Board of Directors

Jeff PotterJeff Potter, FAIA
President

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.

 

James WalbridgeJames A. Walbridge, AIA
Vice President

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-rBill E. Roschen, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Secretary

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.

 

Steven LewisR. Steven Lewis, FAIA

Steven Lewis is an architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture. He currently serves as Urban Design Director for the Central Region of Detroit in the City’s Planning & Development Department. He also is a Professor in Practice at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to coming to Detroit, Steven was an Associate Vice President for TRC in their energy services group. He was a founding partner of the firm RAW International where he helped build a successful design practice over a 20-year period. In 2004, Steven accepted an invitation to join the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, DC, where he served a four year term as a program manager.

Steven was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the 2006-07 academic year, where he focused on the issue of race within the profession of architecture. In December of 2010, he concluded a two-year term as President of the National Organization of Minority Architects, traveling around the U.S., and several other countries advocating for architects-of-color. Steven used his platform as president to prioritize cultivating the next generation of diverse architects and designers. In 2011, Steven launched a consulting practice – “Thinking Leadership – What we Do…Who we Are” – aimed at helping clients – particularly civic leaders – attain superior outcomes through his engagement. He was the 2016 recipient of the AIA’s esteemed Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award, and was elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows.

More than anything, Steven is a facilitator of partnerships and alliances between groups and individuals who seek to use architecture and design to effect positive change to our world.

 

David MelanconDavid Melançon

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.

 

wedge_296x296Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP

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.

 

Constance Lai, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, USACE-CQM

Constance Lai, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, USACE-CQM, is the Historic Preservation Manager for Grunley Construction. She provides Historic Preservation and Conservation support to both the Pre-Construction and Operations Departments. Her expertise ranges from design-build to quality control to sustainability. She has over 16 years of experience in historic preservation and has worked on the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. She has lectured on integrating conservation into the design and construction process, the Washington Monument Earthquake Repair project, and the contributions of Thomas Casey and Bernard Green to the Washington, DC, built environment.

She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and her Master of Science in Architectural Studies (History, Theory, and Criticism) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an alumna of the AIADC Chapter’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Program.  In 2017, she was awarded the Richard Morris Hunt Prize Scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to spend five weeks in France visiting preservation architecture firms and visiting construction sites.

 

Katherine Malone-France

Katherine Malone-France is the Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, leading its portfolio of 27 historic sites around the country to provide expansive and sustainable public benefit as they model exemplary preservation, collections management, and interpretation.  She is the first woman in the 67-year history of the National Trust to lead the Historic Sites department and, prior to her appointment, served as the Senior Director of Outreach, Education and Support at the National Trust.  Katherine’s tenure has included the creation of a dedicated fund to support historic gardens and landscapes at National Trust Historic Sites and a 5-year campaign to address critical capital projects across the portfolio of sites. Her leadership has also resulted in a diverse range of collaborations with contemporary artists creating new works inspired by National Trust sites and a revision of the National Trust’s collections management policy, hailed as a national model for its inclusion of historic structures and landscapes by the American Alliance of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History.

Katherine is a graduate of Wofford College with a B.A. in History and holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia.

Katherine is a native of Alabama, and resides in Washington, DC.

 

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA

In 2014, Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as the founding director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking in addition to his role as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture. He is also the first recipient of the Michael Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. Under Schwartz’s leadership, the School of Architecture became the academic home for the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship six years ago. Since Schwartz was appointed as dean in 2008, Tulane School of Architecture has become one of the most visible units of Tulane University in creating a national model of innovative, engaged and empathetic pedagogy working in close partnership with neighborhood and non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans and beyond. In 2016, the School was ranked #14 in the nation by Design Intelligence.

His research interests currently center on social innovation and theories of change. Previously, Schwartz was on the faculty at the University of Virginia for twenty-four years. He was chairman of the architecture department and associate dean for eight of these years, and he maintained an active practice and research agenda, where he explored issues of architecture in the public realm with a strong focus on community design and planning issues necessary for the creation of healthy urban environments. In 2003, he won the UVA Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award – considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty at that institution, with only one awarded university-wide each year. He served on the UVA Campus Master Planning and Design Review Committees for many years, and he also served as Chair of the University Faculty Senate. Further public service involved five years on the City of Charlottesville Planning Commission and Board of Architectural Review and the Commonwealth of Virginia Art and Architecture Review Board.

Among the many vivid experiences over the last nine years at Tulane University, perhaps the highlight was the time when he was blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama when they met during Tulane’s Commencement ceremony a few years ago.