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
- Janet Attarian, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, B.S.'90, M.Arch.'92, Deputy Director, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
- Gordon Carrier, FAIA, NCARB, B.S.'79, M.Arch.'81, Design Principal, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, San Diego
- 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
- 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
- Michael Le Fevre, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, B.S.’76, M.Arch. ‘77, Vice President, Planning & Design Support, Holder Construction Company
- Jay Longo, AIA, B.S.’92, M.Arch.’94
- Jeanne MacLeamy, FAIA, B.S. '68
- Andrew McCloskey, MAI, M.U.P.'02, Vice President, Evergreen Valuation Services, Shelby Township, Michigan
- Dennis D. Mele, AICP, A.B.'76, A.M.'78, M.U.P.'79, Esq., Partner, Greenspoon Marder, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 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
- James W. Simeo, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, B.S.'83, Principal, CO Architects, Los Angeles
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Le Fevre
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
James W. Simeo
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.
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.