Designing a new future
Architects use the power of design to solve problems, transform lives, and create a better world. The Architects Foundation celebrates architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past.
The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is positioning itself for new success, preparing to launch a momentous increase in our scholarship program. By enhancing the program, we aim to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of our profession.
The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships.
Meet our Board of Directors
Jeff Potter, FAIA
Jeff Potter, FAIA is Vice President of POTTER, a design firm with offices in Dallas and Longview, Texas. The firm was established in 1983 and enjoys a broad portfolio of primary and secondary educational facilities, institutional design and strategic solutions. Jeff is the recipient of numerous regional AIA and trade awards for his planning and design efforts and as a result, has juried design awards programs across the United States.
Throughout his career, Jeff has sought to elevate peer-to-peer communications in the profession and demonstrate to the public that design matters. He has had instrumental roles in shaping the content and publishing of regional and national communications of practice, reconciling tectonics of traditional architectural journalism with the socially-driven knowledge sharing prevalent today.
Jeff has led the profession as President of the Texas Society of Architects and as the 88th President of the American Institute of Architects in 2012, where he advocated for the highest level of disciplinary and practice communications benefiting architects and the public. He was elevated into the AIA College of Fellows in 2010.
Jeff enjoys a professional partnership with his wife Shelley, a landscape architect. He served for several years on the Professional Leadership Board of the Department of Architecture at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, leading the Board as its president in 2001-2002. Jeff & Shelley endowed a scholarship in the College of Architecture in 2003. Jeff has been an active mentor for emerging professionals in and beyond the boundaries of Texas. He combined his interests of communications and astronomy while serving 1998-2005 on the Board of Visitors of the MacDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, an extension of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas.
Jeff envisions the Architects Foundation as a trusted philanthropic voice for architects everywhere.
Graham Davidson is a visionary designer, master planner, and trusted steward of national treasures.
Graham joined the Washington, D.C. firm Hartman–Cox Architects in 1979, and as a partner, he directs the design, planning, and administration of various historic, commercial, institutional, and residential projects. Over his 30+ year career, Graham has preserved and renovated some of our nation’s most iconic landmarks, including the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.
Among his many leadership roles, Graham has served as President of the Washington, D.C. AIA component and on the D.C. AIA Executive Committee, the Washington Architectural Foundation Executive Committee, and the AIA National Board of Directors. He currently serves on the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board.
Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, is the President and Chief Academic Officer at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, California. For the past 20 years was the Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, and prior to that position served as Dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for more than a decade.
President Malecha’s career has been characterized by leadership in academic management, attention to the scholarly and reflective aspects of a design education, a consulting practice that informs a life in the academy and a passionate belief in the absolute right of access to an education for every individual in our society. He believes that education and practice lie along the same continuum in life and he has encouraged others to find the connections between them.
Throughout his career, he has maintained an active involvement with architectural practice in roles from peer reviews to project architect and designer. As an architect, President Malecha gained experience working with the firm of Hugh Stubbins and Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and he has continued to work on his own and in association with offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and the Raleigh-Durham area. He has worked on building types as diverse as university classrooms and galleries, church and parish facilities, correctional facilities, an entertainment amphitheater master plan, and residential projects, including the official residence of a university chancellor.
David Melançon leads Edelman’s Corporate and Public Affairs division in New York, which includes not only those practices but the Technology and Financial Services sectors as well as the firm’s Business + Social Purpose practice.
David is a brand strategist and marketer, whose work with clients spans multiple industries and disciplines.
Prior to joining Edelman, David was the Chief Marketing and Product Officer of JUST Capital, an innovative social enterprise which uses the power of the markets to drive positive change on the issues Americans care most about. He led all brand-building, marketing and product development for the start-up.
David was named an Adweek Brand Genius for his work as Chief Marketing Officer of Berkshire Hathaway’s Benjamin Moore & Co. He led all facets of brand-building for the iconic paint company, as well as a transformation and streamlining of the company’s product portfolio, putting new market-leading products into the manufacturer’s pipeline.
David has also served as VP of Corporate Communications for credit card giant Visa during a time of unprecedented growth, as well as Chief Marketing Officer for the world’s first eBook company. He began his career as a journalist and public affairs officer in the US Navy, where he served in far-flung posts including Tokyo, the Middle East and Antarctica.
Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP is President of Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture and planning practice with offices in Boston, Houston, and Phoenix. Since becoming president in 2004, Carole has led a transformation of Shepley, through the creation of an open culture and work environment and the rebranding of the firm and its institutional identity. In 2011, Shepley Bulfinch has been honored by the American Institute of Architects’ Diversity Recognition Program.
Throughout her career Carole has sought to transform organizations by challenging them to face issues with clarity, frankness, and commitment. As an architect she has focused on the convergence of learning and teaching and research environments, with a long-standing commitment to sustainable design. She is an advocate for diversity in the profession on a national level, and is active in the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit and Equity By Design. She has spoken and written widely, presenting regularly at AIA national conventions. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Boston Architectural College (BAC) and is the Chair of the AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable.
Carole received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and her Bachelor in Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center (BAC). She was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2008.
Steven Lewis is an architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture. In April of 2011, he launched “Thinking Leadership” – a consulting practice distinguished by a facilitated approach to collaborative problem-solving that enhances the ability of clients to achieve superior outcomes. Prior to embarking on his new venture, Steven was a Principal Project Manager with Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation beginning in 2008, when he returned to Southern California after serving four years with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) as a Program Manager with the Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, DC. Prior to his arrival at GSA in January of 2004, Steve celebrated the 20th anniversary of RAW International, the firm that he co-founded in 1984 along with partners Roland Wiley and Steven Lott.
Steven was admitted to the prestigious Loeb Fellowship program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the 2006-07 academic year. As part of his fellowship year, he organized a symposium titled “Forced Perspective – Widening the Frame Through Which Architecture Views Itself”. Invited leaders from around the country responded to his call to come together to strategize on ways to dismantle structural inequality within the profession of architecture based on race, while forging a new paradigm within the profession of architecture – one that places a high value on diversity. January 1, 2009 marked the beginning of Steve’s two-year term as president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).
More than anything, Steve is a facilitator of partnerships and alliances between groups and individuals who seek to use architecture and design to bring about positive change to our world.
Clifford Curry, FAIA
Clifford Curry’s architecture practice today focuses on service. In 2007, he cofounded the Curry Stone Foundation which funds a public interest design award, the Curry Stone Design Prize. In 2017, the Design Prize will acknowledge 100 Social Design Circle winners, and launch Social Design Insights, a weekly podcast. Each episode will feature conversation about the most pressing questions facing the Social Design Movement.
Recently the Foundation formed an architecture and engineering firm in India. The firm is working with a former Design Prize winner and other partners to help the people most in need with bottom-up planning and implementing.
Cliff is an architect with more than thirty-five years of experience focused on senior living. The American Institute of Architects recognized him with a Fellowship designation for his work in the senior living community and promoting humanitarian design.
James A. Walbridge, AIA
James A. Walbridge AIA, is a Principal for HDR, Inc. and currently leads their Architectural Office in Lincoln, Nebraska. A registered architect and licensed general contractor, James was previously the President of Tekton Architecture, Inc. for twenty-two years, an award-winning Architect-led Design-build firm in San Francisco providing architectural, design, project management and construction services for both new construction and remodeling projects.
James won his first position as a draftsman in 1981 upon completing a two-year vocational technical degree in mechanical drafting while simultaneously earning his high-school diploma. He studied architecture and graduated from the University of Florida in 1988 with a Bachelor of Design.
After hanging his shingle out in 1995, James joined AIA San Francisco. He was a founding member of BAYA, (Bay Area Young Architects), and Chairman in 1998 leading the successful BAYA Installation “Pixel City” at the 1998 AIA National Convention. He served on the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors from 1999-2000, AIA California Council Board of directors from 2001-2002 and State Architect Advisor for the AIACC Academy of Emerging Professionals from 2005-2006. His passion for Advocacy in the profession was nurtured by serving on the Advocacy Committees at AIASF and AIACC from 1999-2008.
In 2010, James joined the National Advisory Group for CRAN, (Custom Residential Architect’s Network), a Sub-Committee of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community. In 2011, James was one of eight CRAN members to successfully petition AIA National Leadership for CRAN to become its own Knowledge Community. He has served on the ExCom Board for CRAN over the past Six years including National Chairman in 2015.
His leadership skills earned National AIA Presidential Appointments to the Board Knowledge Committee from 2012-2013, Digital Transformation Board Work Group from 2014-2015, ArchiPAC National Steering Committee from 2014-2017 and the Board of Directors for the AIA Architecture Foundation in 2015-2018 currently serving as the Secretary.
He has presented extensively on the Architect as Master Builder, Architect-led Design-build, BIM, Starting an Architectural Practice, Emotional Intelligence and Presentation Skills on a local, state and national level including AIA National Conventions in San Antonio, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and accepted for Orlando in 2017.
Bill E. Roschen, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Bill Roschen’s career manifests the new paradigm of “citizen architect” as civic leader who can engage communities in the thoughtful conversations required to advance infill and redevelopment projects that make neighborhoods sustainable, affordable, livable, and healthy. His appointment as President of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission culminated three decades of practice. Bill opened a storefront office at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine in 1987 with his partner, Christi Van Cleve, and they immersed themselves in the community, serving on the boards of local arts, civic, and youth leadership organizations, while establishing a “place-based” urban architectural practice working on affordable housing, historic preservation and mixed-use transit-oriented development projects that are providing density, gravity and vitality to revivify Hollywood’s once magnetic downtown. It is work that has provided Bill with a critical skill set at a time when Los Angeles and the nation are turning away from suburbanization and privatization toward urbanism, collectivism and a renewed interest in and recognition of the value inherent in the public realm.
Bill holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Columbia University, with an emphasis on city planning and urban architecture, historic preservation and philosophy of aesthetics, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University, with an emphasis on sustainable design. He trained in civic engagement leadership at CORO in Los Angeles. In 2013, Bill was honored for his eight years of city-changing leadership on the LA City Planning Commission with an AIA/LA Presidential Citation and with the American Planning Association Los Angeles and California Chapters’ Distinguished Leadership Award for Citizen Planner of the Year.
Amanda Malloy has been working with the Architects Foundation since March 2016 and implements Foundation communications and fundraising initiatives, as well as research. Prior to the Foundation, Amanda worked with the Park Nicollet Foundation, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Her passion is using data-driven insights to inform communications and fundraising strategy and to engage various audiences in the Foundation’s work. Amanda graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as a minor in anthropology.
Margaret Phalen began working as Associate of the Octagon Museum in October 2014. She has previously held positions at Historic New England’s Otis House Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, assisting in the interpretation and management of historic collections. She is interested in the ways cultural heritage institutions engage communities, and the ways in which people interact with history. Margaret holds a master of science in archives management from Simmons College, and an undergraduate master of arts in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Aberdeen.