Board of Directors


Dawn Schuette, FAIA

Dawn Schuette, FAIA, LEED AP, is a partner at Threshold Acoustics. A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Schuette is a past Chair of the National AIA Advisory Group for the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA). She taught as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a member of IIT's Alumni Board of Directors. She authored an invited chapter for Building Type Basics for Performing Arts Facilities and is a contributing writer to the Journal of American Organbuilding and other publications. She has presented her work at national conventions for the American Institute of Organbuilders, the American Institute of Architects, and the Acoustical Society of America.

First Vice President/President-Elect

Matt Dumich, AIA

Matthew Dumich, AIA is a Senior Architect and Project Manager at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. A skilled team leader and consensus builder, he is known for his collaborative design approach and ability to execute complex, high performance projects.

Matt is committed to serving the profession by heightening the visibility of architects, communicating the value of design, and connecting the architectural community. Matt is co-founder of BRIDGE, a leadership program that pairs young architects with experienced FAIA mentors.  Currently in its sixth season, this nationally recognized program has formed lasting mentoring relationships and developed over 100 emerging architect leaders.

Matt has been honored locally and nationally for his outstanding leadership and service with the 2013 AIA National Young Architects Award, 2012 AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect Award and 2011 Building Design + Construction 40 Under 40 award.


Anthony LoBello, AIA

Anthony LoBello, AIA, is a Learning Practice Leader in the Chicago office of SmithGroup JJR. He helps lead the North Central Region in Higher Education efforts, ensuring that their research, talent and resources are appropriately applied to their projects on behalf of clients. Tony has worked with colleges and universities such as University of Chicago, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Erikson Institute, SIU-C, Chicago State University and DePaul University. Tony is involved in furthering the profession of architecture through his work with the AIA, Society for College and University Planning and the United States Green Building Council. 

VP Advocacy

Catherine Baker, AIA

Catherine Baker, AIA, is a partner at Landon Bone Baker Architects. The focus of work at the firm is affordable housing and community-based design. At LBBA, Catherine manages various projects including master planning of neighborhoods, new and renovated single-family housing, multifamily housing and daycare centers. Catherine is active in Chicago's architectural educational community-focused programs, mainly on CPS high school students. She also runs the office's summer lab program which employs high school students to initiate change in their neighborhood through environmental assessment studies and community asset mapping. Catherine also serves on the Board of Directors at the Chicago Asthma Consortium where she is coordinating efforts between health experts, builders, developers, and architects to design healthier living environments.

VP Sponsorship

Robert Forest, FAIA

Robert Forest, FAIA, is a founding partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, where he leads the management of all of the firm's projects. A recognized authority on the economics of sustainable design, Bob has lectured and published widely on "best practices" for the management of high-performance architecture. He is a member of the AIA Chicago Large Firm Round Table Committee, the US Green Building Council, and the China Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities program. Prior to co-founding AS+GG in 2006, Bob was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and had previously worked at design firms in Toronto, Hong Kong and Osaka, Japan. Most recently, Bob joined Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Roger Frechette as founding principals of PositivEnergy Practice, an energy, engineering and consulting firm.

VP Honors & Awards

Philip Castillo, FAIA

Philip Castillo, FAIA, is a Partner and Executive Vice President at JAHN where he has worked closely with Helmut Jahn on large scale urban developments and complex projects including Sony Center in Berlin, Germany and the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Philip began his association with Helmut Jahn in 1978, becoming a Partner in 2011. He was inducted into the College of Fellows in 2010 and is a member of the Large Firm Round Table at AIA Chicago and the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings. Speaking engagements include the CTBUH World Conferences in Melbourne, Australia and Mumbai, India.


Craig Brandt, AIA

In his role as Principal and Project Architect with HBRA Architects in Chicago, Craig Brandt, AIA, has directed visible and significant public projects in the Institutional, Academic, and Government sectors.  During his involvement in AIA Chicago, he has served as committee chair and juror for the AIA design committee engaging in activities that advocate for design excellence. He has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where student projects engage relevant urban issues, and has shared his insight as a guest design critic at several institutions.  He was the recipient of the AIA Chicago Young Architect Award in 2009, and is a member of the Society of Fellows at the American Academy in Rome.


Craig Cernek, AIA

Craig Cernek, AIA, LEED AP, is principal of The Archi/Build Group, a small firm providing architecture and design/build services for residential and light commercial needs in the greater Chicago metropolitan area since 1990. Cernek is current co-chair of AIA Chicago's Small Practitioners Group, chair of the Small Project Awards, and a past chair of the Working with an Architect committee.  He also chairs the Friends of West Edgewater Park, a not-for-profit neighborhood group, advocating the development of a public park on the property of the shuttered Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago.


Jessica Figenholtz, AIA

As Director of Higher Education Planning, Jessica is focused on enhancing educational experiences and outcomes in the rapidly evolving education landscape. She believes in developing innovative strategies that creatively integrate design, business and learning environments. Jessica is a widely-recognized expert in higher education design with more than 13 years of professional experience. She has developed long-term relationships with some of the world's top higher education institutions.
Known for her agility in operating within multiple practice areas, including higher education, K-12, retail, and commercial interiors, Jessica is regarded for her thorough understanding of the client and project context. She is deeply involved in planning, redevelopment, and sustainability -and believes that design should deliver impact, create value and transform lives for today's learner and future generations to come.


Laura Garcia, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Laura Garcia, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB founded Laura Garcia Design in 2010 after nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial architectural world. Her small firm focuses on residential and small commercial projects in the Chicago area and beyond, and is dedicated to exceptional client service and design. Laura is the current co-chair of AIA Chicago's Small Practitioners Group, and is a past chair and active presenter of the Working With an Architect /Ask an Architect program. She is also a past chair of the SPG's DOB committee, and currently serves on the broader AIA Chicago DOB committee, which meets regularly with the Commissioner's office.


Michael Pfeffer, AIA

Michael Pfeffer has worked on complex projects in more than two dozen cities around the world. He oversees the design of buildings in his dual roles as project manager and director in SOM's Chicago office. His approach is rooted in SOM's core values of design excellence, innovation and sustainability. His civic commitments include spearheading SOM's ReBuilding Together program each year and serving on the Windy City Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Academically, Pfeffer lectures on professional practice issues at his alma mater in South Bend, Indiana, and hosts an advanced undergraduate class for a design presentation at SOM in Chicago.


Nootan Bharani, AIA

Nootan is an architect and is the Lead Design Manager for Place Lab, an initiative of Arts and Public Life (APL) at the University of Chicago. Over the course of three years the Place Lab team, made up of professionals from diverse fields, is documenting and demonstrating urban ethical redevelopment strategies initiated through arts and culture. Nootan was previously the Managing Director for CB&I Sustainable Design Solutions of Illinois where her work focused on energy and water efficiency in buildings and the built environment. Additionally, Nootan co-founded the Community Interface Committee at the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), received the 2012 AIA Chicago President’s Recognition, and was named the 2014 Dubin Family Young Architect of the Year.


April Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C

April Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C, is Managing Principal at HPZS. April was named AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect of the Year in 2013, and was also the recipient of the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Award. April has extensive sustainable design experience, highlighted by the completion of three LEED Platinum and one Gold project. A leader in Chicago firsts, April collaborated on the design of Chicago's first greywater system for a single-family residence, and one of the first variable volume vent hood installations for a restaurant kitchen in the city; her work has resulted in Chicago's first net-zero single-family residence (Yannell Residence) and first net-zero commercial building (Harmony House).


Jennifer Park, AIA

Jennifer Park, AIA, is principal and owner of Jurassic Studio, a design firm that enjoys exploring form, patterns, composition and their translation into our social context.  Her professional experience in architecture, design and education spans cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Richmond, and her project experience spans academic, commercial, retail and residential settings.  Jennifer maintains close ties to academia currently serving as an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) teaching architecture studio courses.  She believes in teaching students how to think critically about our social and political environment as part of the design process.  In addition to several project awards, Jennifer recently was acknowledged as one of Chicago's 2015 Women of Influence in Michigan Avenue magazine and was a finalist for Curbed's 2015 Young Guns Award recognizing rising talent in the fields of architecture and development.  She also is a recipient of the 2015 Burnham Prize for the Currencies of Architecture Competition hosted by the Chicago Architectural Club in affiliation with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Edward Peck, AIA, LEED AP

Edward has more than 15 years of experience in architecture as a building scientist and architect. Throughout his career he has specialized on projects involving sustainable and innovative building skins. He has experience as a design architect, a design technical leader of specialty skin / façade contractor and as a technical skin consultant. Edward is currently a Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti where he is one of the leaders of the Façade Engineering Practice.

Associate Director

Vuk Vujovic, Assoc. AIA

Vuk Vujovic is a Vice President, Director of Sustainability & Energy at Legat Architects in Chicago.  He has a leadership role in integrating energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design among all the firm's projects. 
His focus is on architectural research and sustainable design, as well as education of design professionals and general public about sustainability, renewable energy and the benefits of high performance building systems. Vuk is an Associate Member of AIA, member of USGBC Illinois and a member of International Living Future Institute.
Vuk Vujovic is also a Director of Legat Architect's design studio in Chicago, Illinois. The responsibility of this leadership position is to guide and mentor all project managers and architectural personnel in the skills and tasks of quality project delivery and to ensure the success of all projects within the design studio.

Associate Director

Laura Crane, Assoc. AIA

Laura Crane is an Architectural Designer at bKL Architecture, as well as an aspiring furniture designer and fabricator.  Current co-Chair of AIA Chicago's Young Architects Forum, she is an advocate for networking local young design professionals to advance in Chicago's prominent design community. Laura received her Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in Interior Design, in addition to working in electrical engineering before moving to Chicago to receive her Master of Architecture degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and pursue a career in architecture. 

Professional Affiliate Director

Fred Berglund, Affiliate AIA

Fred Berglund serves as the President of Berglund Construction Company. Berglund Construction is a 103 yr. old Chicago based firm with expertise in new construction, renovation and historical preservation. Fred has been with the company for over 30 years and is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the firm. As President, he oversees all executive management operations and has positioned the company in the healthcare, hospitality, higher education, commercial and government market sectors. He has expanded the operations in the Midwest with offices in Indiana and Ohio. Fred is a member of the Board of Trustees for the La Rabida Children's Hospital, Past President of Chicago Building Congress and has held several leadership positions with charitable organizations. The company has been recognized with numerous awards for its efforts in new construction and preservation.

Professional Affiliate Director

Avraham Mor

Avraham Mor is a partner and lead lighting designer for the Chicago office of Lightswitch Architectural, a global lighting design firm. Avraham collaborates with architects, engineers and other design and construction professionals to design fiscally and environmentally responsible lighting for commercial, educational, hospitality, museum, residential, and retail projects. He has served as the Secretary of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Auxiliary Board, the President of the Illumination Engineering Society (IES) Chicago Section, and the regional coordinator for the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). He is dedicated to increasing sponsorship for AIA Chicago and helping to support both the Sponsorship Committee and Small Practitioner's Group in their efforts. He is also interested in partnering with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Working Group to increase its visibility in the lighting and lighting controls market.  

Student Director

Emma Camilleri, AIAS

Emma Camilleri is currently in her second year of a Master of Architecture with Emphasis in Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BA in Architecture & Urbanism from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is particularly interested in adaptive reuse and experience of the user within interior space. 

AIA Illinois Delegate

Fred Brandstrader, AIA

As a Director of Project Management with the CBRE team in downtown Chicago, Fred Brandstrader provides full program & project management services, including: building due diligence, full cycle planning / design / construction/ close-out project management services for both the hospitality and commercial sectors.

AIA Illinois Delegate

Ellen Dickson, AIA

Ellen Dickson, AIA, is the founder and managing partner of Bailey Edward Design, a Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm established in 1991. Dickson, a Registered Architect and Interior Designer, is responsible for directing the day-to-day business operations and marketing efforts for the firm. A frequent lecturer before business and community organizations, Dickson has taught at the university level and has served in leadership positions within organizations including the American Institute of Architects and National Organization of Women Business Owners.

AIA Illinois Delegate

Janeen Harrell, AIA

Janeen Harrell is a native of Durham, North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Hampton University in 2001. She practiced for three years with The Freelon Group Architects before studying at Cornell University where she earned the degree of Master of Arts in Interior Design with a specialization is Sustainable and Regenerative design in 2006. Her thesis work explored the affordability of sustainable housing through comparison of materials and potential contribution to a carbon trading market. After graduating, she stayed at Cornell to teach the Sophomore Interior Design Studio before moving to Chicago, where she has worked with Nicholas Clark Architects and Harley Ellis Devereaux.