Chair | Raymond Bowman, Assoc. AIA
Raymond is a young architect in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was raised, educated, and has practiced for 7 years. His volunteer work with the AIA has focused on mentorship, where he has brought two programs to the Pittsburgh area. The first, PALM, is a program that creates groups of people at different skill levels for mentoring up as well as down. It was developed in Philadelphia and piloted first in Pittsburgh as part of a statewide rollout. The second, Storey Telling, brings a slate of designers at different points in their career to share stories based on a theme. These stories are recorded for Raymond’s podcast, Design:interviewed (dipodcast.com), which distributes long-format interviews with members of the Pittsburgh arts and design communities. He also occasionally updates a personal blog (rmb-design.com), giving updates on perpetually in-progress home improvements and rating the accuracy of movie portrayals of architects. He looks more like a cook than a cyclist but his hobbies include both of those as well as hiking and traveling. Connect with Ray: rmb-design.com, dipodcast.com
Vice Chair | Bea Spolidoro, Assoc. AIA | Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Bea Spolidoro is an Italian 2011 graduate from the University Politecnico of Milano, with a Masters of Architecture (MArch). Since 2012, she has been working in Pittsburgh with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. She regularly volunteers at the AIA Pittsburgh chapter and with their Young Architect Forum (YAF) and various other committees. Since 2014, she has focused on the YAF presence both online and in the Pittsburgh architecture community. The goal has been to increase the general outreach capabilities of YAF. She is also involved in the YAF Pittsburgh ARE Review Sessions program, and in the organization of other YAF Pittsburgh events supporting the goals of Leadership, Mentorship, and Fellowship in young Intern Architects. Connect with Bea: Beaspoli.blogspot, @beaspoli, Flickr
Treasurer | Chase Kea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C | IKM Inc.
Chase Kea is new to the Pittsburgh area. He studied architecture at Hampton University in Virginia, graduating with his Masters in Architecture (MArch) in 2015. After graduating with honors, Chase came to Pittsburgh to participate in the UDream Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University. The UDream program was focused around urban design and sustainability. After completing the fellowship, Chase decided to stay in Pittsburgh and began looking for ways to become more involved in the architectural community. He regularly works with a number of volunteer organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and Drafting Dreams (youth mentoring), in addition to YAF. He currently works at IKM Inc., and is hoping that he will be a licensed architect by 2018. So keep your fingers crossed! In his free time, you can find him in the kitchen trying out new recipes or outside playing soccer, and if you cant find him, he is most likely traveling the world, experiencing all of the fascinating architecture that cities around the globe have to offer. Connect with Chase: linkedin, chasekea.wixsite.com/portfolio
Secretary | Ilana Gutierrez, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Ilana is a graduate of both Marywood University and University of North Carolina (Charlotte) with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture. Upon graduation, she started her professional career at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative where she loves learning from her talented colleagues, contributing to projects and gaining experience and knowledge in a wide range of projects in both Architecture and Urban Design. Ilana hopes to bring new ideas to the table, organize volunteer opportunities, and help create closer relationships between designers and the community; for she believes that one strategy for successful design involves using skills to benefit not only the client but to think about the community and its role in, and response to projects.
Connect with Ilana: Linkedin
Past Chair | Nicole Graycar, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Campus Design and Facility Development, Carnegie Mellon University
Nicole is a project manager for Campus Design and Facility Development at Carnegie Mellon University, the institution where she also earned her BArch. She was a Berkeley Prize Travel Fellow in Lesotho and sits on the Berkeley Prize Committee. Nicole was also an invited guest of the AIA Emerging Professionals Summit in January 2014 and was super psyched to speak for the first time at the AIA National Convention in May 2015. To keep her sanity, you can find her on the river rowing three days a week, volunteering at the Caring Place (a center for grieving children and their families) or escaping to New Orleans as often as her PTO will allow. Connect with Nicole: Linkedin