2020 AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors, Leadership, and Team
Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP| AIA Pittsburgh
Managing Principal and Cofounder, evolveEA
Marc takes pride in seeing the potential for design and sustainability innovation where others do not. He has been a licensed architect for over a decade and has been an influential voice in sustainability since the early 1990s. As Managing Principal and Cofounder of evolveEA, Marc works with greening design and construction projects in order to leverage organizational and operational sustainability while raising awareness within all who will listen. Marc works closely with university, retail, healthcare, K-12, historic, non-profit and institutional clients on an ongoing basis and understands the process and pressure points for the leveraged and successful implementation of sustainable design strategies. His consulting work has led to many notable and innovative firsts, including the first LEED certified project in Africa, the oldest LEED EB certified project (1869) and the first LEED certified supermarket.
In 2015, Marc was selected as a LEED Fellow for his service, commitment and contributions to the green building and sustainability field. Marc has lectured nationally, is one of several dozen international professionals to be named US Green Building Council LEED Faculty and is a trained facilitator. Since 2006, he has taught nearly one hundred workshops nationally to thousands of attendees. He is also helping to change his region by serving as Chair of AIA Pennsylvania’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), as well as the Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Committee and the Board of AIA Pittsburgh. Marc’s consulting is backed by his career as an architect with experience in commercial, office, residential, and institutional projects.
Jeff Pastva, AIA, CPHC| AIA Philadelphia
Senior Project Architect, Bright Common
Jeffrey Pastva, AIA, is a Senior Project Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) with Bright Common, a Philadelphia based firm that focuses on high concept and low carbon design. He has extensive experience designing housing, including affordable, student and senior typologies for both single and multi-family projects.
He has served in volunteer roles at all levels of the AIA, having held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. In addition to his professional service he has volunteered for the Community Design Collaborative, his neighborhood RCO (SOSNA) and conducted profession portfolio seminars for students at Syracuse, NJIT, Drexel and Temple.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has been a licensed Architect in PA since 2011.
Immediate Past President
Chip Desmone, AIA| AIA Pittsburgh
Principal/President, Desmone Architects
Charles ”Chip” Desmone is a third-generation architect who has dedicated over 30 years of service to the industry and the AIA. Chip has impacted the profession locally, regionally, nationally and internationally through mentorship, advocacy and community development as an architect for neighborhood transformation and adaptive reuse throughout the region. Chip is currently CEO of Desmone Architects, within the past 15 years the firm has grown immensely by taking on new partners and expanded to new markets.
Recently, Chip was a participant in the pilot program and spent 3 years as a P.A.L.M mentor (Promoting Advocacy and Licensure through Mentorship) for AIA Pennsylvania and AIA Pittsburgh. In 2019, Chip was elected as AIA PA President. Through this term, Chip has engaged in the legislative affairs to further the issues important to the profession and society on the state, local, and national levels.
Chip’s dedication to urban design and improving our communities has expanded beyond this work with RUDAT’s and other AIA programs to leading revitalization and redevelopment in the neighborhood of his office. He has reshaped forgotten areas of our communities and equally important has helped mold the next generations of architects who will continue to have a positive influence.
Elysia Mikkelsen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Architect,, Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects
Elysia Mikkelsen, AIA, is a Project Architect at Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She focuses on designing several of the firm’s LEED K-12 projects, working with clients to choose the best sustainable path forward. Prior to joining CRA she worked as an Intern Architect with EI Associates.
Elysia serves as a volunteer for the AIA at a local level on the Central PA board, representing Emerging Professionals from the region. She has also served on the AIA PA EPiC Committee since 2015 and is currently in her second year as AIA PA’s EPiC Chair. In addition to these professional service positions, Elysia spends time volunteering with the local ACE chapter of Cumberland County. She believes that mentorship is one of the most important aspects of the architecture profession—not only to create better well rounded emerging professionals, but to build dialogue on the future of the profession and how it can continue to grow and adapt.
Elysia received a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University (currently Thomas Jefferson University), with a minor in sustainability. She spends her time outside of work and professional activities traveling, hiking the AT, and practicing improv. Elysia thrives on meeting new people and experiencing new places; she believes architects must have a passion for and understanding of the people and places they design for.
Michael Metzger, AIA, LEED AP| AIA Eastern Pennsylvania
Michael is a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania and is a founding member of Alloy5. He has 25 years of experience in the profession and previously worked as an associate at Spillman Farmer Architects, where he helped design the iconic ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Michael is a past president of the Eastern PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves as a state director. He is an advocate for green buildings and earned accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Michael also serves on the facilities committee for his alma mater Bethlehem Catholic High School, where he was recently on the board of directors and previously coached volleyball.
Strategic Council Representative
Michael Skolnick, AIA| AIA Philadelphia
Partner, PZS Architects
A partner in PZS Architects since 1998, Michael guides the firm’s design philosophy. He quietly and efficiently encourages the office and its projects with his critical thinking and penchant for organization. His keen understanding of programming and planning gets every project off to a strong start. Whether working to further refine a design to meet a client’s needs or steering a project to proceed as planned, he is committed to high levels of client service and architectural excellence. No matter how big or small a design challenge, Michael recognizes the need to understand the details, and he instills the same careful thought in the entire staff. His 25+ years of professional experience have included pharmaceutical, institutional, and corporate projects, as well as designs for high-end multi-family residential projects. Michael earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.
Government Affairs Chair
Scott Compton, AIA
Principal, Compton Insights
Scott is a Principal with Compton Insights, an architecture and planning firm focused on sustainable solutions to extend the lifecycle of existing buildings and campuses. With over 30 years of experience in architectural design, systems integration, facilities management, and historic preservation, Scott has managed the assessment of facilities for institutional, governmental, and commercial clients nationwide.
As 2019 Chair of AIA National's Corporate Architects and Facility Managers Advisory Group (CAFM), he works to develop content for the CAFM knowledge Community. Locally, Scott served as the 2018 President of AIA Pennsylvania, and continues serving as Co-Chair Emeritus of their Government Affairs Committee, and AIA Pennsylvania Director to the AIA Philadelphia Board.
He is a regular presenter at regional conferences and has offered testimony on architectural topics to Pennsylvania House and Senate legislators on school construction lifecycles and historic preservation tax credits. For the past few years, Scott has been working to bridge the advocacy efforts of AIA Pennsylvania, Green Building United, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and AIA Philadelphia for legislation impacting the built environment.
AIA Eastern Pennsylvania Representative
Stewart Gouck, AIA
Principal, Gouck Architects
AIA Middle Pennsylvania Representative
Richard L. Karcher, AIA
President and CEO,, Rikar Designs
Over the course of Mr. Karcher's 42 year career, he has been responsible for the business development, planning and design of nearly $3 billion worth of new and renovated K-12, higher-ed, corporate, health care, hospitality and institutional building projects throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Connecticut and Virginia.
Mr. Karcher received his BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon in 1975 and in 1978 he received his MArch from Yale University. Immediately after graduation Mr. Karcher joined the Connecticut firm of Stecker LaBau which is now known as The S/L/A/M Collaborative.
In 1980 he returned home to Pennsylvania and joined the Altoona firm of Hayes Large Architects where he was a Partner for 13 years before moving on to becoming a Principal with Burt Hill - now known as Stantec. In 2012 he re-united with with his former Hayes Large Partner, Vern McKissick, where he remained until leaving in 2017 to spend more time with his family, grandchildren, fly fishing, skiing and growing his design consulting firm - Rikar Designs..
In addition to our State AIA Board of Directors, Mr. Karcher also contributes much of his personal time to other community organizations and institutions where he serves as Chairman of the Blair County Convention Authority and is a board member on the Penn State Altoona and Garvey Manor Board of Directors.
AIA Northeastern Pennsylvania Representative
Roger M. Williams, AIA
Director of Architecture/Engineering, Geisinger Health System
AIA Pittsburgh Representative
Richard L. Beattie Jr., AIA
Principal, Richard L. Beattie, Jr. Architect
Rick Beattie began his practice as Richard L. Beattie Jr., Architect, after seven years work in a number of Pittsburgh firms. Throughout his career his interest has always been in the breadth of architecture and its interconnection with other disciplines. His solo practice has resulted in an eclectic resume’ of projects and experience that includes baseball fields, vacation homes, pump storage reservoirs, restaurants, sewage treatment plants and retail shops.
Mr. Beattie received both his degrees from Virginia Tech: a BS in Civil Engineering followed by a Master of Architecture (M.Arch). He is registered in Pennsylvania and Maryland and spends some time as a contributing editor to SportsCar magazine.
AIA Pittsburgh Representative
Eric Booth, AIA
Principal, Desmone Architects
As a Principal and Director of Operations, Eric’s role with the firm is extensive. His management of our day-to-day operations involves him with nearly every aspect of the business, from strategic planning to resource management. He is the firm’s hiring manager and coordinates our staffing needs. Eric also oversees many of the firm’s larger projects and provides office-wide quality control.
As President of Desmone, an architecture and interior design firm with offices in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula, Eric Booth strategizes, innovates and implements through all facets of the company. Eric strives to elevate the perception of the architecture profession by structuring the design process around the fundamental reason a building is constructed: to serve people. This conviction is evident as Eric led the Desmone team to pioneer the design and construction of a 25,000 SF office addition, which is on track to become one of Pittsburgh’s first WELL Gold certified office spaces.
After graduating from Cornell University, Eric became a Partner of a large architecture and engineering firm in Maryland. After relocating to Pittsburgh in 2008, Eric became one of the first new Principals at Desmone in over 50 years, facilitated strategic plans, and managed the day-to-day operations prior to becoming President. Over the last 12 years, Eric has tripled the staff and expanded the partnership base to an additional 5 partners while investing in principles that diversify the firm.
For over 20 years, Eric has served the AIA through a multitude of tactical and leadership initiatives. He served on the board of AIA Chesapeake Bay and held the positions of Communications Committee Chair, Treasurer and President. He also served on the boards of AIA Maryland and AIA Pittsburgh and was a Mid-Atlantic Regional Council representative. In Pittsburgh, Eric is dedicated to economic and community development through active positions such as the City of Pittsburgh Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP), Construction Legislative Council of Western PA, Northside Leadership Conference, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the East Allegheny Community Council.
Eric resides with his wife and son in the historic Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where he designed and constructed his own rowhome.
AIA Pittsburgh Representative
Ken Doyno, AIA LEED AP
Senior Principal, President Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Ken Doyno is President of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm focused on creating meaningful design solutions using collaborative processes with clients and communities. Ken provides leadership in how architecture, community planning, and property development simultaneously increases economic, social, and physical value of our communities. Ken advances projects and innovation by aligning and challenging people to create shared visions that connects and serve clients while making the world a better place.
In addition to thirty-two years of professional practice, Ken has advanced regional change through participation in civic, academic, and cultural activities. Ken worked extensively with Dr. Mindy Fullilove in developing the book Urban Alchemy; Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities. Ken served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University for multiple years in the fifth year architecture “Urban Lab” studio and the first year architecture studio.
Ken is currently serving on the Board for the Saturday Light Brigade which has been internationally recognized for using radio and audio to encourage, amplify, and share ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth, families, and communities. Prior community work includes service as Chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh, as Co-Chair of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Community Vision Days, and as an Advisory Board member of Chatham University’s Landscape Architecture program. Ken also served as an advisory board member to the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
AIA Pittsburgh Representative
Quintin Kittle, AIA
Throughout his 30+ year career in Architecture, Quintin Kittle has distinguished himself as an effective leader, an inspiring mentor, and a tireless advocate for the profession.
Quintin has always relished his role in molding and developing the next generation of leaders in Architecture. Throughout his career he has mentored younger associates and has developed a strong network of fellow architects and constructors. With experience in managing all phases of architectural projects from pre-design to construction documentation, Quintin has passed on his knowledge through presentations on practice management, and the built environment. When he started his own practice, Quintin actively recruited, trained, and developed emerging professionals while also encouraging these associates to become involved in AIA early in their careers.
Quintin is a well-rounded architecture professional who has developed a distinct expertise in project and practice management. In 2011 he founded qkArchitecture where he focuses on commercial, retail, and residential projects and has developed a specialization in adaptive reuse projects or all types and scales.
Quintin is particularly proud of his association with AIA and has used his various roles to advocate for the profession. He currently holds AIA Pittsburgh AIA Pennsylvania Board Member positions, serves as Chair of the AIA Pittsburgh Advocacy Committee, and is a member of the AIA PA Governmental Affairs Committee.
Quintin, a proud Navy veteran, lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife Ellen and their two children. He attended [current National Champion] Louisiana State University and is licensed to practice architecture in Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. Quintin is optimistic about the future of Architecture in the Commonwealth and is committed to promoting and supporting the AIA’s programs and platforms.
State Associate Director (SAD)
Betty Bluvshtein, Assoc. AIA| AIA Philadelphia
Creative Director, M. Cohen and Sons
Betty's academic and professional architecture background has led her to pursuing marketing and branding within the AEC industry. With over 10 years of experience, she brings an invaluable skill set and institutional knowledge of the AEC vertical to her current role as Creative Director of M. Cohen and Sons. Betty also serves as an Adjunct Professor who teaches digital representation courses and design studio, while sitting on the AIA Pennsylvania Board in addition to being the Chair of the AIA Pennsylvania Outreach Committee. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University and a Master of Architecture II from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Young Architects Regional Director (YARD)
Monica Blasko, AIA| AIA Pittsburgh
Project Architect, qkArchitecture
As the Pennsylvania Young Architect Regional Director (PA YARD), Monica Blasko is excited to work with her fellow young architects to continue to mold the future of our profession— building upon its strengths, while continually identifying and creatively attacking its shortcomings.
Through her involvement with AIA Pittsburgh, YAF Pittsburgh, and range of work experience, Monica has proven herself to be an adept designer, a collaborative leader, and an accomplished advocate. Currently a Project Architect at qkArchitecture, she leads a range of project types and scales in a fast-paced, small firm setting. She began her professional career with internships at Perkins Eastman’s Pittsburgh office and Tsao & McKown in New York City, followed by an Intern Architect position at Designstream in Pittsburgh that lead to a Project Manager role. She strives to channel her experiences as young female architect by mentoring aspiring architects and championing issues that affect the entire architectural community.
With an undergraduate architecture education from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute— including study abroad experiences in Scandinavia and Turkey— Monica finds great importance in continually expanding her worldview and understanding the history of culture and place. When out of the office, she seeks inspiration and adventure through travel— splitting time between cities and nature— with her civil engineer husband, Matt, and dotes over her constant companion (and office dog) Axel.
Regional Associate Director (RAD)
Megan Henry, Assoc. AIA| AIA Eastern PA
Project Designer, MKSD architects
Megan’s eclectic experience as a teacher, AmeriCorps VISTA and emerging professional provide her with an infinite toolbox for design and leadership. After obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University), Megan dedicated a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, which helped to shape her view of architecture as a tool for empowerment.
Megan began her career in architecture with J2N Architecture, Cornerstone Consulting Engineers & Architects and SCF Architecture as a designer, developing a diverse portfolio of projects. She currently works as a Project Designer with MKSD Architects and is in the process of pursuing licensure.
As an active member of the AIA, Megan currently serves as the Secretary of the AIA Eastern PA Chapter, a member of EPiC (Emerging Professionals Committee), and most recently as the Regional Associate Director for Pennsylvania. As the RAD, Megan is eager to develop opportunities for growth, engagement and change for fellow Associate Members.
NCARB Licensing Advisor
Kathryn Doyle, Assoc. AIA| AIA Northeastern Pennsylvania
Architectural Designer, HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors
Kathryn is a graduate of Penn State University’s Stuckeman School where she obtained her Professional Masters of Architecture degree. This was following her undergraduate degree at the Boston Architectural College where she participated in a cooperative learning environment and gained valuable on the job training while pursuing her degree. Her studies allowed her to find a position with HUNT Engineers Architects and Land Surveyors in 2017 and has recently shifted into the role of Architect following her initial licensure in Pennsylvania. Kathryn is extending her involvement with AIA PA by becoming a board member of her local chapter in 2020.
Stephen Swarney, JD
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Director of Legislative Affairs
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Anthony S. Potter
Principal, Offit Kurman
Mr. Potter is a Principal attorney in the Offit Kurman Construction Law Practice Group and is a resident of the firm’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office. Mr. Potter focuses his practice on counseling architects, engineers, design-build entities, owners and other businesses involved in construction contracting, commercial and construction litigation, administrative law, and professional licensing matters.
Mr. Potter serves as general counsel to AIA Pennsylvania, special counsel to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Penn State Harrisburg Advisory Board for the Structural Design & Construction Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Programs. He frequently provides seminars and lecturers at national, regional and statewide forums on topics including construction contract documents, construction delivery methods, design and construction errors and omissions, risk management, construction and project management, construction litigation and design professional ethics.
Director of Communications
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Membership and Marketing Coordinator
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Michelle is a lifelong PA resident and graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She joins the AIA PA team with 6 years of hospitality experience including event planning, recruitment, and team building. She is excited to translate her passion into association work. She loves meeting new people and fighting for a good cause. When she’s not at work she enjoys camping, exercising, and sewing. On weekends you can find her at the local coffee shop and completing DIY projects on her 100 year old home.