Board of Directors

President – Sharon Day, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


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 continues to work with the Emerging Professionals Committee on a mentorship program for the Chapter that was launched in 2013 and volunteers for career days with the Future Architects Resources Committee.

President Elect– Ann Powell, AIA LEED AP BD+C

Ann 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. In addition to serving on the Board of AIA Maryland, Ann is President-Elect of AIA Baltimore and on the Board of Directors for Preservation Maryland.

Immediate Past-President– Anthony Consoli, AIA, LEED AP

consoli headshotAnthony is the 2017 AIABaltimore Past President and thanks all who worked very hard to make 2016 so successful. He takes special pride in our chapter reaching the 1,000 member threshold, the growth of the FAR (Future Architects’ Resources) Adopt-A-School program and the expanding participation of the public in Doors Open Baltimore. He serves as an Advisor to the FAR Committee which he was inspired to begin in 2012 by Kathleen Sherrill’s presidential mission to reach out to young people who might not otherwise consider a career in Architecture. In this Anthony was also encouraged by Karen Lewand, Hon. AIA, who several decades ago created the “Neighborhood Discovery” program for middle school students in Baltimore. He has previously served as Co-Chair of Design Awards and was named “Community Architect of the Year” in 2012. Anthony is the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus Architect and lives with his wife, Mary Jo, in Mount Washington.

Secretery – Suzanne Frasier, FAIA

Suzanne headshotSuzanne Frasier 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.

Treasurer – 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.

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 – Jillian Storms, AIA

Jillian Storms headshotJillian Storms is an architect and capital programs manager at the School Facilities Branch of the Maryland State Department of Education. She assists counties throughout Maryland with their public school projects (grades K-12) to create safe, accessible facilities that are conducive to learning and sustainable in their design.  In addition to a decade in public service, Jillian’s 30 year career in architecture includes experience at several prominent Baltimore firms in campus planning, accessibility compliance, historic preservation, and affordable housing. She holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Planning & Studies from Goucher College and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon. She once served as President of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and helped found the Kids-in-Design Program, for which she received an AIA Outstanding Service Award. She currently serves as board liaison for the Women in Architecture Committee and continues to spearhead historical research for the committee.

Director – 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, and has served as Co-Chair since 2014. 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 – 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 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 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.

Associate Director – Melanie Ray, Assoc. AIA

Melanie headshotMelanie 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 – Jackie Browning

Jackie Deavers Browning Specialized Business Consultant/Owner Jackie Browning has spent 25 years as a custom window and door business owner, affording her countless collaborations on residential and high profile commercial and historic projects within the Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis areas. She is highly recognized and respected for her customer service and expertise among architects, contractors, homeowners and preservation organizations. She recently joined American Cedar & Millwork as V.P. of Architectural & Business Development, supporting their four locations with a continued focus on corporate growth via outstanding service and support to the trades. She was recently recognized and honored with the President’s Award for “Consultant of the Year” by the Baltimore Chapter, American Institute of Architects during the 2015 Excellence in Design Awards. Last year she launched another new business, Window & Door Planning Consultants, LLC where she will also continue to serve and collaborate on behalf of the architectural and contractor professions as a freelance liaison, advisor and business consultant. Jackie received a degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore. She has also been a licensed Realtor for Long & Foster since 1985.

Allied Member Shadow – 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.

AIAS Representative – Kristen Hoover

Kristen headshotKristen is the President of Morgan State University’s AIAS Chapter. Born and raised in Northern Baltimore County, Kristen moved to Baltimore City ten years ago to work with community outreach groups and local churches. In the fall of 2014, she went back to school at the School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan in the Fall of 2014. As president of AIAS, Kristen uses her diverse professional background to connect students with the architecture profession through firm visits, resume & portfolio editing and interview guidance. In between time spent in the studio, she is the Architectural Intern at GriD architects in Federal Hill and sits on the boards of a local church and a nonprofit focusing on the arts community in Baltimore.

AIAS Alternative – David Moore

David Moore headshot

David Moore is the Vice President of the Morgan State University Chapter of the Architecture Institute of Architecture Students. David is from Capitol Heights in Prince George’s County Maryland. David is currently entering his fourth year at Morgan State University, where he will be attaining his Bachelors of Science and Environmental Design Program. David is a part of the Morgan State Lacrosse club team as well as NOMAS and other organizations at Morgan. David is looking forward to seizing the architectural world and creating wonderful designs that solve problems, not create them.

Ex-Officio – Rob Brennan, AIA


Rob Brennan, AIA, was raised in Connecticut and graduated with a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Rob is President of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, Chair of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission, Chair of the Ellicott City Partnership Design Committee, a board member of Preservation Maryland and is actively involved with the Friends of Druid Hill Park, leading historic walking and biking tours. He is also a past president of AIABaltimore. Rob is in his 30th year as Principal of brennan+company architects, a small-firm residential practice focusing on historic, sustainable and healthy design.

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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