Board of Directors

President – Ann Powell, AIA LEED AP BD+C

Ann Powell, AIA, is an Associate Principal at Ayers Saint Architects + Planners where she has been a project manager since 2008. Professionally, Ann enjoys the challenges of executing design projects that complement and build on their architectural context. Her recent projects include the Salisbury University Academic Commons, an addition to the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy Center, and advance planning for the renovation of the East Wing at National Museum of American History. Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for Preservation Maryland.

Immediate Past-President – Sharon Day, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Sharon Day, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate at GWWO Inc./Architects where she serves as a Construction Specialist for a variety of projects, with a particular focus on Maryland public school and higher education facilities. Sharon has been an active member with the Chapter since 2003, serving for many years on the Design Awards and Emerging Professionals committees. She is committed to professional development in architecture by being a part of the Practice Management Committee, working with the Emerging Professionals Committee through mentorship, and volunteering for career days with the Future Architects Resources Committee. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati.

President-Elect – Suzanne Frasier, FAIA

Suzanne headshotSuzanne Frasier, FAIA, is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She is a licensed and registered architect with over 20 years of professional experience in the design and construction industry prior to becoming a full-time academic. She studied architecture at the City College of New York where she also earned her Master of Urban Planning and Design degree. As a 2012-2013 Fulbright-Nehru Teaching and Research Fellow in New Delhi her pedagogical and research work focused on contemporary urban development in South Asia. Suzanne has been actively involved with the AIA for over three decades.

Secretary – Scott Walters, AIA

Scott_WaltersScott M. Walters, AIA, was born and raised in the Midwest. After receiving a Masters in Architecture and Masters in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University he headed East, landing in Baltimore. Scott has spent the last four years at Hord Coplan Macht as a Project Architect and an Associate in the Education Studio designing high education and K-12 learning environments. Scott has been an adjunct faculty in The School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. Scott believes in the power of design to answer the unasked question. He is actively engaged in the community and AIA promoting design and the design process.

Treasurer – Scott A. McGovern, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

scott mcgovern headshotScott A. McGovern, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Senior Associate at Design Collective where he serves as a Project Manager  for a wide range of project types, including K-12 Education, multi-family / mixed use, retail / commercial, and student housing. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, from which he graduated in 1990. Scott has been actively involved in AIABaltimore since 2010, upon joining the Design Awards Committee where he served as co-chair. He had previously served on the Board of the Baltimore Chapter Building Congress & Exchange, and as President of the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation. He is also active in the Anneslie Community Association, the historic Baltimore County community where he lives with his wife and their twin sons, and in Boy Scout Troop 102.

Director – John C. Padussis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

John_PadussisJohn C. Padussis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate at Gensler where he serves as a Project Manager and Project Architect for a wide variety of projects. John has been an active member with the Chapter since 2000 shortly after graduating from Syracuse University and starting at Gensler. For thirteen years, John had organized the chapter’s ARE Prep Course Series and along with a committee of dedicated volunteers created the Achieving Registration Together Program in 2003. John previously served on the Board of Directors as an Associate member in 2006 and 2007.

Director – Martina Reilly, AIA

Martina Reilly, AIA, is a registered architect at Marks, Thomas Architects, a firm that offers design, planning, and interiors services for residential, educational, and institutional projects. Over her ten years of design experience, Martina has worked on multi-family, educational, and retail projects in new construction and renovation. Martina is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she graduated cum laude in Architecture with a citation in art. Martina has been a member of AIABaltimore since 2005. She was one of the first to graduate from the CivicLAB program in 2012. She helped AIA Baltimore win the National AIA Disaster Response grant to establish the AIABaltimore Disaster Assistance Committee and train Maryland architects in disaster assessment. She herself is a trainer for the Safety Assessment Program and continues to promote disaster preparedness and resiliency through her work with AIABaltimore COTE + Resiliency. Martina is an active volunteer for the Neighborhood Design Center, having worked on over ten different volunteer projects over the years. She also co-founded and served as chapter leader for the Baltimore Chapter of Architecture for Humanity from 2011-2015. Martina was awarded Community Architect of the Year in 2014 for her work with AIA and continues to be active in the Baltimore community. She currently also serves on AIA National’s Resilient Education Working Group to develop CEU coursework on resilient design.

Director – Jeffrey Penza, AIA

Jeff Penza headshotJeff Penza, AIA, is a 1982 Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and moved to Baltimore for a “temporary” opportunity to work. He founded his own firm in 1999, and is currently a principal at Penza Bailey Architects, where he focuses on the firm’s custom residential, private and non-profit clients. Jeff continues to be very involved in the community and has held positions on numerous boards, including president of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Rotary Club of Baltimore, Preservation Maryland, and several others. Jeff believes it is time to give back to his profession by serving on the AIABaltimore Board. Jeff is married to Laura, who is also a partner at Penza Bailey, and they are proud parents of two grown children. Their daughter, Leah, has followed in their footsteps with her Masters of Architecture from Miami University and is an intern in the firm.

Director – Laura Wheaton, AIA

laura wheaton headshotLaura Wheaton, AIA, is a Program Manager at the Neighborhood Design Center, coordinating community-initiated conceptual design projects and leveraging the support of volunteer design professionals in Baltimore. Ranging from vacant lot gardens to community structures and neighborhood plans, these projects document residents’ vision so they can better communicate with potential partners and pursue funding. The Neighborhood Design Center is an independent non-profit organization in existence since 1968. Laura holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and previously worked designing data centers in Chicago and volunteering as Co-Director of the Chicago Chapter of Architecture for Humanity.

Director – Ryan Jordan Pfarr, AIA

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Ryan Jordan Pfarr, AIA, has been active in AIABaltimore committees since moving to Baltimore and joining the architectural community 12 years ago. For most of that time he has been active on the Spring Lecture Series committee, helping with the graphics, promotion and speaker selection. After stepping away from that committee, he got involved with organizations such as USGBC.  In 2015, as chair, he brought the Green Schools Conference to Baltimore for the USGBC Maryland chapter. After hosting a successful conference, he engaged with AIABaltimore committees, specifically the COTE | R committee, where he has assisted in programming and planning efforts.

Director – Sara Langmead, AIA

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Sara Langmead, AIA, is a licensed architect and professional engineer specializing in historic preservation and adaptive use. She draws upon her multidisciplinary background to integrate the technical aspects of preservation with the considerations of heritage conservation and the design of spaces for modern use. Sara’s project experience includes educational facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial and government offices, residential communities, and maker spaces. She has worked on the rehabilitation of building types ranging from abandoned factories to a National Historic Landmark. She is particularly interested in sustainable design and retrofitting. Sara is an Associate at Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans company, and previously worked at Marks Thomas Architects. Sara is an active member and former co-chair of the Historic Resources Committee.

Associate Director – Melanie Ray, Assoc. AIA

Melanie headshotMelanie Ray, Assoc. AIA, is currently an Intern Architect and Designer in the Housing/Mixed-Use studio at Hord Coplan Macht in Downtown Baltimore. A long-time resident of Prince George’s County and recent transplant to Baltimore, she is active in the design community and various neighborhoods of the city. Outside of her work at HCM, she volunteers her design skills with the Neighborhood Design Center and participates as a tutor in the Reading Partners program at Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School. Melanie received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with a minor in Geography, which was followed by the completion of the Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities (UDREAM) Program at Carnegie Mellon University. In Pittsburgh, she cultivated her interests in urban design and community development, which she hopes to utilize throughout her architecture career. Her leadership experience spans various organizations and activities, including serving as a National Student Representative for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). As a member of the Emerging Professionals and Equity Committees, Melanie is currently working on taking the AREs to complete her path to licensure.

Allied Member Liaison– Joe Corson

joe corson headshotJoe Corson is the Private Project Consultant for The Blue Book Building and Construction Network. He received his B.S. in marketing from the University of Baltimore before his entry into the construction industry in 1987 when he was hired by the founding chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) as the Director of Membership. A partnership with a start-up mechanical contractor ensued during his seven years serving ABC. He parlayed his experiences supporting the construction industry from a 10,000 foot level and tackling the daily challenges of operating a mechanical firm into a storied career with the Blue Book Network. After many years of successfully helping general contractors find and qualify other construction trade professionals, he was charged with telling the Blue Book Network story to new untapped U.S. markets.  He opened new regions and brought the skills gained from that experience back to Maryland with a new charge. Now he is developing relationships earlier in the construction project life cycle by building relationships with developers, owners, property managers, architects and general contractors. When appropriate, he brings those industry buyers and sellers together. During that process, he shares with the industry the human and digital resources that are provided by The Blue Book Building and Construction Network.

Allied Member Shadow – Natasha Kearney

NatashaNatasha Kearney has over 16 years of experience as a marketing professional in the local AEC industry. She brings spirited energy to enhancing client relationships, developing new ones and responding to clients’ needs. Natasha serves on the AIABaltimore Golf Committee, SMPS Maryland Special Events Committee and is a former board member of SMPS Maryland. Natasha seeks to expand her involvement in AIABaltimore to support the goals of the chapter and its Allied Members.


AIAS Representative – Sumayyah Raji

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Sumayyah is a junior in the Architecture program at Morgan State University Born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria, she has come to accept Baltimore as her home away from home.

Architecture school is full of difficult, growing and fun experiences. Sumayyah realized the importance of sharing those experiences, which led her to organize “A Day in the Life of an Architecture Student.” A program that exposed high school students to the ins and outs of architecture school. She is the president of Morgan’s AIAS chapter and the 2016 recipient of the AIABaltimore/BAF Fellows Leadership Award. When she gets a break from studio, she loves to explore the city and try out new food.

AIAS Alternative – Maleick Fleming

MaleickMaleick Fleming is a graduating senior in the undergraduate School of Architecture and Planning program at Morgan State University. Maleick is a very involved student in the Architecture program at Morgan State University and in Baltimore. In Spring of 2017, he received the AIA Baltimore Travel Scholarship and became Morgan’s AIAS Chapter Vice President. Maleick prefers to volunteer and experiment with photography and film with spare time, excited to see where his journey takes him next.


Fellows Liaison – Edward M. Hord, FAIA, LEED AP BD + C

Ed_Hord-FAIA-371x371[1]Ed Hord is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, an award-winning architect and frequent lecturer. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Ed has practiced architecture for more than 36 years.

Ed is a past President of the Baltimore Chapter and the Maryland Society of The American Institute of Architects and past Vice President of the national American Institute of Architects. He was honored as 2005 Consultant of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Maryland Land Development Council and often is a guest speaker at the Home Builders Association 50+ Housing Symposium.

Executive Director – Kathleen Lane, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Kathleen Lane head shotKathleen brings to AIABaltimore over twenty years of experience in architecture, education, nonprofit and professional association management. She served as Director of Knowledge Communities at AIA National, and has managed nonprofit architecture, arts and cultural education and academic programs in Washington, DC and San Francisco. Kathleen holds an M.Arch with a graduate concentration in Cultural Studies and Sacred Space at Catholic University, and serves as a lecturer at CUA. She has an M.A in American Studies, a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


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