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Leadership & Committees

2017 Board of Directors

Winston Win, AIA

President Elect
Mark Steppan, AIA

Douglas Frazier, AIA

Devi Dutta-Choudhury, AIA
Susi Marzuola, AIA
Robert Murelli, Allied Member
Matthew Taecker, AIA
Kim-Van Truong, AIA

Associate Directors
Jeremy Hoffman, Assoc. AIA
Paul Nabena, Assoc. AIA

Executive Director
Sidney Sweeney

The AIA East Bay Chapter committees provide an opportunity for interested individuals to become involved in the work of the Chapter and to work with others to pursue issues and interests. Get involved with a committee–email Sidney Sweeney.

If you would like to contact the chair of any committee please check the membership directory or call the chapter office.

Communications Committee
Edits and organizes publishing of ArchNews, the monthly newsletter of the Chapter, for purpose of informing Chapter members and the public of upcoming meetings, professional seminars, Chapter and AIA activities and other items of interest. Oversees website and electronic communications.
Chair: Harry Jacobs, AIA
Emerging Professionals Committee
Focusing on building a community among licensure candidates, architecture students, and young design professionals, this group addresses the professional needs and concerns of Bay Area Associate members. This committee works with local emerging professionals organizations to maximize the value of the AIA for associates and interns. It also organizes events and programs of interest to unlicensed professionals and students and the ARE Review Seminars . Open to all.
Chairs: Derrick Porter, Assoc. AIA and Paul Nabena, Assoc. AIA
Design Awards
The AIA East Bay Design Awards program recognizes and celebrates design excellence in the Bay Area, California, and beyond. The Design Awards Chair is responsible for overseeing the program’s direction and budget, selecting the jury members, developing the Call for Entries, and facilitating the jury meeting and awards presentation. In addition, the Design Awards Chair works with staff to promote Design Award winners in the local media and continue to dialogue of design excellence with the public.The 2014 Spring Design Awards program will be Exceptional Residential: the Bay Area Residential Design Awards. We encourage you to submit residential projects in the nine Bay Area counties.
Chair: Janet Tam, AIA
Fellows Committee
The Fellows Committee aids in the selection of appropriate Chapter members for advancement to fellowship according to criteria established by AIA. Supports and advises fellowship candidates in materials preparation.
Chairs: Rosemary Muller, FAIA, Benjamin Fisher, FAIA and Bonnie Blake-Drucker, FAIA
Homes Tour Committee

Responsible for developing the AIA East Bay Homes Tour, scheduled for August 12, 2017. Interested chapter members, please contact Sidney Sweeney.

Chair: Rudi Widmann, AIA

Professional Practice Forum
Organizes and conducts roundtable discussions among firm employees and principals on issues regarding the business and practice of architecture in firms of all sizes. Generally meets the third Thursday of the month at noon. Open to all.
Chair: Steven Hovland, AIA and Mark Steppan, AIA
Design Tours
The Design Tours Committee identifies and organizes tours of notable projects in and around the East Bay. Open to all chapter members.
Chair: Michael McCutcheon, Allied Member
Recognition Advisory Group
The Recognition Advisory Group monitors the activities and contributions of chapter members and local citizens and organizations, whose work enhances the practice of architecture and the built environment, exemplifying the goals and ideals of the profession. The Recognition Advisory Group is responsible for making timely recommendations to the Board of Directors for chapter, state and national AIA commendations.
Chair: Vacant. Contact Sidney Sweeney for information.
Regional & Urban Design Committee
The AIA East Bay Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUD) aims to improve the quality of the urban environment of East Bay cities and surrounding areas by promoting excellence in urban design, land use and transportation planning, public policy, and implementation in the built and natural environment. This will be achieved through education of its member and the public, in concert with allied community and professional groups; and as appropriate, by providing design and planning assistance to communities of the greater East Bay. Open to all.
Chair: Matt Taecker, AIA, AICP
Small Firm Forum
Organizes and conducts discussion among small firm principals about relevant issues of practice within the design and construction industry. Meets the first Thursday of the month at Noon in the chapter office. Open to all. Non-member fee $3; sodas are provided.
Chairs: Maggie Maiers, AIA, Linda Randolph, AIA and Donald Wardlaw, AIA