Peter J. Exley, FAIA
2021 President

Peter Exley, FAIA, has established an internationally recognized practice of architecture for children, families, and communities, elevating the standards of design for learning and play environments.

He is the co-founder of Architecture Is Fun, a Chicago-based architecture, design, and consulting firm. Dedicated to helping the next generation of architects, Peter has also been an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for more than 25 years.

Peter has served AIA in a number of roles, including as president of AIA Chicago, Illinois regional representative to the Strategic Council, chair of the Public Outreach Committee, and a liaison to the Young Architects Forum.

Daniel S. Hart, FAIA
2021 First Vice President/2022 President

From Austin, Dan Hart, FAIA, is the executive vice president of architecture and serves on the board of Parkhill, a 450-person A/E firm. He was an adjunct instructor of architectural engineering at Texas Tech University, where he was the distinguished alumnus of the College of Architecture in 2017. He was also the founding president of the college’s Design Leadership Alliance.

Dan was president of the Texas Society of Architects in 2011. He served as 2016 moderator of the AIA Strategic Council and has served on the national AIA Board of Directors, where he has chaired the AIA Board Knowledge Committee and the AIA Public Outreach Committee and co-chaired the AIA COVID-19 Business Task Force.

William R. Turner Jr., AIA
2021-22 Secretary

Bill Turner, AIA, is a co-founding principal at Path21 Architecture & Planning, a planning, health care, and commercial architecture firm based in the Rocky Mountain region. In addition to his role as CFO, he leads the commercial architecture studio and crosses over to the health care team for planning and design efforts.

He has served in numerous leadership and service roles locally, regionally, and nationally. He was chair of Colorado COTE, chair of the National Associates Committee, associate director on the AIA Board of Directors, and an honors and awards juror. He has been a member of the AIA Secretary's Advisory Committee since 2011.

Bill is a committed advocate for emerging professionals, sustainability, diversity, and professional development.

Evelyn M. Lee, FAIA
2020-21 Treasurer

Evelyn Lee, FAIA, is the first-ever senior experience designer at Slack Technologies. In her role, she works cross-functionally with business operations, business technology, people operations, and the build team to create amazing experiences for employees, clients, partners, and visitors.

She has been active in AIA service for more than a decade, holding elected leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. Evelyn is a recipient of the Associate of the Year Award (2005) and the Young Architect Award (2014).

Evelyn’s passionate about finding new business models to elevate the profession of architecture, ensuring that it remains relevant in an ever-changing economy.

Ryan J. Gann, Assoc. AIA
2021-23 At-large Director

Ryan Gann, Associate AIA, has blazed a trail founded on service, leadership, and design. From his time as an engaged student leader to his expanding contributions to the built environment, Ryan has managed to stay ambitious while having fun along the way.

His professional portfolio spans architectural and urban design investigations that enhance communities across Chicago and the world; expressing the role public space places in an equitable and sustainable future.

Ryan is the recipient of the 2018 AIA Associates Award, Schiff Foundation Fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago, and was the inaugural Architect-in-Residence at the Hyde Park Art Center. Ryan has served on the national boards of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA
2019-21 At-large Director

As an AIA leader and innovative practitioner, Timothy Hawk, FAIA, has increased design awareness and advanced knowledge exchange among architects and allied professionals through improved digital access, collaborative models, and educational programming.

He is president of WSA Studio in Columbus, Ohio. The firm partners with clients to design spaces that drive organizational change, attract top-tier talent, and build community. Many of the firm’s projects are widely recognized for design excellence.

As a community leader, Tim has served as the president of the Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society and is a founding member of the board of the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design.

Nathaniel Hudson, AIA
2021-23 At-large Director

Nathaniel Hudson, AIA, is a passionate architect dedicated to the profession and advancing its impact in society at large. Engaged in a large variety of roles, including in academia, professional practice, institutional leadership, art, fabrication, and volunteer community service, he has leveraged an array of abilities to become a prominent voice in shaping practice, theoretical exploration, and community engagement.

Nate is a founding principal and owner of FormGrey Studio, an experimental and exploratory firm with offices in Reno, Nevada, and Omaha, Nebraska. The work of FormGrey embodies his pluralistic nature and exists at the confluence of his various roles while promoting the highest standards of workplace equity and inclusion.

Mark Levine, FAIA
2020-22 At-large Director

Mark Levine’s sustained national and regional Institute leadership has advanced member education, design and solidarity through diverse programs and conference venues.

Mark is Atlanta Market Leader / Vice President at LS3P, one of the southeasts most respected and forward-thinking design practices. His near 30-year career focused on educational facilities design inspires both colleagues and clientele through the pursuit of innovative yet responsible architecture. AIA leadership includes serving as South Atlantic Regional Representative to the Strategic Council. Mark brings relevant geographic perspective through prior leadership roles which include President of AIA Georgia, AIA Grand Valley and AIA Albuquerque. Mark also served as Chair of the AIA National Convention Steering Committee in 2015.

In 2020, Mark co-chaired AIA’s COVID-19 Business Task Force, charged with helping architects address the challenges facing the business of architecture caused by the economic disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Britt Lindberg, AIA
2020-22 At-large Director

Britt Lindberg, AIA, is a senior associate at Gensler, a global design firm of more than 6,000 employees who shape the future of cities every day. With over 15 years of experience on commercial projects, Britt is a solid technical leader based in San Jose, California. From entitlements through design and construction, Britt drives project implementation with exceptional team leadership essential to the project's and firm's success.

Britt has also served in many AIA leadership roles, including president of AIA Silicon Valley (2014) and AIA California (2018), and on numerous committees. Her leadership was recognized with a 2016 Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence award.

Jessica A. Sheridan, AIA
2019-21 At-large Director

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, is a senior associate at Mancini Duffy. Collaborating on a range of projects, from innovative temporary structures to large-scale commercial developments, she thrives on building consensus among diverse stakeholders to improve the built environment. As a member of Mancini’s leadership team, she is accountable for project management in the firm and leads its resilience initiatives.

In AIA, Jessica has held positions on the local, state, and national levels. She has enjoyed leadership positions with the AIANY Emerging NY Architects Committee and the AIANY Design for Risk & Reconstruction Committee. Most recently she served on the Executive Committee on the New York State Board and as a New York regional representative on the AIA Strategic Council (2015–17).

Shannon F. Gathings, Assoc. AIA
2021 Associate Director

Shannon Gathings, Assoc. AIA, is a project manager at Duvall Decker Architects, PA, a firm that believes in the potential of design to create positive consequence. Shannon has experience in a variety of project types, including residential, commercial, and institutional, and finds value in design’s ability to craft experiences in the built environment as well as build meaningful relationships through the collaborative creative process.

Shannon has served AIA in many roles, including as president of AIA Mississippi, regional associate director of AIA Gulf States, and associate representative to the Strategic Council. Shannon gladly lends her service to efforts to transform access to practice and advance toward a rich and vibrant culture of diverse design professionals.

Erin Conti, Assoc. AIA
2021 Student Director

Erin Conti, Assoc. AIA, AIAS, is the 2020–21 national president of the American Institute of Architecture Students. Originally from New Hampshire, she studied architecture at Keene State College and received her M.Arch from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2020.

Erin strives to empower the next generation of architects and design professionals to use their voices and skills to positively impact their communities through leadership, design, and service. She believes in the power of good design and its ability to create a more equitable future. After her term with AIAS, she hopes to pursue licensure and continue her work to break down the barriers to architectural education and practice to ensure that pathways through the profession are accessible for generations to come.

Eric White, Hon. AIA
2021 CACE Director

Eric White, Hon. AIA, is the executive director of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA)/AIA and the BSA Foundation, where he has worked since 2006. As the 2020 CACE president, he led several collaborative efforts for components that have addressed many challenges, from the response to COVID-19 to racial injustice and economic uncertainty, as well as the first virtual CACE Annual Meeting. He has served on many AIA committees and task forces, the Secretary’s Advisory Council, and the Strategic Council.

Eric is a graduate of Denison University. Prior to coming to the BSA, he worked in history museums and is an alumnus of the Museum Leadership Institute.

Justin Chapman
2021 Director

Justin Chapman is a senior development manager with Skanska USA Commercial Development, where he is responsible for the full range of development activities on mixed-use projects in the Washington, D.C., region. Since 2008, he has engaged in the planning and development of over 1.2 million square feet of built projects including office, sports, retail, and education. Justin is passionate about the role development can play as a positive change agent for cities and institutions, and he believes that quality design should be accessible and central in shaping life experiences across socioeconomic levels.

Justin is actively engaged with the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on the Washington D.C. Council Executive Committee and the Public Private Partnership Product Council.

Justin currently resides in Potomac Maryland with his wife Randi and son Brook.

Shirley C. Franklin
2021 Director

Shirley C. Franklin served as mayor of the City of Atlanta from 2002 to 2010. As mayor, she led the city to adopt policies and practices to stabilize finances, adopt stringent ethics legislation, and promote public engagement in government decision-making. Over the course of her two four-year terms, the city designed and implemented aggressive infrastructure plans for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Affordable Housing Opportunity Program, The Atlanta Beltline, Clean Water Plan, Parks Opportunity Program, and Homeless Opportunity Program, locally financing nearly $8 billion in development. These long-term investments boosted the local economy and expanded job opportunities for residents.

After serving as mayor, Shirley was a visiting professor at Spelman College in Atlanta and the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas Austin. From 2010 to 2020 she served as executive chairman of the board of directors of the Purpose Built Communities based in Atlanta. Her service on nonprofit boards includes the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Volcker Alliance, and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Shirley served on the board of directors of Delta Air Lines and currently serves on the board of Mueller Water Products.

Robert A. Ivy, FAIA
EVP/Chief Executive Officer

Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic AIA network of more than 95,000 member architects and design professionals and 200 chapters committed to enhancing the built environment. He is strengthening the Association through advocacy, public outreach, and education initiatives that help members serve clients and communities in a global era of challenge and change.

Under Robert’s leadership since 2011, the AIA is transforming to serve the architecture profession in the 21st century. He is repositioning the AIA from its rich legacy into a proactive, responsive, and influential organization. Chief among his and the organization’s goals are heightening public awareness of the value and relevance of all architects.

Signature accomplishments include streamlining AIA governance to improve decision-making, building a new digital-first technology infrastructure, and launching an award-winning public awareness campaign. Robert’s latest focus is shifting AIA resources to prepare architects for their role in addressing today’s pressing issues—climate change, sustainability, and the impact of design on public health.

Prior to his AIA service, Robert was Vice President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. Under his editorial leadership, Architectural Record earned numerous publishing industry honors, including the premier magazine journalism award, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, an unusual achievement for a professional journal.

Robert was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He shares the designation Master Architect with iconic architects, such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century.

He is the author of the definitive biography Fay Jones: Architect, now in its third edition, and speaks frequently to lay audiences about the role and meaning of architecture in our lives.

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