AIAIL Board Of Directors

  

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President 
Mark Schwamel , AIA

  • .Professional title/employer;  Senior Associate, Gensler
  •  Education;  Bachelor of Arts, Cleveland State University, Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University, Masters of Architecture in Urban Design, Kent State University.

  •  Best thing you have gotten or contributed as an AIA member; Networking with so many great AIA colleagues across the county and building great programs that provide mentorship and leadership to so many fellow members.

  •  A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA leader; Simple…increase membership value!

  

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President Elect/Treasurer 
Kimberly A. Kurtenbach , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Project Architect, BLDD Architects
  • Education; BS Architectural Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Best thing you have gotten or contributed as an AIA member; My involvement in AIA came more out of curiosity than anything else. My firm strongly supports the AIA and encouraged my involvement. I wanted to discover the value of being a member of AIA from the inside. As a board member of the Central Illinois Chapter and participant in Grassroots, I found out first-hand the power of coming together as one voice for the profession

  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA leader; The repositioning effort underway is exciting.  What I thought would be primarily great for networking and advocacy has turned into so much more.  I look forward to the next few years of board service, as we focus our priorities and make the organization a more valued and relevant one.

  

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Secretary 
Terence A. Moeller , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Vice President, Director of Architecture, Wight & Company
  • Education; Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Best thing you have gotten or contributed as an AIA member; Chance to work with some dedicated staff and fellow members to improve the AIA and our profession.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA leader; strengthen involvement by students and early career architects.

 

3) Terrance Moeller, AIA, Secretary

  • Professional title/employer; Vice President, Director of Architecture, Wight & Company

     

  • Education; Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

     

  • Best thing you have gotten or contributed as an AIA member; Chance to work with some dedicated staff and fellow members to improve the AIA and our profession.

     

  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA leader; strengthen involvement by students and early career architects.

  

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Director at Large 
Mike Jackson , FAIA

  • Professional title/employer; Principal, Mike Jackson, FAIA
  • Education; B Arch UIUC, MS Historic Preservation, Columbia University
  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; An opportunity to participate in the development of AIA Illinois 150 Great Places
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: Livable Cities, especially downtowns.


  

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Director at Large 
John M. Syvertsen , FAIA

  • Professional Title: Chair, Board of Regents, American Architectural Foundation; and Chair, Board of Directors, Archeworks 
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, Georgetown University; Masters in Architecture,Princeton University; Loeb Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Design  

  • Best thing I've done as AIA member: Past Chair, AIA National Committee on Design; Past President, AIA Chicago. 

  • Goal as AIA leader: Support future AIA leaders.

  

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Chicago Chapter Delegate 
Fred Brandstrader , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Director, Project Management; CBRE, Inc. 

  • Education; BS Arch UIUC; current graduate student DePaul University – Master in Sustainable Urban Development

  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; and networking and development of professional colleagues/ friends.

  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader. Participate in developing AIAS Student Leadership Conference program.

  

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Chicago Chapter Delegate 
Jose B. Rodriguez

  • Professional title/employer; Associate Principal & Sustainability and Building Performance Leader at Willoughby Engineering LLC.

  • Education; Master of Science in Building Design -emphasis in building performance and climate responsiveness- Arizona State University. 

  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; I have lived and treasured the networking, the professional and the personal growth opportunities available to all members of all levels. The AIA membership allows me to cultivate a sense of belonging to a community; appreciate and experience the transforming power of mentorship, advocacy and community engagement. This engagement keeps me motivated to continue my support of the organization’s relevance, more so during our current challenging times. 

  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: As an AIA member As an AIA leader I pledge to continue advocating for policies and programs that safeguard the profession; pursue strategies and regulations to reduce the impact on the environment of everything we design, build or replace; and actions and guidelines to enhance the wellbeing of the communities we serve.

  

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Chicago Chapter Director 
Janeen Harrell , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Senior Project Architect and Interior Designer, GREC Architects
  • Education; Bachelor of Architecture, Hampton University, Master of Arts in Interior Design, Cornell University
  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; opportunity to participate in annual Prairie Grassroots advocacy efforts in Springfield.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: Better outreach to members and community at large, continued diversification of the Architecture Profession.

  

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Eastern Chapter Director 
James Maciejewski , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Principal, JMA Architects

  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; The AIA has allowed me to make contact with other architects I would not have typically met. The grassroots efforts of the AIA allow me to be an advocate for issues I believe in, that are voted on by the State legislature. 

  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; The AIA has allowed me to make contact with other architects I would not have typically met. The grassroots efforts of the AIA allow me to be an advocate for issues I believe in, that are voted on by the State legislature.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: I am fortunate to have this opportunity to contribute my time and talent to such a valuable association.

  

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Northeast Chapter Director 
Leanne Meyer-Smith , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Vice-President Architecture, Wight & Company
  • Education; Master of Architecture, UIUC 1987, BS Architectural Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1985
  • Best thing you have gotten or contributed as an AIA member; Professional support and mentoring from architects outside my workplace.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA leader; Advancing public awareness and an appreciation of the architects role in improving the built environment to support where people live life.

  

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PRAIRIE CHAPTER DELEGATE 
John Saunders , AIA

  • Professional title/employer: Vice President and shareholder of Larson & Darby Group
  • Education: BS, MA Architecture  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member: The personal reward that I have received, from my association with the AIA over the past 40 plus years, is an awareness of how our profession and the work we are chosen to do, can influence and improve lives throughout the world!  I’ve also met and collaborated with very skilled, talented – and humble colleagues from every corner of the United States through attendance at several national AIA events.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: My goal in being involved in AIA is to carry the message of how important thoughtful planning of the built environment is in improving the activities that enhance and sustain our lives!

  

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Illinois Student Director 
Logan Walker , AIAS

  • Professional title/employer; Architecture Student UIUC
  • Education; BS Arch UIUC
  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; opportunity to have leadership roles, communicating and organizing the design process, and to help other students find their path in the field of architecture.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: I want to be the person that students go to or think of when they want to accomplish something. I want to help Illinois’ students thrive and inspire others to follow their dreams and be the best at what they are most passionate about.

  

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Illinois Regional Director 
Richard C. (Rik) Master , FAIA

  • Professional title/employer; Sr. Manager, Sustainability USG Corporation
  • Education; University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; (5-year Professional) Bachelor of Architecture in Design
  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; I have many interesting jobs in the construction profession, all driving me into a technical non-traditional practice. The more involved I have been with AIA the more I appreciate the proactive work AIA does to secure our practice and licensure. AIA encourages all members’ participation and the more you participate the more you network with all other members many others also in unique practice. AIA is truly a wealth of interesting individuals.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: The AIA has a rich list of code to live by (AIA Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct). However, it is centrally focused. I hope to move some of the AIA’s focus externally into our communities. The UN’s 17 Sustainability Development Goals are such outreaching goals, like end poverty, end homelessness, protect the plant and ensure prosperity for all. While these seem like lofty goals, we all can help to move to the achievement of these and many of the other goals. I will push for AIA to adopt these goals or create our own similar goals as architects can and do influence many of these issues.

  

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Illinois Regional Director 
Mike Elliot , AIA

  • Professional title/employer; Lead Design Architect, Kluber Architects + Engineers
  • Education; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • The best thing you have gotten as an AIA Member; The opportunity to lead, develop new ideas for programs that can benefit my fellow members, but the best has to be the opportunity to meet and engage with architects from across the nation, many of which I now call friends.
  • A goal that you’d like to accomplish as an AIA Leader: As a member of AIA Strategic Council, a national “think-tank” for new ideas and opportunities with an emphasis on outward vision, encouragement of diverse viewpoints, strategic leadership, an orientation to the future, and anticipation rather than reaction. After thoughtful deliberation, the council develops recommendations that are then passed onto the AIA Board for potential implementation within the Institute. I look forward to being an active participant of this impressive group of individuals and will be reaching out to the AIA Illinois membership to hear thoughts and ideas to bring to the council for discussion and potential action.

  

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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT 
Mike Waldinger , Hon. AIA

Architecture is about taking something that doesn’t exist and imagining it 
into existence for an owner. The association embodies the characteristics of its members, giving us a mindset of exploring possibilities. If you ask architects why they chose their career, somewhere along the line the answer boils down to a desire to change the world. At AIA Illinois, we get these moments of impact to create more opportunity so amazing people can change the world. Not a bad way to make a living.

My favorite building is the Illinois Capitol. It’s a grand civic space that has gotten better and better over the years thanks to the original designer, restoration firms and the Architect of the Capitol. Plus, we have won a lot of victories there for the profession and the public since 1897. My favorite space in which to reflect and recharge is the 150 acres of Washington Park in Springfield. It’s a wonderful community asset, designed by landscape architect O.C. Simonds and on the National Register.

It seems as if everybody lost something in the downturn. But if history is a guide, the recoveries always outpace where you were when things started falling. So imagine that for a second…an architecture industry more robust than the 2007 peak? That’s a major recovery and we need to be ready, by clearing a path to licensure, providing effective business tools, pushing for a better regulatory framework, advocating forward looking public policies, and helping people connect within the profession. The organization is only as good as the individuals in it. We can provide a home for like-minded people to join forces, but we also need to be clear that everyone plays a part. Here’s the big vision for the next decade—AIA helping launch people into lives of service.