Board of Governors / Bios
Janet Attarian, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, B.S.'90, M.Arch.'92
As project director for the Streetscape and Sustainability Program and Sustainability Coordinator for the Chicago Department of Transportation, Janet works to turn Chicago's streetscapes, riverwalks, bicycle facilities and pocket parks into great urban places. She has overseen the design and management of over 100 streetscape and urban design projects including the City's Streetscape Guidelines, the East/West Wacker Drive reconstruction project, and the Millennium Park (now McDonalds) Bicycle Station. Janet's ability to meld the concepts of complete streets and ecological design led to the development of the City's Sustainable Streets Program and Green Alley Program, which has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Chicago Innovation Award.
In her roles as chair of the Public Rights-of-Way Task Force under the Chicago Green Urban Design Framework Plan, and co-chair of the Chicago Climate Action Plan's Adaptation Strategies for Buildings, Infrastructure and Equipment, she has helped to development and implement strategies designed to accommodate and mitigate climate change in the design, operations and maintenance of urban infrastructure. Furthermore Ms. Attarian participates in national and regional efforts to establish best practices for sustainable infrastructure design, including Iowa State University's Sustainable Concrete Pavements Manual of Practice, the Puget Sound Partnership and WSU Puyallup Research & Extension Center's LID Technical Guidance Manual, the University of California's Pavement Research Center Pavement Life Cycle Assessment tool, and the FHWA's Criteria and Tools for Sustainable Highways.
Ms. Attarian speaks around the country on sustainable infrastructure and her work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times and the FHWA's Public Roads magazine. She has been honored with the South East Chicago Commission's Special Service Award and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by the Greater Chicago Chapter of Women in Transportation. Prior to working with the city of Chicago Janet had her own design firm and worked for several architectural firms including DLK Civic Design.
Linda Bailey, A.B. (LSAR)'98, M.U.P.'01
Linda Bailey has been working in U.S. transportation policy for eleven years, with a career that has spanned research, advocacy, and implementation, always focusing on sustainability within the transportation sector. In her current position, she works to ensure that the City's federal portfolio of sustainable projects is implemented efficiently, while communicating federal policy needs to the City's congressional delegation and the Obama administration. In 2011, working with the National Association of City Transportation Officials, she oversaw the publication of a new national design guide on bicycle facilities for U.S. cities. Through the same organization, she has worked with city officials across the country and brought their federal policy concerns to the national discussion in Washington, DC. Before coming to the City of New York, she worked for six years on national research projects regarding the intersection of the environment, health and transportation. Her publications include Aging Americans: Stranded without Options; The Broader Connection between Public Transportation, Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction; and Improving Metropolitan Decision Making in Transportation: Greater Funding and Devolution for Greater Accountability. She also contributed to Mean Streets; Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl; Clearing the Air; and Driven to Spend. Ms. Bailey has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Janice E. Barnes, M.S.'99, Ph.D.'02
As Principal and Global Discipline Leader for Planning and Strategies at Perkins+Will, Janice focuses on the ways in which planning enables clients to meet their business goals. With twenty-five years of design experience as well as a significant research background, Janice's work focuses on eliciting information on work practices and organizing this information to help clients make better decisions. Included is comprehensive workplace strategy, portfolio planning, change management, and advisory services to support sustainable design initiatives. By bringing practical experience together with empirical research, Janice recognizes the critical aspects of business processes and links these to appropriate organizational responses. Internationally recognized for her expertise in workplace and organizational strategy, Janice leads the firm's annual research on Workplace Trends. She also publishes extensively on workplace and sustainability, linking these two complementary focal areas through the lens of a high performance workplace. She leads engagements with diverse clients such as the United Nations, Champion Technologies, Medtronic, TD Financial Group and KPMG while serving on numerous editorial review boards, the Board of Urban Green in New York City, and chairing the Board of Governors at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, B.S.'79, M.Arch.'81
Over the last twenty years, Mr. Carrier has established an impressive track record of award- winning projects. As co-founder and design principal of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, he sets the tone for the firm's design philosophy and oversees its implementation. The breadth of his experience encompasses 38 office complexes, 15 community master plans, 19 mixed- use developments, 17 hospitality projects and 30 university campus buildings. Mr. Carrier served as Past President of the American Institute of Architects San Diego Chapter and the California Architects Board. Through his professional associations as well as professional practice, he is an outspoken proponent for improving the urban environment by the integration of quality architecture and urban design.
A charismatic and impassioned leader, Gordon Carrier is an active participant in the San Diego design and development community. For three years, Mr. Carrier served as the architectural representative on the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) board of directors. In this capacity, he became familiar with the operations and objectives of San Diego's Downtown Redevelopment Project.
Mr. Carrier continues to be active with committee functions within Downtown Redevelopment area districts. In the heart of San Diego's downtown, his influence can be seen in the lively Gaslamp Quarter, the stylish Little Italy neighborhood and the emerging East Village District. Through his professional associations as well as professional practice, he is an outspoken proponent for improving the urban environment by the integration of quality architecture and urban design.
He is an active member of the San Diego business and civic community. He currently serves on the LEAD San Diego Program Advisory Council and Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Past and present organizations with which Mr. Carrier has been involved include the Young Presidents' Organization, World Presidents' Organization, CCDC Board of Directors, San Diego Board of Zoning Appeals, AIA Board of Directors, NAAB Architectural School Accrediting Team and California State Architects' Board.
Mr. Carrier is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a Registered Architect in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Iowa and Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.
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.
Michael C. Corby, FAIA, B.S.'82, M.Arch.'84
Pankaj Duggal, AICP, AIA International Associate, M.U.P/M.Arch.'95
Pankaj Duggal is a Vice President with Jacobs' Global Buildings design practice which provides Architecture, Engineering, Interiors, Planning, Consulting and Construction support services and comprises more than 2,500 people. His focuses areas include facilities strategy, asset management, urban design and planning, a/e design, and management of large technically complex projects for government, public/institutional, and private sector clients throughout the world. Jacobs is a U.S.-based company with over 60,000 employees and approximately 170 offices in more than 25 countries. In his current role, Pankaj leads the business development team with a focus on Corporate/Commercial, Mission Critical, Research / Science & Technology, Education and Federal / Government market sector. He previously worked for HOK where he focused on facilities planning, workplace strategy, and A/E design for technology-based private sector clients. Pankaj received his B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.
Pankaj's diverse background allows him to engage with client executives at a strategic level and assist in the development of their capital improvement programs which align their facilities' needs with long-term business objectives. His special interest areas include integrated design, total cost of ownership and high performance buildings. Recent projects include development of the Capital Improvement Program for National Guard's facilities nationwide, planning/design of headquarters and mission critical facilities for Government and Private sector clients, and planning/design of office and training facilities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pankaj has presented at the American Planning Association, Federal Planning Division, Urban Land Institute, and currently serves on the Society of American Military Engineers Asset Management Committee. Pankaj has won citations for his work from the General Services Administration, the Federal Planning Division, Housing & Urban Development Corporation of India and two Joe Jacobs Master Builder Awards from Jacobs.
Michelle M. Elder, EDFP, B.S. '02, M.U.P / Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development '08
Michelle Elder is a Business Development Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and serves as a resource to businesses and local and state government stakeholders and agencies to foster economic development by stimulating business retention, expansion, capital investments and workforce attraction in Southeast Michigan. In her previous role, Elder led the MEDC's college retention talent program, bringing over 2,600 college students and recent graduates in one year to experience opportunities to live, work, and play in Michigan re-emerging communities, like downtown Detroit. Elder has also served on the State of Michigan's Interdepartmental Collaboration Committee as a member of the Placemaking Subcommittee and contributed to the curriculum review of MiPlace. Elder joined the MEDC in 2009 with seven years of experience in sales, marketing, and advertising from the private sector. She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and also member of Leadership Detroit, Class of XXXIV.
Bristol S. Ellington, AICP, M.U.P.'86
Bristol S. Ellington was named Assistant City Manager for the city of Henderson in November 2007. He manages the day-to-day operations for 12 city departments. From July 2005 to November 2007, he served as Director of Community Development. He previously served as the Assistant Director of Community Development, where he directly supervised the Current Planning and Long Range Planning divisions. Since joining the city of Henderson in 1996, the city's population has increased from 130,116 to over 275,000 today.
Bristol was a resident of Florida before moving to Henderson, where he served as the Principal Planner in the Current Planning division for the city of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, from 1988 to 1996.
He received his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in May 2009. Additionally, he has a master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin.
Bristol received the 2009 Public Administrator of the Year award from the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the American Planning Association. Additionally, he is past president of S.A.F.E. House, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid and shelter to victims of domestic abuse in Henderson and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2003.
Daimian S. Hines, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, B.S.'99, M.Arch.'01
Daimian Hines was born in Annatto Bay, Jamaica where he spent his early years. When his family immigrated to America in pursuit of opportunities, the city of Detroit became his second home. While attending Cass Technical High School, which offered an architecture curriculum, he became enthusiastically evolved in urban revitalization initiatives in downtown Detroit. He cites this experience as firmly sparking his interest in architecture.
Daimian received both his B.S. and Master of Architecture degrees from Taubman College. After graduation, Daimian spent the next 9 years practicing architecture in Chicago, Illinois. He maintained a close relationship with the college and consistently recruited talented students to join his firm HOK.
In 2010, Daimian relocated to Houston, Texas. Daimian is currently a designer at HOK. With the support of HOK, he is expanding the studio's capabilities for exploring design through both physical and digital fabrication as well as material research. Some of Daimian's recent projects include UIC Forum and James Stukel Residence Towers, University of Chicago's William Eckhardt Research Center and Shell's Woodcreek Corporate Offices.
Daimian finds that Houston is an exceptional place to practice. The city of Houston is trending towards an extremely urban vernacular where the human social experience is driving the disposition of both urban design and architecture.
Andrew McCloskey, MAI, M.U.P.'02
Andy McCloskey has been appraising commercial real estate since 1997 and is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute. In 2005, he co-founded Evergreen Valuation Services (EVS), a boutique real estate valuation and consulting firm. EVS prides itself on providing professional asset valuation based on thorough analyses. An emphasis on client communication has resulted in a clear understanding of the requirements for all types of lenders and owners.
Throughout his career, Andy has appraised nearly every type of commercial property, with assignments frequently consisting of multifamily, office, and retail properties. Geographically, his appraisal experience has covered 44 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Andy specializes in appraising student apartment projects throughout the country, and this niche has become a particular specialty. Every report includes a detailed market analysis that is tailored to the specific characteristics of the local student market. His student market analyses are constantly evolving to reflect national and regional trends in product offerings and operational characteristics. He regularly attends conferences on student housing, and is in constant communication with developers, investors, and lenders who are actively involved with this specialized property type.
In addition, Andy is particularly interested in projects containing mixed-use, transit oriented, and affordable housing components. His analyses of mixed-use properties include a clear analysis of each individual component, as well as their dynamic interactions and contribution to value.
Dennis D. Mele, AICP, A.B.'76, A.M.'78, M.U.P.'79
Dennis Mele is partner at the firm Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Mele is widely recognized for his work in land use, zoning, environmental and governmental law. Having experience as a land planner and a city manager, Mr. Mele has a unique understanding of the myriad of issues developers, property owners and local governments face; and, is able to advise clients on a wide range of complex matters.
Mr. Mele represents clients before federal, state, regional and local government agencies. He has extensive experience in land use, construction and budgeting issues pertaining to real estate development projects. In addition, he represents developers in obtaining approvals for Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's), land use plan amendments, dredge and fill/environmental resource permitting and other development projects. Mr. Mele also has experience in representing clients with regard to wetlands jurisdictional determinations.
Utilizing his extensive experience with local government, Mr. Mele represents clients in the annexation of large land areas into municipalities, including the preparation of annexation agreements and special acts to protect property owners' rights. He also represents local government, developers and property owners seeking development entitlements and works closely with real estate attorneys on land use and environmental issues affecting real estate transactions. Mr. Mele has a Bachelor's degree in Economics, a Master's degree in Applied Economics and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, all from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from the University of Miami (Florida).
Randall William Ott, AIA, B.S.'80
Randall Ott took his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and his professional master's degree in architecture from Yale University. Prior to entering academia full-time, he worked professionally as a licensed architect at numerous firms, including Mitchell/Giurgola, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, and Murphy/Jahn.
He has taught at several universities, including The University of Michigan, Columbia University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Colorado, where he was Associate Dean. Currently he serves as Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He joined Catholic in August of 2003.
He has published book chapters, articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries on a variety of subjects about modern architecture and its visualization techniques. As a designer, for the last decade he has been involved in the study and design of sacral and honorific spaces of a theoretical character, using the computer as the primary tool of visualization. For his work on the design of these theoretical chapels, he has won three National Faculty Design Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Uma Ramanathan, M.Arch.'87
James W. Simeo, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, B.S.'83
James W. Simeo is a Principal with CO Architects, a Los Angeles-based architecture firm that has achieved national prominence for projects in the healthcare, research, academic and civic sectors. With 20 years of experience in the planning, design and management of large public institutional facilities, James' experience includes projects for five University of California campuses, for the Superior Court of California, and for higher education and healthcare organizations in Washington, Iowa, Texas, Arizona, Hawaii and the U.K. His projects have been cited with awards from the AIA California Council, AIA Los Angeles, Modern Healthcare and Healthcare Design. James is currently Principal-in-Charge of the Porterville Courthouse project in Tulare County, Calif., a new 96,000-square-foot, in-custody facility that will house nine courtrooms and judicial and administrative support space. James also led the design of the Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, planned as a national center for education and research in minimally invasive surgical training techniques and as a site for practicing physicians and allied health workers worldwide to acquire new skills and retool existing skills. He was also lead architect on the UCLA Physics and Astronomy building, the UC Santa Cruz Engineering 2 Building, the Life Sciences Center at Loyola Marymount University, and the Peter & Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic for University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. The cancer clinic was recognized for design excellence by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health in 2008 and has been published nationally and internationally. The Engineering 2 project at UC Santa Cruz was recognized by state and local chapters of the AIA for design excellence. James holds a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Michigan, and a master of architecture from UCLA. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional and holds NCARB certification.
Thomas J. Sherry, B.S.'91, M.Arch.'93
Thomas J. Sherry is an architect and urban design professional based in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his career, Tom has focused on providing creative leadership on projects that span a broad array of markets including education, hospitality, commercial and community design. His commitment to working collaboratively with owners, industry colleagues and stakeholders has enabled him to implement projects that drive the positive evolution of the urban environment.
Most recently, Tom was a Partner and member of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), a multi-disciplinary design firm in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as Design Principal. His tenure at HAA spanned from 1997 to 2013, and included leadership roles on progressive urban projects including the Detroit School of Arts, the Campus Martius District and the Detroit Future City Plan.
Tom's experience also includes strategic planning, programming and brand/identity development for a variety of clients, including major corporations, entrepreneurs, educators and community non-profits.
A University of Michigan graduate, Tom earned a Master's in Architecture and a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he now serves as Treasurer for the Alumni Board of Governors. Tom also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arts Schools Network, a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in arts education.
Peter J. Stavenger, Associate AIA, M.Arch.'06
Peter Stavenger was born in Minnetonka, Minnesota, in 1980. He received a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning with Honors and Distinction from Iowa State University in 2003. While at Iowa State University, Mr. Stavenger was the recipient of the William A. Malone Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Outstanding Undergraduate Award. Mr. Stavenger was also a member of the varsity baseball team, receiving multiple ISU Scholar Athlete Awards.
Mr. Stavenger received a Master of Architecture with High Distinction from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in 2006. While studying at Michigan, Mr. Stavenger interned at PLY Architecture in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he worked on two projects that earned State of Michigan AIA Honor Awards. During his tenure at Michigan, Mr. Stavenger received an Architecture Program Merit Scholarship, and was the inaugural King and Frances Stutzman Scholar.
In 2006, Mr. Stavenger joined Fentress Architects at its Denver, Colorado studio, where he has gained strong project experience at the following airports: RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Terminal 2), LAX (Los Angeles World Airports), SMF (Sacramento International Airport, Central Terminal B), and SJC (San Jose International Airport). At Fentress, Mr. Stavenger co-founded the Fentress Young Interns (FYI) Group, which promotes camaraderie, facilitates educational opportunities for interns, and acts as a forum for professional growth. The Fentress FYI group has made site visits to numerous local projects, provided peer support and mentorship, and has engaged in many volunteer opportunities in the Denver area.
In 2009, Mr. Stavenger was the recipient of the Fentress Vision Award, which recognizes rising new talent in the architecture field. That same year he was promoted to Associate, and to date, he is the youngest person in the history of the firm to achieve this designation.
Founded in 1980, Fentress Architects has designed 146 million square feet of public space that welcomes more than300 million visitors a year. The studio's award-winning portfolio includes aviation projects, museums, convention centers, government centers, courthouses and high rises throughout the U.S., Asia and the Middle East. Curtis Fentress and his design team have consistently focused on public architecture, applying the firm's design expertise and resources to elevate the human experience in public buildings.
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.
Joseph M. Valerio, FAIA, B.Arch.'70
At the heart of this body of work is Mr. Valerio's passion for architecture. He believes in the role of "Chief Architect," the leader who insures the team defines a strategic vision for the building and then ensures that vision is realized. Mr. Valerio defines "vision" as all inclusivedesign, budget, schedule, sustainability and much more.
Architect, author, artist and teacher, Mr. Valerio is widely recognized in the architectural profession as one an innovator. Educated at the University of Michigan and UCLA, he spent eleven years as an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Always teaching through practice, Mr. Valerio founded his first design firm at the age of twenty two in Los Angeles gaining a reputation for the integration of the latest academic research into professional practice.
At twenty four he was in Washington D.C. with design responsibility for an exhibition cosponsored by the Smithsonian and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At 26, he was teaching at Wisconsin.
In the mid-80's he returned to Chicago, recruited to lead the project team at A. Epstein International responsible for building Helmut Jahn's design for the $600M United Airlines Terminal at O'Hare. Shortly after the terminal opened in 1987, he founded Valerio Associates, which through a merger became Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, in 1994.
Over this career, he has authored three books, his work has been the subject of over 150 articles in professional journals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has received five National AIA Honor Awards, the highest award an individual project can receive and over fifty juried awards. He has won numerous design competitions, most recently for the Rita Atkinson Residences at the University of California San Diego completed last year. He has delivered more than a hundred lectures across the country and in Europe. This body of work extends beyond architecture, to include his recent lecture at the Chicago Humanities Festival and his regular contributions to the Chicago edition of the Sunday New York Times.