Slate of Candidates for AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors
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PRESIDENT-ELECT (1-Year Term)
Rob Fleming, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Education, Jefferson University
Rob 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 Futureand his recent book: Sustainable Design for the Built Environment was 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.
TREASURER (2ND 3-Year Term)
Robert Shuman, AIA, LEED AP
MGA Partners, Treasurer
Bob 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. He understands 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 Bob's early training as a carpenter, mechanic, and furniture maker, remains his compass through years of practice and now teaching at Tyler in the MArch professional degree program.
SECRETARY (1-Year Term)
Rich Vilabrera, Jr., Assoc. AIA
Job Captain, Interior Architects
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 a Job Captain at Interior Architects where he provides design support primarily in project administration, design development and contract documents. He is most 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 the Secretary 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 chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive (EDI) Committee to help firms get familiar to the Guides of Equitable Practice as a resource to change architectural workplace culture. He also sits on AIA PA's EDI Committee and JADE-PHL to help streamline efforts so that there isn't overlap in efforts.
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 TECHNOLOGY + INNOVATION (3-Year Term)
Eric Oskey, AIA
Technical Director, Moto Designshop
Eric Oskey is a partner and Technical Director of the award-winning firm Moto Designshop (Moto) which is recognized for well-considered and crafted projects. Eric brings into being Moto’s creative vision through the sophisticated application of assemblies, material science, building systems, and construction knowledge. His understanding and use of digital production tools, creates a valuable reciprocation between digital technology and building technique. His substantial previous experience, which includes working at the Pritzker Prize winning office of Venturi Scott Brown, allows him to efficiently lead large-scale and institutional projects, while navigating their intricate dynamics. His studied approach to design is driven by an enthusiastic engagement of the making process and the descriptive tools used to reveal solutions.
Moto has won numerous awards and competitions such as the American Institute of Architect (AIA) Philadelphia’s Emerging Architects Prize; the 2018 AIA Philadelphia Devine Detail Prize for the Walnut Estates Brick Screen; the 2018 AIA Pennsylvania Bronze Medal for the Walnut Estates and most recently the 2019 AIA Philadelphia Silver Medal for Arrupe Hall at Saint Joseph’s University, a Jesuit Priests Residence. Additionally, he was individually awarded a prize as a Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal and an Outstanding Asian American Business by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.
Eric maintains his connection to academics as an Associate Professor of Practice in the Architecture Department at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. Where his academic teaching and research is focused on ecologies and biodiversity, specifically the designing of architecture that accommodates wildlife. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University.
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY (2ND 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 ADVOCACY
Kevin Malawski, AIA LEED AP
Founder and Principal, Karbon Architects
Kevin Malawski has over ten years of experience working as an architect in Philadelphia, PA . His background is predominantly in commercial, academic, and sports architecture where he has had the opportunity to work on high profile projects at universities & stadiums with large, complex building typologies. When not designing or planning for the firm, he’s often running, camping, or lost in another book.
DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2nd 2-Year Term)
Timothy Kerner, AIA
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 STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT (2nd 2-Year Term)
Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA
Executive Director, Philadelphia 250
Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA is 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 250th anniversary 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 EDUCATION (1st 3-Year Term)
Fauzia Sadiq Garcia is a registered architect, educator and artist harnessing technological advancements to challenge traditional use of materials and construction methods while advocating for a multidisciplinary approach to design that can influence new methodologies. Her research focuses on high-performance building envelopes, evaluating the multiple facets of exterior cladding to shift beyond aesthetic functions to a more holistic approach for cladding. Her teaching focuses on architectural design, building technology, and sustainability. She recently taught a senior level architecture studio with a project site in the Mojave Desert to research resiliency during extreme heat and drought climate conditions.
Fauzia is principal at Sadiq Garcia Design, a visual arts and design practice that employs various modes of fabrication for custom products and creative design solutions for architectural projects. She has decades of professional experience working at firms in Atlanta, New York City and Philadelphia on high-profile international projects and award-winning national projects that range from small to large in scale.
DIRECTOR OF PHILADELPHIA EMERGING ARCHITECTS (2nd 2-Year Term)
Michael Penzel, Assoc. 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 passionateabout 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
Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative
Tya Winn is the Executive Director at the Community Design Collaborative and an Adjunct Professor at Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Drexel University. She has served as the Public Member on the AIA Philadelphia Board of Directors since 2014. 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. In 2020, Tya was one of the founding initiators of Dark Matter University. 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. In 2020, she was designated as the AIA Philadelphia representative on the Center for Architecture + Design board of directors. She also serves on the boards of Families Forward- a family shelter combating homelessness, the National Organization of Minority Architects, Community Transformation Partners, Syracuse University School of Architecture, and StreetBoxPHL. 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.