washington, dc 

Hosted by: AIA Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with the AIA | DC Emerging Architects Committee
Local Contact: Kimberly Yoho, CAE

regional Venue

November 9, 2018
National Housing Center, 1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
8am–6:30pm (EST)

The central Hub for the National Plenary Broadcast, Washington, DC participants will engage in local sessions designed to support attendees as they build skills and learn about leadership in this full day program. Panel and workshop style presentations will demonstrate how leadership can be learned and applied in the practice of architecture. 

Participants will earn up to 6.25 LU/HSW 

Follow the discussion online #AIALi18 or #AIALi18_DC

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DC Program moderator


Eric Hofmann, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA, Fitwel Ambassador
DC Regional Venue Planning Team

After graduating with a dual Masters in Architecture and Sustainable Design at The Catholic University of America with a concentration in sacred and cultural spaces, Eric has been driving his passion for transcending modern design and advocacy. Currently serving as an Associate | Project Designer at Travis Price Architects, Eric is passionate about restoring the spirit of place in modern design. Outside the office, he has been highly engaged as sponsorship advisor for the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee, as well as, a core member of the Li18 Planning Team. Recently, has been announced as the new National Associates Committee Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for 2019-2020.


National Housing Center, 1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005


local Speakers

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April C. Drake, AIA HDR

A graduate of Hampton University, April is well-known for her dedication to both collaboration and communication. Currently serving as a Senior Project Architect and honored as an “Associate” at HDR, April’s portfolio of work includes: higher education, commercial and government facilities. April is passionate about advancing the profession through service and mentorship. She is currently on the AIA Northern Virginia Board of Directors and past Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee. In addition to her work with the AIA, April volunteers with NCARB (The National Council of Architecture Registration Board) on a number of task forces where she is influencing the path of licensure for future generations.


Lawrence V. Antoine, Jr., AIA Torti Gallas + Partners, Inc.

Murphy Antoine is a Principal with Torti Gallas + Partners. He leads the firm’s Village Segment, concentrating on the inextricable link between architecture, urban design and planning. His efforts to implement affordable housing policy through appropriate and contextual architecture and neighborhood planning have produced over sixty nationally recognized revitalization and greenfield projects over a 30+ year career.

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Joe Ijjas, AIA LEED BD+C

Joe Ijjas is an architect with Soto Architecture and Urban Design. He is distinctly passionate about the design of energy-efficient residential, institutional, and mixed-use developments in urban communities and engages fully with clients, consultants, and project advocates. His project work covers all aspect of multi-unit living, including assisted living and memory care, senior housing, student housing, market rate housing, and extensive affordable housing experience. Prior to Soto Architecture, Joe worked at Grimm + Parker Architects and Gensler.

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Carolyn Sponza, AIA LEED AP BD+C

Carolyn Sponza is a Global Leader in Gensler’s Urban Strategies + Design Practice Area and is a Studio Director in the firm’s DC office. Carolyn combines her 20+ years of architecture and planning experience with a passion for engaging stakeholders and communities in a collaborative dialogue about long-term project planning. Trained in both social science and design, Carolyn has a unique background from which she approaches her work, considering every design decision from the lens of user perspective. Carolyn is deeply involved in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – previously as President of the DC Chapter (AIA|DC) and Vice-President of Professional Development at the AIA NY Chapter.

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Alison Pavilon, AIA Gensler

Alison Pavilon is is an architect at Gensler and the current vice chair of the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee. Alison helps to focus the committee’s efforts on providing events that mentor, provoke, advocate, and outreach to emerging designers in the first ten years of their careers. A former scholar in the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, she currently serves as the communications advisor where she continues to provide an example of leadership to fellow designers.

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Kate Renner, AIA EDAC, Lean-Six,Sigma CE, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

As an architect, medical planner and researcher at HKS, Kate specializes in health care and research with experience working with several of the top health care systems worldwide. She has worked extensively with the HKS research team, developing a post-occupancy evaluation methodology, as well as conducting nurse efficiency and behavior mapping studies. Most recently, Kate has developed a fellowship program to expand research beyond the boundaries of the HKS Research Team to all project teams. Outside of work, she is active in the local and national design community, serving on a number of committees with the AIA, USGBC, and NAAB.