Board of Directors, Leadership, and Team
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.
Immediate Past President
Roger Williams,RA, AIA| AIA Northeastern PA
Project Manager, Larson Design Group
Roger M. Williams is the Technical Manager for the Industrial Studio within Larson Design Group in Williamsport, where he leads staff within the Industrial Studio in the design and production of projects in the general commercial and industrial markets. He has over 35 years of experience in the profession and has worked with small, medium and large firms in northcentral and northeast Pennsylvania and has also practiced corporate healthcare architecture, serving as the Director - Architecture and Engineering for Geisinger until moving to LDG. He has been a registered architect since 1995 and is licensed in Pennsylvania as well as several other states.
Roger has been active in AIA at the local and state level for over 15 years, having served as President of the Northeast PA AIA chapter and as the NEPA AIA representative to AIA PA for six years. He is also active in his local community, where he has served on his local school board and the Bloomsburg HARB as well as local service organizations and AYSO.
Roger resides in Bloomsburg, PA, where he enjoys spending time with his wife Barbara, children, and grandchildren.
Jamie Ober, AIA, LEED AP | AIA Philadelphia
Principal, Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interior Design
Jamie is honored and excited to serve on the board of AIA Pennsylvania. Through nearly 20 years of professional experience, she has cultivated passions for design and the built environment as well as the principles of equity and advancement of the architectural profession. She looks forward to continuing to advocate for these issues as a member of the AIA PA board.
Jamie earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech where she developed an appreciation for material expression and the unlimited potential of digital design and BIM integration. She currently serves as a Senior Designer, Senior Project Manager for Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interior Design where her work has included a range of major educational and institutional projects. Other work from her career include significant civic and commercial developments such as the relocation of the shrine of St. Katharine Drexel to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia and a 14-story housing development adjacent to Temple University.
Jamie has been energized by her involvement with many professional support and advancement endeavors. She carries a special interest in Equity Diversity and Inclusion issues and serves on both the EDI and Women in Architecture Committees for AIA Philadelphia as well as the EDI Committee for AIA Pennsylvania. She also serves on the AIA PA Strategic Council and is proud to be a LEED Accredited Professional.
By joining the AIA PA board, Jamie hopes to continue her work in advancing the profession of architecture and helping the local community of architects reach for and achieve their professional goals.
Eric Booth, AIA| AIA Pittsburgh
President, Desmone Architects
As President of Desmone, an architecture and interior design firm with offices in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 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, Pittsburgh’s first WELL Gold certified office space.
After graduating from Cornell University, Eric became a Partner of a large architecture and engineering firm in Maryland. After relocating to Pittsburgh in 2008, he 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 13 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.
Catherine (Katie) Broh AIA, LEED AP
| AIA Philadelphia
Partner, MGA Partners Architects
Katie Broh, AIA is a Partner at MGA Partners in Philadelphia where she directs the firm’s work for academic projects and those involving cultural and performing arts organizations. Her prowess in addressing advanced pedagogy across disciplines and for performance, social, collaborative and maker spaces has led to innovative and highly regarded designs for academic and cultural institutions including University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve University, Indiana University, University of Delaware, Northeastern University, University of Michigan, The Shipley School, Central High School and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Katie has long maintained an immersive leadership role in Philadelphia’s cultural scene through her board leadership of two non-profits dedicated to arts education for school children—Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly. She is a past board member of AIA Philadelphia and remains co-chair of AIA Philadelphia’s Owner’s Roundtable. She has been an adjunct faculty at Drexel University’s Westphal College for over 10 years, teaching design studios and thesis. In addition, Katie currently serves on the Facilities Committee for Germantown Friends School.
Katie is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Jonathan Broh AIA, and their son.
Strategic Council Representative
Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP | AIA Pittsburgh
Principal, Evolve EA
Marc Mondor sees triple-bottom line potential in every project and has been an influential voice in sustainability for decades. As Managing Principal and Cofounder of evolveEA, Marc works with greening design and construction projects in order to leverage organizational and operational sustainability. Marc's understanding of the process and pressure points for successful implementation of sustainable design strategies backs his consulting with commercial, office, residential, healthcare, historic K-12, retail, higher-ed and institutional clients. His consulting has led to many milestones, including the first LEED certified project in Africa, the first LEED certified supermarket, and one of the first certified Living Buildings. As President of AIA Pennsylvania in 2020, Marc created the thriving COTE (Committee On The Environment) and EDI (Equity Diversity and Inclusion) committees, and Marc is Vice Chair of the PA Climate Change Advisory Committee, producing the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan. Marc is also an Appointee to the national AIA Committee on Climate Action and Design Excellence. Marc was honored as a LEED Fellow by the USGBC for his service, commitment and contributions to the green building and sustainability field. He has lectured nationally and is one of several dozen international professionals to be named US Green Building Council LEED Faculty. Marc is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Energy Manager, AIA+2030 certified, a Parksmart Advisor, and a WELL Accredited Professional.
AIA Bucks County Representative
Stephen Heinz, AIA
Stephen M. Heinz. AIA has held to his vision of the architect as a “Medieval Master Builder” since swinging a hammer at age 12. He earned a BA in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and his professional degree at Cornell University. Already influenced by Louie Kahn, Ian Mc Harg, and Malcolm Wells from Penn, and confronting Rowe, Ungers, and Selligman at Cornell, his senior thesis reflected precarious and environmentally challenging sites and the use of natural materials for clustering traditional post and beam housing. It was thoroughly reviled, but he pressed on and remained undeterred in a commitment to conservative and innovative Architecture. While in Ithaca, he simultaneously ran a successful electrical contracting business, a design-build firm, an active BSA scout troop, coached youth soccer, and attended school while supporting a growing family. Moving back to his roots in the Philadelphia area, he practiced all sectors of architectural projects in prestigious local firms. After winning an international design competition in 1986, he started his own private practice. He continues to practice mainly in the Princeton-Philadelphia corridor serving developers, corporations, and individuals. His body of work focuses on sustainable, natural, environmentally responsible, efficient, and beautiful spaces for living, working, worshiping, learning, and celebrating. He has served as a leader in the Bucks County Chapter AIA since 1990 in almost every capacity. He still mentors youth in Scouting, (over 100 Eagle scouts), leads the local township HARB, coaches youth soccer, and is still trekking, skiing, sailing, building and Is laying stone for historic preservation. He continues his experiments in new building technologies, natural heating, cooling, seasonal lighting, geo-thermal storage and release, solar gain and conversion, interior and exterior wind movement and convection, material life cycles, and landscape design, and remains engaged and fascinated with the latest computer assisted design programs and animations.
AIA Central Pennsylvania Representative
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.
AIA Central Pennsylvania Representative
Kyle Solyak, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Architecture, Tono Group
Kye Solyak, AIA, LEED AP is the Director, Architecture for TONO Group. A Lancaster, PA based design-build firm focused on integrated project delivery, with an architect lead approach to design and construction. Kyle Leads the firm’s day to day operations, its design staff, and the crossover integration from design to construction.
He has served on the AIA Central PA board of directors in numerous capacities, including chair of the Design and Expo committee, various Executive leadership roles, and as president in 2020. He continues to serve as the sections state representative, active in the government affairs committee and on AIA PA’s strategic council. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University and has been a licensed Architect in PA since 2016.
AIA Eastern Pennsylvania Representative
Megan Moser, Assoc. AIA
| AIA Eastern
Project Manager, MKSD
A talented project designer, Megan is enthusiastic, willing to help on any project and brings a fresh design perspective to the team. She assists the project architect with developing interior finish palettes within clients’ budgets, educating clients about new finish material options, and creating detailed renderings to effectively communicate proposed design solutions. Megan is a graduate of Philadelphia University where she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree. She has worked on health care and higher education projects, including new construction, additions, and renovations.
AIA Middle Pennsylvania Representative
David Macharola, AIA, NCARB, CSI CDT
Owner and Principal Architect, David Macharola Architects
David Macharola, AIA, NCARB, CSI CDT has been in the architectural profession for over 25 years. His demonstrated areas of expertise include architectural design, production of construction documents and construction administration. His architectural experience includes building projects for new facilities and renovations of facilities for institutional, industrial, retail, office, parks, K-12 and higher education, religious, correctional and judicial, municipal and public safety. He is the principal architect and owner of David Macharola Architects in Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania and serves as President of the Middle Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Hollidaysburg PA Historic Architectural Review Board. He is married to Sandra Macharola and they have three children and six grand children.
AIA Northeastern Representative
Carl J. Handman, AIA
President, Eyerman.Csala.Hapeman & Handman - Architects, LLC
Carl J. Handman, AIA, attended The Architectural Association in London, England in 1972/73, as a year of Independent Study, graduating from Syracuse University in 1974. Establishing his practice in 1980, he joined the Eyerman office in 1990. His practice is committed to innovative design solutions which combine regional architectural traditions and materials with 21st Century technology.
He believes that each project should be analyzed within the unique set of circumstances that its site has to offer. These variables, when combined with the client's program requirements, budget and energy considerations, produce a design that is responsive to the community and site on which it is located.
An active member of AIA NEPA since the mid 1990's, Carl was appointed to the first PA UCC RAC in 2009, serving until 2011. He was an Adjunct Instructor at Marywood University's School of Architecture from 2011 until 2017.
Also active in his community, Carl has been Chair of the House & Property of Temple B'nai B'rith in Kingston, PA since 2001. He has also served on the Boards of B'nai B'rith Senior Apartments, and the Luzerne County Historical Society, both in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
AIA Northwestern Representative
Gary Matczak, AIA
Principal, Gary Matczak Architects
Gary has extensive hands-on experience in new construction design projects, building renovation projects and surveying existing building conditions. He has developed drawings and details to deal with new construction projects, as well as many renovations and additions and has investigated hundreds of buildings documenting existing conditions. Gary started his professional career in 1979 with the firm of Heidt Evans Salata Architects in Partnership, spending more than 18 years with the firm and its succeeding firm, Evans Salata Architects. In 1997, Evans Salata Architects was purchased by the Oil City based firm of Strickland Best Architects, eventually forming into Evans Strickland Best Architects. It was during this latest transformation that Gary decided to strike out on his own and began his career in private practice. Since then, Gary is proud to pronounce his respect for the principals of his prior employment, for it is assimilation of their knowledge and experiences together that he develops designs and solutions to projects and problems with confidence.
AIA Philadelphia Representative
Scott Compton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP | AIA Philadelphia
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. He is also a Principal Architect with Amtrak, where he was tapped to help complete the Moynihan Train Hall in New York City and now manages major capital programs throughout the Wilmington, Delaware region with their Stations Design and facilities Group. Scott has over 30 years of experience in architectural design, systems integration, facilities management, and historic preservation.
A Citizen Architect, Scott currently serves as the Pennsylvania Representative to the AIA National Strategic Council where in 2021 he Co-Convened the Rural + Suburban Area of Study and participated in the Strategic Council Steering Committee. Scott was the 2019 and 2020 Chair of AIA National's Corporate Architects and Facility Managers Advisory Group (CAFM) where he served for six years. Scott has participated in Grassroots and SLGN conferences and currently sits on the States Government Network Advisory Group curating content for future Architects in Action conferences. 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.
AIA Philadelphia Representative
Robert Kelly AIA, IDSA, FAIA
| AIA Philadelphia
Robert Kelly, FAIA, IDSA, is an accomplished architect, designer, and recognized leader. Throughout his career he has amassed an extraordinarily broad and deep portfolio of projects each sharing an undercurrent of inventiveness, advocacy and public good.
Bob has been deeply committed to advancing the profession through Design and the AIA. He is on AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors, representing Philadelphia as the Committee on Design Chair, and he is Chair of the AIA Pennsylvania Excellence in Design and Special Awards Program. He is a former President and Government Affairs Chair of AIA Pennsylvania and has served on a variety of AIA and other nonprofit boards, committees, and task forces at local, state, regional and national levels.
AIA Pittsburgh Representative
Joseph Chaffin, AIA, NCARB
Vice President, Architecture Practice Executive, Michael Baker International
Joseph Chaffin, AIA is Vice President and Architecture Practice Executive with Michael Baker International located in Pittsburgh, PA. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction, growth, and performance of the Practice and leads a multi-disciplinary team of architects, interior designers, and building engineers locally and regionally. His focus encompasses creative design solutions, technical execution, and excellence for architecture projects worldwide. In balancing creative, organizational, and technical strengths, Joseph brings 34 years of industry experience and demonstrates a broad practice of architecture from residential through complex institutional projects. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati, including a certificate from the Ecole d’Art Americaines, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France. He is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. Joseph is active with a variety of professional and community organizations in the Pittsburgh region, recently serving as President and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
AIA Pittsburgh Representative | Government Affairs Chair
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-three years of professional practice, Ken has advanced regional change through participation in civic, academic, and cultural activities. Ken recently initiated and now co-chairs the AIA – PA Housing and Community Development sub-committee of the Government Affair Committee. 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 also regularly leads Community Vision programs for Leadership Pittsburgh and serves on the Board for the Saturday Light Brigade which is internationally recognized for using radio and audio to amplify, and share ideas and stories. Prior community work includes chairing the Design Center of Pittsburgh, advisory board member for Chatham University’s Landscape Architecture program, and advisory board member of 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 Emerging Professional Member Director
Jeremiah Woodring, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Jeremiah Woodring is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with over 8 years of experience, and an elected Ward Commissioner for Lower Merion Township. He's an architect at HOK in Philadelphia and has experience in commercial design including, but not limited to, healthcare, S&T, and higher education. Rooted in sustainability, Jeremiah is an accredited professional in the LEED and WELL building standards as well as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) with Phius. Jeremiah graduated from Philadelphia University in 2015, with a Professional Bachelors of Architecture. He also works as an adjunct professor with both Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University, where he has taught an assortment of courses from Visualization to Studio. He has a strong interest in the overlap between government and the practice of architecture. While he’s focused on his community and advocating for the profession, Jeremiah’s primary passion is spending time with his two young daughters.
State Associate Representative (STAR)
Cassandra Marks, AIA Associate| AIA Philadelphia
Architectural Designer, BartonPartners
Cassandra Marks, Assoc. AIA, is an Architectural Designer at BartonPartners and a 2022 graduate from Marywood University where she completed her 5 year Bachelor of Architecture in less than 4 years. Cassandra serves on the AIA PA Board of Directors as the PA State/Territory Associate Representative and on the Emerging Professionals Committee (EPiC). While at Marywood University, Cassandra participated in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, an international collegiate competition, where her team was awarded First Place. While studying abroad in Galicia, Spain, she worked on a design team that built Nordés Observation Post, which was nominated for ArchDaily's Building of the Year Award Small Installations Division. Cassandra is deeply passionate about helping others advance their career and overcoming the many obstacles (personally and professionally) that stand in the way. As someone whose education was interrupted by Covid-19, she is focused on helping students and recent graduates navigate a post-covid world. She is an advocate for diversity and wants to work towards making the profession more accessible.
Young Architects Representative (YAR)
Mel Ngami, AIA, NOMA, RA| AIA Pittsburgh
Associate, Project Architect, GBBN Architects
Mel Ngami is an Associate and project architect at GBBN architects. Her focus is on community development and higher education. She has spent the past 4 years working to enrich the pipeline of minority architects within the city of Pittsburgh as Co-Lead to team build within NOMA PGH (National Organization of Minorities Pittsburgh chapter). She has also worked to influence students as a studio instructor at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and as a speaker within local elementary schools. Mel received her Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She also attended the AIA Leadership institute and the UDREAM Program previously hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. In 2022 Mel received the AIA PA Associate Award, for bringing positive change to her community. Creating spaces that provide room for people to explore their identity and history, without the baggage of conformity, is a goal of hers. Not only within the material of the built environment but also the immaterial of the social spaces people must engage in their day to day.
Architect Licensing Advisor (ALA)
Joshua Silbaugh, AIA, NCARB, DBIA, LEED Green Associate| AIA Central Pennsylvania
Principal Architect/ Regional Manager, Gannett Fleming
Joshua is a native of the Harrisburg area and is currently serving as the NCARB Architect Licensing Advisor for Pennsylvania as part of the AIA Pennsylvania EPiC Committee, and is a member of the AIA Central Pennsylvania Leadership Board. Joshua is a Principal Architect and the Northeast Regional Architectural Manager for Gannett Fleming, he has been licensed as an architect in Pennsylvania for more than ten years, and he is currently licensed to practice architecture in more than fifteen states and districts nationwide. He has designed and managed projects across the county and in multiple markets, including federal, military, transportation, higher education, and civic. Joshua is also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Building Construction Management at Harrisburg Area Community College where he lectures on Materials and Methods. Joshua graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture before achieving his Master of Architecture Degree from Syracuse University.
AIA National College of Fellows Representative
Christine Mondor, FAIA| AIA Pittsburgh
Christine is an eternal optimist regarding the power of design in shaping a resilient and equitable environment and believes that architects have a leading role. She has been active in shaping places, processes, and organizations nationally and internationally for over two decades and is excited to serve as PA’s Representative to the AIA College of Fellows. As Strategic Principal of evolveEA, Christine brings integrative solutions to wicked problems such as affordable housing, infrastructure, and transportation systems. Her projects have taken her to diverse places around the country and her insights come from designing at all scales, from shaping the national EcoDistricts Protocol, to designing city-wide green infrastructure in Buffalo, to crafting the material details that bring the public realm to life. Her work has received national awards from the AIA, the American Planning Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects and has been published nationally and internationally. Christine’s commitment to the citizen architect model will help her build a broad and welcoming architectural community as Fellows Representative and AIA Pittsburgh Board Member. Christine will draw upon her experience teaching architecture and urban ecology at Carnegie Mellon University and her tenure in public service as Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission Chair and the Chair of Pittsburgh’s Comprehensive Plan Strategic Committee. Christine has studied architecture, design, and sustainable design at Carnegie Mellon University, Denmark Institute of Study, and Harvard University. She was elevated to the College of Fellows in 2019, joined the AIA Pittsburgh board in 2022, and chaired the AIA PA Special Awards in 2022.
AIA National Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Board Member
Christian Jordan, AIA| AIA Philadelphia
Principal, PJA Architecture
Christian Jordan is an architect practicing in Philadelphia, PA. As a principal at PJA Architecture, founded in 1993 by his father, Phillip, he continues to be a tireless advocate for emerging architects and the profession. Having graduated from Jefferson University with a B.Arch in 2005, he has been an adjunct at the university’s College of Architecture since 2006. He is currently teaching a course on the professional practice of architecture. In 2017, he was awarded AIA Pennsylvania’s Emerging Professional award. In 2018, he concluded a 3-year term as the AIA Young Architect Regional Director for Pennsylvania, during which time he established the EPiC Firm Recognition award which recognizes architecture firms in Pennsylvania that meet criteria demonstrating an effort to support emerging professionals within the firm and in architecture. He is managing partner of the JAMB Collective which aims to provide small architecture and interior design firms with the resources to Stay Nimble, Act Big, and Do Good. In 2020, he was inducted into the Carpenter’s Company of Philadelphia, becoming member 949 in the Company’s 300-year history. He is passionate about paying it forward within the profession and especially enjoys conversations surrounding the future of the practice and technology. Most recently, Christian was recognized by Building Design + Construction Network as part of its 40 Under 40 class of 2020.
AIA National Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Representative
Kevin Malawski, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB| AIA Philadelphia
Principal, Karbon Arcitects
Stephen Swarney, JD
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Director of Legislative Affairs
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Director of Communications
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Membership and Marketing Coordinator
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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.
Richard J. Davies, Hon. AIA
Rich Davies, Hon. AIA| Legal Counsel to AIA Philadelphia
Partner, Milber, Makris, Plousadis, Seiden
Mr. Davies' practice focuses on the representation of engineers, architects, and other design professionals, as well as scientists and designers/manufacturers of complex products. He regularly acts as their consultant and advocate, particularly in respect to risk management, by negotiating their contracts, addressing potential claims on projects, and regularly defending them in actions and proceedings initiated against them. For example, Mr. Davies regularly handles cases involving: errors and omissions affecting structural, mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems, as well as accessibility (claimed violations of ADA, FHA, state or local accessibility requirements) in industrial, commercial and residential buildings; schedule impact (e.g. delay, acceleration and inefficiency) and extras claims; licensing prosecutions; and serious personal injury/wrongful death claims arising from construction projects.
Mr. Davies is a frequent lecturer on professional liability issues for engineers and architects and other design professionals addressing issues relating to: licensing, contract negotiations, code requirements and design standards, copyright, and litigation avoidance. He serves as counsel to the AIA Philadelphia Chapter, and is the Chairman of the Board for the Board of the Center for Architecture. He is also a member of the ACEC Legal Counsel Forum, a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance ("CLM"), and a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Mr. Davies is also a Contributing Author to the Pennsylvania section of the Cumulative Supplement of the State-By-State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims (Second Edition) published by Wolters Kluwer.wrongful death claims arising from construction projects.
Michael J. Cremonese
Michael J. Cremonese| Ex-officio Member of AIA Pittsburgh's Board of Directors
Member, Burke Cromer Cremonese
Mr. Cremonese focuses his practices on construction law, professional liability and business law. His clients include architects, engineers and design-builders throughout all phases of the design and building, as well as real estate owners and developers and those in the energy and logistics industries.
His experience includes mediation, arbitration and litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as advising and representing his clients in contract negotiations, risk management strategies, and business matters.
Mr. Cremonese presents extensively to architect and engineer groups on a variety of topics, including drafting and negotiating contracts, legal risks and risk management, integrated project delivery, designer-led design-build, ethics, and ownership transitions.
He is an ex-officio member of AIA Pittsburgh's Board of Directors.
Outside of practicing law, Mr. Cremonese enjoys golfing, swimming, baseball and the culinary arts.