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Executive Vice President STACEY PFINGSTEN

AIA ILLINOIS Search Committee Announces New Executive Vice President

Following a national search and the unanimous recommendation of a member-led search committee, Stacey Pfingsten, has been named AIA Illinois' incoming Executive Vice President. Stacey, a native to Illinois, will begin her tenure in September 2019. 


Stacey is currently the Executive Director of the Louisiana Architecture

Foundation and in that capacity, organized the South's first ever Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New Orleans. In conjunction with the 2017 ADFF, she facilitated an exhibition on the modernist works of New Orleans beloved architect, Albert C. Ledner in partnership with Southeastern Architectural Archives. 


She led the effort for countless architecture home tours and lectures outreaching across the state of Louisiana. Stacey also spear-headed the production of LAF’s first feature documentary “Unexpected Modernism: the Weiner Brothers Story”. The film focuses on two Shreveport-based architects were pioneers of the Modern Architecture movement in America. The film premieres late Fall of 2019. 


Stacey was also a 2015 candidate for 2nd Ward Alderman in Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and studied Historic Preservation at the

School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stacey has served as the Communications Director for Preservation Chicago with her most well-known campaign being the nationwide effort to save Bertrand Goldberg's masterpiece, Prentice Hospital. 


"I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as the next Executive Vice President of AIA Illinois. I will be a tireless advocate on behalf of our members, for the betterment of the profession of architecture and for Illinois' exemplary built heritage past, present and future," said Stacey.


"Stacey was the unanimous, enthusiastic choice of the EVP Search Committee, said Mark Schwamel, AIA, 2017 AIA Illinois President. Stacey’s experience in government affairs, advocacy and her deep respect for the value of architects and architecture made her the clear choice as our new EVP. She is highly respected for her leadership skills and association management experience and her ability to communicate and build consensus across all tiers and membership categories will have a positive impact on our organization."

AIA Illinois 2019 Board President, Terence Moeller, AIA, adds, "AIA Illinois is grateful for the efforts of the Search Committee and excited about Stacey joining us as our new Executive Vice President. Her experience working with and advocating for architects will serve us well. Welcome home to Illinois, Stacey!"