Taubman College Alumni/ae Society Board of Governors convenes in Ann Arbor twice each year. They come from across the country at their own expense, dedicating several days to learn about current issues at the school and provide real world perspective. They involve themselves in program activities and interact with our students, helping them to prepare for jobs in the professions. In addition, our board provides generous financial support to the college.
Board of Governors
- Jesse Adkins, III, M.Arch.’94, Principal, Shear Adkins Rockmore Architects, Denver CO
- Jacqueline Chavis, AIA, LEED AP BC+D, B.S.'02, M.Arch.'04, Associate, Gensler, Washington, D.C.
- Pankaj Duggal, AICP, AIA International Associate, M.U.P./M.Arch.'95, Vice President, Jacobs, Arlington, Virginia
- Jill H Gotthelf, AIA FAPT, B.S.’83, Principal, Walter Sedovic, Architects, Irvington, NY
- Laura Gray, PE, M.U.P ‘06, Senior Associate, The LiRo Group, New York City
- Robin Guenther, M.Arch. `78, Principal, Perkins + Will, New York
- Dan Harmon, B.S. '91, M.Arch. '93, Operations Manager at Turner Construction, Portland, OR
- Raynal S. Harris, Jr., M.Arch. ’94, Partner, Harris+Smith, Atlanta, Georgia
- Sonia A. Hirt, AICP, M.U.P'95, Ph.D`03, Dean and Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland
- Jay Longo, AIA, B.S.’92, M.Arch.’94
- Jeanne MacLeamy, FAIA, B.S. '68
- Mary Jane Nirdlinger, LEED, AICP, M.U.P. ‘97, Executive Director of Planning and Sustainability, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- David Parent, M.U.P. `01, M.B.A. `95, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
- Heather Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, B.S.’90, Associate Principal, Payette, Boston, MA
- Ilene R. Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, B.Arch.'70, Director of Preservation, Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor
Board of Governors Bios
Jesse Adkins, III
Jesse Adkins, III, M.Arch.’94
Jesse Adkins is one of the founding principals of Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects in Denver, CO. SA+R initially began in early 2002 as a small design studio focused on mixed-use developments within an urban context, and their influence has steadily grown over the past 14 years. Of course design is central to the firm’s goals, however the culture of the studio embraces all aspects of the modern architectural practice and is now seen as one of the leading architecture firms in the region. Currently, the firm is working on a wide variety of project types which are located across the United States.
Jesse received his BSAS from the University of Nebraska in 1992 and his MArch from the University of Michigan in 1994, where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for distinguished service upon graduation. Following graduation, he and his wife immediately moved to Denver to begin his professional career. In 2007 Jesse was awarded the AIA Denver Young Architect of the Year, five years after starting SA+R. Jesse has served on both State and Local AIA Boards, and currently chairs the AIA Housing Committee for AIA Denver. In addition, Shears Adkins Rockmore was awarded the 2013 Colorado AIA Firm of the Year and the 2014 AIA Denver Firm of the Year.
Jacqueline Chavis, AIA, LEED AP BC+D, B.S.'02, M.Arch.'04
Jacqueline Chavis is a project architect in the Washington DC office of Gensler, where she has practiced for 9 years. Her work experience ranges widely from luxurious large-scale resorts and flagship retail banks, to military support facilities and airport terminals - but she is happiest out on the job site, watching complex drawings and laborious phasing become reality. Jacqueline takes great pride in the flexibility to travel wherever collaboration is best facilitated, and demands a very hands-on approach to design solutions. Her early career is highlighted by becoming an "early adopter" of many of her office's technological forays, from rapid-protyping technology, to better BIM strategies for design and delivery. Thanks to this, she is now seen by her peers as a process innovator and enthusiastic teacher.
Jacqueline completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Michigan, and has maintained a strong relationship with the college ever since her departure. Jacqueline is passionate about mentoring students in the field of design, and has consistently recruited talented TCAUP students to join her at Gensler. Spearheading a new intensive research-based internship program, coordinating professional outreach to local universities, and connecting with young professionals across her firm, all serve to reenergize her love of practicing every day.
As a child of a retired military officer, she has had the opportunity to travel all over the world, gaining exposure to multiple cultures, and a wealth of unique perspectives. However, having now lived in the DC area longer than any other locale, she has been on a different kind of adventure, finding new ways to build meaningful relationships in the local community. Jacqueline is presently active in Urban Land Institute Washington's Young Leaders Group, and is looking forward to lending her design sense and "green thumb" to the Washington Youth Garden Initiative in the Spring.
When she is not engrossed in design studies or volunteering, you will find Jacqueline either scouring the many unique neighborhoods of DC for new food experiences, or indulging her love of gadgets, languages and craftwork.
Pankaj Duggal, AICP, AIA International Associate, M.U.P/M.Arch.’95
Pankaj is Vice President with JACOBS Buildings & Infrastructure global line of business which provides Architecture, Engineering, Infrastructure, Interiors/Workplace, Planning, Consulting, Alternative Delivery and PM/CM services comprising more than 5,500 people in the U.S. and 11,000 globally. He has held various leadership positions during his 17 years with Jacobs. In his current role, Pankaj leads the Built Environment business line globally, and the Corporate/Commercial market sector while providing business leadership for Mission Critical, Science & Technology, Healthcare, Education, Aviation, Rail/Transit, Water, & Government market sectors.
Pankaj's passion for design, its impact on the built environment coupled with his diverse background, allows him to engage with clients at a strategic level to assist in the delivery of technically complex projects and development of capital improvement programs aligning facilities needs with long-term business objectives. His special interest areas include strategy development, integrated design, alternative delivery, total cost of ownership, and high performance buildings. He has overseen projects in various market sectors in the U.S. and Overseas.
Pankaj is a member of CoreNet Global, Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, Federal Planning Division, Society of American Military Engineers & Construction Management Association of America. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI.
Jill H Gotthelf
Jill H Gotthelf ,AIA FAPT, B.S.’83
Jill H. Gotthelf AIA FAPT, Principal at Walter Sedovic Architects, sets a prodigious standard for the exchange of ideas among peers, clients & constituents, resulting in projects, workshops and publications that continually refine the meaning of sustainable preservation. Jill embraces a holistic view of sustainability, pushing beyond the limits of the traditional definition to establish a balance between economic, environment, social and cultural equity, authenticity and education. In practice, she pioneers approaches that result in outstanding successes, as reflected in the signature 20-year restoration of Eldridge Street Synagogue on NYC’s Lower East Side. Upon its completion, renowned architectural critic Paul Goldberger cited it as one of the year’s ten most influential projects in the world. Under her guidance as both founding member and chair, the Association of Preservation Technology International’s (APTI’s) Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TC/SP), has become a preeminent resource for collecting and disseminating cutting edge philosophy, technology and tools for the preservation community. Her formidable achievements have led to her elevation into APTI’s esteemed College of Fellows and an AIA National Honor Award for Collaborative Achievement recognizing “unparalleled impact on national and international organizations.”
Jill has lectured and published widely on the subject of sustainability and its symbiotic relationship with historic preservation. Her expertise was solicited by the National Park Service, for development of the "Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings" and the Preservation League of New York State to assist their Code Green Development Committee. She currently serves as a U.S. representative on the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) International Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability and has most recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Paterson Arts Council, Paterson NJ and as Chair of APTI’s College of Fellows. Jill received her undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura Gray, PE, M.U.P ‘06
Laura Gray is both a civil engineer and urban planner. She is currently a Senior Associate at the LiRo Group, a large construction management and design firm in New York City. At LiRo, Laura oversees the construction of large infrastructure projects and her clients include various New York City and State Agencies.
Prior to joining LiRo, Laura was Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she was responsible for implementing large Capital Projects of all types totaling several billion dollars. Her projects included the redevelopment of the Hunter’s Point South neighborhood into an entirely new street grid, eleven acre waterfront park, and seven large development parcels that will ultimately contain over 5,000 units of affordable housing as well as a new school and commercial space. Additionally, she oversaw the construction of a new theater, the High Line, major waterfront improvement projects including the rehabilitation of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, and several streetscape and street reconstruction projects around New York City.
Laura received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. She received the Ginsberg Award and the Community Service Award from Taubman College for her community development work at Focus: Hope in Detroit where she worked for three years. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
Robin Guenther, M.Arch. `78
Robin Guenther FAIA is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Her innovative healthcare projects have been published nationally and internationally. Healthcare Design magazine named her the "#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare" in 2010. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the "100 most creative people in business." She released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, with Gail Vittori in May 2013. Robin is increasingly at the intersection of design and health and participates in a wide range of advocacy initiatives while continuing to practice.
Dan Harmon, B.S. '91, M.Arch. '93
Dan Harmon is Vice President with Turner Construction Company. Turner is an international construction-services company headquartered in New York, with a professional staff of 5,800 employees, and a work-in-place volume of over $11 billion annually. Dan manages the operations of Turner’s office in Portland, Oregon.
Before joining Turner in 1998, Dan began his career in Chicago working in the architecture office of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Over the last 19 years with Turner, he has led teams on projects ranging in size from $500K to $500M, including science and medical research laboratories, university classroom buildings, sports stadiums, data centers, semiconductor and electronics manufacturing facilities, healthcare projects, multi-family residential and corporate office buildings. Dan’s professional interests align with Turner’s market focus on complex, highly technical, one-of-a-kind buildings as well as progressive design-build, IPD, and design-assist projects.
A passionate advocate for sustainable design and construction practices, Dan worked on the first ever LEED-Gold certified research laboratory project in 1999 and has participated in the construction of over a dozen LEED-certified projects in the years since. He also is a member of Turner’s corporate Sustainability Committee and helps drive Turner’s strategies around sustainability at both the company and project level.
Raynal S. Harris, Jr.
Raynal S. Harris, Jr., M.Arch. '94
Raynal Harris graduated from Morehouse College, with an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree, in 1991. He received a Master’s Degree in Architecture with a concentration in Urban Design from the University of Michigan in 1994. He began his professional career in 1995, as a designer working for Loebl, Schlossman and Hackl in Chicago, Illinois. He continued his exposure with designing Healthcare facilities. He then worked for SmithGroup in Detroit, Michigan. While working for SmithGroup he held several positions. First as a project designer, working on an array of projects (Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, and corporate office), he started and headed the SmithGroup Urban Solutions Studio and finally he opened an office in Chicago, Illinois for the firm. He ran the office for three years growing the staff to 12 people. Professional opportunities led him to work for the Newark office of Hillier Group in his home state of New Jersey. He was the lead designer for the office overseeing an architectural design studio and the interior design studio. He later relocated to Atlanta to work for CUH2A (now HDR). In 2004, he began working for Turner Associates Architects and planners, one of the largest minority architecture firms in the southeast. At Turner Associates he was Vice President Director of Design and oversaw all of the design aspects of the firm’s projects. He also served on the Board of Directors for the firm.
In 2006 he co-founded Harris + Smith, LLC, a full service architecture and interior design firm. The firm represents the range of architectural and interior design services, as well as the collaborative partnerships, based on the prior experiences of both business partners. H+S is a professional service firm providing Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors, Graphics, Laboratory Planning, Programming and Facility Management services. The firm is organized around several collaborative Centers of Excellence: Academic (K12 and Higher Education), Public Safety, Corporate Interiors, Hospitality, Judicial, Science-Technology, Housing, Facility Management and Centers of Worship. As Principal in Charge of Design, he oversees, developing architectural design concepts in detail and coordinating engineering systems into the finished building design. In addition to supervising the architectural team, his primary tasks involve planning, programming, design, and material research, working with building codes and monitoring projects through construction. He is also the Managing Principal overseeing the daily operations of the business of the practices of the firm.
Raynal is member of American Institute of Architects and National Organization of Minority Architects.
Sonia A. Hirt
Sonia A. Hirt, Ph.D. `03 M.U.P, AICP
Sonia A. Hirt is a scholar of urban form. She is especially interested in how cultures interact with the built environment. She is currently Dean and Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland. In 2011, while on sabbatical from Virginia Tech, she was Visiting Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she taught Urbanism in Europe and served as design critic in the urban planning studio. Hirt serves on the editorial boards of six international journals spanning the humanities and the social and policy sciences. Her international research has been funded by organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is the author of Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-use Control (Cornell University Press, 2014; in press); Iron Curtains: Gates, Suburbs and Privatization of Space in the Post-socialist City (Wiley Blackwell, 2012); and Twenty Years of Transition: The Evolution of Urban Planning in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 1989-2009 (UN-HABITAT, 2009; with K. Stanilov). In 2013, Iron Curtains: Gates, Suburbs and Privatization of Space in the Post-socialist City received the Honorable Mention for Harvard University's Davis Center Prize in Political and Social Studies. Hirt is the editor of three scholarly compilations, including The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs (Routledge, 2012; with D. Zahm). She has widely published in journals. Hirt holds Master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.
Jay Longo AIA, B.S.’92, M.Arch.’94
Jay Longo is President of Forum Studio. He oversees business strategy, client relations, and project work for the full-service firm. A renowned designer, Longo's extensive portfolio includes single and multi-family residential buildings, high-rise commercial office buildings, corporate headquarters, university science classrooms and laboratories, audio and post-production film studios, community centers, elementary schools, mixed-use retail centers, urban master plans and office interior spaces across the United States and in Mexico and Asia. Longo was previously principal and design director at Gensler, where he also co-led its headquarters practice area.
An early adopter of sustainable design, Longo became a LEED accredited professional and led one of the first projects through the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program. His design integrated many green technologies, including rainwater harvesting, bioswales, solar arrays, geothermal heating and cooling, underfloor air, daylight harvesting, green roofs, facade technologies, and low impact / reclaimed materials. As an environmental advocate, he has spoken before the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago History Museum, USGBC Chicago Chapter, Green Build, University of Illinois in Chicago and Champagne. He has been interviewed on NPR public radio and public television station WTTW.
Jeanne MacLeamy, FAIA, B.S.'68
Jeanne MacLeamy earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 1968 and set in motion her rich architectural and service career. Jeanne leveraged her senior thesis to land her first job in San Francisco. Later she gained experience in all aspects of architectural practice at a small firm, becoming an Associate.
Armed with practical experience, Jeanne joined HOK in San Francisco where she was project architect for the Stanford University Cecil H. Greene Graduate Library and Moscone Convention Center. Jeanne became the first woman architect at HOK promoted to Vice President. She began her 30 year private practice to blend family, career and volunteering. Saint Mark’s School in San Rafael, California recognized her years of service as a volunteer and architect by naming one of her projects the Jeanne MacLeamy Arts & Science Building.
Jeanne applied her architectural, leadership and consensus-building skills to her home City of Novato, California first as a member of the Design Review Committee and then for three elected terms on the Novato City Council and as Mayor. Jeanne recognized that to maintain Novato’s small town character it was essential to preserve the “edge” and “heart” of town. She helped establish Guidelines for Hillside and Ridgeline Protection, championed the Urban Growth Boundary and Wetland Reclamation at San Francisco Bay. Jeanne led the effort to restore the iconic historic Novato City Hall, reviving the downtown as the historic seat of government and a vibrant destination.
Jeanne was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2015. The Jury of Fellows stated:
“Citizen Architect Jeanne MacLeamy, as Mayor and Councilmember, led the effort to restore the heart and preserve the edge of Novato, California, avoiding the homogenizing fate of so many towns across America.”
Jeanne is married to Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, Chairman and former CEO of HOK. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Mary Jane Nirdlinger
Mary Jane Nirdlinger, LEED, AICP, M.U.P. ‘97
Mary Jane Nirdlinger is the Executive Director of Planning and Sustainability for the Town of Chapel Hill where her responsibilities include leading the Town’s Planning, Sustainability, Transportation, GIS and Inspections divisions. Her earlier experiences include managing the Town’s strategic planning effort and developing policies and structures to support Chapel Hill’s economic, environmental and social sustainability. She led the Chapel Hill 2020 award-winning planning effort that engaged over 10,000 residents in Chapel Hill’s vision.
Previously, she was the Land Use Planner at UNC Chapel Hill where she worked on campus planning, faculty-staff housing development and sustainability projects. She has also been an instructor in Sustainable Architecture and Community Design at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment. Mary Jane has experience in facilities planning for the U.S. Coast Guard and has worked in private real-estate development in New Jersey and New York.
Mary Jane earned her Master’s degree at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at American University (Washington DC). She is a member of the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, having studied in France and Switzerland thanks to Rotary scholarships. She speaks and writes about communication and managing conflict.
David Parent, M.U.P. `01, M.B.A. `95
David Parent is a Principal in the Human Capital practice of Deloitte Consulting. With over 17 years of management consulting experience, David has led numerous significant engagements for Deloitte, working primarily with large, complex, and global organizations in both the commercial and public sectors.
In addition to serving clients, David is the Managing Director for Deloitte Consulting in Michigan, responsible for 250 consultants based in Detroit and Grand Rapids. David also serves as the Lead University Principal for the University of Michigan, responsible for the firm's overall relationship with the University. (Deloitte has over 600 UM alumni based in its U.S. offices.)
David has a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois (1989), an MBA from the University of Michigan (1995), and a Master's in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Michigan (2001). David's M.U.P. focused on economic development and urban revitalization.
A 20-year resident of Michigan, David has served in a variety of community service and volunteer activities, including serving as the former chair of the Ann Arbor Housing Commission.
Heather Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, B.S.’90
Associate Principal, Payette, Boston, MA
Heather is an Associate Principal at Payette, an award-winning architecture firm based in Boston with a national and international practice. Payette focuses exclusively on the planning and design of high technology buildings in the sciences and healthcare. The prime focus of Heather’s work has been for higher education clients in the planning, programming and design of science, medical education and research facilities – creating engaging, interdisciplinary learning and research environments. The breadth of her experience additionally includes master planning, preservation, federal government, K-12 and residential projects. Heather stands out for her ability to approach projects with strategic vision and creative solutions, to listen keenly and understand the broader nuances of her client’s needs, to manage with an inclusive, collaborative, style and to nurture and maintain a broad network of professional contacts.
In addition to her client work, she is an advocate for the profession and her community. She is dedicated to giving back and mentoring. Her current/recent service and leadership roles encompass local, regional and national involvement with organizations such as the Society for College & University Planning, the Boston Society of Architects, the Charlestown Preservation Society, and the American Institute of Architects. She played a key role in planning and execution of the inaugural AIA’s Women’s Leadership Summit in 2009 and has been a part of the advisory committee and a presenter at the subsequent 2011, 2013 and 2015 Summits.
She speaks at regional and national conferences on topics including: Formal and Informal Learning Spaces; Trends in Higher Education; Sustainable Campus Master Planning, Business Development, Leadership Development, Mentoring and Firm Structure and Operation. She has participated on design juries for the BSA, AIA North Carolina and AIA Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from North Carolina State University in 1994.
Ilene R. Tyler
Ilene R. Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, B.Arch.'70
Advocacy is at the core of Ms. Tyler's contribution to the profession of architecture, to the specialized field of historic preservation, and to the larger community. She gained this appreciation during the tumultuous 1960s in the School of Architecture at the University of Michigan, and then working as a VISTA volunteer at the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore. Completing urban projects for a dedicated group of volunteer architects and planners, she was an advocate for people and communities not being served by these professions.
From Baltimore, she moved to southwestern Pennsylvania, where she founded her own practice with her husband and classmate Norman Tyler. Her residential work responded to the energy crises of the mid-1970s through the design of passive solar and super-insulated homes. She was a strong voice for the preservation of Fallingwater, and for the Laurel Highlands rural heritage against the threat of construction of a proposed nuclear power plant. She was also the architectural consultant for the National Main Street Center in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, one of the first communities selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for this program.
In the early 1980s, Ms. Tyler returned to Ann Arbor and joined the distinguished firm of Quinn Evans Architects. As a Principal in the firm and its Director of Preservation, Ms. Tyler has been a leader in the field of preservation technology, directing work on complex restoration projects, including The First Church of Christ, Scientist Mother Church in Boston, the Parthenon in Nashville, the Michigan State Capitol Building, and the Old Courthouse as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis.
Ensuring that her knowledge and experience are broadly communicated, Ms. Tyler mentors younger architects in her firm and teaches in the historic preservation program at Eastern Michigan University. She has presented technical papers, served on the board, published articles, and is a Fellow with the Association of Preservation Technology, International. Her co-authored book, Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice, is a best-seller in the field of preservation and is widely used by preservation programs all across the country.