Marlene Imirzian, FAIA
Marlene Imirzian, FAIA is the principal of Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects. Marlene formed the firm in Phoenix, Arizona in 1995 and shortly thereafter opened a second office in Escondido, CA. Her work includes projects for higher education, civic, medical, historic preservation, commercial and residential clients. The firm is known for its design excellence, project performance, and integration of sustainable design practices for building. In addition to practicing architecture, Marlene has been a faculty associate at The Design School, Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts architecture program. In 2014 Marlene Imirzian & Associates was named one of the top 50 Architecture firms in the U.S. by the leading professional design journal, Architect Magazine.
Melissa Farling, FAIA
Melissa is managing principal of the HDR Phoenix office. With more than 20 years’ experience, Farling is well known for quantifying the behavioral and physiological impacts of architecture and applying those findings to environments, ranging from correctional facilities to commercial projects. Farling has co-chaired the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ)Research Committee since 2006, served as one of the principal investigators on the first neuroscience-architecture research conducted in a jail setting in 2008 and assisted with the AAJ Sustainability Committee to create “Green Guide to Justice” in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in architecture at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and completed both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Arizona. She most recently served as research/project director for Jones Studio in Phoenix.
Robert Miller, AIA
Robert is a Professor and the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona. Holding a BA in Architecture from Clemson (1976) and an M.ARCH with a Certificate in Urban Design from Rice (1979), Miller worked for several firms in the south before starting his own practice in 1986. His pedagogical focus has been “hybrid learning”: merging educational content with professional practices. From urban design to design/build installations, he has developed a teaching method around service-learning. Since Miller became Director of the School, its Master of Architecture degree has been accredited; the Bachelor of Architecture degree has been ranked by the Design Futures Council in the top-20 nationally for three of the last four years; and the School has adopted the only sustainability protocol in the United States that spans all studios in a degree program. In 2014, Miller was named Educator of the Year by AIA Arizona. He is currently President of AIA-Southern Arizonaand completing his second year as Co-Chair of UA HeadsUp, the association of UA department heads.
Arlen M. Solochek, FAIA
Arlen is Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Planning and Special Projects for the Maricopa Community College District. “Maricopa”, is one of the largest community college districts in the nation, enrolling over 240,000 students each year, and is the largest provider of post secondary education in the State of Arizona. The District is composed of ten independently accreditted colleges, multiple education centers and two skills training centers located throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding urban area. Prior to Maricopa, Arlen worked as staff architect for a major Arizona public utility, in private architectural practice and at Arizona State University managing construction of major capital improvements and maintenance projects.
Dennis Bree, AIA
Currently working from the Westlake Reed Leskosky studio in Phoenix, Dennis specializes in museum and performing arts projects including renderings and presentations to assist in fundraising efforts. Dennis also has experience in metal and wood work and furniture design, with a completed piece winning a Best In Show Award.
Philip Weddle, AIA, LEED AP
Philip co-founded WEDDLE GILMORE Black Rock Studio in 1999 with partner Michael Gilmore. Philip’s completed projects in fields of architecture and urban planning demonstrate his unique approach to discovering appropriate responses to site development across a range of ecological and urban contexts. Committed to the public good, Philip has actively sought out project opportunities that directly benefit underserved and culturally diverse communities. Through the projects he undertakes, Philip explores his career-long interest in the complex relationship between the urban form of the Phoenix Metropolitan area and its natural host–the Sonoran desert.
Diane Jacobs, AIA
Diane is principal and founder of Holly Street Studio. Born in NYC, raised in Puerto Rico, educated in Tucson and trained in Boston, Diane has learned the value of individual stories, and multiple points of view. Her ability to work with client groups to create program driven designs that result in places that express warmth, color, light and a respect for practicality. Her work exploits ideas brought out through allied disciplines of environmental graphics, landscape architecture and lighting design. She founded Holly Street Studio in 1999 with the goal of bringing large firm expertise to clients while maintaining the high level of service that a small firm affords. In 2015, Diane was named one of AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate.
Jack DeBartolo, AIA
Jack is principal and design leader of debartolo architects, and graduated from The University of Arizona College of Architecture and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1996, DeBartolo joined his father, forming the studio of debartolo architects, where for 12 years they collaborated in making significant architecture in the academic, religious and residential markets. Dedicated to architectural excellence, the studio has gained a reputation for creating potent architecture through the innovative use of common materials within the discipline of restraint and simplicity, shaping space with light and material. Today, DeBartolo passionately leads debartolo architects with energy and experience into the next realm of work. Striving for 'excellence' at every scale, the practice is focused on rigorous sensitivity and rationalism, orchestrating complex sites, programs and challenges with simplicity and order that are specific to place, site and function for a particular people and time. www.debartoloarchitects.com
Dan Clevenger, AIA, LEED AP BC+D
Dan is the AIA10 Director with the AIA Arizona board of directors, a program affiliate of the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF). He is an Architect and Project Director with Westlake Reed Leskosky. An alumni of Arizona State University, Dan has continued to work as a Faculty Associate with the program over the past decade.