Taubman College

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.


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

Architect Michael C. Corby, FAIA, LEED AP is Executive Vice President of Integrated Architecture, a firm he helped found 25 years ago in his home town of Grand Rapids, MI. One of Michigan's first LEED-Accredited Professionals, Mike was named to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2010 for his efforts to advance architecture as a tool to realize a more sustainable society. His design acumen and visionary leadership have been acknowledged by more than 60 international, national and local design awards earned in the past decade, including the AIA Michigan Firm of the Year. Mike's designs are people centered, programmable and behavior focused. His portfolio includes innovative projects for higher education, healthcare and corporations.


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.


Robin Guenther, FAIA, 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.


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 an Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. 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.


Michael Le Fevre, B.S.’76, M.Arch. ‘77

Michael Le Fevre is Vice President, Planning & Design Support at Holder Construction Company (Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Phoenix, San Jose, Washington, D.C.) Holder provides clients with Construction Management services through a team approach and has annual revenues of $1.8 Billion. He is responsible for company-wide design collaboration – developing new systems, education and processes for working with design partners, trade contractors and owners.

Le Fevre holds a Masters in Architecture degree (with High Distinction) from the University of Michigan (1977), and is a winner of awards for his work in design, collaboration and technology, including the AGC 'Best Information Technology Solutions' (2007), and an AIA BIM Award (2006). He is a two time winner of Progressive Architecture Design Award Citations (1972, 1993), and winner of High Honors in R&D Magazine's 'Lab of the Year', in 1993. He was formerly a Principal at Lord Aeck Sargent Architects, Project Designer with Heery International, and Adjunct Instructor in Architecture at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning.

In 2012, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows for his contributions in "advancing the practice of Architecture". A member of the 2009 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice BIM Awards Jury, he is a top rated keynote speaker and has published articles and presented on Design Collaboration and Building Information Modeling to over 150 groups, conferences, universities and companies, nationally and internationally, including the AIA, AGC, McGraw-Hill / ENR Megatrends that Matter, AIA Future of Professional Practice Conference, Ontario Association of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute, Society for College and University Planning, BIM4Builders Conference, McGraw-Hill / ACE Arizona BIM Conference, KA Connect, University of Southern California School of Architecture, and others.


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.


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.


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

Tom Sherry is an experienced architect, urban designer and creative strategist. He has practiced architecture and urban design for over 20 years, joining Hamilton Anderson in downtown Detroit in 1997 as a Design Architect. He was named Principal in 2004, Partner in 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in 2008. Tom's planning & design work have been influential drivers in the resurgence of Detroit's Greater Downtown, including the Detroit School of Arts, Campus Martius Development Plan, Woodward Corridor/M1 TOD Plan, and the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework.

In 2013 Tom founded the consulting practice, 313Creative, and is currently serving as a Senior Consultant to the Kresge Foundation. His advisory role with Kresge includes aligning new investment with the Detroit Future City Implementation Platform, and supporting Living Cities' Detroit Corridor Advisory Board in shaping the next evolution of the Integration Initiative.

A strong advocate of arts & design education, Tom serves on national boards for the Arts Schools Network and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's Alumni Board of Governors at the University of Michigan. He was awarded AIA Michigan's Young Architect of the Year in 2007. A native and resident of Detroit, Tom received his BS Arch and MArch from the University of Michigan, where he received the Alpha Pho Chi Medal for distinguished service in 1993.


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.