2019 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 7 at 5 pm.
  • Nominations must have 20 signatures from current AIA Philadelphia members submitted along with the nomination
  • Bio, headshot, and position statement.

After all nominations are received, a complete list of candidates, including short bios, will be distributed with the electronic voting ballot on Tuesday, November 13. The voting period will end on Wednesday, December 4.


PRESIDENT-ELECT (1-Year Term)

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

Paul is an Associate at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, joining the firm following graduation from Drexel University in 2007. As both a Project Manager and Project Architect he is integral in the success of projects for many prestigious education, museum, and religious institution clients. Recently completed and ongoing projects include SouthSide Commons student housing at Lehigh University, the Fox Historic Costume Collection Gallery at Drexel University, and Blauvelt Theater at the Friends Select School. Additional past clients include the Loomis Chaffee School, University of Delaware, Temple University,  Lafayette College, Episcopal Academy, US Department of the Interior Museum, and the Santiago Christian School in the Dominican Republic. Within the office Paul is heavily involved in staff development and mentoring, oversees office technology upkeep and upgrades, assists with marketing, and is a general jack-of-all trades when it comes to office maintenance and renovations. 

Joining the AIA following graduation, Paul was elected to the Board of Directors as Associate Director in both 2011 and 2012, as Director for 2016-2017, and again as Director of Continuing Education for the current 2018-present term. With a long list of past committee chair positions and involvements, Paul has served on the Executive Committee the past two years, is the chair of the Forum on Architecture + Design Committee, and is also involved with the CFAD Exhibition Committee. For past achievements and future promise Paul was awarded the Chapters Young Architect Award in 2016.

“The past few years have been a turning point for our chapter and organization as a whole. The development and integration of Chapter core values and mission will guide our Chapter to better focus our efforts and outreach to our membership and community as a whole. I am honored to be nominated for President-Elect, and look forward to working with the President, Board of Directors, Chapter Executive Director and staff, and membership to support our Chapters goals and vision for years to come.”


TREASURER (3-Year Term)

Robert Z. Schuman, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Professor of Architecture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

TEACHING:

My teaching is dedicated to the making of consequential works in real space and time, with craft and consideration both of their sustenance of essential human experience and appreciation of their impact on our common environment. I understand the architecture of both large scale buildings and small scale furniture pieces as the careful assembly of elements with fundamentally different (often contradictory) physical, economic, and experiential properties. In other words, architecture owes as much to thoughtful construction as it does to intellectual explication. This perspective, rooted in my early training as a carpenter, mechanic, and furniture maker, remains my compass through years of practice and now teaching here at Tyler in the MArch professional degree program.

EDUCATION:

  • MGA Partners, Architects, Philadelphia (1990-2017): Associate, Partner (1999)
  • Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, Philadelphia (1982-1990): Intern, Staff, Associate (1988)
  • Registered Architect, Pennsylvania (1986); USGBC LEED Accredited Professional (2007)
  • Temple University, Department of Architecture: BArch, Magna Cum Laude, 1982
  • Willard C. Shisler, Builder, Harleysville, PA (1973-1978): Carpenter, Foreman

Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences: BA, with Distinction 1973 (ind. major)

PRACTICE:

  • 35 years of institutional architectural practice contributions to projects for institutions and public agencies. Many of these projects received environmental certification, design awards, and publication. Morgan Hall, completed here on Temple’s campus in 2013, which I worked on as principal/project director over 4 years, received (3) AIA awards.
  • 40 years of furniture prototype design and fabrication, featuring solid domestic walnut and cherry using traditional joinery combined with contemporary mechanical connectors allowing “flat-pack” dis-assembly.
  • 40 years of residential design and construction with my wife Joyce Lenhardt, culminating in our ongoing Lake House project.

SECRETARY (1-Year Term)

Soha St. Juste, AIA
Design Principal, Jacobs

Soha is a Design Principal for the Jacobs Philadelphia office and is currently AIA Philadelphia Board Secretary while serving her second term on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors. In her 13 years at Jacobs, Soha has completed a diverse range of large, technically complex, and highly-integrated projects across many markets including higher education, science and technology, and corporate and strategic master planning.  Soha is dedicated to providing outstanding leadership while embodying how multi-disciplinary collaboration leads to high-performance architecture and design. She is involved in project pursuits, leads visioning sessions with clients and directs the design process of projects as well as major coordination efforts amongst architecture, interiors, and engineering disciplines throughout the process.

With Soha’s collaboration skills, she’s able to bring together disparate voices and agendas into shared visions and progress making decisions.  Serving on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors from 2014-2015, she is driven by her desire to strongly represent emerging professionals within the local community.  During the first year of her term, she volunteered for the immense task of chairing the Host City Committee for the 2016 AIA National Convention held in Philadelphia.  A massive effort requiring intense leadership for two years, she oversaw eight local sub-committees and coordinated with AIA National’s Convention Committee to host the largest Architectural Convention in the country with over 20,000 attendees.  Her efforts and involvement with AIA Philadelphia and the National Convention were recognized in 2015 when she was awarded the AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professional Award, and in 2016 when she was awarded the AIA Philadelphia Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award.  For the AIA Convention, Soha oversaw committees of multiple teams that offered 100+ local tours of the best A&E projects in the region, created “pop-up” design exhibits and lounge space at the local AIA Center, ran a parklet design competition across from the Convention Center that featured local firms, and coordinated 850+ local and national volunteers during the 4-day event.  She was instrumental in serving as a liaison between the local and national AIA chapters and setting the vision for the local chapter as well as communicating that vision amongst the various sub-committees and volunteers. Throughout her involvement, she was intensely focused on the main vision and objectives she set with the AIA Board of Directors and her Convention Committees:

  • Spotlight Philadelphia’s Design Community on a National platform
  • Create a reflection and the experience of Philadelphia urban living for a national audience
  • Brand the local AIA Center for Architecture as a physical space for convention attendees 
  • Use the AIA Philadelphia chapter involvement as an opportunity to create local revenue

Soha hopes to further engage with AIA Philadelphia leadership around issues such as membership engagement, diversity and inclusion, mentorship with emerging professionals, and strengthening partnerships within the larger design community within the Center / Architecture + Design. 


DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY (3-Year Term)

Chris Blakelock, AIA, CPHC
Firm Partner and Project Architect, Cecil Baker + Partners

After beginning his career working in New York City, Christopher Blakelock joined Cecil Baker & Partners in 1998.  With over 22 years of experience, Mr. Blakelock has worked on a wide range of projects serving public, private, and institutional clients in and around the Philadelphia area.  In addition to working on projects serving all sectors of the residential market, including low-income, market-rate, and luxury housing, Mr. Blakelock has extensive experience serving developers, institutions, and non-profit entities. He confidently guides the collaborative process from pre-design through construction and excels at interweaving Client goals with each project’s distinct site constraints, code regulations, and cost restrictions.

Mr. Blakelock currently serves as the Chair of the AIA L+I Committee, a committee he helped reshape into its current incarnation as a resource for the design and development community on regulatory procedures.  Mr. Blakelock lives in Center City with his wife and two sons.​


DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (3-Year Term)

Rob Fleming, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director, Master of Science in Sustainable Design, Jefferson University

Rob Fleming, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the Co-creator and Director of the award-winning Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program at Jefferson University. He is the author of Design Education for a Sustainable Future and his new book: Sustainable Design for the Built Environmen will be published in March of 2019. Rob is also a Sustainability Fellow at Re:Vision Architecture in Philadelphia where he consults and facilitates integrated design charrettes.  ​


DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3-Year Term)

Timothy A. Kerner, AIA
Principal, Terra Studio, LLC

Timothy A. Kerner is principal of Terra Studio, LLC, an architecture and planning practice in Center City with a focus on residential and educational projects. He has worked at Ewing Cole and Vitetta and for clients such as the National Gallery of Art, The Curtis Institute of Music and the National Park Service. 

Tim is a founding member of the Editorial Board of Context, for which he has edited several issues, and served as Chair of the Urban Design Committee. Civic involvement includes Co-Chairing the Mayoral Task Force for Planning and Development and the Center City Residents Association Zoning Committee. He has also served on the Steering Committee of the Design Advocacy Group and the Licenses & Inspection Review Board.

Tim teaches architecture and urban design at Temple University and holds Master degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.   


DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT (3-Year Term)

Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA
Senior Advisor, USA250, Inc.

Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIAis an architect and urban designer whose broad career has included the realization of institutional and cultural buildings, citywide and campus master plans, and engagement processes for community and high-level stakeholders in and around the Philadelphia region for over twenty years. A strategist by nature, Danielle founded her own consulting company focused on managing transformational urban development and planning projects for city agencies, non-profits, and social impact developers. 

Danielle currently serves as a senior advisor to USA250, Inc. in which she is coordinating a national campus plan for the greater Philadelphia region for the 250thanniversary of the country in 2026. Prior to that she was co-founder of Locus Partners, a social impact urban design firm. Danielle joined the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in 2010 to manage the creation of the city’s first comprehensive plan since 1960, Philadelphia2035, and also managed PIDC’s long-range development plan for the Lower Schuylkill. Danielle’s architectural career began at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and later included WRT and MGA Partners where she managed Temple University’s 20/20 Master Plan, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts pavilions and campus master plan, and the Fairmount Park Centennial District Master Plan. 

Danielle is actively engaged in the community and currently serves the on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia where she is assisting in the implementation of their neighborhood revitalization program. Active in the development community, Danielle is committee chair for the Women’s Leadership Initiative of ULI Philadelphia and an invited member of ULI NEXT for mid-career leaders. A consummate disruptor for good, she founded Clementine Montessori School in 2010 and Philly Girls Do Good in 2013. For many years she co-chaired AIA Philadelphia’s urban design committee. In the last few years she has participated in leadership programs offered by the Economy League, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts and Business Council. She previously served on the board of AIA Philadelphia during the creation of the Center for Architecture and its move from 17th and Sansom to 1218 Arch Street. Danielle was awarded the Young Architect Award by AIA Philadelphia in 2012.

Danielle holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Fairmount where you’ll find her running or riding her bike. 


DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY (3-Year Term)

Stephan Potts, AIA
Principal, Stanev Potts Architects

Stephan Potts is a Massachusetts native who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Design of the Environment from University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. High school summers spent on construction sites, often interning with various building trades, provided him a firm grasp of construction methodology and its implementation in the field.  Steve has explored his interest in the intersections between architecture, academics, sculpture, industrial design and interactive media in a variety of ways, including a two-year sculptural apprenticeship in Rome Italy, and grant-based research in cross-disciplinary user-responsive building elements.  Stephan worked at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson before co-founding Stanev Potts Architects in 2007.  

Stephan’s interest in Technology and Innovation has been a constant aspect of his practice.  He is currently on the faculty of Columbia University co-teaching a class in Building Technologies Integration, which takes students on a deep dive of the intersection of mechanical and structural engineering, enclosures, systems, and the integration of all the many parts into a holistic building.  Research and experimentation are a core part of practice at Stanev Potts, where their practice often crosses boundaries between designing space, surface, furnishings, light fixtures, and public art.  Though a small office by many standards, they enjoy building prototypes and mockups in-house.

Observing the growth and development that has taken place in Philadelphia and the region has also underscored the value of our profession to the welfare of individuals and cities.  Stephan hopes to continue in his role as director of Technology and Innovation on the board, to further invest in the intersection of the Philadelphia architectural community and the city at large as the city evolves and expands its use of technology and innovation.  He firmly believes that centering the architectural community in this evolution will be a win for the city as well as for the members of the AIA. 


DIRECTOR OF PEA (2-Year Term)

Clarissa Kelsey, Associate AIA
Architectural Designer, Stantec

Clarissa Kelsey is an Architectural Designer at Stantec and a graduate of Philadelphia University. Working in a collaborative, team orientated environment, she has gained project experience in Healthcare. 

Recognized for her scholastic achievement and readiness to take on the challenges of working in an architecture firm, Clarissa was honored with the 2016 Student Award for Philadelphia University by AIA Pennsylvania at the 2016 Architectural Excellence Design Awards. During her time at Philadelphia University, she was a varsity cross country athlete, peer mentor, and orientation leader.  

Clarissa is eager to continue to grow within the profession while traveling and exploring different cultures, communities and built environments around the world. The opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors as Assoc. AIA Director offers the ability to make lasting connections, a positive impact on the profession and community, and grow as a young designer. 


PUBLIC MEMBER  (1-Year Term)

Tya Winn, NOMA, LEED Green Associate, SEED
Director of Project Planning, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

Tya Winn is the Director of Project Planning at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia.  She has focused her career on real estate and community development; prioritizing affordable housing creation, economic development, creative place-making and urban revitalization. She has presented on her work at DesignPhiladelphia and various national conferences.  Ms. Winn currently serves as the President of PhilaNOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) and as the Public Member on the AIA Philadelphia board. She received her BArch from Syracuse University and her MArch with a Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania.