washington, dc 

Hosted by: AIA Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and the AIA | DC Emerging Architects Committee
Local Contact: Kimberly Yoho, CAE, Douglas Crawford, AIA, and Alison Pavilonis, AIA

local program

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. 

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program schedule

National Plenary - Act I

Leadership Dynamics in the Industry

12:30 - 12:40pm Introduction to the National Plenary                                          Clark Manus, FAIA
                             Je'Nen Chastain, Assoc. AIA

12:40 - 02:00pm Framing the Design Challenge of                                             Leadership within the Industry,
                            Panel and Keynote address
                             Keshika DeSaram
                             Korey White, AIA
                             Shannon Kraus, FAIA
                             Al Rubeling, Jr., FAIA
                             Vaki Mawena

02:00 - 02:20pm Break / Program Transition

National Plenary - Act III

Citizen Architect Movement in Detroit

03:40 - 04:45pm Keynote and panel address
                            - Live from Detroit
                             R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMA
                             Urban Design Director, City of Detroit                     
04:45 - 05:00pm Closing Remarks
                             Carl Elefante, FAIA

05:00 - 06:30pm Local Close and Reception

D.C. Local Programming

08:00 - 08:30am Breakfast / Registration

08:30 - 09:30am Mission Possible
                             Vishaan Chakrabarti
                             Practice for Architecture and Urbanism

09:30 - 10:15am Defining the Role of an Architect
                             Nooni Reatig, AIA
                             Matthew Bell, FAIA
                             Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

10:30 - 11:15am Designing the Solution
                             Facilitated Workshop             

11:15 - 12:15pm Lunch

12:15 - 12:30pm Countdown to National Plenary Broadcast

National Plenary - Act II

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

02:20 - 03:20pm Keynote address
                             Sally Blount
                             Dean of the Kellogg School of
                             Management at Northwestern University

03:20 - 03:40pm Break / Program Transition

local Speakers

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Douglas Crawford, AIA
Architect, Perkins+Will

Douglas is an architect at Perkins+Will in Washington, DC where he focuses on a variety of project types including civic, commercial, and cultural spaces.  Currently he is AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee liaison to the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and in 2018 will serve as the chair of the Emerging Architects Committee.  This year his appointment to the national ArchiPAC Emerging Professionals Committee has further developed his voice in advocating for emerging professionals and the greater whole of the architectural profession.  Locally he assists those working to become licensed architects by acting as an NCARB Licensing Advisor and continues to serve nationally on select NCARB committees.  In 2018, he will serve on the AIA|DC Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large.

Alison Pavilonis, AIA
Architect, Bowie Gridley Architects

Alison is a project architect at Bowie Gridley Architects in Washington, DC and the communications advisor for AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee. The youngest licensed architect at BGA, she acts as a resource to other young designers working towards licensure and serves as the firm’s coordinator for the Architects in Schools program through the Washington Architectural Foundation. As the communications advisor for the EAC, she is responsible for the outreach and communications efforts for the entire committee and its 20+ annual events, authoring the committee blog while simultaneously leading teams in program planning efforts. She was selected for the 2017-18 class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.

Keynote: Vishaan Chakrabarti
Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP). His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, and the Regional Planning Association. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations and has served on the National Mayor’s Institute of City Design. Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012, he is a former Crain’s “40 Under 40” and David Rockefeller Fellow. Chakrabarti and his family live in Manhattan, where his spouse Maria Alataris is also a practicing architect.

Panelist: Matthew Bell, FAIA
Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects

Matthew Bell, FAIA is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.  He is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Perkins Eastman Architects and also Vice President of the Restoring Ancient Stabia Foundation. His professional work with Perkins Eastman has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the USGBC, the Urban Land Institute and the Committee for 100 on the Federal City.  Bell has degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University. Bell specializes in large-scale architecture and urban design and Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. He has served as president of the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore and Prince George's County, Maryland, assisting communities and community groups in matters of urban design and planning.  From 1994 to 1999 Bell was the Director and conference chair of the Northeast Regional meeting of the Mayor's Institute for City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.  His work has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and in 2006 he served as a juror for the Biennale of Venice (Italy).

Panelist: Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an Architect for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Headquarters. He serves as the USACE national Program Manager for Design Quality Management, BIM Initiatives and Implementation, and Engineering & Construction Employee Development.  Mr. Tobias spent the first 10 years of his career as a design architect with the USACE Kansas City District, including two civilian deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, before joining HQUSACE in 2015.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is actively involved with the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee and the AIA|DC Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program. He also serves as the Army Liaison for the Architectural Practice Committee of the Society of American Military Engineers.

Panelist: Nooni Reatig, AIA
Suzane Reatig Architecture

Nooni Reatig, AIA, is an artist, architect, developer, and principal at Suzane Reatig Architecture.  She specializes in development, community outreach, feasibility analysis, planning, design and delivery of residential urban infill projects.  Nooni has been dedicated to designing housing that incorporates the outdoors and improves quality of life for city dwellers.  Suzane Reatig Architecture has provided design services for private sector and nonprofit clients in Washington, DC since 1989.  The firm is invested in contributing to the city’s landscape and participating in Washington’s evolution as a world capital.  As an extension of the firm’s philosophy, Reatig is inspired by the way people live and believes our responsibility to design carries beyond the home and into the public space.  She’s an advocate for walkable urban places and believes that the space between buildings is as important as the buildings themselves. 


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