Carl Elefante, FAIA
2018 President

A nationally recognized expert on sustainability, Carl Elefante serves as principal for Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC, a full-service architectural firm with special expertise in the preservation, expansion, and adaptive use of historic buildings and sites.

Carl has brought his expertise to projects across building types, including the renovation of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Museum; design of Ames Hall at George Washington University; collaboration with William McDonough + Partners on the School of International Service at American University; renovation of the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History; and renovation of Baltimore’s Peabody Institute.

Carl has been an active member of the AIA at the local, state, and national levels. Nationally, he represented the Middle Atlantic region on both the AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council, and has worked closely with the AIA Committee on the Environment, the Historic Resources Committee, and the Sustainability Scan Advisory Group. He also served as President of both AIA Maryland and AIA Potomac Valley.

William J. Bates, FAIA
2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect

As Vice President of Real Estate for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Bill Bates is responsible for the restaurant growth division. He also managed the design and construction of 1.4 million square feet of office, laboratory, and manufacturing space with Marconi, Inc.

His many leadership positions and civic volunteer work also demonstrate the importance connecting the built environment, communities, and culture: He has led AIA chapters, its Diversity Council, and founded the National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh Chapter. He is on the board of both the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, and the Green Building Alliance.

Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA
2017-2018 Secretary

Bruce Sekanick is secretary-treasurer of Phillips│Sekanick Architects, Inc. of Warren, Ohio, a 101-year-old regional firm working principally on commercial and retail projects. Bruce leads the firm’s business development, strategy and awareness programs. He is also secretary of Axiom Architects, LLC in Youngstown, Ohio, which focuses on larger commercial, institutional and corporate design projects for both the public and private sector.

Bruce has been active within the AIA for more than three decades. He was previously President of AIA Eastern Ohio, AIA Ohio and the Ohio Architects Foundation, and represented the Ohio Valley region on the AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council. He was involved in the Government Advocacy Committee, and served as chair of the National Strategic Planning Task Group and the National ArchiPAC Steering Committee.

Bruce is dedicated to giving back to his community, serving on a wide variety of local boards and committees.

Patrick P. Panetta, AIA
2018-2019 Treasurer

Patrick Panetta has a penchant for leadership and passion for advocacy that has helped advance the profession of architecture and demonstrated the value of architects in service to society.

As Director of Project Management in the University Real Estate Development office at Arizona State University (ASU), he is involved in design, planning, and real estate development activities; and intimately involved in the planning and development of the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus.

Patrick is licensed in two states with more than 20 years of experience with ASU, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Air Force. He has held leadership positions at various levels of the AIA.

Patrick serves on multiple City of Phoenix planning committees, and is currently the Chair of the City’s Development Advisory Board, and is Vice President of the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation.

Heather B. Koury, Hon. AIA
2018 CACE Director

In her 15 years as AIA Memphis Executive Director, Heather Koury is guided by her passion for design and social equity, and a deeply held belief that collaboration is critical to broadening the public’s understanding of the architect’s role in bringing innovative solutions to diverse community challenges.

Heather has forged strategic partnerships and developed innovative programs across diverse public and private sectors to advance the mission of AIA, including the Paul Revere Williams Project, encouraging documentation and publication of research regarding his contributions to both practice and community.

During her term as 2017 CACE President, she also served on the Strategic Council, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee and the Member Service Resource Task Force.

Heather has been recognized with the Francis Gassner Award–the highest honor bestowed by AIA Memphis for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. She is an Honorary Member of the AIA, a recipient of the CACE Component Leadership Award, and the AIA Tennessee Distinguished Service Award.

Ross Miller, Assoc. AIA
2018 Associate Director

Ross Miller is passionate about community engagement, advocacy, and design excellence. These passions have afforded Ross many opportunities to engage in leadership roles early in his career; having served on boards and committees at every level of the AIA.

A selfless advocate for emerging professionals, he has been influential in establishing programs, events, and committees that get other emerging professionals and AIA members involved in the Institute, their communities, and the profession.

Ross is an accomplished designer, with many of his projects receiving recognition through design awards, exhibitions, and publications. Currently, he is a Principal with FormGrey Studio, a multi-city collaborative design and fabrication firm focused on elevating all aspects of the built environment.

A 2016 recipient of the AIA Associates Award, Ross chairs the AIA Omaha Lecture Series and is President of the University of Nebraska, College of Architecture Friends Association.

Keshika De Saram, Assoc. AIA, AIAS
2018 Student Director

As the 2017-2018 President of the American Institute of Architecture Students, Keshika has a passion for representing the student voice in architecture.

He recently completed his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Minnesota, having spent his time in school focusing on community engagement in the design process. Growing up in four vastly different places—Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, North Dakota, and Minnesota—Keshika is passionate about the role that architecture and design has in telling people’s unique stories and facilitating conversations about equity and opportunity.

Keshika’s engagement in the AIAS has provided a platform to explore questions of community, empowerment, and balance.

Peter Exley, FAIA
2017-2019 At-large Director

Peter Exley has established an internationally recognized practice of architecture for children, families, and communities, elevating the standards of design for learning and play environments.

He is the co-founder of Architecture Is Fun, a Chicago-based architecture, design, and consulting firm. Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA, once noted that the projects of Architecture Is Fun are “works of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth.” Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Peter has also been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 20 years.

Peter has served the AIA in a number of roles, including as President of AIA Chicago, Illinois regional representative to the Strategic Council, chair of the Public Awareness Campaign Subcommittee of the Public Outreach Committee, and served as a liaison to the Young Architects Forum.

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA
2018-2020 At-large Director

Emily Grandstaff-Rice is Senior Associate at Arrowstreet, a Boston-based architecture and design firm. With experience on a broad range of academic, hospitality, institutional, and commercial projects, her innovative design work reinforces that a building is more than its shell; it is an experience.

As a frequent speaker and writer on the future of architectural practice, Emily is fascinated by how technology, the social economy, and environmental urgency are addressed in architectural practice.

She has demonstrated continued and significant service to the AIA including leading the national diversity and inclusion conversation as chair of the Equity in Architecture Commission. For more than a decade of her career, Emily has advocated for emerging professionals: conducting original research on professional development, chairing the AIA Continuing Education Committee, and serving as 2014 president of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA.

Daniel S. Hart, FAIA, PE
2018-2020 At-large Director

Dan Hart has worked to transform the communities he serves through collaborative design as a Principal and Director of Higher Education Practice for his firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. He serves on the board of directors of the 320-person firm founded in Lubbock.

Both architect and engineer, Dan was an adjunct instructor of architectural engineering at Texas Tech University. He has served as chair of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series for Midland College and is currently a Trustee on the Board of Shreiner University.

As President of the Texas Society of Architects (2011), he shepherded landmark legislation in Texas resolving a two-decades old conflict between architects and engineers. He served as Moderator of the AIA Strategic Council (2016) and in numerous other capacities advancing architecture. He was elevated to the College of Fellows in 2014. Dan was named the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University.

Donald I. King, FAIA
2016-2018 At-large Director

In his four decades of architectural practice, volunteer service, and teaching, Donald King has always kept the needs of under-served communities and the application of culturally-responsive architecture front and center.

Currently principal architect for Mimar Studio in Seattle, Donald was previously President and CEO of DKA Architecture, a community-based practice that he founded in 1985. He is licensed to practice architecture in California, Hawai’i and Washington. Donald King has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1979 and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2000.

Donald is presently a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Washington College of Built Environments. A longtime champion of diversity, he entered the architecture field as a 1970 recipient of the AIA/Ford Minority-Disadvantaged Scholarship. He chaired the AIA National Scholarship Committee in 1980 and 2000 and has served on the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable since 1990. Donald was awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2015.

Evelyn M. Lee, AIA
2017-2019 At-large Director

Evelyn Lee leads Workplace Strategy for Savills Studley's West Coast offices. She is charged with growing the discipline across the region and expanding upon the importance of integrating Workplace Strategy into real estate decisions for organizations who are looking to put their people first.

Evelyn has committed more than a decade of volunteer leadership service to the AIA, serving eight years on the AIA California Council Board of Directors, two years on the AIA National Board as the associate director, and as the California regional representative to the Strategic Council. Her commitment to the AIA earned her the National Institute’s Associate of the Year Award in 2005 and the Young Architect Award in 2014.

Throughout her career and volunteer service to the AIA she has consistently focused on the future of practice and remains a consummate advocate on behalf of the profession to the public. She has authored more than 750 articles focused on architecture, design, and architectural practice for a variety of print and online publications. In addition to her written work, Evelyn is a noted knowledge leader and public speaker on the changing practice of architecture and putting design thinking to practice in business.

Jennifer Workman, AIA
2016-2018 At-large Director

At the local, state, and national level, Jennifer Workman has supported emerging professionals, promoting their promise and power. She reinvigorated the abandoned Dallas Young Architects Forum (YAF) and then joined the national YAF, working her way to chair. She has served as the director of AIA Dallas and a vice president for the Texas Society of Architects.

An associate at GFF Architects in Dallas, she has worked on schools, libraries, and museums, including the Perot Museum of Nature & Science with Morphosis. In 2013, she received the national AIA Young Architects Award and in 2014 was named to Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40.

In 2016 she received the William Caudill Young Professional Achievement award from the Texas Society of Architects. She is also a volunteer STEM career mentor for girls within the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

Robert A. Ivy, FAIA
EVP/Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic AIA network of more than 250 chapters and more than 90,000 member architects and design professionals committed to enhancing the built environment. He is strengthening the Association through advocacy, public outreach, and education initiatives that help members serve clients and communities in a global era of challenge and change.

Under Robert’s leadership since 2011, the AIA is transforming to serve the architecture profession in the 21st century. He is repositioning the AIA from its rich legacy into a proactive, responsive, and influential organization. Chief among his and the organization’s goals are heightening public awareness of the value and relevance of all architects.

Signature accomplishments include streamlining AIA governance to improve decision-making, building a new digital-first technology infrastructure, and launching an award-winning public awareness campaign. Robert’s latest focus is shifting AIA resources to prepare architects for their role in addressing today’s pressing issues—climate change, sustainability, and the impact of design on public health.

Prior to his AIA service, Robert was Vice President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. Under his editorial leadership, Architectural Record earned numerous publishing industry honors, including the premier magazine journalism award, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, an unusual achievement for a professional journal.

Robert was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He shares the designation Master Architect with iconic architects, such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century.

Robert is the author of the definitive biography Fay Jones: Architect, now in its third edition, and speaks frequently to lay audiences about the role and meaning of architecture in our lives.

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