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Polly Carpenter FAIA
Director of Public Programs
pcarpenter@architects.org / 617-391-4023

Polly has a background in educational, institutional, and residential design. Prior to opening her own firm in 1997, she gained experience working at architectural firms, large and small, in Boston and New York. Polly has built a career out of her passion for children's design education. She has been involved with Learning By Design for more than 15 years, most recently as the Program Director. She holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Architecture from Rice University.

Ben Cohen
Managing Director, Finance
bcohen@architects.org / 617-391-4003

Ben lives in Dorchester and always gets tortellini alfredo when he goes to "build your own pasta day" at Metro on Congress St. 

Billy Craig
Managing Director, Operations
bcraig@architects.org / 617-391-4018

Billy came to the BSA in 2009 as Director of Business Development and ended up taking the operational lead on Build Boston and ABX. He now oversees many BSA and BSA Foundation businesses, including membership, ABX, the gallery, and civic, public, and professional programs. Prior to joining the BSA, he worked at Utile and Machado Silvetti, focusing on the business side of architecture. He began his career in finance and holds an active real estate sales license. Billy lives on the north shore with his wife and two daughters.

Michela Davola
Development Manager
mdavola@architects.org / 617-391-4002

Michela joins the BSA from the Nichols House Museum, where she managed the donor and membership database and coordinated fundraising and community events. She has a BA in Art History from Framingham State University and an MFA in Architectural History from Savannah College of Art and Design. A Massachusetts native, Michela loves to explore Boston and uncover hidden treasures that the city has to offer. When she is not wandering around Boston, she enjoys reading and yoga and dreams of one day setting sail on a Viking River Cruise. 

Elliya Cutler
Civic Initiatives Program Manager
ecutler@architects.org / 617-391-4027

Elliya has always been fascinated by the way people, the natural environment, and the built environment interact in cities. With a BA, summa cum laude, in anthropology and environmental studies from Tufts University, she is thrilled to continue exploring the intersection of people and places in her role at the BSA. Outside of work, Elliya enjoys exploring the city on foot or bike, knitting, gardening, and visiting flea markets.

Susan Green
Committee Engagement and Technology Manager
sgreen@architects.org / 617-391-4015

Susan joins the BSA with an extensive background in communications, design and operations management. She holds a BA in fine art and theatre art, is fond of modern design, independent films, her cottage home, and Bananas Foster.

Caitlin Hart
Professional Program Manager
chart@architects.org / 617-391-4026

Fascinated by Boston as a historic and living city, Caitlin is glad to have found her way to the BSA. She holds a BA in Art History from Tufts University and an MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which means she loves thinking about the ways in which art and the built environment shape our everyday. Outside of work, Caitlin can often be found taking walks over bridges, ogling old buildings, and reading in the coffee shops of Camberville.

Brian Keefe
Sales Director
bkeefe@architects.org / 617-391-4029

Brian has long worked on both the ABX Tradeshow (formerly BuildBoston) along with the BSA quarterly publication ArchitectureBoston magazine. He played a significant role in the launch of the Residential Design Show in 2003 and the AB magazine in 1997. For the past 28 years Brian has handled the major majority of sales for the tradeshow and magazine, along with other BSA opportunities. In January he officially became part of the BSA Staff.

Michael Kuttner
Design Director
mkuttner@architects.org / 617-391-4034

A dedicated designer and artist, Michael brings over 10 years of foundation experience to the BSA, with design always being the constant. For the better part of a decade, Michael has worked primarily with community-based organizations in East Africa (interspersed with stints in the NY art scene). Most recently, Michael worked with Gardens for Health International, where he led a community centered design process to create a national nutrition & agriculture curriculum for the country of Rwanda, and served as Development Director. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters from the Pratt Institute of Art & Design. Michael recently returned home to the Boston area, trading in his tent on the farm in Rwanda for an apartment in the South End. In his free time he loves bikes, climbing, live music, and looking at any and all art and design… Thinking of sending me your work? Do it!

Li Lam
Accounting Manager
llam@architects.org / 617-391-4004

Li works closely with BSA’s Controller to oversee the daily functions of the Accounting Department. She maintains a high standard in ensuring the quality and accuracy of her work, guaranteeing that it complies with the GAAP. Being with BSA for almost 10 years, Li has shown a penchant and fondness for compiling and analyzing data, as well as identifying and determining the How’s and Why’s when errors do occur.  She has a BS from the University of Rhode Island, with a double major in Accounting and in Management Information System. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, as well as playing tennis, hiking, and walking especially for a good cause such as the Jimmy Fund Walk.

Kali Larsson
Continuing Education Coordinator
klarsson@architects.org / 617-391-4016

Kali recently moved to Boston from New York and is loving it so far. She joins the BSA having worked as a temp at a variety of Boston-based companies. Kali enjoys walking around town, baking, photography, making jewelry, and the challenge of a difficult Sudoku puzzle.

Kristin Lewandowski
Executive Manager
klewandowski@architects.org / 617-391-4014

Kristin is a New York native with a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and a masters from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She has worked in education and finance. In her free time, she loves visiting parks, museums, and historical sites. She walks everywhere, and enjoys reading.

Renée Loth
Editor, ArchitectureBoston 
rloth@architects.org / 617-391-4022

Renée comes to the BSA from a distinguished journalism career, most recently as editor of the editorial pages of the Boston Globe. Currently an op-ed columnist at the Globe, she has frequently written about the issues that animate the architecture/design community. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum and has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer prizes in journalism. She got her start as editor of a scrappy advocacy newspaper, The East Boston Community News, and has lived in Boston since her student days at Boston University. She is married to jazz pianist Bert Seager.

Fiona Luis
Deputy Editor, ArchitectureBoston
fluis@architects.org / 617-391-4033

Fiona spent 22 years at The Boston Globe, most recently as head of the Features department. She oversaw a staff of 60, guiding editing and design teams that produced daily and weekly sections. Before that she ran the Living, Food, and Home/Style sections, supervising writers, columnists and critics. She collaborated with photographers and designers to create sections that were recognized with awards from the Society of Newspaper Design.

A native of Malaysia, Fiona continues to favor summer over winter. Some of her earliest memories include traipsing through the ruins of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress and the red granite plinths of an 18th-century Dutch church in her hometown.

Victoria McKay
Managing Director, Advancement
vmckay@architects.org / 617-391-4009

Victoria comes to the BSA after over a decade in the museum field, most recently as the Executive Director of the Nichols House Museum. Victoria has a BS in International Management and Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In 2011 she completed the highly selective Getty Leadership Institute’s “Next Generation of Museum Leaders” program, which focuses on cultivation and audience engagement strategies, along with strategic planning and nonprofit executive management. In her free time Victoria enjoys contemporary literature, travelling near and far, and rooting for her stepdaughter’s volleyball team where Maddy is a middle blocker (go Vikings!). A native of Russia, Victoria now lives in a seaside abode in Winthrop with her husband and stepdaughter.

Paige McWhorter
Electronic Communications Manager
pmcwhorter@architects.org / 617-391-4028

Paige joined the BSA in 2012 with the opening of the gallery and continues to work on communications around exhibitions and public programming, while also being the editor of the Homeowner's Project Handbook. She is a southern girl who decides she’s moving back home every time the Boston winter hits, but can’t bring herself to leave the rich architectural history and cobblestone streets. Paige likes to spend her free time creating art, traveling, and collecting vintage books.

Sean Mulcahy
Office Coordinator, Receptionist​
smulcahy@architects.org  / 617-391-4000

Originally from Boston, Sean comes to the BSA after almost two years abroad. During this time he worked in sales in England. Before this, he served as the Instrument Librarian at the New England Conservatory of Music. When Sean is not keeping things going at the BSA, he enjoys training and competing in powerlifting.

John Nunnari 
Executive Director, AIA Massachusetts
jnunnari@architects.org / 617-901-4685

A long-standing BSA member and active Codes Committee and Government Affairs Committee participant and BSA lobbyist, John worked at HMFH Architects for 15 years, specializing in public school construction. He holds a BA in design studies from Boston Architectural Center and also studied at Temple University and SUNY at Delhi. An avid golfer and skier, you may find him at the annual BSA Golf Tournament. He’s still trying to convince us to hold an annual BSA Ski Tournament, though.

Olivia Portegello
Office Coordinator, Receptionist​
oportegello@architects.org  / 617-391-4000

Olivia is a New Jersey native and a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Olivia has a background in photography and book making, and you can find her selling her art at local flea markets. She enjoys working in her sketchbook, listening to Madonna, complaining about Boston pizza, and is exceptionally good at parallel parking.

Rachel Reid
Member Engagement Manager
rreid@architects.org 
For friendly membership help call 617-391-4010 or email membership@architects.org

Rachel works closely with our Database Manager to assist with BSA/AIA membership inquiries. If you are thinking about joining or you need information about the membership you already have, send her an email or give her a call. If you're in the neighborhood, drop by and say hello!

Maria Salvatierra
Senior Marketing and Communications Manager
msalvatierra@architects.org / 617-391-4019

Maria comes to the BSA from London's Royal Academy of Arts, where she managed the marketing and communications for some of Europe's most prestigious exhibitions and events. Prior to her six years at the RA, she was a founding member of the marketing team for Urbis, the "UK's Centre for Urban Culture," and an advisor for the City of Culture in her native Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Her high praise of Boston and Bostonians is a daily occurrence in the BSA office; she says that she has been made to feel very welcomed and at home in her new city.

Erika Shea
Database Manager
eshea@architects.org 

Prior to joining the BSA, Erika worked for a sustainable land investment firm and other nonprofits and as a swim coach. Her ambitious athletic regime—swimming, running, triathlons—coupled with Erika’s daily database and list-management vitamins keep her and the BSA fit. She holds a BA from Clark University, where she double-majored in philosophy and government international relations. Erika is captivated by historical architecture and historic landscapes, such as the Boston Common and Public Gardens, and she loves being a mom.

Pamela de Oliveira-Smith
Managing Director, Communications
Publisher, ArchitectureBoston
psmith@architects.org / 617-391-4001

Pamela managed strategic communications and creative services teams at Putnam Investments and Progress Software. She provided brand-strategy consultation to nonprofit institutional clients at Minelli, Inc. Pamela has worked at the BSA since 2003 in several key positions related to programming, operations, publishing and communications.

Michael Whelan
Web Content Manager
mwhelan@architects.org / 617-391-4007

After graduating from Salem State University, Michael freelanced for five years working as a Graphic Design consultant. Before joining the BSA, he worked on a wide variety of projects such as publications, clothing apparel, portraits, caricatures, electronic tradeshows, animated PowerPoints, eBooks, logo design, and web design. He enjoys illustration, graphic novels, video editing, movies, and dog walks.

Eric White
Executive Director
ewhite@architects.org / 617-391-4005

A Denison University graduate, Eric was selected in 2000 as one of 30 nonprofit leaders from around the world to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute, focusing on financial, marketing, team-building and strategic planning management. In 2012, Governor Patrick appointed Eric to the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, woodturning, gardening and learning about American and world history.