The Architects Foundation uses the power of design to solve problems, transform lives, and create a better world.

Great places are great by design. The Architects Foundation demonstrates the value of architecture through actionable programs in resilience, health, education, and preservation. We advocate for architecture’s value, champion tomorrow’s design leaders, strengthen and improve today’s communities, and preserve treasures of our past.

Let us show you how.



Teresa Martinez
Octagon Manager

The Octagon has been at the forefront of design since its inception—and Teresa Martinez keeps its legacy alive with dynamic and innovative efforts. Teresa engages stakeholders and community members, directs restoration projects, governs exhibitions, and forges partnerships—including the multi-site Treaty of Ghent 200th Anniversary Commemoration.

Before managing AIA’s historic home, Teresa was Director of the Conservation Assessment Program, a national assistance program for small museums. She was also the Lead Museum Supervisor for the Carlyle House Historic Park, where you’ll find the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style structure in Alexandria, Virginia.

Teresa holds an M.A. in museum studies from the George Washington University and a B.A. with honors in history from Williams College.

Margaret Phalen
Octagon Associate


Meet our Board of Directors

Jeff PotterJeff Potter, FAIA

Design actively alters our everyday lives, and Jeff Potter has been developing sustainable solutions to prove this premise and address practical problems for decades. In 1983, he founded the Texas-based education, design, and planning firm POTTER, through which he has guided planning and implementation for countless communities and projects. He served as President of the Texas Society of Architects in 2004 and President of AIA in 2012.

Today he continues to develop better built environments through commissions, task forces, legislative advocacy, and international practice.


graham 2Graham Davidson, FAIA

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.


George MillerGeorge Miller, FAIA

In 1989, George Miller made partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Ever since, he has guided the firm’s growth with expertise in new business development, contract negotiation, and staff management.

Born in Berlin, George immigrated to the United States as a child and completed his architectural education at the Pennsylvania State University. George is well-respected in the field and has been honored with multiple awards for his work, including the AIA New York State Matthew W. DelGaudio Award for Service and the James William Kideney Gold Medal Award, the chapter’s highest honor. He has worked on award-winning buildings across the world, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Musée d’Art Modern in Luxembourg, and the Torre Espacio in Madrid.

In addition to his architectural work, George has contributed to various publications and taught at several universities, including Yale University, New York Institute of Technology, and his alma mater, Columbia University. George is a Past President of AIA National.


anzillaAnzilla Gilmore, AIA, NOMA

Since her career began, Anzilla Gilmore has pioneered new paths for the profession and her peers. She helped found the National Organization of Minority Architects’ Houston chapter, acting as its President and National Membership Chair.

Anzilla got her start with the urban planning division of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum in Dallas before working with firms in Waco and Houston. She has also served on the Texas Society of Architects Diversity Initiatives Task Force and the AIA Houston Long Range Planning Committee.

Anzilla’s drive to improve her professional and local communities continues to fuel her career: She serves on the AIA National Ethics Council and is currently Vice President of the Houston chapter of NOMA, the South Region Vice President and National Membership Chair of NOMA, a project manager at Rice University, Vice President of the Fort Bend County Municipal Utilities District #23 Board of Directors, and a member of the AIA Houston Young Architects Forum.


MarvinMalecha Marvin Malecha, FAIA

Research and practice are inextricably linked—and Marvin Malecha has made a career of elucidating, and strengthening, the connections. Marvin is a renowned academic, an accomplished architect, and an acclaimed author, and he was AIA’s first President/President Elect.

Former Dean  and Professor of Architecture at the College of Design at North Carolina State University, Marvin is the only American educator recognized as an honorary member of the European Association for Architectural Education.

His numerous distinctions include receiving the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education and induction into the scientific research society Sigma Xi. He continues to contribute to the profession as a peer reviewer, project architect, and designer.


David MelanconDavid Melançon

Named a 2014 Adweek Brand Genius, David Melançon is a business leader, marketer and strategist known for visionary thinking, innovative ideas and results-oriented execution.

David Melançon current serves as the Foundation’s Chair of Corporate Advisory Board for the National Resilience Initiative.

Melançon most recently served as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Benjamin Moore & Co., where he led all facets of brand-building for the iconic paint company, including product management, retail, color innovation, marketing, training & education, strategic alliances and corporate communications.

During his tenure at the Berkshire Hathaway owned company, Melançon led the transformation and streamlining of the company’s product portfolio and brands, as well as reorganized and realigned the company’s decentralized marketing and brand functions. He led an innovation effort that put new, market-leading products in the pipeline and oversaw a creative transformation of the company’s retail and color efforts.

David has served on Make It Right’s Board of Directors for several years and has helped raise millions of dollars to support philanthropic efforts.


wedge_296x296Carole Wedge, FAIA

President at Shepley Bulfinch, Carole received the Award of Excellence at the 14th annual Women in Design Awards, which was hosted at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX).

The award is presented “in recognition of a person who has designed one’s own life in design, whose work exemplifies the best of process and product, and who uses a position of achievement to give back to the world of design and the community at large.” Carole, who became Shepley Bulfinch’s first female president in 2004, was honored for her leadership transforming Shepley with the creation of an open culture and work environment, the rebranding of the firm and its institutional identity, and the expansion of its national practices, opening new offices in Phoenix (2009) and San Francisco (2012). She is a member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, a Trustee of Boston Architectural College, and a Corporator of the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Also receiving the Award of Excellence were Gail Sullivan AIA, founder and managing principal of Studio G; and Kathleen Lugosch FAIA, who led the establishment of the architecture program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Steven LewisR. Steven Lewis, FAIA

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.


Cliff CurryCliff Curry, FAIA

Clifford Curry’s practice today focuses on service. In 2007, he cofounded a family foundation that runs a humanitarian design prize, annually rewarding  public interest design practices with seed money for innovative projects.

While growing up in Bloomington, Indiana, Cliff worked in his father’s lumberyard and as a young man he built houses. While attending the University of Kentucky College of Design, he worked in Bloomington as that city’s first planner.

Cliff’s architectural career has focused on senior living. He has worked in the field for more than thirty-five years, primarily with a single developer client and designed 40,000 senior housing units in 371 buildings across the United States, Canada, and England. Those rental units have served more than two million people. Curry has been an owner in most of the housing facilities he has designed. All of them have been designed to enhance a sense of community, and are still successfully providing housing and supporting seniors.


James WalbridgeJames A. Walbridge, AIA

James is the President of Tekton Architecture and the 2015 Chair of the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) an AIA Knowledge Community.  James was an appointed member at large of the AIA Board Knowledge Committee in 2012 and 2013 and co-chaired a sub-committee focused in Integrated Knowledge Sharing.  James has also served as an AIA Convention CES Reviewer on behalf of the KCs.  James has also been very active with AIA California Council over the years.

James created Tekton Architecture in 1995 after becoming a California Licensed Architect  and formed Artisan Builders Corporation in 1996 to formalize a true Architect-Led Design-build Practice.

James currently divides his time between Lincoln, Nebraska where he calls home, and San Francisco where the Firm is based. His diverse design + construction experience has led to leadership positions in the American Institute of Architects on a local, state and national level. He has lectured abroad extensively on the Architect as Master Builder, Architect-led Design-build, Building Information Modeling & Starting an Architectural Practice including the AIA National Conferences in San Antonio, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. & Chicago. James currently serves as the 2015 Chair for the AIA Custom Residential Architects Network Knowledge Community and also serves on the 2015 AIA National ArchiPac Steering Committee.


bill-e-rBill 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.