Emily Grandstaff-Rice, AIA, LEED BD+C, ID+C
Emily is an associate at Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. and served as the 2014 President at the Boston Society of Architects/AIA. She has shown exceptional leadership in her commitment to sustainable design and construction projects at C7A, a multidisciplinary firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has recently been involved in a number of museum, aquarium, and academic projects. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Harvard University, Emily was the recipient of the 2008 AIA Young Architects Award, and she is actively involved in the architecture industry at large, serving on several committees with the AIA and BSA. She is currently serving as chair of the AIA Continuing Education Committee and was selected for the 2014 "40 Under 40" Award by the Boston Business Journal.
Life as a Young Leader in Architecture
In 2008, David was a founding member of MASS and worked extensively on the design of the Butaro Hospital. As a director at MASS, David oversees projects such as the Liberia Health Infrastructure Standards and Guidelines for the Ministry of Health, and the Kayanja Center at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda. Prior to MASS, David worked for Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin and Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. David received his Bachelors of Arts from Boston University and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Blake Jackson, AIA
Blake Jackson is a licensed architect, Associate and is the Sustainability Practice Leader with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates in Cambridge, MA. He has over twelve years of experience in retail, hospitality, higher education, healthcare, labs, and commercial structures. Blake plays a critical role in bringing measurable environmental stewardship to TK&A's projects and office management. He earned his B-Arch from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA and his M-Arch in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association Graduate School in London, UK. He has been an active BSA member since 2010, including serving as the current co-chair COTE - Committee on the Environment, and is a prolific writer and presenter (chair of the steering committee for the New England Healthy Materials Summit). He has been an adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College since 2013.
Natasha Espada, AIA
Natasha is the Founding Principal of STUDIO ENÉE architects, a design firm with an expertise in architecture, interior and urban design. She has over 20 years of experience designing award-winning projects for civic, cultural, institutional, and commercial clients. Natasha has been very involved with the BSA for many years and has served on the Nominating Committee and as the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee. She is also a member of the Women’s Principal Group and in November 2013 she curated the WID exhibit: Urban Interventions at the BSA Space. Natasha sits on her town’s permanent public building committee and is currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern University's School of Architecture.
Gender and Race in the Workplace
Mia is a multidisciplinary designer, researcher and community advocate who works at the intersection of design, entrepreneurship and issues of social equity. Passionate about the potential of design to catalyze social change, in 2012 Mia cofounded Proactive Practices, a National Endowment of the Arts-funded research collaborative that identifies and publicizes emerging business models of socially entrepreneurial design. Mia recently served as the Northeastern University Architecture Department’s first fellow, investigating emerging models of innovative design practice, and she is the founder of Build Yourself+, a "bootcamp" workshop that teaches action-based empowerment skills to women in design. She received her master in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her undergraduate degree cum laude in Urban Studies from Brown University.
Racquel Davey, AIA, LEED AP
Racquel is an architect at ICON architecture. She is a designer that values both interior environments and technical coordination, and focuses on institutional projects within existing buildings that explore creative, yet sustainable and historically sensitive design solutions. Davey is an advocate for collaborative design strategies that encompass space planning, furniture systems and technology, and is interested in new trends that can be pragmatically applied within academia. She recently spearheaded the reactivation of the National Organization of Minority Architects for the Boston chapter and mentors minority grade level students interested in pursuing a career in design. Davey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Tufts University and Master of Architecture degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jonathan is an accomplished designer and Senior Associate at Arrowstreet. In his practice, Jonathan has worked on a broad range of building types from large scale mixed-use urban developments to nationally recognized institutional, cultural and civic projects. Jonathan is currently the lead designer on several inner-city charter schools, including the KIPP Academy Boston Charter School in Mattapan (under construction) and the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Roxbury. Jonathan works to strengthen the level of diversity within the Boston architectural community and advocates for social justice through design. He is the current co-chair of the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Jonathan earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College, where he has also taught design studios and led national competitions.
Unconventional Paths to Design Leadership
Liliane is a professor and head of the Department of Interior at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she has taught since 1998, with an emphasis on design for the homeless and modular housing. Her studio “Elements in Transitional Space” in partnership with Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England, is an annual opportunity for social activism through design. She is a co-founder of the Int|AR Journal, an academic publication on design interventions and adaptive reuse. A registered architect in Massachusetts, she has practiced through her own firm, Mahon Wong Associates, as well as with the Boston firms of Perry Dean Rogers and FHCM.
James Kostaras, AIA, AICP
James is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Urban Development. During his 25-year career in the public and private sector, James Kostaras has created and implemented successful urban design and development strategies that have led to the revitalization of urban districts challenged by economic disinvestment. He brings significant experience working in local government, serving a project director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority from 1985 to 2002 and as the Executive Director of the City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development from 2004 to 2007, launching major economic development.