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BSA Election Results

1st Vice President/President-elect

Jay Wickersham FAIA
Partner, Noble, Wickersham & Heart, LLP

BSA member since 1986, as architect, planner, environmental regulator, and lawyer; BSA board of directors, 2003-2007; BSA governance committee, 2010-13; Architecture Boston editorial board, 2013-15, currently contributing editor; Massachusetts Assistant Secretary for Environmental Affairs / MEPA Director, 1998-2002; in 2003 founded Noble, Wickersham & Heart, law firm advising 100+ design firms around country and internationally; author of DHCD regulations for smart growth zoning (c.40R) and affordable housing (c.40B); co-author of zoning reform bill passed by senate, 2016; board member, MASS Design Group; past board member, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, Historic Boston, The Boston Harbor Association; associate professor of architecture in practice, Harvard GSD; articles on law, history, and ethics of practice in Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, and New England Quarterly.

Candidate statement
At a critical time when old profit models are breaking down, and new opportunities beckon, architects need to be as innovative about practice as they are about design. The BSA can be a place to explore, research, and celebrate new practice models – from public-interest nonprofits, to inter-disciplinary firms, to architects as builders and fabricators.

We can also expand our leadership role on the urgent challenges of climate change, working with environmental, business, and government allies. We can identify achievable targets for Boston’s post-carbon future – and use design to envision the buildings and public spaces of a truly sustainable city.

 

   

Secretary

Rebecca Berry AIA
Principal + Director of Sustainability, Finegold Alexander Architects

Previous Co-Chair of Women-In-Design Mentoring Sub-Committee (3 years); Previous member of AIA Massachusetts Governmental Affairs Committee (2 years)

Candidate statement
As a member of the Board, I would seek to deepen the BSA’s ability to advocate for and promote our profession and membership. The public should understand how we help to better society in relation to sustainability and social equity. Additionally, the Board can enhance the value of membership in the BSA through working directly with our members to understand what firms of all sizes and practice types need. This can be accomplished through targeted outreach, membership surveys, and open meetings.

 

   

VP for Advocacy

Eric Blake Jackson AIA
Sustainability Practice Leader/Associate, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

BSA Member, 2010; Co-chair BSA Sustainability Education Committee 2013-2015; Co-chair BSA Committee on the Environment (COTE) 2015BSA Sustainable Design Award Juror 2013 & 2016

Candidate statement
I have been a staunch advocate of the role architects and allied professionals play within the built environment through the lens of sustainability because it celebrates our interconnection. An active BSA member since 2010, I have co-chaired two committees (since 2013), having taught and/or planned 12+ AIA CEU courses/year. My advocacy philosophy entails working beyond silos of committees/disciplines to plan less frequent, larger, and more powerful shared events to celebrate the work and community we can build together. I am enthusiastic about the platform this opportunity brings as a further means of taking this philosophy of integration to a wider audience.

 

   

VP for Communications

Amy Korté AIA
Principal, Arrowstreet

BSA member since 2010; LEED; BSA Women Principals Group, 2015-present; Juror, BSA/AIA New York Housing Awards, 2014; Business of Architecture Symposium, 2014; Panelist “The City and the Sea: Boston’s Evolving Dance with Water,” 2014; ULI Boston/New England Advisory Board; ULI Urban Development Co-Chair; ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative; ULI Boston Co-Chair, The Urban Implications of Living with Water Charrette & Publication, 2014; NAIOP Gavel Board, 2016; NAIOP Women’s Leadership Network, 2016-present, 2016; “Parking Down the Road,” NAIOP, Panelist, 2016; Article: “How the self-driving car could eliminate the parking garage in Boston” / Boston.com, 2015; Panelist: “Design for Resilience: A Boston Design Firm Perspective,” Boston Architectural College, 2014; Interview: “Will Boston be underwater by 2100?” / My Fox Boston, 2014; Interview: “How will climate change impact urban water?” / NECN, 2014; Interview: “How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea” / BBC, 2014; Banker & Tradesman Woman of Real Estate Award, 2010; “Hand Drawing for Designers: Communicating Ideas through Architectural Graphics,” Co-author, Fairchild Publications, NY.

Candidate statement
Our profession is evolving. From climate change to technological innovations such as autonomous vehicles and mass customization/fabrication – these shifts fundamentally impact how we practice architecture and construct buildings. To address how these shifts impact our cities and buildings, it is critical for architects to form more transdisciplinary practices, collaborating with experts in other fields to expand our knowledge base. As VP of Communication, I would help the BSA forge new relationships with outside industries, institutions and organizations while identifying strategies for the BSA to communicate how we, as architects, are designing for an uncertain future.

 

   

Director-at-Large

Christine Dunn AIA
Principal, Sasaki Associates

BSA/AIS Member since 2008; Adjunct Professor, Graduate Level Architecture Design Studio, Boston Architectural College; Critic and Lecturer, Graduate Level Research Studio: “Design and the Resilient City;” Northeastern University; Juror, 2016 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design; Juror, MassEcon Economic Impact Awards Jury, Greater Boston Region, 2014, 2015, 2016; Board member, Hideo Sasaki Foundation

Candidate statement
Amid accelerating changes in our profession, local economy and natural environment, the role of the designer is increasingly to design and advocate for memorable places that respect the environment and promote greater social good. The BSA plays a crucial role in connecting its members to one another and the economic, cultural, and social context in which they operate. My work as director-at-large will focus on creating compelling BSA programs to keep today’s design practitioners on the leading edge of change and to prepare the next generation of leaders not only to steward but advance the Boston and global built environment.

 

 

Affiliate Director

Shauna Gillies-Smith RLA
Principal, Ground Inc.

BSA Urban Design Committee Co-Chair 2011-2013, ArchitectureBoston Editorial Board/ Contributing Editor 2007-2013, DIGMA (Design Industry Group of Massachusetts) Advisory Council 2009-2016, BSA Suffolk Downs Charrette Team Leader, 2016, BSA Women’s Principals Group 2012-2016, ABX Presenter 2007-2015, AIA National Convention Presenter 2008, ASLA National Convention Presenter: New Orleans, 2016, Boston, 2013, Phoenix 2012, ULI National Convention Presenter: Denver 2007, BSA Design Juries: Harleston Parker Medal, Rotch Travelling Fellowship, Bigger than a Breadbox, Women in Design Awards, Quad Competition; BSLA Design Award Juries; Other Design Juries: Memphis Waterfront, Embassy Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway Public Art; Adjunct Design Faculty: GSD 2008-2015, RISD 2010-2012, University of British Columbia, Tulane; Lecturer: Livable Streets, MassArt, Wentworth, KSU, FIU, BAC, BSA Common Boston, BSA “Defining Innovation” Panel; BArch, MAUD

Candidate statement
Other than answering the mystery of where the time goes, the above list underscores two things: my commitment to enhancing the public realm, and the central role that the BSA and BSA Foundation play as resources for design excellence and advocacy. My perspective on the built environment is both synthetic and focused — while I was trained as an architect and urban designer, I practice today as a landscape architect. The BSA is exemplary in its outreach and inclusivity, and has contributed significantly to my growth as a design professional. I would be excited and proud to serve as Affiliate Director, working with other BSA Board members to raise the quality of built work in our urban realm.

 

   

Associate AIA Director

Mary Anne Ocampo Assoc. AIA
Principal, Sasaki Associates; Lecturer in Urban Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BSA Member (2011-current); Board Member, Hideo Sasaki Foundation (2015-current); Affiliated Faculty, Center for Advanced Urbanism, MIT (2013-current); Member, Society for College and University Planning (2013-current); Recipient, 2016 American Institute of Architects Associates Award; Recipient, 2016 The Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award, American Planning AssociationAnanas Development Master Plan; Recipient, 2015 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component Merit Award, University of Texas at Austin Medical District Master Plan; Recipient, 2015 Boston Society of Architecture (BSA) Campus and Urban Planning Honor Award, Universiti Teknologi Petronas Research Cluster; Recipient, 2015 Boston Society of Landscape Architecture (BSLA) Honor Award, Landscape Analysis and Planning, Universiti Teknologi Petronas Research Cluster; Recipient, 2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan

Candidate statement
The BSA has served as a platform for showcasing innovative design thinking that addresses societal challenges, engages communities in design dialogues, and empowers architects and design professionals to be proactive leaders. I am dedicated to expanding the agency and value of designers today, by creating initiatives that continue to promote diversity and inclusivity through this platform. These initiatives would include exploring collaborations with Boston’s rich network of design schools and creating a series of exhibitions and workshops that educate and engage the public on local urban issues and design.

 

 

Public Director

Malia Lazu
Executive Director, Epicenter Community

Nation Magazine Editorial Board; Proteus Fund Board; Columnist for Banner Biz; Teaching: Emerson College; Communications School

Candidate statement
I was first introduced to the importance of space design while I was a Mel King Community Innovator Fellow at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. As a community organizer, I quickly appreciated how my work in social justice is affected by the space around us. BSA intention and thoughtfulness towards humanizing design work is inspiring and I hope to bring my community experience and networks to the BSA in a relevant and helpful way.

 

 

Ethics Committee

Larry Spang AIA
Principal, Arrowstreet

BSA member since 1998; Urban Land Institute member; Society for College and University Planning; LEED AP; Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official; ABX, Speaker, 2014 & 2012; Understanding Charter School Facility Development, Panelist, 2014; Southern New England American Planning Association, Speaker, 2012; ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Panelist, 2011-2016; Mayor’s Urban Food & Agriculture Working Group, 2010-2014; Salem Historic District Commission, 2002-Present, Historic Salem Inc., VP & Board of Directors, 1991-2001; Salem Mainstreets Program, Member of Design Committee, 2000-2001; BOMA Mid-Atlantic, Outstanding Building of the Year Award, Recipient, 2014 & 2013; Exchange Scholar, University of Cambridge, England, 1992; Nambu Fellowship, Tokyo, 1991

Candidate statement
Many years ago, I was working on the renovation of a 1950s vintage department store in one of the southern states when we realized the original building plans depicted separate “colored” toilet rooms. Poorly located and undersized, it was shocking to realize the cultural assumptions and financial investment that had gone into the design and construction of those spaces. For years I kept a copy of the plan pinned above my desk to remind myself that architects need to make strong ethical decisions every day; decisions that may run counter to our cultural context but can have a major impact on how people value themselves and others. I was reminded of that old plan during recent discussions about gender neutral toilet rooms, shocked again to be confronted by the extent to which our built environment is influenced by our cultural assumptions and everyday prejudices. My desire to serve on the Ethics Committee stems from my interest in helping to address not just issues related to our professional behavior, but also larger social issues that we, as designers of the built environment, can help define in ways that benefit our entire society.

 

 

Honors & Awards Committee

Clifford Gayley FAIA
Principal, William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

BSA member since 1993; Juror, BSA Harleston Parker Medal, 2011; Juror, BSA Design Awards Unbuilt Architecture and Design, 2012; Juror, AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards, 2010; Juror, BSA Education Facilities Design, 2009; Juror and keynote speaker, Maine AIA Design Excellence Awards, 2006; ArchitectureBoston Editorial Board, current; AIA College of Fellow, 2015-Present; Presenter, BuildBoston/ABX, 2007, 2014, 2015; Projects include two Harleston Parker Medal winners: Cambridge Public Library and Northeastern Building H, plus six National AIA Honor Awards.

Candidate statement
Architecture is a compellingly interdisciplinary art, a practice where we all continue learning and where our efforts can be transformative to the communities we serve. With Boston as an exporter of design energy, the impact of BSA members can be felt across the country as well as throughout our hometown. I look forward to working with the BSA to recognize emerging leaders in our profession.

 

Paul King AIA
Principal / Lead Designer, EYP Architecture & Engineering

AIA member since 1988; BSA member since 1996; BSA / SCUP College and University Roundtable, 2014-present; AIA / US Department of State Embassy of the Future Task Force, 2011; Current chair, Dean’s Advisory Board, University of Virginia School of Architecture, 2006-present; Guest critic: Boston Architectural Center, University of Virginia, Syracuse University, University of Maryland, University of Miami, New Jersey Institute of Technology, City College of New York; Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Development Committee, 2006-2009; Town of Needham, Planning Department, Large House Zoning Regulation Study Committee, 1999

Candidate statement
The BSA is in the wonderful position of advocating for the quality of design throughout Greater Boston and for the design professionals who make that quality possible. Design excellence spans from formal inventiveness to well-crafted details, the integration of building and landscape or urban space, and the incorporation of sustainable best practices, whether visible or not. It is our mandate to advocate for greater public interest in, and recognition of, great design and to expand the available venues for recognition of emerging talent, lifetime achievement, and everything in between.

 

   

Nominating Committee

Jason Forney AIA
Principal, Bruner/Cott & Associates

BSA Member since 2002; AIA Committee for Education, member of higher education subcommittee, 2015-present; Juror AIA DC Chapter Design Awards 2014; Presenter: AIA Convention 2010, 2016; Presenter: Build Boston/ABX 2010-2016; Contributed articles to ArchitectureBoston 2010, 2015; Conference Planning Committee, NESEA; Founder’s Circle, Green Warrior Society; Juror, Speak your Truth, Living Future unConference; Guest lecturer at Harvard GSD and RISD; Thesis advisor, Boston Architectural College

Candidate statement
I would be honored to serve on the nominating committee, helping to identify and establish the cadre of BSA’s volunteer leaders. This assemblage is important to vitality and energy of the organization. As the BSA continues to evolve, I believe our leaders should reflect the diverse points of view, and exude the kind of enthusiasm that provokes positive change in the profession, the built environment, and our communities.

 

Mia Scharphie
Principal, Creative Agency; Founder: Build Yourself+ Workshop

Teaching Build Yourself+ Workshop at BSA since 2014, BSA Equity Roundtable, 2016-present, Women in Design Mentoring Co-Chair, 2015-2016, Teacher: Boston Architectural College, 2015-2016, Curator: Creative Somerville Series, 2014-2016

Candidate statement
I think the BSA is one of the city-based architecture organizations that leads the pack and keeps the profession on the cutting edge of how to improve the world we live in through design and architecture — and I think it does that in a way that balances idealism with practical matters and an entrepreneurial approach. I’m encouraged by the BSA’s investment in issues of equity and equitable practice, but I’d like to see the organization play a stronger role in turning Boston into the most equitable place to practice architecture in the country.

 

 

Membership Committee

Carolyn Cooney
Marketing Director, Perkins+Will

BSA Marketing/PR Wizards, Co-Chair, 2010-present; SMPS Member, 2013-present; NAIOP Member, 2016

Candidate statement
My professional experience is grounded in the belief that architecture is a powerful force for change in our world, and that the power of design should be celebrated not only within our industry, but with the public at large. My central role is that of a design communicator: within my firm, within our industry, and with the public at large. This is why I have served on the BSA’s Marketing/PR Committee for the past 6 years. The BSA is a crucial support to the advancement of our profession, and a rich and diverse membership is crucial to the success of the BSA. I look forward to the opportunity of deepening my support of the BSA by helping to strengthen its robust membership base through strategic outreach and communication.

 

Sara Kudra Assoc. AIA
Designer, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

BSA member since 2014; BSA Emerging Professionals Network; Committee Co-chair, 2015-2017; BSA Emerging Professionals Network member, 2013-present; AIA Rhode Island Emerging Professionals Committee Chair 2012-2013; AIA Rhode Island Emerging Professionals Committee Member, 2010-2012; Founding Member of Street Ops, Awarded BSA Foundation grant 2016; Member of Mount Bowdoin Betterment Association, 2015-present; Guest Critic, Cornell University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design

Candidate statement
From the day I moved to Boston the BSA has been a great connection point of countless opportunities for mentorship, networking, and engagement. Without engaged members, the BSA is not fulfilling its potential to activate the profession and stand strong in the community. As a part of the Membership Enrichment Committee I will enforce those opportunities that serve our constituents well, and strive to learn more about what programs and opportunities would better enrich the member experience. We pay dues, let’s make them count for us!

 

David Saladik
Director & Co-Founder, MASS Design Group

City Awake Delegate, 2016; Expert, Global Parliament of Mayors, The Hague, 2016; Speaker, Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale, 2015; Visiting Professor, Roger Williams University, Fall 2014.

Candidate statement
As a young architect educated in Boston, I first witnessed the social impacts of architecture on the lives of others far away – in Rwanda and in Haiti. I’m driven to participate in the BSA to more deeply connect with the Boston architecture community, expand the impacts of design for communities right here in Boston, and bring others of my generation into the BSA to do the same.

 

 

AIA MA Board

Alan Mountjoy AIA
Principal, NBBJ

BSA member since 1996; co-chair, BSA Global Practice Network, 2013–present; Greenlinks team leader, ULI New England, Living with Water finalist, Urban Design Workshop leader for Beacon Yards.

Candidate statement
The BSA is a leader in innovative approaches to advocacy and design-led problem solving through Urban Design Workshops, exhibits, and forums profiling the issues of our times. I would focus on knowledge sharing with the other chapters of AIA New England through quarterly board meetings and regional conferences. I would advocate for the issues and concerns of the BSA membership at national level committees to impact national policies and programs. As an urban designer on national and international projects, I am personally interested in advocating for state and national policies that improve and strengthen our cities and towns.