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BSA Election

Voting open for AIA members through November 7

1st Vice President/President-elect

Jean Carroon FAIA
Principal, Goody Clancy

BSA member since 1990; editorial board, ArchitectureBoston 2016–2019; VP for Practice, BSA 2015–2017; tours committee, Greenbuild 2016; jury chair, SCUP Excellence Awards 2015; jury, Virginia Society AIA Design Awards 2014; education session reviewer, Greenbuild 2014; jury, NYC Heritage Districts Council Design Awards 2014; advisory group and chair (2012) AIA Historic Resources Committee 2009–2012; AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team 2011; National AIA Awards Task Group 2010; Greening the AIA Honor Awards Task Group 2007; instructor, National Preservation Institute 2003–2009; BSA Nominating Committee 20032005; Mayor Menino’s Green Building Task Force 2003–2005.

Candidate statement
We must choose to commit to changing the future, using the power of our membership in the BSA to address climate change, resiliency and social equity. The BSA can command a vital role by strengthening connections to affiliated organizations and engaging our young professionals as present and future leaders to leverage the power of design. These are my priorities which build upon the vitality of the 50+ grassroots committees of the BSA and partnerships with the BSA Foundation and the AIA—Massachusetts.


Natasha Espada AIA
Principal, STUDIO ENÉE architects

BSA member since 1998; Vice President for Membership, BSA Board of Directors, 2015Present; BSA Nominating Committee, 20122014; BSA Honors & Awards Committee/Chair, 20082010; BSA Women Principals Group, 2009–present; BSA Business Strategic Planning Committee, 2017Present; Sho-Ping Chin Leadership Grant Juror, 2017; AIA Women Leadership Summit Boston Committee Member, 2017; AIA Colorado Design Awards Juror, 2016; BSA Future of Practice Task Force Committee, 2016Present; Panelist, AIA Leadership Institute, Life as a Leader in Architecture, 2015; BSA Foundation—What the Sketch, 2015; Contributing writer for the AIA Architect’s Professional Primer (APP), 2014; Speaker for WID 21st Century Design Intelligence, 2014; Curator, BSA/WID Urban Intervention Exhibit, 2013; Co-author of Chapter for AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition, 2013; Panelist, WID Emerging Leaders Conference, 2013; AGC Build New England Award Juror, 2013; BSA Small Firms/Small Projects Architecture Awards Juror, 2012; BSA Executive Director Search Committee, 20102011; Speaker, AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, Kansas City, 2011; Eco Structure Evergreen Awards Juror, 2012; BSA Interior Design Awards Juror, 2006; BSA Unbuilt Architecture Awards Juror, 2006; Member, Town of Needham Permanent Public Building Committee, 2012present; ABX presenter 2006present; Guest Critic at Harvard GSD, Northeastern, BAC, and Endicott College; Adjunct Professor Northeastern University 2015present

Candidate Statement
In my ongoing discussions with BSA members about the value of membership, some recurring topics include the role of the BSA/AIA in representing the field and the public’s perception about the role of architects and the importance of design.

From my travels, I have encountered countries where architecture and design is perceived very differently than in the US. The appreciation of architects and the commitment of the public in the design of buildings, cities, and sustainable urban and suburban developments is ingrained in their culture. How can we engage the public locally to continue to encourage a dialogue about the importance of architecture and to cultivate the next generation of architects?

As BSA President, I would work to promote the Value of Architecture and Design by:

  • Capitalizing on the strategic location of the BSA to help create a destination in the city where architects and the public can find information and engage in discussions about the importance of architecture and design—the creation of a center for architecture
  • Promoting Boston as a Center for Design Excellence
  • Strengthening the relationship between the BSA and the BSA Foundation and to help create a strategic plan for the BSA and more visibility, partnerships, and public engagement opportunities for the BSA Foundation
  • Promoting the value of architecture and design by engaging the public in their own communities, including the rethinking of the planning of the Seaport District
  • Helping promote AB (Architecture Boston) to become a local and national voice for architects
  • Collaborating with the local colleges and universities to promote the value of architecture and the future of the profession
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and encouraging mid-career architects to remain in the profession


Hansy Better Barraza AIA
Principal, Studio Luz Architects
Co-Founder, BR+A+CE: Building Research + Architecture + Community Exchange
Professor + Former Graduate Program Director, Department of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design

BSA member since 2008; BSA Board of Directors, Secretary, 20122014; BSA Exhibit Committee, 20122013; Board of Trustees, Boston Architectural College, BSA Representative, 20102012;Member of the Rotch Traveling Scholarship Committee, BSA/AIA, 20072012; BSA Board of Directors, Commissioner of Education and Research, 20092011; BSA Transition Planning Committee, 2008; Panelist for the National Organization of Minority Architects, 2016; Designer Selection Board Member (appointed by the Governor’s Office), Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, 20112013; Juror for the AIA College of Fellows/Young Architects Ideas Program Competition, 2011; Juror for the BSA Atlantic Wharf Design Competition, 2010; Juror for the National Organization of Minority Architects Student Design Competition, 2010; Juror for the AIA North Carolina Triangle Chapter Design Awards Program, 2009; Juror for the BSA In the Pursuit of Housing Design Competition Program, 2009; Juror for the BSA/Common Boston Design—Build Challenge Competition, 2009; Editorial Board Member, ArchitectureBoston Magazine, 20052009; Juror for the AIA Birmingham Design Awards Program, 2008; Juror for the AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards Program,2008;Juror for the BSA Women in Design Exhibit Workshop Program, 2008; Juror for the AIA Iowa Architecture and Crafts Design Awards Program, 2007; Juror for the BSA/AIA Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards Program, 2007; Juror for the AIA Richmond Design Awards Program, 2007; Juror for the BSA/AIA Small Project Design Honor Awards Program, 2006; Juror for the BSA/AIA Small Firms/Small Projects Biennial Design Awards Program, 2006; Juror for the AIA Iowa State and Regional Design Awards Program, 2004.

Candidate Statement
As someone who has been involved with the BSA since 2004—first as Secretary for the BSA board in 20122014 and then as commissioner of education and research in 20092011—I have watched the BSA face many different challenges. Facing adversity together has allowed us to evolve into what we are today: a powerful group of professionals advancing design excellence, innovating with our city and universities, fighting climate change, and serving and partnering with Boston's residents and businesses. As BSA president, I hope to leverage our network to confront another challenge: the diversity of the profession.

If elected, I hope to address three major issues of representation in our field: race, gender, and opportunities for small firms. In 2016, the AIA executive summary reported that women and people of color are still underrepresented in the field. Just as this report was published, the AIA Firm Survey Report found that small firms of 1 to 9 employees generate a mere 15 percent of national architectural firm billings despite comprising 77 percent of US architectural firms. In contrast, firms of 50+ employees—who constitute 5 percent of firms in the US – generate over 51 percent of national architectural firm billings. Although large firms employ twice as many architects in comparison to small firms, I hope that we, at the BSA, can engage in public forums that reexamine this distribution of wealth and begin to imagine a more equitable model. This may come through new forms of collaboration, partnerships and investment strategies that empower minorities and smaller firms with experience and exposure to client networks that currently shape the built environment in Boston.

If elected for BSA president, I would be excited to work with the BSA's staff, Board of Directors and members to address these barriers. I am optimistic that if we begin by having candid and challenging conversations about leadership and representation, we can begin working towards a more equitable and sustainable model for project development in Boston. In doing so, I believe that we can all take part in laying the foundation for a design future in Boston that derives its strength from a genuinely diverse and visionary workforce.

Specifically, I hope to:

  • Form networking centers for small firms and private developers
  • Develop committees aimed toward elevating diverse voices in architecture
  • Continue the work in design excellence for public projects that is currently being done
  • Create events for sharing best practices in minority owned, LGBT, and small firms
  • Create a 'portfolio and partnership event' of large, medium and small size architectural firms with public and institutional clients
  • Provide marketing opportunities and business development support to emerging practices through new online resources and publications



Daniel Perruzzi AIA
Principal, Margulies Perruzzi Architects

BSA member since 1984… BSA Harleston Parker Award Juror 2015 and 2016…Architecture Boston Board Member 2016 to present…BSA New Executive Director Search Committee, 2009, 2013…BSA representative to AIA Massachusetts 1992 to 1995…Member, Mid-Size Firms Committee, 2002 to 2005…Chair, BSA YouthVisions Committee, 1996…BSA Board Member (Director of Building Technology) 2005 to 2007… KidsBuild at the Museum of Science, 1992, 1996, 2000…Member Weymouth Greenbush Commuter Rail Line Mitigation Committee 2000 to 2007…Boston Architectural Center , Instructor 1981 to 1984, Thesis Advisor 1981 to 1986, Lyceum Fellowship Juror 1987

Candidate Statement
I am committed to making the BSA and the architectural profession more inclusive and to finding ways to use BSA Space to support that goal. As Treasurer, I hope to find the ways and means to further that goal.


VP for Practice

Diana Nicklaus AIA
President and CEO, Saam Architecture

BSA Member since 2008; AIA, member, (2003present); AIA, Women’s Leadership Summit Sho-Ping Chin Leadership Grant, Juror (2017); BSA Women Principals Group, member, (2012Present); BSA Women In Design, presenter on career development (2014); Architecture Boston Expo (ABX), presenter/panelist, (2015, 2017); Massachusetts Building Congress Women’s Network, founding co-chair, (20132016); Massachusetts Building Congress, Vice President and Board Member (20142016); Boston Women’s Leadership Council, member, (2017); Design Review Board, Town of Northborough, Massachusetts, member (2016present); Adjunct Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology (2014); ACE Mentorship Board of Directors, Greater Boston, (20122014); United States Green Building Council, member, (2004present)

Candidate Statement
Having practiced architecture for over 20 years in both small and large firms, I possess a broad understanding of the profession. Since co-founding my own firm in 2014, I have committed to implementing a progressive approach to practice and culture that has enabled the firm to grow to 24 people. Our industry needs to evolve architectural practice to support an equitable professional environment, thoughtfully implement new technologies, and maintain the architect’s voice in all phases of project delivery. As Vice President of Practice, I would seek to advance an open discourse around these topics.


Gregory O. Minott AIA
Managing Principal, DREAM Collaborative

BSA member since 2008; Member, American Institute of Architects since 2008; Member, US Green Building Council since 2013; Member, NCARB since 2001; Member, Massachusetts Designer Selection Board since 2015; Design Chair, Dudley Square Main Streets since 2012; Served, BSA Membership Committee 2008; Jury, Northeastern University Comprehensive Studio Member, 2016 AIA Colorado Design Awards Jury; Recipient, 2017 Housing Innovation Developer Competition Award; Recipient, 2010 AIA Young Architects Award; Recipient, 2008 Best Building Design Award, Dudley Square Redevelopment Design Competition

Candidate Statement
​As VP for Practice my goals are twofold: 1) I am committed and enthusiastic about addressing the evolving context of the business of architectural practice and advocating for new forms of practice. 2) I believe the future of practice must be as diverse as the populations we serve. As such, I am personally committed to increasing the number of minorities in the profession of architecture, and in executive roles in particular. We can build a stronger pipeline of practicing minority architects by engaging young professionals as well as mentoring students and interns.



Anda French AIA
Partner, French 2D

BSA Member since 2017; BSA Future of Practice Task Force, 2017; Panelist, BSA Housing Committee Panel “Solutions for Attainable City Living: Thinking Small,” 2017; Project Inclusion, BSA One Room Mansion Exhibition, 2016; Various Panels on Microhousing in Boston for: Mass Housing, Fenway Alliance, Coldwell Banker; Teaching: Syracuse University 20082014; Barnard + Columbia Architecture, 2008; NJIT 20072008; Co-Creator, women in design Symposium “Transections: an interdisciplinary exploration of design between science and the humanities,” 2014; Co-Creator, “Place/Setting” at HUBweek, an installation bringing together grass roots and legacy institutions for a series of meals around approaches to inequality through five themes: cooperative economies, media and gentrification, urban agriculture, housing, and civic engagement design, October 2017. 

Candidate Statement 
Like many of my peers, I strive to balance experimentation and implementation in my own firm, often working across, around, and beyond traditional architectural practice. My goal is to amplify the BSA’s impressive resources for emerging professionals and small firms, with an aim at outreach towards developing areas of practice, and a focus on inclusivity and alternative firm models. I’ll address gaps in: recognizing small practice not as just a scaled down version of large; supporting emerging professionals as firm leaders; and balancing entrepreneurial practice with our profession’s responsibility to address inequality and resilience locally. My hope is that by working within these gaps at this critical societal moment, we can ensure the impact, agency and relevance of architectural practice in the future.


Deb Katz AIA
Principal, ISA

BSA member since 2015.

Candidate Statement
I am excited to bring outside voices to the BSA, building connections across disciplines, expanding geographic reach, and maximizing the impact of BSA programs for emerging professionals.


Associate AIA Director

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

BSA member since 2011; Board Member, Hideo Sasaki Foundation (2015current); Affiliated Faculty, Center for Advanced Urbanism, MIT (2013current); Member, Society for College and University Planning (2013current); Recipient, 2016 American Institute of Architects Associates Award; Recipient, 2016 The Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award APA—American Planning Association Ananas Development Master Plan; Recipient, 2015 SCUP Excellence in Planning For A District Or Campus Component Merit Award, The 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, The 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

George J. Proakis AICP
Director of Planning, City of Somerville, MA

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Executive Committee (Alternate for Mayor Curtatone) 2015present; Form Based Codes Institute, Resource Council Member 2010present; Melrose Historical Commission, Member 2007present; Congress for the New Urbanism, New England Chapter, Board Member 2002present; Fenway Planning Task Force, Member 20012004; Emerald Necklace Citizens Advisory Committee, Member 19992004; Member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners.

Candidate Statement
​I have spent the past 15 years of my career working in public sector planning offices, (20022010 in Lowell and 2010present in Somerville). During this time, I have been encouraging design quality in projects of all sizes, and improving processes and zoning ordinances to facilitate better development. I am interested in continuing to raise the importance of design with the development community, the public sector and the general public. The BSA plays an important role in the design and development community and I look forward to working on the continued growth of the BSA.


BSA Ethics Committee

Lynne Deninger AIA
Principal/Office Practice Leader, CannonDesign

BSA member since 1987; Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1992present;

NCARB, 2013–present; Member BSA Women in Design, 1990present; Member Women’s Principals Group 2010present; Board Member, ACE Mentor Program 20092012; Board Member, ACUHO, 20102013; Board Member, CannonDesign, 2014present; Chair: Compensation Committee; Member: Audit Committee; Member: Ethics Committee

Candidate Statement
In the ever changing dynamics of our design profession, a culture of ethics, integrity and compliance has never been more important. If elected to the BSA Ethics Committee I will strive to bring to bear over 30 years of experience in the profession in combination with national experience with ethics and compliance to be a strong resource for the Society and its members individually and collectively. I’m hopeful my voice can join an already diverse community of voices that support the BSA. I’d be honored to serve.


Kristen Simmons AIA
Associate, ICF

BSA Member since 2004; Co-Founder and Member, Passive House Massachusetts (formerly Passive House New England) since 2011, Board President, 20112013; Chair, Passive House Fall Symposium Boston, 2011 & 2012; Co-Founder, North American Passive House Network, 2012; Member, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association since 2009, Conference Track Chair, 2012 & 2013; Passive House Alliance U.S. Member since 2010; Stony Brook Co-Housing Member, 20072009; ULI New England Member since 2017; Presenter: Build Boston/ABX 20082011; Presenter: BSA’s Sustainability and Energy Standards in Housing Symposium, 2013; Presenter: International Passive House Conference 20122013; Presenter: North American Passive House Conference, 2012; Presenter RESNET Building Performance Conference 2012 – 2015

Candidate Statement
The BSA has played an important role in my professional formation and continued development, and I would be honored to serve its members on the Ethics Committee. Years of working in historic preservation and adaptive re-use convinced me to re-focus professionally to how buildings will serve future generations in regards to energy performance, sustainability, and adaptability. Architects, allied-professionals, and the BSA can be stewards of the environment now and should be advocates for future generations through public policy, building design, and the mentoring of emerging professionals. Our individual and collective effectiveness as advocates depends upon our integrity and professionalism.


BSA Honors and Awards Committee

Katherine Faulkner AIA
President, NADAAA

BSA Member since 2002, BSA Women in Design Award of Excellence 2017, BSA Emerging Professionals Lunches Host 2015, 2017, BSA Women in Design (WID) Mentoring Subcommittee 2013, ABX ‘Office Culture and Award Winning Design’ Panel 2013, ABX WID Keynote Breakfast Speaker 2012, Juries: AIA DC Unbuilt Awards Jury Member 2017, AIA Colorado Design Awards Jury Chairperson 2016, Boards/Volunteer: Board Member, Boston Classical Orchestra 2015–2016, Citizen Schools Apprenticeship Program 2009–2011, Boston Public School Site Council 2007–2009, Board of Directors, Connecticut Green Building Council, Founding Member 2001–2004, Lectures: RISD Shoemaker Lecture, Providence, RI 2017, Perspective USA, International Architecture Forum Lecture, New York, NY 2017, Amman Design Week Lecture, Amman, Jordan 2016, AIA Colorado Practice and Design Conference, Copper Mountain, CO 2016, Facades + Conference Co-Chair, Boston, MA 2016, Wentworth Department of Architecture, Boston, MA 2016, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA 2015, Affiliations: New England Women in Real Estate (now CREW), Urban Land Institute

Candidate Statement
Experience with an academic practice has taught me to appreciate both the value of research and the mandate to push forward the boundaries of professional practice. At NADAAA, fabrication is often the means to test a concept and facilitate development; rigorous project delivery is required to achieve construction. As a firm leader and a practitioner, I am committed to extraordinary architecture through an investment in the community process, regulatory understanding, and ultimately respect for environmental stewardship, so that both the resources expended and required consumption are minimized.

As a candidate for the Awards and Honors Committee, I am aware of the imperative of peer recognition for new and evolving voices in our profession. All projects begin with the potential to be great. When they emerge from construction having succeeded because of (and in spite of) the pressures of process, it is important to celebrate.


Eric Höweler AIA
Principal, Höweler + Yoon Architecture

BSA Member since 2006, Architecture Boston Editorial Board 20072010, Harleston Parker Award jury 2008 and jury chair 2009, Associate Professor in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Candidate Statement
Höweler + Yoon designed and built the BSA Space in 2010 and we've enjoyed seeing the impact on the design culture at the BSA. Design competitions and design awards are a great way to highlight the importance of design and elevate architectural discourse in Boston, both in the schools and in the profession. I look forward to continuing to celebrate Boston's design culture.


Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD

BSA member since 2010; BSA Rotch Committee 20162021; 2008present, author of nine books on architecture, energy, and materials; 2004present, guest critic and lecturer at national and international universities; 2013 ACSA Design Awards jury; 20102013, Design Committee, Journal of Architectural Education editorial board; 200610, Boston Society of Architects Research Grant Program Peer Reviewer.

Candidate Statement
The Honors and Awards Committee offers a superb opportunity for discourse about the design ambitions and accomplishments of both the established and emerging practices in the Boston design community; and how these best design practices engage the key architectural, ecological, political, and social questions of our time.


BSA Nominating Committee

Jonathan C. Garland NOMA
Senior Associate, Lead Designer, Arrowstreet

BSA member since 2016, National Organization of Minority Architects [NOMA], Boston Chapter Co-Chair, 2015; LEED AP BD+C; “Gender and Race in the Workplace,” AIA Leadership Conference, Panelist—2015; Degree Project Studio Commends Award, Recipient—2009; Best of Architecture Degree Project Studio Award, Recipient—2009; The Kevin F. O’Marah Award, Recipient—2009; The Kronish Practice Award, Recipient—2009, Dean Arcangelo Cascieri Scholarship Award, Recipient—2007; Architecture and Design Visiting Critic: Boston Architectural College, Northeastern University School of Architecture, Suffolk University School of Interior Design.

Candidate Statement
The BSA has continued to evolve as a vital resource for the Boston design community both within the professional and academic realms of practice and design discourse. Architecture and Design provides the opportunity to have a voice, “a say” in the redevelopment our of built environment—the BSA further amplifies that voice and fosters dialog concerning the critical issues of our time with the ability to reach the far corners of our world. My interest is framed within the belief that; expanding diversity, inclusivity and equity in architecture empowers our collective voice and inspires us to do our best work.


Kelly A. Haigh AIA
​Partner, designLAB architects

BSA member since 2012; National AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Committee since 2013; National AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Committee Co-Chair 201416; LBC Collaborative member 201415; Women-In-Design/ABx Co-Chair 201416; Women-In-Design Leadership Co-Chair 2017present

Candidate Statement
I have found the BSA to be an incredible resource – enabling professional development, providing a platform for advocacy, and bringing energetic, talented professionals together to develop meaningful programming. In order for the BSA continue to meet its constituency’s evolving needs, it is important that its representative voices reflect the diversity and interests of its broader network. In that spirit, I would be excited to join the Nominating Committee, to share in the task of forming the most inclusive team of professionals to address the issues that are meaningful, relevant, and representative of the evolving culture of our community.


Marilyn Moedinger AIA
Founding Principal, Runcible Studios

BSA member since 2013; AIA Colorado Honor Awards, Jury Member, 2015; AIA Equity by Design participant, 2014present; Adjunct Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2014present; Member of the Faculty, Boston Architectural College, 2012present; Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University, 201011, 2016; SOM Prize winner, 2010; LEED AP, 2006present; NULawLab at Northeastern University Law School, Chair of the Advisory Board, 2013present; UVA Young Alumni Council, founding member, 20112017; Senior Editor, SectionCut, 20142016; Director in Practice Instruction and Community Engagement Projects, BAC, 20122013; senior designer, Utile Inc, 20102012; UVA M.Arch 20082010 [Thesis Award]; Construction Project Manager/Estimator, Artisan Construction [Charlottesville, VA], 20052009; ABX Panelist, 2016; design critic, BAC, Harvard GSD, Northeastern, WIT, RISD, UVA, Cincinnati; speaker/lecturer: BAC, Harvard GSD, Northeastern, WIT, RISD, UVA, UC Berkeley, SOM NY/SF/Chicago, Elon University Law School, University of Maine; selected conference papers, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2015; ICOMOS Italy, 2014; Modernities, SCAD, 2013; facilitator, La Casa Affordable Housing Charrette, 2010; podcast interview, The Business of Architecture, 2015; facilitator, EntreArchitect, 2015present

Candidate Statement
I believe strongly in architecture's ability to catalyze communities and make our city better for all—and I believe that the BSA has a central role in doing that. As a small firm owner, I'd also consider it a priority of mine to ensure the voices of small firms are heard in conversations both at the BSA and in our community. I would be honored to serve the BSA and my fellow professionals by participating in the Nominating Committee!


Danielle McDonough AIA
Project Architect, Cambridge Seven Associates

BSA member since 2014; AIAS National Vice President 2010; ASCA Student Director 20102011; AIA National Associates Committee 20102011; UIA Tokyo North American Student Representative 2011; AIA Michigan Student Director 20112012; NCARB IDP Committee 20112012; NAAB Accreditation Team Member 20082012; University of Michigan Architectural Representative Committee 2012; University of Michigan Educational Program Committee 2012; SmithGroup Scholar 2012; University of Michigan Graduate Student Instructor 20122013; Jason Pettigrew Scholarship Recipient 2015; BAC Studio Instructor 2016Present.

Candidate Statement
As a recently licensed emerging professional, I am dedicated to advancing mentorship opportunities among my peers, as well as continuing to promote engagement with local communities through BSA events, exhibitions and publications.


BSA Membership Committee

Bethany Lundell Garver AIA
Director of Applied Learning in Practice, Boston Architectural College

BSA member since 2006; BSA Government Affairs Committee 2016present; Northeast Director, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Board of Directors 20172020; core faculty, Boston Architectural College 2014present; faculty advisor, BAC AIAS chapter, 2017present; representative, NCARB Licensing Advisors Summit 20162017; certificate holder, NCARB 2013present; lecturer, Tufts University Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning 2017; presenter, ABX 2016; member, Social Economic Environmental Design Network 2013present; Board of Ambassadors, Silver Lining Mentoring 2016present; Urban Design Honor Award recipient, Harvard University GSD 2014; Class Marshal, Harvard University GSD 2014; officer and chair, Root Division arts education Board of Directors 20102012; president, Auburn University School of Architecture Advisory Council 20082012; president, Auburn University Tau Sigma Delta 20022003; Interior Architecture Thesis Prize recipient, Auburn University 2003; Rural Studio, Auburn University 2000.

Candidate Statement
Amid rapidly changing contexts of architectural practice, designers operate in the flow of unknowingness. Here lies the essence of what makes architecture extraordinary. We are curious; relentlessly seeking solutions to thorny questions. I am committed to helping the BSA harness this power of lifelong learning and engagement to advance design stewardship and positive public perception of architecture’s value. I hope to bridge divides between academia and practice by strengthening the BSA’s engagement with architecture schools. The BSA will serve as a model of collaboration across disciplines that combine architectural theory and practice throughout the city and field of spatial design. 


Derrick Nickerson AIA
Digital Business Solutions Manager, Stantec Architecture

BSA member since 2012; Co-Chair BSA Emerging Professionals Network, 2015present; BSA Emerging Professionals Network Member, 2014present; Assistant Co-Chair BSA Housing Committee, 20122014; Competition Coordinator ReGEN Boston—An International Competition for Ideas in Housing, 2013; Chair Newforma Boston User Group, 2015present; Member Bluebeam Boston User Group, 2017present

Candidate Statement
The BSA has been a great source of professional development for me as both a member and leader. In my current position as Co-Chair of the Emerging Professionals Network and in my former position as Assistant Co-Chair of the Housing Committee, I organized and participated in important networking and other educational events to encourage discussion and build relationships among design industry members. As an architect who has evolved from a design role to a practice technology and operations role, I would bring a unique view of alternative career paths for architects to the Membership Enrichment Committee. I am committed to helping BSA members find their path in the field of architecture, be it through traditional or alternative methods.


Heather Murtagh Miller AIA
Associate, Perkins+Will

BSA member since 2014; Women in Design, Co-Chair of Mentoring Committee, 2016present; Suffolk Thesis Advisor, 2017; Syracuse University Generation Orange Leadership Council, Chair of Events Committee, 2016present.

Candidate Statement
As an architect, I see the built environment as an opportunity for our members to effect positive change in our communities. Similarly, I believe the BSA is an organization that can promote the ideas of its members, advance our profession, and better our communities. Through volunteering with the BSA I have been inspired by the diverse group of members and their unique passions. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to advocate for and build on the interests of all BSA members.


Diana Fernandez ASLA, PLA
Associate, Sasaki

BSA member since 2017; Emerging Professional Committee Chair, National ASLA 20142016; ASLA Diversity Summit, 20142017; Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee 2016present; Leadership Development Committee, National ASLA 2015present; Finance and Investments Committee, National ASLA 2016present; Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects 2015present; BSLA Member 2015present; Temple University Professional Advisory Board, 2016present

Candidate Statement
When I first arrived in Boston, The Boston Society of Architects was my first welcome. At the BSA Space, I was embraced and given the opportunity to tap into a wealth of design resources that continue to enrich my career and professional life. I aim to serve Boston's design community and believe my impact will be greatest if I can work in service of the BSA's mission. The BSA has continually opened its doors to anyone interested in design in Boston and as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in our industry, I see the BSA playing a critical role in the advancement of our profession and our success in creating more opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds. I look forward to the opportunity of deepening my engagement with the BSA by helping to strengthen its robust membership and broaden the reach of design.


AIA MA Board

Carolyn Day AIA
Associate, Sustainability Coordinator, Ellenzweig

BSA Member since 2008; BSA COTE since 2012; AIA Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee since 2016; USGBC Massachusetts (USGBC MA) member since 2008; Board of Directors, USGBC MA, 20132017 (treasurer 20142015, secretary 20152016); Advocacy Committee, USGBC MA since 2016; Membership Committee, USGBC MA, 20092015; guest critic and instructor, Boston Architectural College, since 2008, thesis advisor, Boston Architectural College, 20162017; mentor, Architecture Construction and Engineering (ACE) of MA, 20102012; community advisory panel, WORK Inc, 20102011; building committee, St. Joseph’s Parish, Quincy, 20082010;

Candidate Statement
As architects, we are in the position to have our professional voice heard on to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Through the AIA Board, I will use our collective voice to be a tireless advocate for policy, legislation, and regulation to:

  • promote and assist in a low-carbon future
  • reduce or eliminate our exposure to hazardous materials in the built environment
  • protect access to affordable housing and public resources
  • increase opportunities for small business and job growth.

M. Russel Feldman AIA 
President, TBA Architects

Member of Government Affairs Committee since 1999, committee chair 20042008; AIA/BSA designee to Construction Industries Council and AIA National State Government Network; AIA/BSA designee to the Massachusetts Special Commission on Construction Reform; Member of Massachusetts AIA board of directors since 2002, president 2006, currently President-Elect; Long-time instructor (architecture) and member, Boston Architectural College board of trustees 20022013, chair 20092013; Trustee and member of Executive Board, Historic Newton, former president; former member and chair, state Designer Selection Board.

Candidate Statement
The BSA Strategic Weave lists Advocacy as one of its Core Responsibilities and Mass AIA’s role sits squarely in this space across all of its audiences—the Commonwealth, our communities, and within our profession. Mass AIA and BSA represent an important voice in legislative and public policy matters. Much of my work in the Government Affairs Committee and on the Mass AIA Board has been aimed at positioning us as a valued resource to policy makers as they consider laws and regulations that affect our built environment, our communities and many of our institutions. At the State House, our current agenda includes zoning reform, smart growth, numerous measures protecting our environment and mitigating climate change, strengthening the Architectural Registration Board, and streamlining the state’s administration of the Building Code. Internally, we’re looking to introduce the next generation of AIA/BSA leaders to public policy and promoting engagement and advocacy among our broader membership. Should I be re-elected to the board, I’ll also be able to represent the BSA this coming year as Board President.