AIA Leadership Institute

Early bird rates end 9/19!

Early bird rates end Monday! 
The premiere one-day leadership training for architects is just around the corner. Take advantage of early bird savings and join us for Leadership Institute 2016. It’s your opportunity to develop key leadership skills and network with peers and industry leaders. 

Sponsor a leader on the rise from your firm to attend before prices go up!

4 Reasons to attend:
- You'll learn best practices in leadership, design, and practice.
- You'll join a network of local and industry leaders who are changing the leadership dialogue.
- You'll hear a dynamic keynote by Latent Design's Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, LEED BD+C.
- You'll earn up to 7 LUs for attending.

Hosted in Washington, DC, this event will also be broadcast live to four regional venues. Or attend virtually from any location. 

Register by September 19 for early bird savings!

Brought to you by the AIA Center for Civic Leadership and sponsored by the AIA College of Fellows and Strogoff Consulting.


The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce our final #AIALi16 Keynote Speaker Roselinde Torres. As a recognized thought provoking expert on Leadership, she has been featured in a variety of forums including TED where her talk has been viewed in excess of 3 Million times. 

In a 21st century world, which is more global, digitally enabled, and transparent, with faster speeds of information flow and innovation, and where nothing big gets done without some kind of a complex matrix, relying on traditional development practices will stunt your growth as a leader.” - Roselinde Torres, Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) based in New York City.

Roselinde’s research is founded on the premise that the 21st century will be marked not just by great individual leaders, but by great leadership teams. Such teams will be led by a steward who demonstrates curiosity about trends, is empathic, has an appreciation for other points of view, and focuses on multiplicative value.

As a senior leader in the People and Organization Practice Area, Roselinde leads BCG’s CEO Advisory in North America having advised over 200 CEOs across industry sectors and markets. In 2014, she received the Woman Leaders in Consulting Award from Consulting Magazine for exceptional leadership within the firm and industry and for her expertise on the topic of Leadership. 

Registration is LIVE! Early bird closes 9/19!

AIALI16 Facilitators Announced

The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is proud to announce Michael Strogoff, FAIA and Stephen Epstein of Strogoff Consulting as Plenary Workshop Facilitators for the AIA Leadership Institute 2016. Michael and Stephen will join Co-Chairs Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA and Jamie Crawley, AIA as they lead the five Regional Venues in this unique workshop presentation. Together the five locations: Dallas, Charleston, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Washington, DC will collaborate while taking a deep dive into the workbook, "Living Your Life as a Leader". 

Michael Strogoff, FAIA is the managing principal of an architecture firm, a frequent speaker on practice management issues, Advisory Group Chair of AIA's Practice Management Knowledge Community, and advisor to design professionals nationwide. Stephen Epstein’s career spans 25 years with small, medium, and large firms providing strategic leadership; serving as mentor and coach to senior, intermediate, and emerging professionals; and providing training seminars related to attracting and retaining talent, leadership, financial accountability, project management, and risk management.

Read their full bios by visiting our speaker page.


F. Michael Ayles, AIA, NCARB

F. Michael Ayles, AIA, NCARB

From July 13-15, the AIA brought together about 150 architecture students, emerging professionals, and practitioners to Washington, D.C., for the inaugural SpeakUp event, an intense 2½ day workshop and mock campaign challenge to teach legislative advocacy regarding issues related to architecture and the built environment. Ultimately, this new event was an interactive “part two” to AIA’s annual Grassroots Conference – “part one” of which was held in February in Detroit, and covered government policy and legislation topics.

When members of the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) heard about SpeakUp in late 2015, we debated our participation in the event as we weren’t quite sure how there might be mutual benefit with our involvement. It was clear after I attended how beneficial this new format and initiative could be for AIA members in the future as “Citizen Architects”, a role that the CCL has promoted and encouraged since its existence.  Also in attendance from the CCL were James Yankopoulos and Eric Pempus, and I imagine they would have the same reaction to the event.

It certainly helped that just prior to SpeakUp was the Knowledge Leadership Assembly, where leaders from over 20 knowledge communities and advocacy groups (including the CCL) met to share knowledge, best practices, and leverage collaboration between groups to create extraordinary resources for AIA members. With several CCL members and AIA staff liaisons in attendance, an entire morning was dedicated meeting to discuss, strategize, and plan the next six months of the CCL’s efforts … and beyond. At the conclusion of this meeting, there was a fantastic one-on-one discussion with Russ Davidson, FAIA (current AIA President) and Thomas Vonier, FAIA (2017 AIA President) – it is clear that we are all on the same page about ‘architects as leaders’.

So … back to SpeakUp. Although many attendees met with their House and Senate representatives to discuss the critical AIA issues, nearly all had the opportunity during the event to use their existing, or newly-learned, skills to work as a team of 30-35 to develop a legislative campaign for a hypothetical green-schools bill that would make schools 50% more efficient than current code.  Participants were divided into four teams, each representing a different region of the country, and had to create a campaign to get their local representatives to vote in support of the new bill.

As attendees planned their team campaign periodically throughout the event, educational workshop sessions were held revolving around five key elements of a successful campaign and/or advocacy effort – 1) building a strong legislative strategy, 2) message development and communications, 3) forming allies and coalitions, 4) using elections and political action committees, and 5) organizational growth.  These workshops were led by key AIA Advocacy staff, AIA local chapter leaders, state senators, public affairs and government relations executives, and legislative attorneys – no shortage of advocacy expertise!

One of the more interesting discussions occurred at a 90-minute breakfast session of roundtable and report back discussions focused on what key issues and challenges participants and their components faced regarding 1) unstaffed components, 2) getting more students involved with advocacy, 3) advocating in “blue” or “red” states, 4) policy issues, and 5) how to get more members engaged in politics when many are frustrated with the process. Needless to say, I selected to participate in that last topic and I’m happy to report that answers shared among the event attendees included more leadership training programs, mentor pairing (AIA member to legislator), and getting more AIA members to win local elections and actively seek/share their experiences. The session’s final collective answer to the phrase “By 2025, the AIA’s advocacy efforts have led to ____” was for “architects to be recognized as leaders!”

On the last morning of SpeakUp, the four teams presented their developed campaign plans for review by a jury comprised of the AIA’s chief of staff, the managing partner of a government relations firm, a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly, the president of a presentation consulting firm, and the senior director of engagement for the Democracy Initiative. James Yankopoulos and I were both on the same campaign team and were selected to speak as part of our team presentation – which was quite an honor when you look at the government affair and advocacy firepower in the room. Though we did not win “best in show”, the knowledge that was gained by the 150 attendees was impressive.

For my final thoughts of SpeakUp, I must commend the AIA Advocacy staff in creating such an intense, organized, and educational event. Though I initially wondered why I attended and how I could take back what I learned locally to my chapter, I seemed to learn more about myself as a local elected official. I also realize that I have many years left as an AIA member and can hopefully use my newfound understanding of the issues behind the scenes of a legislative campaign … before I need to attend SpeakUp again and get re-trained. That said, I truly hope SpeakUp continues for many years to come – it is outstanding that 150 AIA members and staff gained this knowledge, but we need hundreds more to participate and get involved in their local communities.

And hopefully AIA Leadership Institute 2016 will be the inspiration needed to get AIA members involved in the next SpeakUp!

Conventional Wisdom Has a Place


For years I have read also sorts of things about leadership. Some by great management gurus, the likes of Peter Drucker and Tom Peters, and some in journals like the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. While usually interesting, most seem to expound on conventional wisdom. Much of what they tell you is general in nature, and you probably already know. What’s more, very little is focused on architects.

Some years ago, I was doing research on the Myers-Briggs personality test and came across a study by Robert Gaarder that was about architects. He gave the tests to 100 architects with some fascinating results. He discovered that more than half of architects were either ENTJs (31%) or INTJs (20%) in the Myers-Briggs personality type scale. This compares to just 1.8% of ENTJs and 2.1% for INTJs in the entire population.

For those not familiar with the test, the letters stand for personality traits. ENTJ represents extraversion, intuition, thinking, and judging, and INTJ represents introversion, intuition,thinking, and judging,

Both E’s and I’s are natural born leaders. So most architects are suited for this role. However, there is a negative side to these personality types that can make an architect a bad leader rather than a good one. They sometimes have difficulties with interpersonal skills with some weaknesses in relating to other people or in confiding in them. NTJ’s are extremely logical, which leads to brutally honest communication. They become impatient with others due to a natural hatred of stupidity and inefficiency. They don’t realize that their brutal honesty can hurt people until it’s too late.

ENTJ’s are great organizers. However, they might fail to support the organization’s cause, sometimes making people question why they are following the ENTJ in the first place. Due to ENTJ’s natural assertiveness, it’s nothing for them to put ground rules in place, leaving everybody else to wonder what’s going. “There’s an arrogance about an ENTJ, often,” Gaarder observes. “It’s like, ‘Well, I know what’s best for this client’.”

INTJ’s who become leaders would rather stay in the background. Connecting with others in the workplace is not easy for them. Their preference is to work alone and don’t often try to build personal relationships. They have an independent nature that leads others to believe that they are uninterested in ideas other than their own.

So what does all this have to do with conventional wisdom? Well if we first recognize who we are, we can than open our eyes and ears to what experts tell us about what it takes to be a leader. It’s than our job to work on those traits that get in the way of our being an effective.

That may sound easy but it’s not. As a lifelong ENTJ, I have spent my entire career trying to tame my aggressive nature. It has often gotten in my way on my never ending search for success.

Too bad the Leadership Institute did not exist when I was younger. The programs that are provided are just what I needed to get to where I wanted to go. You all will be well served if you are able to attend. The agenda is focused on those of you looking to lead, in your firm, your profession, your community, and your government.

One final bit of advice on becoming a leader that the conventional wisdom gurus don’t talk about. You would be well served to find yourself a “Rabbi”. Not to be confused with the religious one, this person will mentor and give advice, but will also grease the skids for you to get good assignments and early promotions. With a sufficiently powerful rabbi, an individual can do almost anything bad and still have a good career.

1. ENTJ Personality Type

2. INTJ Personality Type
3. ENTJ Stressors

David J. Brotman,    FAIA Architect       

David J. Brotman, FAIA



1. ENTJ personality type

1. ENTJ personality type

2. INTJ personality type           

2. INTJ personality type




3. ENTJ Stressors

3. ENTJ Stressors


The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is excited to announce Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C as a keynote speaker of the AIA Leadership Institute. Katherine is the founder and principal of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urban design firm with a commitment to community development through a strategy of define, design, deploy. The firms offers innovative design solutions to those in resource and budget limited environments by leveraging local assets to generate project opportunities. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, as the 2013 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.


The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is excited to announce Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA as the 2016 Honorary Chair of the AIA Leadership Institute. Helene joins the core planning team for a second year to offer her guidance and support in strengthening this growing national program. Her service as the 2014 National President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was instrumental in shaping the program’s initial launch. The inaugural year attracted 300 participants in five different US locations.


We started our journey in Washington, DC for the original AIA Leadership Institute in 2005, and we're back for year two of our re-imagined national program. Partnering with AIADC and the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program our Hub venue will serve AIA members in DC and neighboring states along the east coast. Gathered at AIA National, one block from the White House, the DC Hub reflects a legacy of leadership from both our nation's capital and from the American Institute of Architects as a 150+ year old organization. As Citizen Architects we come together on November 18th to celebrate the work architects do as leaders across the many diverse communities we serve. Washington, DC will host our premiere keynote speakers for the program, and will offer local programming for participants.

Lean more about our Regional Venues in upcoming announcements! Follow us online for more updates on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn using #AIALi16!


2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA

2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair
Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA

2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair Jamie Crawley, AIA

2016 AIA Leadership Institute Co-Chair
Jamie Crawley, AIA

The AIA Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA and Jamie Crawley, AIA as Co-Chairs for the 2016 AIA Leadership Institute. This will be the second installment of this program, with an event date to be finalized. The Inaugural Leadership Institute program occurred October 23, 2015 bringing together nearly 300 architecture and related professionals from across the country.

Conceived as a complex multi-venue conference, the program tied local presentations in Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio and Phoenix with National Speakers at the Institute’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, including live communication between the Regional Venues during a National Q/A, as well as ongoing discussion via @AIALeaders and #aiali15 on social media. The 2015 Leadership Institute was developed in partnership with the Young Architects Forum, the Small Firms Roundtable, the National Associates Committee and Sponsored by the AIA College of Fellows.

Please wish the Co-Chairs well as they develop the 2016 program with their planning team and follow on Facebook via AIA Center for Civic Leadership and on Twitter @AIALeaders for updates and engage the discussion.


About the (#AIALI16) Co-Chairs

Michelle Stotz, Assoc. AIA, lives and works in Washington, DC, and is a native Nebraska Cornhusker. She currently uses her architecture experience and education from the University of Nebraska to advise building owners on space utilization and energy consumption using data analytics at AtSite, Inc. Michelle’s involvement in the collateral architecture organizations began with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) where she was the Midwest Quad Director in 2010 – 2011. She was a member of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership in 2012, was on the National Architecture Accrediting Board in 2012–2014, and was the 2015 Leadership Institute Content Coordinator at the National Hub in Washington, DC. Michelle is involved in her local Tenant Association, having recently completed a term as President. She is a member of two book clubs, enjoys walking through the neighborhoods of the nation’s capital, and has been known to design and build her own furniture.

Jamie Crawley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB  is a naturalized Texan originally from Montreal now residing in Austin. He leads HA Architecture, an emerging design studio, started in 2010 serving civic, commercial, residential and non-profit sectors. The Texas Society of Architects and AIA Dallas both have recognized him in the past as Associate Member of the Year and was a 2015 10 Under 10 Texas Architect Forum Design Honoree organized by AIA Dallas. Most recently, he served as the 2014-15 AIA National Young Architects Forum Regional Director representing Texas and as the San Antonio Venue Coordinator for the 2015 Leadership Institute. Currently a Board Member of the Austin Aztex Soccer Charity Foundation and Formerly a Visiting Assistant Architecture Professor, he remains an active advocate for youth development and for Architecture Emerging Professionals often lecturing on sustainability, design, social media and education. In his spare time he enjoys a good #coffeesketch, photography and for the past several years coaching his daughter’s soccer team.

About the AIA Center for Civic Leadership

The mission of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership is to advance leadership among architects to ensure livable, healthy, sustainable, and quality-designed environments for future generations. The CCL led by 2016 Chair Je’Nen Chastain, seeks to accomplish this mission by becoming the major outreach resource for architectural leadership development, education, and training programs; working to advance the ideals of the Citizen Architects by promoting civic engagement outreach with AIA members serving in volunteer, elected, appointed, or hired leadership; and highlighting the importance of leadership training and the creation of local programs that empower architects to expand their influence on the communities in which the live, work, and play. 


Korey D. White, Assoc. AIA AIA Leadership Institute Project Coordinator, Path21 Architecture

Korey D. White, Assoc. AIA
AIA Leadership Institute
Project Coordinator, Path21 Architecture

Photos from the National Broadcast:

Over a month ago, the AIA Center for Civic Leadership hosted a revamped version of the decade old Leadership Institute. This was a significant event, not only for the importance of leadership training but for the team of people that pulled off the inaugural nationwide program.

Using Adobe Connect, AIA Leaders around the nation were able to connect with an outstanding group of speakers hosted in Washington, D.C. I attended the AIA Leadership Institute in Phoenix, AZ where we broadcasted into DC and had a few presentations from local leaders. I questioned the ability as an attendee to be engaged through a screen but realized that with a group of people who were participating in the same manner, we were totally engaged through a shared discussion in Phoenix.

Over the past few months I have also been volunteering on the Planning Committee for the Leadership Institute. The planning for this event has been years in the making. Needless to say, I had my questions and concerns about another conference on leadership but as in most situations, instead of standing idly by and questioning, I dived in head first and started to help out with the planning and organization of this extensive one-day conference. My assignment was assisting the content team, made up of a diverse group of architects and aspiring architects from around the country tasked to collaborate on what the idea of a great speaker means. Who are experts in leadership? What types of leaders are our members interested in hearing? How are the speakers for this event different than those from other events? We compiled a large list of great speakers and sorted them into the categories we sought to have presented at the conference.

If you participated, you know that the speakers were exceptional. They touched on topics that get to the very core of why architects aspire to be leaders. The speakers encouraged the attendees to get involved at whatever level they could to become better leaders in their communities and in the profession. Because of the multiple time zones participating in the program, we had to arrange the DC speakers to speak at a time that was convenient for all of the country to tune in. For Phoenix, this meant we started our day with the DC speakers and ended with our local speakers. Coincidentally or intentionally, the national speakers honed in on how to become a national leader, while the local leaders spoke specifically to leadership in a contextual and regional sense.

As a committee member and an attendee, this conference was about more than just hearing from speakers. This was about engaging with leadership and how to become more effective leaders. It spoke to what the AIA does best, and that is it created a community for leaders interested in civic engagement. Ultimately, when we become better leaders in our communities, we become a stronger leaders in our firms and the profession. This was pivotal in the success of the event. It showed me that there is a network of people out there that are already leaders in the industry but are interested in becoming leaders of their communities, cities and country.



Joseph E. Hines, PhD

Joseph E. Hines, PhD

Brian Frickie, AIA, LEED AP

Brian Frickie, AIA, LEED AP

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

Carissa Gavin, AIA, LEED AP

Carissa Gavin, AIA, LEED AP

Kathryn Slattery

Kathryn Slattery

Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT

Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT

Seth Wilschutz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Seth Wilschutz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Raymond Kogan, AIA

Raymond Kogan, AIA

Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
Joseph E. Hines, PhD
Dr. Hines is the President and CEO of Success Business Inc. (SBI), a Human Capital Consulting firm engaged in organizational development, training and coaching.  A retired Navy Officer and leadership expert with over 20 years of experience in leading and guiding men and women in the military, public and private sector, non profit and faith based organizations, he is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, Executive Coach and faculty member with the University of Phoenix. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Dr. Hines received a Masters of Science in Business from the Naval Post Graduate School and holds a doctorate in Business Administration from California Pacific University. He is a Graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program and has a passion and gift for coaching leaders and managers. He has been certified by the International Coaching Federation at the Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) level. Dr Hines is also a Master Certified Kouzes and Posner Leadership Challenge Facilitator. Additionally, his doctorial concentration is in leadership and the dissertation included the Leadership Challenge Model.

AIA Leadership Research
Brian Frickie, AIA, LEED AP
Brian is a Principal at Kerns Group Architects in Falls Church, Virginia. As a visionary leader he has an uncanny ability to keep his eyes on both the big picture and the details required to achieve it. He believes in the future of architects and architecture, serving as Virginia AIA President in 2008, and leading an Honors Academy for young architects. Brian now serves as the 2015 Chair for the AIA Small Firm Round Table (SFRT), a group focused on advancing the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. In a research effort led by the SFRT, they have discovered and organizing data for the many different and unique leadership programs across the AIA, and will present their findings to us in Washington, DC.

AIA | DC Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program
Beginning in 2013, the AIA | DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. The year-long program consists of nine individual half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm support will be considered. The curriculum focuses on core professional skills such as entrepreneurship and firm management, working together and collaboration, the art of negotiation, client development, community leadership, industry trends, and developing your future within the practice. Alumni from the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program will be joining us at the 2015 AIA Leadership Institute in Washington, DC to share their best lessons learned from participation in the program.

Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and both a licensed architect and landscape architect. He is the Co-Founder and Past-Chair for the AIA|DC Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he is an active participant within the professional community, serving on NAAB visiting teams and various committees for NCARB on a regular basis. He is the current Mid-Atlantic Regional Director on the AIA Young Architects Forum and serves the AIA|DC Chapter on the Emerging Architects Committee. Mr. McEnroe has received a number of design awards, including an AIA|DC Un-built Honor Award for the University of Virginia Center for Innovation, and a VS-ASLA and Potomac ASLA Honor Award for the South Carlyle Master Plan. In 2014 he was awarded the AIA|DC Emerging Architect Award and in 2015 the DCCEAS Young Architect Award.

Carissa Gavin, AIA, LEED AP
Carissa is an Associate Project Architect with Perkins+Will. She has been practicing architecture for 9 years in Washington, D.C.  Her experience includes commercial interiors, law firms, residential interiors, sustainable design, with a focus on mission driven clients.  Notable projects in Washington D.C. include the Environmental Defense Fund, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Carissa was an Adjunct Faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. and was the Lead Thesis Instructor for the Masters of Art in Interior Design graduate thesis course.   In addition to four years of experience in the field of design as an educator, she was a scholar in the 2015 class of AIA|DC’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.  She has been on the Washington, D.C. JDRF Real Estate Games planning committee for three years and as the 2014 marketing coordinator, branded a new look for the 25th anniversary games.

Kathryn Slattery
Kathryn is a Senior Associate with Quinn Evans Architects, and has been an indispensable team member providing design solutions for museums, educational attractions, and other interpretive facilities within cultural contexts. Working to integrate buildings with surrounding site systems and environments, she is skilled at balancing disparate project needs, coordinating complex interdisciplinary systems, and resolving details that support the project. She brings an exceptional ability to ensure a project’s design intentions are fulfilled. She accomplishes these goals through a clear, proactive, and positive management and communication style that is a key contributor to project success.

Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, AIT
Ricardo is an experienced project manager and senior project architect with a wide range of international project experience: from sensitive government workplaces, building repositionings, multi-family buildings, large hospitality venues and interior architecture. Ricardo has also managed sensitive international contracts for the Federal Government. His depth of knowledge includes sensitive document control policies and biological hazard laboratory design. His technical expertise has allowed him to lead BIM implementation, training and supported design standards development. He is a scholar of the inaugural class of AIA|DC’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Ricardo was appointed to the CKLDP Advisory Committee as the Graphics Advisor. He was also appointed 2015 Chair of AIA|DC’s Emerging Architect’s committee.

Seth Wilschutz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Seth Wilschutz is a licensed architect, a LEED accredited professional, and a project manager/architect with Hartman-Cox Architects. While at Hartman-Cox, his work has primarily focused on sensitive rehabilitations, renovations, and additions to cultural and civic structures within Washington, DC. Notable local projects include the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art. Seth is a member of AIA and NCARB and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Cincinnati. In his spare time, he volunteers extensively, teaches computer skills to adults to improve job placement, and guides tourists and locals in walking tours of the National Mall memorials, Georgetown waterfront, and Penn Quarter.

Raymond Kogan, AIA
Ray Kogan is the president of Kogan & Company, specializing in strategy and management consulting for design and construction firms. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the practice, marketing, and management of architecture, engineering, and construction services. He co-authored the book, Strategic Planning for Design Firms, published by Kaplan AEC. Ray and Cara Bobchek have also co-authored the section on strategic planning in the new edition of theArchitect’s Handbook of Professional Practice published jointly by the AIA and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He has presented numerous seminars on strategic planning, management, and leadership development, and industry trends at national and regional conferences in many cities across the country as well as online.



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.

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.