2020 Board Slate of Candidates
AIA Philadelphia's complete list of candidates for the 2020 Board of Directors is below. As an AIA member you are entitled to vote for your elected directors. Please note that ONLY AIA INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS are permitted to vote, and each submitted ballot is directly linked to your device allowing only one vote per device. Please refrain from submitting multiple ballots from multiple devices.
The voting period will end on Tuesday, November 26 at 11:59 pm.
PRESIDENT-ELECT (1-Year Term)
Soha St. Juste, AIA
Architecture Design Principal, Jacobs
Soha St.Juste is an Architecture Design Principal for the Jacobs Philadelphia office and manages the design process from initial concepts and ideation to successful project completion. Her 15 years of experience encompasses strategic master planning, high quality science and research environments, corporate environments, and higher education facilities. Soha is currently the AIA Philadelphia Board Secretary and is serving her second term on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors. In 2016, Soha chaired the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia and will be Chapter President when the Convention comes back to Philadelphia in 2021. In 2016 and 2017 she was a recipient of the AIA PA Emerging Professional Award and the AIA Philadelphia Volunteer of the Year Award. Currently, Soha is co-chair of the Membership and Strategic Engagement Committee which is overseeing the Board’s investment in data-driven analytics to better understand and drive local membership and partnerships. 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.
SECRETARY (1-Year Term)
Rich Vilabrera, Jr., Assoc. AIA
Design Technology Specialist, KieranTimberlake
Rich is a Brooklyn raised Philadelphia transplant who attended Philadelphia University to obtain a B.Arch with a minor in Experimental Integrated Visualization. He is the Design Technology Specialist at KieranTimberlake where he assists project teams with efficient processes for digital modeling, including researching new technology to streamline workflows and help train co-workers on new technology. He is passionate about how technology can push the design of research-based architecture.
Rich has served his 2-year term as Associate Director and is now transitioning into the Secretary role to continue being a voice for the emerging/young professionals; and champion for a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive profession. To further those goals, he is the co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive (EDI) Committee to help firms get familiar to the Guides of Equitable Practice as a resource to build a better workplace culture.
Furthermore, Rich sits on the executive board for PhilaNOMA as the University Liaison, to streamline the conversation from student chapters to the local chapter. Rich is also a mentor and team leader for the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia.
When not in the office, you can find him spinning tunes for the dancefloor or spending time with family and friends in his hometown, Brooklyn, NY.
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN (3-Year Term)
Jeff Goldstein, AIA
Jeff Goldstein is a Principal and founding partner at DIGSAU, a 30-person studio practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism, and environmental design. The firm has been recognized with fifty regional, state, and local AIA awards, including the 2017 Firm Award from the Pennsylvania AIA.
Much of Jeff’s work engages vulnerable communities that have historically been the last to benefit from quality design. His passion and humility energize his clients, colleagues, and collaborators, empowering community members to participate in the creation of their environment. He regularly lectures across the country, sharing the firm’s experience and work to wide audiences. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors the Community Design Collaborative.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. 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. He has served on the AIA Board of Directors as Director of Design since 2018, where has championed efforts foster design-related dialogues within and beyond the chapter.
DIRECTOR OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (3-Year Term)
Erin Roark, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC.
Erin is a Senior Associate at WRT with over two decades of practice spanning a range of building types including 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, the New College House at the University of Pennsylvania and STRATA Symphony in Allentown, PA. Erin co-chairs both the AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is on the Steering Committee for the AIA + GBCA. Currently Erin is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Philadelphia AIA Board
Erin holds a BA in Architecture from Lehigh University and a M.Arch. 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. AIA Philadelphia is positioned to be a platform and a launching pad for a more equitable and diverse practice of architecture across our urban landscape and our profession.”
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY AND PRESERVATION (3-Year Term)
Brian Smiley, AIA, CDT, LEED BD+C
Senior Project Architect and Director of Sustainability, HOK
Brian Smiley, AIA, CDT, LEED BD+C is a Senior Project Architect and Director of Sustainability at HOK Philadelphia with over 28 years’ experience leading teams in the development of award winning projects in a wide variety of building types including higher education, science & technology, and corporate facilities. He has a passion for sustainability and has been responsible for advancing sustainability in all his endeavors, both personal and professional. Brian is currently Chair of AIA Philadelphia COTE and incoming Chair of COTE Pennsylvania and is responsible for bringing these committees back from hiatus in 2017. In the ensuing 2 years he has led the committee on:
• programs and conference presentations to encourage firms to sign on to the AIA 2030 Commitment,
• incorporating sustainability criteria into the AIA design awards program,
• planning an AIA Town Hall on sustainability and historic preservation,
• promoting and making conference presentations on the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit,
• testifying to City Council on CPACE legislation and preparing testimony for solar legislation (both signed into law this year), and
• participating in Architects Advocacy Day and Practice Encroachment task force.
If elected, Brian will continue his involvement with COTE and support AIA National goals to unify COTE with Design Excellence.
DIRECTOR OF FIRM CULTURE AND PROSPERITY (2-Year Term)
Philip Burkett, AIA
Principal Architect, Meyer
As a Principal Architect and Executive Leader at Meyer, Phil has influenced the transformations of many iconic Philadelphia companies. With a passion for meeting new people and real estate deal-making, Phil is well connected in both the Philadelphia marketplace and the national real estate market. Phil serves as a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of NAIOP, the NAIOP National Education Committee, and the Montgomery County Development Council and as an Membership Ambassador for the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
AIA PA REPRESENTATIVE (3-Year Term)
Scott J. Compton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal, Compton Insights
Scott is a Principal with Compton Insights, an architecture and planning firm focused on sustainable solutions to extend the lifecycle of existing buildings and campuses. With over 30 years of experience in architectural design, systems integration, facilities management, and historic preservation, Scott has managed the assessment of facilities for institutional, governmental, and commercial clients nationwide.
As 2019 Chair of AIA National's Corporate Architects and Facility Managers Advisory Group (CAFM), he works to develop content for the CAFM knowledge Community. Locally, Scott served as the 2018 President of AIA Pennsylvania, and continues serving as Co-Chair Emeritus of their Government Affairs Committee, and AIA Pennsylvania Director to the AIA Philadelphia Board.
He is a regular presenter at regional conferences and has offered testimony on architectural topics to Pennsylvania House and Senate legislators on school construction lifecycles and historic preservation tax credits. For the past few years, Scott has been working to bridge the advocacy efforts of AIA Pennsylvania, Green Building United, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and AIA Philadelphia for legislation impacting the built environment.
DIRECTOR OF PHILADELPHIA EMERGING ARCHITECTS (2-Year Term)
Michael Penzel Associate AIA
Architectural Designer, BRR Architecture
My name is Michael Penzel, I am a 2018 graduate from Jefferson University. I am currently an Architectural Designer and BRR Architecture working in the retail studio. I have always been passionate about engaging my local community. In college I was heavily involved with my AIAS chapter, so much so I became the President in my 5th year. When I graduated I wanted to continue to contribute to Philadelphia's community and grow as a professional further than my office walls. When I discovered the Philadelphia Emerging Professionals committee and their mission I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of it. In my first year I happily signed up to be the Spooktacular chair and bring that 15 year long running event back from a brief hiatus. Moreover I agreed with their initiative to strengthen PEA's relationship with college students so much so that I became the first University Liaison for the committee. I am very proud of the achievements PEA has made this year and happy to have played my part. I am ready to accept more responsibility in order to continue to help PEA grow in both mission and impact.
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 and Adjunct Professor at Temple University. She has served as the Public Member on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors since 2014, currently also as the Director of Equitable Development. Ms. Winn received her BARCH at Syracuse University and her MARCH at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then she has focused her career on real estate and community development; prioritizing affordable housing creation, economic development, creative place-making and urban revitalization. Since joining the AIA Board, she has been involved with various committees; PEA, WIA, AIA Housing Committee, and Architecture in Education. Tya served on the 2016 AIA Convention planning committee and chaired the Legacy Project. She also serves on the boards of Families Forward- a family shelter combating homelessness, PhilaNOMA- the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Hip Hop Architecture Camp, and StreeBoxPHL. From 2017- 2018 she traveled internationally observing the design of public housing as the Stewardson Keefe Lebrun Travel grant recipient, awarded by the Center for Architecture Foundation. In practice, Tya focuses on the revitalization of urban communities and how experience of the built environment shapes perceptions of place.