Board of Directors
James A. Walbridge, AIA
James A. Walbridge AIA joined HDR in January 2017 and is a current Director of Civic Architecture with a focus on national and regional markets and strategies; he is based in Lincoln, Nebraska and also spearheads the architectural growth for the HDR studio there.
A registered architect and former 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 new construction and remodeling projects.
James won his first position as a draftsman 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 with a Bachelor of Design. He moved to the Bay Area and worked for an architect-builder in Oakland.
After hanging his shingle out in 1995, James joined AIA San Francisco. He was a founding member of BAYA, (Bay Area Young Architects), and it’s first elected Chairman leading the successful BAYA Installation “Pixel City” at the 1998 AIA National Convention. He served on the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors, AIA California Council Board of Directors and State Architect Advisor for the AIACC Academy of Emerging Professionals. His passion for Advocacy in the profession was nurtured by serving on the Advocacy Committees at AIASF and AIACC for nine years.
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 served for six years on the ExCom Board for CRAN including National Chairman in 2015 and currently serves on the CRAN Legacy Committee which he led to create.
His leadership skills earned National AIA Presidential Appointments to the Board Knowledge Committee, Digital Transformation Board Work Group, ArchiPAC National Steering Committee and an At-Large-Representative for the AIA Strategic Council from 2015-2017. For the past four years, James has been actively involved with the AIA Architects Foundation and currently serves as President.
A dedicated, passionate and articulate public speaker, James has presented extensively on various practice topics including the Architect as Master Builder, Architect-led Design-build, Emotional Intelligence and Presentation-Interview Skills on a local, state and national level including ten past AIA National Conventions. James will be speaking again at A’19 in Las Vegas.
David Melançon is a brand strategist and marketer, whose work with clients spans multiple industries and disciplines. He consults with some of the world’s leading organizations to transform their brands, build stronger cultures and grow their businesses.
He most recently led 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.
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.
David is a featured speaker at industry conferences globally and a frequent contributor
and commenter in publications and articles. He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including GLSEN and Make It Right, the foundation begun by Brad Pitt to address the housing needs of post-Katrina New Orleans.
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.
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.
Sharon Liebowitz is Director of Innovation & Strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, focusing on opportunities and emerging technologies in financial services. Prior to that, she founded Meritam, a robo-advisor platform designed to bring low cost investment solutions to nonprofits and related institutions. Earlier in her career, Sharon built trading systems at large global banks including JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Deutsche Bank. Sharon earned an MArch from Columbia University and a BA with honors from Harvard University. She’s a committed volunteer and currently serves on the board of directors of the Center for Architecture and the Columbia Alumni Association, and is a Columbia University Senator.
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.
Thomas Luebke has served as Secretary of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts, the federal design review agency for the nation’s capital, since 2005. He is an architect with more than twenty years’ experience in design, planning, and historic preservation in both public and private sectors and was the design leader in the development of the 2009 Monumental Core Framework Plan for Washington, D.C. He is the editor of the 2013 book Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and Palace of State: The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, published in 2018.
Luebke served previously as the executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design; as City Architect for Alexandria, Virginia; and as a designer for numerous award-winning projects in architectural practice. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with a master in architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was a teaching fellow in architectural history. He was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2010. He served as president of the board of the Washington Architectural Foundation. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011, and he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture by the Institute in 2015.
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.
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.
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.