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Election

Board of Directors

1st Vice President/President-elect

Greg Minott AIA
Managing Principal, DREAM Collaborative, Boston, MA

Candidate Statement
As managing principal of one of Boston’s few minority-owned architecture firms, I am personally committed to changing the face of architecture in Boston and increasing the number of minorities and women practicing and leading in design. I will bring that advocacy and action agenda to my role at the BSA to continue building a more diverse pipeline of architects and have a real impact on how inclusive the local membership and profession at large will be in the future. I am also committed to finding innovative ways to support and add value to our membership by providing tools and resources that can improve the economic outlook for all firms, and for smaller member firms in particular. Finally, I have spent my career working to make housing more equitable and affordable in Boston’s underrepresented neighborhoods, and I will continue to push for innovation and results on that front in Boston while making an impact through networks of allied professional bodies and industry organizations regionally.

Biography
Gregory Minott is originally from Mandeville, Jamaica. He moved to the U.S. in 1999 and earned dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Infrastructure Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to founding DREAM Collaborative, Gregory led award-winning building and urban redevelopment projects while working at the Boston-based firm Elkus Manfredi Architects and in Manhattan at WORK A+D. In 2008, Greg cofounded DREAM Collaborative to challenge conventional thinking about urban living and empower communities to build a stronger, sustainable future. Greg has been recognized by the AIA for his significant contributions to more livable communities, better connected neighborhoods, and more durable and sustainable urban environments. He currently serves as VP for Practice on the BSA Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Architectural College.

Affiliate Director

Jacob Knowles
Director of Sustainable Design, BR+A

Candidate Statement
The Boston Society of Architects is an inspiring and influential institution, drawing its energy from the world-class firms and professionals in our region. The value of the BSA and its members is immense, touching nearly every aspect of the built environment. I understand that the BSA Board is responsible for the governance, fiduciary oversight, strategy and policy of the BSA. Clearly the BSA Board carries a set of responsibilities that should not be underestimated. To these responsibilities, I would bring my broad professional perspective, skill as a facilitator and consensus-builder, and passion for achieving specific goals and milestones. In particular, the Affiliate Director position on the board has a unique role as a bridge to other types of firms and organizations. If elected, I would aim to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones. Two primary goals I would see are: 1) creating stronger cross-industry coalitions on important issues and 2) identifying and facilitating increased funding opportunities for BSA programs. I have a background in both of these arenas and can draw upon my connections to bring additional expertise to bear on these initiatives. Thank you for your consideration.

Biography
Jacob Knowles is the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A, leading the firm’s NET+ sustainability consulting team. His work focuses on the integration of strategies that reduce environmental footprint, while supporting occupant wellbeing and maximizing return on investment. He is currently championing the design of nearly two million square feet of Zero Net Energy and ultra-low fossil fuel projects in the Boston area. He has lead teams to top awards under the MA DOER High Performance Buildings and Pathways to Zero grant programs. Jacob also founded the 2030 Union, an informal building industry advocacy network, bringing together many individuals, firms and organizations including USGBC MA, the BSA, ASHRAE Boston, NESEA, Passive House MA, and NEEP.

Director-at-Large

Brooke Helgerson AIA
Architect, Analogue Studio

Candidate Statement
I have been a member of the BSA’s Women in Design community since 2015, so I have seen firsthand how the BSA creates opportunities for its members. As a young architect starting out in a new city, I was able to learn from a diverse set of colleagues, add my ideas to the mix, and run with what we came up with. Since then WiD has tested out programming through workshops and events, spearheaded research projects, and most importantly, solidified our community. I would like to contribute to the larger BSA community by sharing what I’ve learned from these experiences and offering my perspective as a young architect at a small, local firm. The BSA is one of the most active chapters in the AIA, and I look forward to using my expertise in starting and following through on initiatives as we collaborate to define the challenges we take on next.

Biography
Brooke Helgerson is an architect who embraces thorny problems. She seeks out ways to turn uncertainties into opportunities for collaborative communities tackling big problems, not only in their spaces but in the world beyond. Central to her work is the attitude that no problem is unsolvable; it just may not have been answered—yet. With Analogue Studio, Brooke has worked with local clients such as MIT’s Martin Trust Center, Lumenpulse, Healthworks, and Workbar. She also builds networks for local designers as part of the BSA’s Women in Design committee and is the leader of the How We Work research project. When she’s not doing those things she enjoys running around Boston with November Project and is committed to finding a way to pack running shoes whenever she travels, even in the smallest of carry-ons.

Public Director

Courtney Sharpe
Director of Planning for the Office of Arts and Culture

Candidate Statement
Boston Society of Architects has been a welcome home to me since my first year of graduate school. I would warmly welcome the opportunity to give back to the community and professional network that has provided guidance, support, and opportunities to explore challenging questions by serving as a member of the board. My professional interests are primarily concerned with ensuring that society's most vulnerable populations have equitable access to spaces and resources. As a design professionals I believe we have the power to directly inform the landscapes and systems of the future to realize that vision. Thank you for your consideration.

Biography
Courtney D. Sharpe is an urban planner who focuses on advancing equitable access to resources in communities. Prior to becoming the Director of Planning for the Office of Arts and Culture, she served at the Boston Planning and Development Agency as the Senior Planner for Back Bay, Roxbury and Mattapan. In graduate school she co-chaired the inaugural Black in Design Conference and was an Innovation Fellow and Innovation Field Lab Coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Prior to living in Boston she worked for the federal government with General Services Administration, assisted with immigrant rights as an AmeriCorps member in Chicago, and taught English and Arts as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

Courtney has a Bachelors in International Studies and Religion with a minor in Asian American Studies from Northwestern University. She received her Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she specialized in Urban Governance and Social Justice.

Secretary

Diana Nicklaus AIA
President & CEO, Saam Architecture

Professional Affiliations
BSA member since 2009... Member, BSA Women Principals Group, 2012-present... Panelist, AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, 2019... Panelist, BSA Women Principal’s Group, 2015, 2019... AIA, Women’s Leadership Summit Sho-Ping Chin Leadership Grant, Juror 2017, 2019... Panelist, AIA San Francisco #EQxDV: Voices, Values, Vision Conference, 2018... Keynote Speaker, ACX 2018 (Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo) 2018... Panelist, “Girl UNinterrupted: The Boston Experiment”, BSA, 2018... Panelist, Northeastern University AIAS Chapter, 2018... Presenter, ABX 2015, 2017... Breakout Leader, “Time Management - Aligning Work with Values and Goals”, BSA WID, 2014... Member, Northborough White Cliffs Building Committee 2019 - present... Member, Northborough Master Plan Committee, 2018-present… Member, Northborough Design Review Board, 2017-present... Founding Board President, Boston Professional Women in Construction 2017-2019... Advisory Board Member, Women in Transportation, Boston, 2018-present... Vice President and Board Member, Massachusetts Building Congress, 2014-2016... Adjunct Professor, WIT, 2014… Founding Co-Chair, Massachusetts Building Congress Women’s Network, 2013-2016... Board Member, ACE Mentorship, Greater Boston, 2012-2014…

Candidate Statement
As a public advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion - in both architecture and the AEC industry - I remain committed to supporting the BSA/AIA community as it continues to define its approach surrounding these issues. Having founded a firm with an innovative approach to equity, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to discourse on models of practice, design delivery, and client service.

VP of Communications

Susan Blomquist AIA
Associate Principal, Payette

Professional Affiliations
BSA member since 2011; Undergraduate Studio Adjunct Instructor, University of Virginia School of Architecture: 2001 – 2004; Instructor, Boston Architectural College Distance Master of Architecture 2013 – 2016; Elected Member: BSA Honors and Awards Committee 2015 – 2018; Jury Member: 2017 AIA Detroit Building Honor Awards; Jury Member: 2017 AIA Sho-Ping Ching Memorial Academic Scholarship, Jury Member: 2018 AIA Diversity Advancement Scholarship; Jury Member: 2019 Sho-Ping Ching AIA Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship: Jury Member, 2019 Brighton High School Common for All Design Project: Current Member (since 2017), Payette Equity and Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Candidate Statement
The honor of serving the BSA and the AIA is the honor of serving an organization that not only supports and elevates good architecture but also supports the wider Boston community and all of its residents. The second largest chapter of the AIA also serves as an example to the nation as an organization committed to action. I would like to continue to see that action evolve by serving in a capacity to advise on the deployment of BSA programs and initiatives. In working with the Board of Directors I seek to champion efforts that support and reinforce the idea that a responsibly built environment is a human right regardless of socioeconomic status or cultural background. The BSA has actively worked to support women and people of color within the context of design and it can continue to do that by bringing the largest spectrum of voices into that conversation that it can.

Elective Committees and Delegations

AIA MA Representative

Larry Spang AIA
Principal, Arrowstreet Inc.

Professional Affiliations
BSA member since 1998, Ethics Committee Chair; Urban Land Institute, Co-Chair Real Estate Advisory Committee; Society for College and University Planning; ; Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official; Architecture Boston Expo, Speaker – 2018, 2014 & 2012; Association for Learning Environments Regional Conference, Panelist-2018; Understanding Charter School Facility Development, Panelist – 2014; Southern New England American Planning Association, Speaker - 2012; ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Panelist, 2011-2019; Mayor’s Urban Food & Agriculture Working Group, 2010 – 2014; Chair, 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, Japan, 1991.

Candidate Statement
I am honored to be nominated to be the BSA Representative to the Board of AIA Massachusetts. Whether it is issues of resiliency, sustainability, or social equity, these are important times for architects to be advocating for change through the AIA Massachusetts and the Boston Society of Architects. For example, recent storms have highlighted our cities and towns vulnerability to rising sea levels, creating the need for resiliency planning throughout the state. However, dealing with these concerns goes beyond the capability of most local communities, so there needs to be more consistent policy and funding at the state level. The GreenWorks Infrastructure bill recently passed in the House, but it faces stiffer opposition in the Senate. As a member of the Board of AIA Massachusetts, I will work with our advocacy groups and local legislators to push for these critical issues. My experience and expertise working with multiple stakeholders, including neighborhoods groups, public agencies, and building committees to gain consensus for complex projects makes me an excellent candidate for this position.

Ethics Committee

Todd Pollock AIA
Project Architect, Shepley Bulfinch

Professional Affiliations
BSA Member since 2003; Registered Architect since 2009; actively practicing architecture in the Boston area since 2001.

Candidate Statement
As an engaged architect, I wholeheartedly believe that how we conduct our relationships—with our clients, colleagues, and stakeholders—directly impacts the outcome of each project and ultimately, the longevity of our practice. To that end, our business interactions need to be inclusive and transparent. Over the recent years, we have seen several established firms merge or close their doors, leaving their clients and employees in a compromised position. Such disruptive developments can adversely affect the reputation of our industry. The two canons of the AIA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct—Canon III, Obligations to the Client and Canon V, Obligations to Colleagues—clearly outline our ethical responsibilities in such situations. I look forward to the possibility of collaborating with the BSA’s Ethics Committee to promote consistency and integrity across our profession.

Biography
A well-rounded architect, Todd has worked across industries in diverse project typologies ranging from small community buildings to medium-sized developer projects and large-scale complex hospital renovations. His work at Shepley Bulfinch has focused on healthcare and higher education. Todd is currently participating in projects for the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Honors and Awards Committee

Regan Shields Ives AIA
Principal, Finegold Alexander Architects

Candidate Statement
Recognizing design excellence among peers is a high honor. Considering multiple viewpoints and a diverse cross section of both talented people and inspiring projects that lead by example elevates the work we all do within our design community. I recognize the significance of this position and will seek to advocate for a broad spectrum of people and projects that reflect our entire design community. Please consider my nomination for the Honors and Awards Committee.

Biography
Regan Shields Ives, AIA, LEED AP is a Principal at Finegold Alexander Architects and is on the Board of Directors as Secretary of the Corporation. She is the studio leader for the firm’s K-12 education work and arts and culture sector. She is also responsible for a number of the firm’s higher education projects. Ms. Shields Ives brings expertise in preservation for national landmark projects and for adaptive use of historic buildings. Her leadership and skill have led to award-winning efforts that have been transformational for the communities they serve including: the revitalized Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a major renovation and new addition for Methuen High School. She is currently working on the phased restoration of The First Church of Christ, Scientist’s Mother Church and the new Leicester PreK-8 School in Leicester, MA.

Ms. Shields Ives’ passion for restoring and preserving historic buildings is reflected in her service work as an active member of the Boston Preservation Alliance where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. She has given tours of the First Church of Christ Scientist covering the extensive restoration for the Mother Church and Extension Building. Recently, she participated in a panel: Boston Women in Preservation, Then and Now, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society in collaboration with Boston Preservation Alliance and Fenway Alliance. Regan is also a member of the Association for Learning Environments and is President-Elect of the New England Chapter. She is a registered architect in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. She is involved with the BSA’s Women’s Principal Group and is a former Co-Chair of the BSA’s Women in Design Mentoring Committee.

Ms. Shields Ives graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Architecture and she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University.

Elizabeth Stifel AIA
Senior Architect/Urban Designer, Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA); Executive Director, Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC)

Professional Affiliations
AIA Member since 2002, LEED AP since 2002

Candidate Statement
I am excited about the opportunity to learn more about the projects and people in the Greater Boston Area that will be nominated for awards and honors. This an incredibly exciting time in terms of innovation in materials and technology and understanding of the role of architecture in society, being able to help recognize the growth and development in our field would be a privilege. I hope you will consider voting for me to join the Honors and Awards Committee.

Biography
Elizabeth Stifel is a Senior Architect/Urban Designer at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and is Executive Director of the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC). She has over 15 years of experience in the private sector and in government where she was the Staff Architect to the Boston Landmarks Commission before joining the BPDA. Currently, in addition to managing the BCDC she reviews institutional projects and other large projects in the City of Boston. Ms. Stifel received her Masters of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Membership Committee

Amanda Forde
Director of Capital Renewal, MSCBA

Candidate Statement
I believe I can offer a unique voice to the BSA. At the Building Authority, I assume the ownership role on an OAEC team and have worked with many of the top architecture firms in the region. I have served as a site ambassador for the BSA's "Common Boston" event the past few years. I also headed up an ABX panel on transforming mid-century residence hall buildings with former BSA president, Mike Davis FAIA. As an avid walker and T-commuter, I have an interest in alternatives to car transportation. Throughout my years with the Authority, I have continued the push for equity in the built environment. Notable achievements include an Architectural Access Board Design Award; and confirming the use of non-gender-specific signage for single-use public restrooms in State University residence halls with the State Plumbing Board. I would be honored to lend my time, experience and perspective to the BSA

Biography
I am a construction professional with over 15 years in the industry, specializing in public higher ed construction with an emphasis on LEED-certified new building and major renovation projects. I am also a LEED-Accredited Professional and have led several LEED Gold projects, most recently West Hall, the 316-bed residence at Framingham State. This Spring I completed the first museum owned by a State University—Framingham State's Danforth Art Museum, a fully renovated space in the historic Jonathan Maynard Building. Works on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston are on display there now. I am proudly "OFD" – Originally from Dorchester, a graduate of the Boston Public Schools, and Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Architectural Engineering. I currently reside in the Roslindale neighborhood.

Laura Rushfeldt AIA
Project Architect, CBT

Candidate Statement
I’ve been involved in the BSA for nearly a decade and been continually impressed with the range of programs, educational opportunities, and support offered by the organization. The mission of the Membership Committee is vital--drawing in new participation and innovating ways to support its members’ professional development fortifies our design community. If given the opportunity to serve on the committee, I will serve as an active and enthusiastic ambassador to expand outreach and impact for the community. I particularly hope to find more ways to include our members who do not have the geographic proximity to BSA Space in more of the opportunities that the BSA provides. I will continue to push at every opportunity to support underrepresented voices, as we seek equity in the BSA and the profession at-large.

Biography
Laura Rushfeldt is a Project Architect whose work focuses on the planning and programming for complex cultural and commercial projects and spans a range of scales and continents. She was most recently an Associate and a Project Architect at Safdie Architects, where she practiced for ten years. She has played a key role with establishing and overseeing firm advocacy and mentorship programs. She has been a member of the AIA/BSA since 2012 and is a seed member of the BSA Women in Design Emerging Leaders Group. She is a Registered Architect in Massachusetts and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Laura earned a Bachelor of Architecture from The Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When not thinking about buildings and design, she enjoys skiing in sub-zero temperatures and chasing her Border Collie along the running trails of Cambridge and Arlington.

Winnie Stopps AIA
Associate Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Candidate Statement
The Membership Enrichment Committee has the challenging task of developing and coordinating programs that provide a tangible benefit to BSA members in return for their dues. The Committee has had varied goals over the years, from creating events to bring in younger members, such as the Designer’s Showcase, to fostering connections between Architects and Artists. I would hope to use my experience in collaboration and teamwork to work together with the next iteration of the Membership Enrichment Committee to develop a coherent focus for the work of the Committee in the upcoming year that will continue to provide enrichment to the members of the BSA.

Biography
Winne has taken an unusual route to the field of architecture; after graduating from Yale with an Honors in Architecture, she went to McGill Medical School. After a year in medical practice, however, Winne embraced her first passion and returned to Yale for a Masters in Architecture. Upon graduation, she joined Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Over the past 30+ years at LWA, she has managed many diverse projects, from MBTA stations to large classroom buildings to a small museum to energy plants. Winne has melded her love of design with an increasing interest in fostering collaboration, both externally with engineers and internally within the firm, mentoring the emerging professionals in the firm and developing effective project teams, culminating in collaborative work with Natasha Espada to research and write the chapter on Project Teams in the 15th Edition of the AIA Handbook. Winne was a presenter at the AIA Women in Design Leadership Summit in Kansas City, MO and has lectured at a number of conferences in the Northeast and Canada on classroom design, museum design, innovation districts, energy plant design and façade design.

Nominating Committee

Stephanie Faye Herring, Assoc. AIA
Associate, CambridgeSeven

Candidate Statement
I am excited to apply and to be considered for the BSA Nominating Committee for 2020-2022. I believe my leadership, networking and communication skills coupled with my work experience and love for volunteering has given me the tools and abilities necessary to be considered for this position. I will bring to this position a sense of awareness, recognition and promotion of diversity. While on the committee I intend to also bring forward and institute strong leadership for our Boston architectural community. I will be persistent, and I will tap into the potential of individuals. I genuinely appreciate your consideration for the opportunity of serving on the BSA Nominating Committee for 2020-2022.

Biography
Stephanie Herring is a team leader and exceptional collaborator. She thinks positively and believes wholeheartedly that promoting all voices and visions will achieve remarkable results. Stephanie’s interest in architecture was sparked by a seventh-grade geometry class assignment. Since then, she has managed projects more ambitious than modeling her family home out of foam core. As an Associate at CambridgeSeven, Stephanie’s passion is evident on various types of public projects. The complex museum and hospitality projects have been challenging and rewarding. The project she is most excited to see through completion next fall is the Reykjavik Edition Hotel in Iceland, in which she is the project coordinator leading a large international team. Stephanie is committed to making a difference in people’s lives in whatever endeavor she assumes. She excels in not only project coordination, but also in volunteer engagement. As a result of these strengths, Stephanie has volunteered at a local, regional and national level. She has served as the Women in Design Leadership Co-Chair at the BSA from 2015 to 2016 and as the AIA New England Regional Associate Director from 2017 to 2018. Currently Stephanie is the AIA National Associates Committee Vice Chair of 2019 and Chair of 2020. Volunteering and working at all different scales, being the emerging professional lens and liaison from the local level to the national level and tapping into the unseen potential is what compels Stephanie to make connections in the lives of those around her.

Killion Mokwete
Project Manager at Build Health International

Candidate Statement
As a candidate for the Nominating Committee, I would work towards improving diversification of minority members of the A/E/C and to engage and participate in industry activities. The 2016 Equity by Design survey, which found not only a gender disparity in almost every category but also reflected the profound lack of racial diversity in architecture shows that there is ample for improvement in the profession in bringing diverse voices to the table.

Biography
H. Killion Mokwete is UK trained and registered Architect (RIBA chartered Architect) with international experience in urban design from London where he worked on urban development projects in New Barnet while at international firm Building Design Partnership (BDP). Killion also worked in Botswana, Africa where he led urban design projects in Kumasi, Ghana and is currently leading a community masterplanning project in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti at Build Health International (BHI). Before joining BHI, he worked at Shepley Bulfinch in Boston as part of the University of Global Equity (UGHE) campus development team in Rwanda. Killion is an adjunct lecturer at Northeastern University and Boston Architectural College (BAC) where he teaches design studios focused on emerging markets (Haiti & Botswana) and is especially interested on how participatory design processes can be a catalyst for local community development.

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