2021 Board Slate of Candidates
AIA Philadelphia's Nominating Committee has selected a list of candidates for the 2021 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 Friday, October 16 at 11:59 pm.
- Nominations must have 20 signatures from current AIA Philadelphia members submitted along with the nomination
- Bio, headshot, and position statement.
Please send your nominations no later than October 16 to [email protected].
The Nominating Committee Process is the following:
August 19, 2020 - Open Call to all members to express interest in running for Board Positions
September 9, 2020 - Deadline to Express Interest to Nominating Committee
September 23, 2020 - Nominating Committee presents Slate of Candidates to AIA Philadelphia Board for Approval
September 30, 2020 - Recommended Slate is Published for all Members
October 16, 2020 - Deadline to Self-Nominate with 20 signatures (instructions published when recommended slate is published)
October 21, 2020 - Ballot is revised and issued to Membership – electronically.
November 18, 2020 - Ballots are due and tallied
November 25, 2020 - New 2021 Board Members announced
PRESIDENT-ELECT (1-Year Term)
Jeff Goldstein, FAIA
Principal and Founding Partner, DIGSAU
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.
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)
Fátima Olivieri-Martínez, AIA
Fátima Olivieri-Martínez is a Principal at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design. In nearly a decade at KieranTimberlake, Fátima has been involved with projects including the award-winning renovation of the historic Dunster House at Harvard University. She currently manages design and construction for the major public spaces and a 350-seat proscenium theater in a large mixed-use building for New York University.
Fátima has been an influential mentor to new hires at the firm and as an educator at Temple University and elsewhere. She helped formalize KTCI, the firm's Community Involvement group that offers pro bono design services. Fátima also spearheaded a collaboration to create a graduate-level design studio focused on designing a visionary school in Puerto Rico, where she is from, to build resiliency following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Fátima is an active member of the design community, lecturing at national conferences such as Living Future, Facades+, and DesignPhiladelphia. Fátima frequently participates in local design events, including the AIA Architect Mentorship Group. Most recently, as a member of the AIA Design Committee, she has spearheaded the reboot of the ‘Design Dialogues’ lecture series, fostering architecture discourse in the Philadelphia community.
Fátima received one of the 2019 Young Architect Award from AIA Philadelphia, which recognizes a registered architect between the ages of 25 and 39 for remarkable contributions in leadership, practice, and service.
DIRECTOR OF EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES
Michael Johns, FAIA, NOMA, LEED-AP
Principal, Mdesigns + MWJ Consulting LLC
Michael Johns, a licensed architect and native of Philadelphia, established his firm Mdesigns + MWJ Consulting LLC in 2007 as a Philadelphia based Architecture, Planning and Development consulting firm specializing in assisting Public and Private sector clients in residential, retail and commercial development related activities. Mr. Johns is licensed to practice architecture in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Simultaneously, while running his practice, Mr. Johns also provided over 25 years of service to the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), where he transitioned from in September of 2017 to focus solely on his firm. During his tenure at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, he was successful in various executive leadership roles including Senior Executive Vice President, overseeing PHA’s Capital Projects, Development, and Design Initiatives. Mr. Johns also served in the capacities of Chief Operating Officer and Executive General Manager for Operations. Before that, he was General Manager of Community Development and Design. While at PHA he was responsible for the master planning, design and development of over $2 Billion in new and renovated multifamily housing including recreational, commercial and office facilities.
Mr. Johns is a graduate of Temple University and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional. He served as a Commissioner on Philadelphia’s City Zoning Code Reform Commission where he helped rewrite and modernize the antiquated code. He was an inaugural member and currently still sits on Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Committee, which is responsible for assessing the proposed characteristics and quality of the public realm that is an integral part of any large development project. Mr. Johns is also on the advisory board of Philadelphia’s Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), an organization which provides technical and financial support to local grassroots partners and developers. He also is a member of the advisory council for the Community Design Collaborative, and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute where he sits on the subcommittee on housing.
AT-LARGE (3-Year Term)
Clarissa Kelsey, AIA
Architectural Designer, Stantec
Clarissa Kelsey is a recently licensed Architect. Working in a collaborative, team orientated environment at Stantec she has gained project experience in Healthcare. For the last two years, she has served as an Associate member of the AIA Philadelphia Board and Co-Chair of the AIA PEA (Philadelphia Emerging Architects) Committee. After becoming licensed, Clarissa is excited to explore a new role on the board and continue to connect with the design community in Philadelphia. Clarissa is eager to continue to grow within the profession while traveling and exploring different cultures, communities and built environments around the world.
AT-LARGE (3-Year Term)
Sophia Lee, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C
Sophia Lee is a Registered Architect in Philadelphia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from University of IL at Urbana-Champaign and a Master in Architecture from University of Virginia. In addition to her professional work in higher education and high-end food retail, she has also taught technical and design courses at Jefferson University (East Falls campus) and Temple University. She has demonstrated a passion in urban issues regarding sustainability; gentrification — especially as it relates to social inequality; promoting inclusivity of BIPOC, people with disabilities, WTFNB, LGBTQIA, people of low-income, immigrants, and people of different ages; increasing food and outdoor recreational access through her work on the AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee as a Co-Chair. She is on a team in the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) and Office of Sustainability pilot program to develop a Community Composting Network and has volunteered extensively with Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia. While social distancing, she has kept busy gardening and baking up a storm.
DIRECTOR OF PHILADELPHIA EMERGING ARCHITECTS (2-Year Term)
Ross Silverman, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Architectural Designer, WRT
Ross graduated from Jefferson University in 2018 where he was an active member of their AIAS and Freedom by Design boards. He currently works at WRT as an architectural designer. Ross has always had a passion for community engagement and betterment, both through planning and participating in volunteer work and community fundraisers. Ross first got involved with the PEA board by taking on the role of Spooktacular chair in 2019, and has been a part of the committee’s leadership since. In a time of limited physical social opportunities, Ross looks forward to strengthening the PEA objectives and values in order to persevere the committee’s comradery and culture through an unprecedented virtual event forum.
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.