American Advisory Board

US Architects and Academics in the field of Architecture are contributing their efforts to help the Building Beauty program grow and become a strong alternative to the status quo in architecture education. Dismayed with the direction the profession has taken in recent years, they see Building Beauty as manifesting a new approach to architecture education that will better prepare architects for the future. Duo Dickinson and Susan Ingham are leading this effort to bring together those who would like to see change. Duo is an architect, educator and writer in Madison, Connecticut, who has joined our faculty. Susan is an architect in Seattle, Washington, educator, and a founder of Building Beauty. Their goal for the Advisory Board is to connect thought leaders and develop a new voice in architectural education. This illustrious group also serves as a network for mentorships, prospective employment, and opportunities for further education for our students.

Current members of the American Advisory Board appear below. If you would like to be a part of this effort, please contact, or

Chris Andrews, Architect, Educator, and Town Planner, Andrews + Chang, Oakland, California

Donald Antenen, Library Curator, Callimachus Books, Bellingham, Washington

Marilyn Appleby, Architect, Anderson Kulwiec Appleby Architects, Santa Paula, California

David Arkin, Architect and Educator, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, California

Alfred Bay, Architect and Contractor, Alfred Bay Construction and Design, San Francisco, California

Kent Bloomer, Architect and Educator, Kent Bloomer Studio, New Haven, Connecticut

Karen Braitmayer, FAIA Architect, Karen Braitmayer Accessibility Design and Consulting, Seattle, Washington

Turner Brooks, Architect and Educator, New Haven, Connecticut

Cullen Burda, Builder, Integrated Structures Inc., Berkeley, California

Elizabeth F. Calabrese, AIA Architect and Educator, Calabrese Architects, Burlington, Vermont

Reuben Caldwell, City Planner, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Lee Calisti Architect, Lee Calisti Architecture+Design, Greensburgh, Pennsylvania

Julie Campbell, Architect, CTA Design Builders, Seattle, Washington

Catherine Chang, Architect and Educator, Andrews + Chang, Oakland, California

Ross Chapin, FAIA Architect, Ross Chapin Architects, Langley, Washington

Professor Gary Coates, Educator, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

David Coleman, FAIA Architect, David Coleman Architecture, Seattle, Washington

John Connell, Architect and Educator, Yestermorrow, Warren, Vermont

John DeForest, Architect, DeForest Architects, Seattle, Washington

Eric Drivdahl, Architect, Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture, Bellevue, Washington

Jeremiah Eck, FAIA Architect and Educator, Eck MacNeely Architects, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Ann Edminster, Architect and Educator, Design AVEnues LLC, San Francisco, California

Nan Ellin, Dean and Professor, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver

Nils Finne AIA, Architect, Finne Architects, Seattle, Washington

James Fuller, Dean and Architect, College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; University of Hartford Hartford, Connecticut

Elizabeth Gray, Architect, Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut

Chris Gutsche, Architect, EcoSmith Architectue + Consulting, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Michael Imber FAIA, Architect, Michael Imber Architects, San Antonio, Texas

Max Jacobson, Architect and Educator, Jacobson Silverstein Winslow Degenhardt Architects, Berkeley, California

Andrew Johnston, Educator and Architect, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia


Kimber Keagle, Architect, Stuart Silk Architects, Seattle, Washington

Tom Kubala, Architect and Educator, Kubala Washatko Architects, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Paula Krugmeier, Architect, BAR Architects, San Francisco, California

Katy Langstaff, Designer, Autopoiesis, Portland, Oregon

Ben Ledbetter, Architect and Educator, New Haven, Connecticut

James Maguire, NCARB, University Architect, Boise, Idaho

Henri Mannik, Architect and Engineer, HM a+e, Oakland, California

Kenneth Masden, Planner, Department of Energy, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Graham McKay, Architect, Writer and Educator

Michael Mehaffy, Architect, Educator and Writer, Structura Naturalis, Inc,. Portland, Oregon

Steve Mouzon, Architect, Mouzon Design, Maimi Beach, Florida

Dale Mulfinger FAIA, Architect and Educator, SALA Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Max Musicant, The Musicant Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alan Organschi, Architect and Educator, Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut

Christopher Palms, Architect, Schemata Workshop, Seattle, Washington

Martin Pedersen, Writer and Editor, Common Edge

Kirk E. Peterson, Architect, Historic Preservation, Sculptor; Kirk E. Peterson & Assoc. Architects, Oakland and Healdsburg, California

Saul Pichardo, Architect and Contractor, Art of Building, Berkeley, California

Patrick Pinnell FAIA, Architect and Educator, New Haven, Connecticut

Donald Ruggles, Ruggles Mabe Studio, Denver, Colorado

Alexandra Saikley, Architect, Saikley Architects, Alameda, California

Nikos Salingaros, Educator, University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Matthew Schelly AICP, Planner Director, Community Development Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Professor David Seamon, Educator, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Steve Semes, Architect and Educator, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

Susanne Siepl-Coates, Educator, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Mark Silva, Architect, Silva Studios San Diego, California

Douglas Schuler, Educator, The Evergreen State College, Public Sphere Project, Liberating Voices Pattern Language, Seattle, Washington

Steven Swarney, Executive Director AIA Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Seth Wachtel, Architect and Educator, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Robert Walsh, Architect and Educator, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

Dennis Wedlick, Architect, Barlis WEdlick Architects, New York, New York