washington, dc 

Hosted by: AIA Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and the AIA | DC Emerging Architects Committee
Local Contact: Kimberly Yoho, CAE

local programming

November 9, 2018
National Housing Center, 1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
8am–6:30pm (EST)

The central Hub for the National Plenary Broadcast, Washington, DC participants will engage in local sessions designed to support attendees as they build skills and learn about leadership in this full day program. Panel and workshop style presentations will demonstrate how leadership can be learned and applied in the practice of architecture. 

Participants will earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW *CES approval pending

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DRAFT D.C. schedule overview

08:00 - 08:30a Breakfast / Registration

08:30 - 09:30a Mission Possible

Since its conception in 2015, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) has been driven by a clearly stated mission to advance the economy, ecology and equity of cities as the platform that houses the majority of the world’s population. Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, will speak about the founding and work of in the context of the larger social, economic and environmental issues bearing on the architecture profession today. Fueled by his 2013 book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books), PAU accepts architecture and urbanism commissions using a filter of mission consistency spelled out on its website under the unambiguous categories of “What We Do” and “What We Don’t Do.” 

09:30 - 10:15a Defining the Role of an Architect

Questions and discussion will be proposed by the moderators to a panel of architects with a diverse background and unique set of experiences including architect-as-developer, academia, and public architecture.

Nooni Reatig, AIA
Matthew Bell, FAIA
Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

10:15 - 10:30a Coffee break

10:30 - 11:15a Designing the Solution:What Would an Architect Do? Problem solving in real time.

Attendees will brake into groups of 10 to discuss professional leadership strategy questions that are informed by the morning's presentations. Outcomes will be shared graphically during lunch to prompt participants to continue their discussions beyond their groups.            

11:15 - 12:15p Lunch

12:15 - 12:30p Countdown to National Plenary Broadcast

12:30 - 05:00p National Plenary Broadcast (click to view Eastern Schedule)

05:00 - 06:30p Local Close and Reception


Douglas Crawford, AIA
Architect, Perkins+Will

Douglas is an architect at Perkins+Will in Washington, DC where he focuses on a variety of project types including civic, commercial, and cultural spaces.  Currently he is AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee liaison to the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and in 2018 will serve as the chair of the Emerging Architects Committee.  This year his appointment to the national ArchiPAC Emerging Professionals Committee has further developed his voice in advocating for emerging professionals and the greater whole of the architectural profession.  Locally he assists those working to become licensed architects by acting as an NCARB Licensing Advisor and continues to serve nationally on select NCARB committees.  In 2018, he will serve on the AIA|DC Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large.

Alison Pavilonis, AIA
Architect, Bowie Gridley Architects

Alison is a project architect at Bowie Gridley Architects in Washington, DC and the communications advisor for AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee. The youngest licensed architect at BGA, she acts as a resource to other young designers working towards licensure and serves as the firm’s coordinator for the Architects in Schools program through the Washington Architectural Foundation. As the communications advisor for the EAC, she is responsible for the outreach and communications efforts for the entire committee and its 20+ annual events, authoring the committee blog while simultaneously leading teams in program planning efforts. She was selected for the 2017-18 class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.


Sarah Wahlgren

As the AIAS Past President, Sarah has been working at Perkins+Will in Washington, D.C. since the end of her term in July 2017. She continues to serve on the AIA Board of Directors as the Student Representative.  Originally from Austin, Texas, Sarah attended Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Architecture in May of 2016. While at Auburn, Sarah attended the Rural Studio in 2013, studied abroad in Rome in 2014, and pursued urban studies at Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama.  During her term as AIAS National President, the organization focused on international growth, program and event strategic planning, and rewriting the vision statement to represent empowering the student voice as the future of the architecture profession.

local Speakers

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Vishaan Chakrabarti
Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP). His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, and the Regional Planning Association. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations and has served on the National Mayor’s Institute of City Design. 

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Matthew Bell, FAIA
Principal, Perkins Eastman Architects

Matthew Bell, FAIA is a Fellow of the AIA and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.  He is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Perkins Eastman Architects and also Vice President of the Restoring Ancient Stabia Foundation. Bell specializes in large-scale architecture and urban design and Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. He has served as president of the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore and Prince George's County, Maryland, assisting communities and community groups in matters of urban design and planning.  From 1994 to 1999 Bell was the Director and conference chair of the Northeast Regional meeting of the Mayor's Institute for City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.  His work has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and in 2006 he served as a juror for the Biennale of Venice (Italy).

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Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an Architect for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Headquarters. He serves as the USACE national Program Manager for Design Quality Management, BIM Initiatives and Implementation, and Engineering & Construction Employee Development.  Mr. Tobias spent the first 10 years of his career as a design architect with the USACE Kansas City District, including two civilian deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, before joining HQUSACE in 2015. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is actively involved with the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee and the AIA|DC Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program. He also serves as the Army Liaison for the Architectural Practice Committee of the Society of American Military Engineers.

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Nooni Reatig, AIA
Suzane Reatig Architecture

Nooni Reatig, AIA, is an artist, architect, developer, and principal at Suzane Reatig Architecture.  She specializes in development, community outreach, feasibility analysis, planning, design and delivery of residential urban infill projects.  Nooni has been dedicated to designing housing that incorporates the outdoors and improves quality of life for city dwellers.  Suzane Reatig Architecture has provided design services for private sector and nonprofit clients in Washington, DC since 1989.  The firm is invested in contributing to the city’s landscape and participating in Washington’s evolution as a world capital.  As an extension of the firm’s philosophy, Reatig is inspired by the way people live and believes our responsibility to design carries beyond the home and into the public space.  


National Housing Center, 1201 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005