The 2019-2020 Nominating Committee, chaired by Past President, Carl Hole, AIA is pleased to present the recommended slate of candidates to serve on the 2020 Board of Directors.

Below you’ll find:

    • Nomination Timeline
    • Continuing Board Members
    • Slate of Candidates
    • Background on the Nominating Committee and policy
    • Petition

 

Nomination Timeline

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    • Announcement of candidate slate in regular publication of AIA Colorado News & Updates (November 13 issue).
  • Wednesday, November 27, 5 p.m. 
    • Deadline to file self-nomination petition signed by no less than five (5) assigned members of AIA Colorado.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    • Results will be published via the AIA Colorado News & Updates email.
  • Thursday, December 5 – Friday December 6, 5 p.m.
    • Save the date: If any position is contested, electronic voting will begin December 5 and close at 5 p.m. on December 6.
  • Friday, December 13, 12 – 1 p.m. 
    • Save the date: AIA Colorado Annual Business Meeting via web/phone conference where 2020 Board of Directors will be announced.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 
    • Election results published in regularly-scheduled newsletter (December 18 issue).

2020 Continuing Board Members

  • 2020 President—Adam Harding, AIA, Roth Sheppard Architects
  • 2020 Past-President—Zachary Taylor, AIA, Taylor Architecture & Design, LLC
  • 2019-2020 Treasurer—Wells Squier, AIA, Anderson Hallas Architects

 

2020 Slate of Candidates

President-Elect: Rachael Johnson, AIA, SmithGroup

Employment Experience

My current professional role is Architect and Project Manager focused on healthcare environments.
I build and maintain client relationships, project teams and industry networking and I execute design and documentation. I have devoted time to learning collaboration processes while also learning the workings of healthcare as a market sector.

Current or prior board service

I currently serve as the AIA Colorado Board of Directors’ Secretary. I’ve been in this position for two years.

Other Volunteer Experience

Over the years, I have served in many volunteer roles.Even as an 8 year old I was volunteering in my teacher-mother’s classroom and school. I continue to volunteer in industry roles and committees tangential to the profession of architecture. I currently fill roles on the Academy of Architecture for Health Summer Leadership Summit Speaker Committee; Member Writer on the AIA CO Member Voice Committee; Board Liaison for the AIA CO Academy of Architecture for Health; Founding Chair Emeritus and general oversight/continuity for the AIA CO Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Over the past many years I have taken on roles as Task Force member for AIA CO Advocacy and Co-Chair for the AIA CO Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force and volunteer juror for the Denver Does Design Young Industry Professionals Awards Ceremony. Outside of the industry, I volunteer annually at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society events with my family. Service runs in the family and is a real joy for me to participate in.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

I am a subscriber of JFK’s “ask what you can do for your country” adage.
In my active membership within AIA, I follow this mantra, too. I have become more familiar with the sometimes invisible benefits the chapter provides to architects, not just members. I am excited by the opportunity to help move this established local chapter forward while evolving with current issues that face our membership and the wider industry. Continuation of my board service seems a natural next step for me – I bring my knowledge of past strategic plans and the issues they were reacting to.

2020-2021 Secretary: Kaylyn Kirby, AIA, Semple Brown Design

Employment Experience

I’ve been at Semple Brown for over two years, where I have recently been promoted to Associate.
My work at Semple Brown ranges from adaptive reuse projects, to renovation and new construction of hospitality and hotel projects, where I serve as Project Architect / Project Manager. In addition, I help with the preparation and delivery of proposal and interview materials; along with working with our BIM and production group to discuss and implement refined processes.

Current or prior board service

I am currently serving as the AIA Colorado 2019 Associate Director which has been a great experience, and one that has driven the desire to continue my service.

Other Volunteer Experience

I have served on the AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference Committee the last two years, in addition to the 2018 Emerging Professionals Committee.
As Associate Director, I served as the liaison for Associate and Emerging Professional members.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

My desire to serve on the AIA Colorado Board stems from my 2019 role as the Associate Director and growing involvement in AIA Colorado Committees.
I feel that role simply ‘got my feet wet’ and spurred a desire to continue to get more involved, continue to advocate for the profession, our members and communities. I have come to realize that my knack for speaking up and sharing my opinion, is not one that all emerging professionals share; with this realization came the desire to be an advocate for those voices. As a recently licensed Architect, Emerging Professional, and woman, I feel that I can provide insight from those member groups, as well as being generally empathetic and open-minded. The role of Secretary would provide me with greater responsibility and the opportunity to continue to serve our members.

Associate Director: Lauren Falcon, Associate AIA , Stantec

Employment Experience

I have had a variety of work experiences while having only graduated in 2016.
I have shifted from the master planning process, through programming, and into schematic design at the front end of a project, as well as, construction documents and construction administration at the end of a project.

Current or prior board service

I have served on the Path to Licensure Committee and have been a group organizer in the AIA group mentorship program for two years with this upcoming year being my third.

Other Volunteer Experience

I have volunteered in a variety of locations downtown with the biggest time commitment to City Build.
City Build was started by the Downtown Denver Partnership, and I serve on its leadership committee. The organization focuses on policy changes, the built environment, and mobility downtown. City Build engages and gives a voice to the young professionals downtown and succeeds. There have been over 200 members that have been active in the organization over the past year with are largest event hosting 250 people.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

I feel that the AIA has struggled to reach my generation. With my work on City Build I feel that it enlightens me to what young professionals are looking for, and what they feel is important to their success and growth. I will strive to make this organization more vibrant and rewarding.

West Director: Sarah Broughton, AIA, Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design

Employment Experience

As Principal of Rowland+Broughton, I bring over two decades of experience in the architecture and interior design industry. I lead the studios in participation and management of all phases of the design process, including client relations and proposals, project programming, conceptual design, design development, architecture and interior design, project budgeting, construction documentation and contract administration.

Current or prior board service

I was on Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission for 8 years, serving as the chair for two years. I am on the board of Aspen Santa Fe ballet. I was the co-chair of the AIA Colorado Practice and Design conference for two years. I sit on the City of Aspen Chamber of Commerce public relations committee.

Other Volunteer Experience

I am very active in the Aspen community while running our company. I provided feedback and helped rewrite Aspen Historic Preservation Commission guidelines and the recently updated Aspen Commercial Design Guidelines. I was awarded the Defy Ordinary award from the City of Aspen Chamber and the Aspen community. This award recognizes me as a champion of the community and a leader to colleagues. I was a panelist in the Business of Architecture Series this summer and have sat on AIA juries. I volunteer several times a year to be a speaker or panelist.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

I am curious to be under the hood more with AIA and to be in a leadership position. I will bring a design focused, entrepreneurial mindset to this position. I have ability to pivot, thinking macro to micro quickly and make thoughtful decisions balancing a lot of factors. I will bring inspiration and passion to the board and look for this in other board members. Building a successful, award winning design firm with two studios (Aspen and Denver) that employs 40 professionals is our largest project. I will bring my experience with this to the board while advocating that Colorado design is competing at a national level.

Denver Director: Ignacio Correa-Ortiz, AIA, RTD

Employment Experience

I base my career on two principles: cities must become regenerative organisms, and empathy is my compass in the work place and personal life. At RTD, I contribute to the design of public transit improvements, participate in the advancement of TOD, and promote innovation in favor of carbon footprint reduction.

Current or prior board service

In the 1990s, I was the Western Slope Associate Director. In 2017 and 2018, I was the chair of the Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community. I am the incumbent Denver Director and the current co-chair of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee. I am also a Member of the Legislative Committee.

Other Volunteer Experience

I am in my second, and last, term as a Member of the Denver Planning Board. I am a Board Member of the Denver Architecture Foundation, where I initiated its Lecture Series. I am a volunteer at the Bluff Lake Nature Center. I am a former Area Director of Toastmasters International.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

A one-year term is not enough to crystalize my vision as Denver Director, or to interpret the aspirations of my colleagues in a comprehensive manner, therefore I am looking forward to having the opportunity to serve a second term. During this year, I have focused on two aspects: the advancement of the equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of the profession in Denver and Colorado, and connecting professionals across the Denver Area. In my second term, I would continue my EDI work, fine-tune a mandate from my colleagues, examine the evolution of Denver’s built environment policies, and disseminate the architecture profession to younger generations.

South Director: Sheva Willoughby, AIA, RTA Architects

Employment Experience

I have worked for a variety of firms ranging from a 3 person firm focusing exclusively on rural historic preservation projects to a 150 person firm focusing on healthcare and retail. I have spent several years working on large scale healthcare projects. I have been with RTA Architects for 4 years now. I started off by working on a large hospital addition. My focus for the last 2.5 years has been the very unique and challenging new summit house at the top Pikes Peak, specifically the sustainability aspect. This project is pursing LEED and Living Building Challenge full certification.

Current or prior board service

I am currently serving on the Colorado Board as the South Director. I have served on the South Section Board as a director and President-Elec for several years prior.

Other Volunteer Experience

I have been involved with several AIA committees in the past, including the Emerging Professionals Committee, the EP Bootcamp Committee, national convention committees, etc. I have volunteered with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. As well as several running related organizations.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

I wish to continue my role on the board because of my knowledge of not only the South Section’s concerns, but the rest of the sections. Additionally, because of my knowledge of the current and desired position of the State Board. I want to help carry out what this year’s board has begun to outline as their mission. This year was one of transition and I think it would be beneficial for the board to maintain as much continuity as possible for the next term, rather than trying to get a whole new board up to speed on all the work the current board has done.

North Director: Rob Pyatt, Associate AIA, Pyatt Studio

Employment Experience

I am a cofounder at Pyatt Studio Inc a small Boulder design firm where I lead the firms housing and business development efforts and the co founder and executive director of The Building Cooperative (formerly the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on workforce development and educational programs. In addition, I am a technical assistance team member with the Minnesota Housing Partnership supported by a 2 million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development which funds MHP’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program. Much of my work is with Native American and Rural Communities across the US with a focus on housing and community design.

Current or prior board service

I have not participated on the AIA Board previously. I am a board member of The Building Cooperative a 501(c)3 non profit organization and serve as the executive director.

Other Volunteer Experience

I have previously served as a volunteer board member for the Town of Nederland’s Board of Zoning Adjustment and a committee member for the Colorado Chapter of the US Green Building Council’s LEED Subcommittee.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

I want to share knowledge, learn, and contribute to the architecture profession. I have a unique perspective and project experience that has value and can contribute to the important work done by the AIA Colorado.

At-Large Director: Marc Swackhamer, University of Colorado Denver Department of Architecture

Employment Experience

I am the current Chair of, and Professor in, the Architecture Department at the University of Colorado Denver, where I lead the only accredited architecture program in the State of Colorado. My focus is on the education of the future architects for the region, including developing new venues for the recruitment and retention of women and people of color into the profession.

Current or prior board service

I have served on the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors for the past five years in my capacity as the previous Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.

Other Volunteer Experience

I have also served as a board member for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), as an at-large member and as treasurer for the organization. For over five years, I served on the Advisory Board of the Edina Public Schools extended care services. I also voluntarily enrolled in a year-long Intercultural Development Inventory workshop to increase my intercultural literacy and champion issues around diversity in my school at the University of Minnesota.

What unique skills and attributes would you bring to your role as a director of the nonprofit?

As the chair of the Architecture Department at the University of Colorado Denver, I bring a unique, education-focused perspective to the AIA’s strategic planning and visioning. There is much that the profession can do to support students and vice-versa. Central to this relationship is that the profession and academia share a common goal to build the diversity of the discipline. This effort is complex and nuanced and I believe I bring a unique and passionate perspective. The diversity of the profession, and the positioning of the culture of the profession to embrace difference, begins in its youngest and future members. Diversity must also be discussed and modeled by leadership. I will champion diversity in all of the board’s efforts, as I do at the university, and I will help it to realize the diverse future of the profession to which it aspires. I worked tirelessly on these efforts in my previous board role at AIA Minnesota and I look forward to working on them again, through the collaborative efforts between our academic institution and the state’s professional community, in my role at AIA Colorado.

Background on the Nominating Committee

Each year the Nominating Committee will review and update a board candidate selection criteria grid to reflect aspirations for being inclusive of diverse personal backgrounds and perspectives reflective of Colorado’s architectural profession and aim for a mix of skills and experience that will best govern and lead AIA Colorado. It is the Nominating Committee chair’s responsibility to convey to the committee specific qualifications sought by the current board to support current and long-term goals.

See full Nominating Committee Policy here.

Petition

Within fifteen (15) calendar days of the announcement of the candidates, petitions may be filed with the Secretary signed by no less than five (5) assigned Architect, Associate or International Associate members placing in nomination one or more candidates other than those filed by the Nominating Committee. No other nominations are permitted.

See petition here.