Leadership and Service
Member | July 2015 - present
To develop a comprehensive long term strategy for introducing Architecture and the role of Architects into curriculum for grades K-12. Developing an appreciation for Architecture and the role that Architects play in shaping the built environment. Nurture an interest in participating in the design disciplines as a career, especially Architecture. Promote the interdisciplinary, design thinking process employed by Architects that integrates many aspects of general education and life skills. The aspiration is that through effective implementation of this strategy a more diverse group of young people will understand the relevance of the profession and both better appreciate it and consider joining it as a career path. Especially important is to emphasize how Architecture touches all demographic and income groups with the hope of increased interest from minority populations.
Steering Committee Member | January 2017 - present
As a state committee, the AIA AZ WLG hosts events and workshops for both leaders and aspiring leaders. Formally designated to only women principals, the group has now expanded to reach all women in the profession, as well as students from University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Taliesin West. The content of the events tie to these five initiatives: 1. Raise the Profile of Women (Leaders) in the Profession, 2. Share and Promote the Design Work of Women, 3. Explore New Paths to Leadership, 4. Learn from Each Other: Issues and Challenges, and 5. Provide Resources and Conversation Promoting Equity in Practice
Commission Member | January 2015 - December 2015
The group of 22 architects, educators, and diversity experts is charged with examining diversity and inclusion in architecture by using data gathered from the 2015 Diversity in the Profession of Architecture Survey, published industry demographics, and other data from the Institute and other partner organizations. The commission will then develop recommendations for generating equitable practices in the industry; create measurable goals and mechanisms by which to track progress; and make recommendations toward a plan of action that they will then present to the AIA Board of Directors by the end of 2016.
Council Member | January 2014 - December 2016
The AIA Diversity Council, a presidential-appointed committee, has been established to push diversity and inclusion initiatives forward in the profession of architecture. AIA Diversity and Inclusion celebrates the multitude of perspectives and experiences within the profession, empowers members to become active and engaged in their communities, and offers tools and resources needed to remain competitive and relevant within a changing global marketplace. As council member, responsibilities include: attending meetings across the nation for long-term planning and creation of strategic initiatives that will ultimately be applied to AIA Chapter Components in order to diversify the profession of architecture.
President | January 2016 - December 2016
Vice President/President Elect | January 2014-December 2016
Board Member/Committee Chair | July 2011-December 2013
Buffalo Architecture Foundation is a not-for-profit, public charity dedicated to inspiring the exploration and appreciation of architecture and how it shapes our lives. BAF was established in 2010 with the generous support of its sibling organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Buffalo/Western New York (WNY) Chapter. BAF is committed to nurturing creative cooperation with AIA Buffalo/WNY and other regional cultural organizations to promote and celebrate architecture and design. As President, responsibilities include: liaison between AIA B/WNY and BAF, creating budgets, reviewing financial statements and records, grant writing, leading the annual fundraising campaign, leading the annual report process, updating web content, social media, and marketing materials and volunteer outreach and coordination.
Architecture + Education Program (Buffalo/WNY)
Committee Chairperson | January 2012-January 2016
Committee Member | June 2011-December 2011
Program Participant | October 2008-May 2011
The Architecture + Education Program Buffalo/WNY is an innovative collaboration between local architects and educators, utilizing architecture to teach students math, science, history, art and technology within the New York State curriculum. The program immerses students in multi-disciplinary architectural concepts for several weeks in the classroom and culminates with a public exhibit of the students’ work. The program works solely within Buffalo Public Schools and provides programming to under represented groups. As committee chair, responsibilities include: budgeting, fundraising, scheduling, implementing a volunteer campaign, planning and implementation of a full-day 10-hour Workshop for teachers and architects, collaborating senior leadership within the Buffalo Public School District, and public speaking on behalf of the program, and planning and implementing of a public exhibit.
American Institute of Architects Buffalo/WNY Chapter (AIA B/WNY)
AIA B/WNY Scholarship Committee Member | January 2014-November 2015
Beginning in 2014, AIA Buffalo/WNY has committed funding to award academic scholarships to architecture students from the Western New York region. As a founding committee member, the roles and responsibilities included creation the guidelines and the application, outreach to NAAB accredited programs around the US, answering questions from potential applicants, collecting applications, and deliberating with fellow committee members to choose the winners.
Young Audiences of Western New York
Teaching Artist | January 2011-January 2016
Young Audiences of Western New York’s mission is to make the arts a part of young people’s lives in order to enhance their development as creative and productive human beings. These residencies create meaningful connections between artists and young people that might otherwise not be exposed to the arts—especially arts integrated into school curricula. The artists on the Young Audiences WNY roster are committed to their art, and using it as a tool for learning. As a teaching artist, responsibilities include: planning and implementing in-class residencies that education students about architecture, design and the built environment, planning and implementing programming at public venues around Western New York in order to expand the outreach of educating the public about architecture and its importance in our daily lives.
Recipient of the American Institute of Architects National Associates Award | January 2017
Recipient of the American Institute of Architects Buffalo/WNY Community Service Award | January 2015
Recipient of the American Institute of Architects New York State Intern-Associates Award | October 2014
Recipient of American Institutes of Architects Diversity Recognition Program | June 2013