic Planning process to develop ways in which we as a chapter can become more diverse and promote education through experience. It is important to have different levels of knowledge at the table as the chapter plans for the future.  As an experienced Board member I will share my knowledge and insight to help advance the profession through member involvement. I would also bring my leadership to the continued development of educational opportunities, engage in the continued growth of the chapter, and help to improve the prosperity and strive for positive change within our profession.”


Jeff Goldstein, AIA
Principal, Digsau

Jeff Goldstein is a Principal and founding partner at DIGSAU, winner of the 2017 AIA PA Firm Award.  With a commitment to the core values of design excellence, experimentation, and attentiveness to material culture, their approach builds enthusiasm in others for creating meaningful places that empower people to be more inspired, productive, and fulfilled.  DIGSAU has been recognized with thirty-five state and local AIA awards and in 2013 was named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York. 

With a background in ecology, Jeff has an innate interest in strengthening the relationship between people and their physical surroundings and has lectured across the country on the topic.  He has taught sustainability, technology, and design studios and regularly serves as a guest critic.  He is actively engaged in many local civic organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Design Collaborative, where he has acted as Co-Chair of the Design Services Committee since 2013.

Jeff has been a member of the AIA since 2005.  He is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and the State of Delaware.   


Erin Roark, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate, WRT

Erin is a Senior Associate at WRT with nearly two decades of practice spanning a range of building types comprising educational, cultural, housing, and residential projects. She has had integral roles on numerous award-winning projects including the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons at Georgia Tech and the New College House at the University of Pennsylvania.  Erin serves as a member of the AIA Philadelphia Women in Architecture Committee, the AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee and the AIA COTE in Philadelphia.  As an active participant in the Community Design Collaborative, she has led designs for numerous projects including the redesign of 5 city blocks for the Friends of the Railpark. 

Erin holds a BA in Architecture from Lehigh University and a MArch from the University of Pennsylvania.

“Through my participation in AIA committees I have met incredible individuals who are pushing the envelope on sustainability, diversity, equality and urban growth in the design profession.  These connections have influenced the kind of architecture I practice and have elevated my perception of the role of architecture in Philadelphia.  The AIA Philadelphia is poised to be a platform and a launching pad for a more equitable and diverse practice of architecture across our urban landscape and our profession.”


Alfred Dragani, AIA
Founding Principal, dMAS

Alfred Dragani is a founding principal of dMAS, an architecture, planning, and interior design studio based in Philadelphia. He received his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to establishing his practice in 2014, Alfred was an Architect at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. He has been active in his community as a member of the Chestnut Hill Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee, and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

He has served as a studio instructor at Philadelphia University, and continues to be engaged in architectural education as a visiting juror at Temple and Drexel University. The core principles that drive his design practice are based on the belief that a balanced approach to the making of architecture, informed by the best practices of past building techniques, paired with the tools of technology holds the greatest promise for the built environment.

Alfred believes the AIA should work with public and private entities to develop incentives for investment in the repurposing and adaptive reuse of the industrial, civic, and religious buildings of our past that might not benefit by inclusion on the historic register, but hold great promise as economic, and social generators for our urban communities.


Stuart Mardeusz, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, Ballinger

Stuart Mardeusz has 22 year experience in Architecture, Planning and Urban Design.  Excellent technical qualifications complement creativity in the oversight and design of strong, site sensitive projects and urban plans which aim to strategically link program and space. Highly proficient in design technologies, Stuart has a strong interest in maximizing the benefits of BIM and other integrated modeling solutions.

Stuart Mardeusz has been a lecturer at PennDesign in the Department of Architecture for over a decade, currently teaching "Water Shaping Architecture" and is an Architect and Senior Project Manager at Ballinger, in Center City Philadelphia.  Stuart has led Architecture and Planning projects throughout the US and abroad, including Europe and China.

Stuart was appointed President of PennDesign Alumni Association in 2016. He earned his B.A. in Design of the Environment from Penn in 1990 and graduated from PennDesign in 1995 with a Master’s in Architecture and a Certificate in Urban Design.

Stuart is originally from Seattle, and spent many years living and working in England and the Netherlands. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.


David Hincher, AIA
Senior Project Architect, KieranTimberlake

With 20 years of experience, David Hincher is a senior project architect with KieranTimberlake managing complex institutional projects and an active steward of the firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge. David has an undergraduate architecture degree from NC State University and a Masters of Architecture in Sustainable Design from University of Texas at Austin. His professional interests are in sustainability, technologies, and high-performance buildings. David has taught at Temple University on topics of building systems and environmental design in addition to serving on studio juries.

He currently serves as president of Cedar Park Neighbors community organization in West Philly and has been active within the community since moving to Cedar Park in 2008. David chairs their development impact task force, which crafts policies for zoning issues and new construction within their community. He also participates in the Community Design Collaborative’s design services committee to be more engaged with design activism across Philadelphia.

Through my years of active participation in our local community, I want to engage collaboratively across Philadelphia and within the architectural community towards design with a social and environmental impact. I am honored for the opportunity to serve the local chapter and contribute to the impact of architecture within our city.


Bob Little, AIA
Senior Design Principal, L2Partridge

Bob is the co-founder of L2Partridge. After breaking away from Kling-Stubbins in 2006, Bob has spent the last 11 years building a design practice at a time when the economy presented unique challenges for success. L2Partridge is growing with a staff of 45 architects and interior designers.

Bob’s portfolio is diverse with projects ranging from corporate, higher education, science & technology, and multi-family residential work. This broad experience brings a unique perspective to the practice, one that he believes can be shared with younger architects and designers. He believes collaboration amongst his peers is important to staying excited about design.

He is a graduate of Cornell University where he received a B. Arch and M. Arch studying under Colin Rowe and Hans Kolhoff. Before architecture school he graduated from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) with a BS in Environmental Design. Bob first worked at H2L2 from 1985 to 1987 and at Kling from 1987 to 2006 where he was a design principal. He started L2Architecture in 2006 before morphing into L2Partridge in 2010.

Bob would like to make the AIA more visible to the average person, whether in the city or the suburbs.


ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Nathaniel A. Hammitt, Assoc. AIA
Architectural Designer, Erdy McHenry Architecture

Since graduating from PennDesign, Nate has served as communications chair for Philadelphia Emerging Architects, working with the PEA leadership team to connect AIA Philadelphia members with professional and social opportunities throughout the city. While architects are uniquely gifted at realizing new ways to live, work, and create, Nate believes there is a pressing need for design professionals to interface with peers across disciplinary boundaries in order to better understand and address emerging technologies and social challenges.

As a 5-year Philly transplant, Nate has experience working as an architectural designer at large- and small-scale firms in the US and abroad. In addition to his role at Erdy McHenry Architecture, he is interested in Philadelphia's upswing in civic design initiatives and young professional organizations working to address some of the city's biggest challenges-- specifically transit, zoning, land-use, education, equity, and historic landscapes.

If elected, Nate looks forward to continuing PEA's momentum and connecting emerging architects with social and professional opportunities in Philadelphia and beyond.


Alexander Klohr, Assoc. AIA 
Technical Designer, Gensler

Alex Klohr, Assoc. AIA is an enthusiastic and creative architectural designer with strong communication skills. He has a passion for people and a desire to connect with his peers through their involvement in the profession. His goal is to have 100 emerging professionals at every PEA (Philadelphia Emerging Architects) event! 

 Alex completed his B.Arch with a minor in Business from Philadelphia University, where he also served as AIAS President (American Institute of Architecture Students). Since graduation in 2016, he has resided full time at Gensler and has had the opportunity to work locally on a number of media, headquarters, education, and sports projects. In addition to work, Alex is a leader with PEA as well as Co-Chairs CANstruction®, an annual Center for Architecture event which directly benefits Philabundance to address hunger in the community. He is a key participant in G-serve community outreach, Park(ing) day, AIA Arch. Mentoring, as well as a leader on Gensler’s LEED, AXP/ARE, Licensure Team at a regional level.

Alex has spent the last seven years in Philadelphia attending school, working, having fun, and living in Center City. He desires to better connect emerging professionals with each other across the industry as well as with PEA / AIA so they can leverage the most of their professional experience.

 On the weekends he enjoys biking, local brews, and stunt kites. 


Richard Vilabrera, Jr., Assoc. AIA 
Designer, Stokes Architecture, LLC

Richard Vilabrera Jr, Assoc. AIA NOMA, is a Brooklyn native who moved to Philadelphia to obtain his B. Arch from Philadelphia University. Currently, he is a designer for Stokes Architecture, LLC. Richard is a designer who is invested in the how and why of research based architecture using modern day technology to explore the future of architecture. To further that ideology, Richard is a Sketchup Certified Content Developer to allow appropriate research methods to be translated cleanly in the digital realm. He is currently the Competitions Chair for PEA (Philadelphia Emerging Architects); which just concluded a successful 2017 PEA Window Competition. In addition, Richard conveys his love and understanding of architecture to future generations of budding architects by investing his time in being a mentor for the ACE Mentor Program and NOMAS Representative for PhilaNOMA.

"By serving on the Board of Directors as Assoc. AIA Director I’m looking to be a voice for the emerging/young professionals and beyond. I want to champion for more diversity and pipeline to the younger generation of what an architect is.  Being a recent grad (Class of ’16) I hope to channel the voice of students as well who are looking to enter the profession.”   


PUBLIC MEMBER

Tya Winn,  NOMA, LEED Green Associate, SEED
Program Manager at Philadelphia Housing Authority

Tya Winn is a Program Manager at the Philadelphia Housing Authority working in the Capital Projects and Development Department.  In her two years at the Authority she has worked on the pre-development and construction of over $22 Million dollar of new construction.  She has focused her career on real estate and community development; prioritizing affordable housing creation, economic development, creative place-making and urban revitalization.  Her work in the public sector has included the project management of a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan, Make Some Noise Logan! and the master-planning of the Logan Triangle Site in northern Philadelphia.  Ms. Winn conceptualized the Logan Parklet, which was part of the City of Philadelphia’s Parklet Pilot Program and was the 2014 PACDC Blue Ribbon Award Winner for outstanding community development projects.  She has presented on her work at Design Philadelphia and at national conferences.  In her free time, she stays active in the design community.  She currently serves as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (PhilaNOMA).  She has served as Camp Coordinator for PhilaNOMA’s Project Pipeline, a summer camp designed to expose youth to architecture and sustainability since 2012.  She currently serves on the  Board of Directors of AIA Philadelphia as Public Member and was co-chair of the 2016 AIA Convention Legacy Project, which is a dedication of the local chapter to increasing STEM offerings related to Architecture and ensuring Philadelphia youth are exposed to design.  Tya studied architecture at Syracuse University and received a Masters of Architecture specializing in Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania. She is focusing her practice on the revitalization of urban communities and how experience of the built environment shapes perceptions of place.