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Architecture offers a variety of ways to practice, but it can be challenging to find the right career path. The 2020 TORCH Mentorship curriculum begins with a discussion on finding the right career path and how to get there. A panel of AIA Fellows will share their personal experiences before joining groups for intimate conversations.

Jared Della Valle, FAIA, Principal, Alloy
Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, FRAIC, Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU
Richard C. Yancey, FAIA, LEED AP, Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange
Jack Travis, NOMAC, Principal, Jack Travis FAIA ARCHITECT
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, President, lk POLICY LAB
Anastasia Limogiannis, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Designer, Goshow Architects


Jared Della Valle, FAIA, Principal, Alloy
Jared Della Valle has been a real estate professional and architect for more than 20 years and has managed the acquisition and predevelopment of more than 2 million square feet in New York City along the Highline, in Hudson Yards, in DUMBO, and in Downtown Brooklyn. Della Valle is Board Chair of the Van Alen Institute, sits on the Board of the the Architecture League of New York and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has previously taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Washington University, Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and Lehigh University. Della Valle has widely lectured at major universities and institutions and his work has been the subject of more than 50 articles and publications, including a monograph entitled Think/Make, published by Princeton Architecture Press. He holds a B.A. from Lehigh University and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and Construction Management from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He is a LEED Certified, licensed Architect in New York State, holds an National College of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate, and is a licensed real estate broker and a Fellow of the AIA.

Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, FRAIC, Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU
Architect and planner Vishaan Chakrabarti is Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU, a firm he founded in 2015 that is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable cities. PAU’s projects include designs for comprehensive new communities in East New York, Philadelphia, the Domino Sugar Refinery, Newark, Detroit, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as well as a master plan vision for Sunnyside Yards in Queens. PAU’s Penn Palimpsest project imagines creating a light-filled public commons by recycling the foundations and superstructure of Madison Square Garden to renew Penn Station and its surroundings. Chakrabarti teaches design and urban theory at Columbia University and is the author of A Country of Cities, a forceful polemic arguing for the critical importance of cities, public transportation, parks, affordable density, and the public investment to make “an infrastructure of opportunity” possible. Earlier in his career, he was the director of the Manhattan office of the New York City Department of City Planning, where he played a major role in the post-9/11 planning of lower Manhattan and other projects essential to New York’s future. He was a founding member of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line and currently serves on the boards of the Regional Plan Association, the Citizens Budget Commission, and the Architectural League of New York.

Richard C. Yancey, FAIA, LEED AP, Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange
Richard Yancey is the founding Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex), a nonprofit center of excellence that accelerates the transition to healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient buildings by serving as a resource and trusted expert to the building industry. Through education, exhibitions, and actionable research, BE-Ex plays a central role in climate action plans of both New York City and New York State, and advances high-performance buildings globally as the founding member of the United Nations ECE International Center of Excellence for High Performance Buildings. Prior to BE-Ex, Yancey practiced architecture in Seattle and New York, leading a diverse array of award-winning commercial, institutional, and residential projects. He has lectured and is published widely, served on the New York City Mayor’s Climate Action Plan Technical Working Group, and received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Jack Travis, NOMAC, Principal, Jack Travis ARCHITECT
Jack Travis established his namesake design studio in June 1985. To date, the firm has completed projects for clients such as film director Spike Lee, actor Wesley Snipes, John Saunders of ABC sports, and fashion retailer Giorgio Armani. Currently, Travis is working on the flagship exhibition for the Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal. He encourages investigation into Black history and culture where appropriate in his work and includes forms, motifs, materials, and colors that reflect this heritage. Travis has evolved ten principles for Black Cultural Design Investigation towards that aim. In recent years, he has broadened his interests beyond cultural content strategies to sustainable environmental design methodologies, alternative educational practices, such as a community design studio, and the entrance of more students of color into academia and the profession. In 1977, Travis received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University and in 1978 he earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In 2004, Travis became an AIA Fellow, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Council of Elders” of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the highest honor that each organization bestows upon its individual members.

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, President, lk POLICY LAB
Laurie Kerr is the President of lk POLICY LAB and the former Director of Policy at Urban Green. A licensed architect with over 15 years of experience, Kerr is a national leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy. As Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, she was responsible for developing the city’s signature green building policies, including the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Green Codes Task Force, the Mayoral Challenges to Universities and Hospitals, and the Energy-Aligned Lease. Kerr has been awarded the AIANY Public Architect Award and the AIA NYS DelGaudio Award for outstanding service to the profession. She serves on the board of the Global Cool Cities Alliance and the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability and is the inaugural Director for Sustainability at AIANY. 

Anastasia Limogiannis, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Designer, Goshow Architects
Anastasia Limogiannis is part of the TORCH Mentorship task force. Limogiannis pursued her Bachelor of Architecture degree at Penn State University, with a minor in Psychology. She has since returned to her hometown of New York City to join Goshow Architects as an architectural designer. Limogiannis has been involved in private sector, public agency, and higher education projects, including facility upgrades at CUNY campuses, DEP projects, and ground-up residential buildings on the Lower East Side. She coordinates the firm’s continuing education program, and also serves as a Mentor in New York City’s ACE Mentorship Program.

About the program:
The TORCH Mentorship program partners emerging professionals and AIA Fellows over the course of the year to share personal strategies and paths to success in the architecture profession. TORCH includes panel discussions and mentor matching for a longer term discussion.  The application for mentees is availablehere and is due June 1, 2020.

Organized by
AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee
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