AIA Asheville Leadership
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- Nathan Bryant President Nathan Bryant, AIA is a principal and vice-president of Samsel Architects. Nathan is a registered architect in North Carolina and Virginia and is NCARB certified. Nathan received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has practiced architecture in Asheville for 14 years, focusing on residential, hospitality and small commercial projects. Nathan has served as design review architect for several Asheville area communities. He enjoys traveling with his wife Emily and daughter Caroline, drinking craft beers, and enjoying the Asheville food scene.
Lindsey Rhoden is a principal of Sparc Design and has lived in Asheville since 2006. She is also a lecturer at Appalachian State University in the Building Science Department. She helped organize AIA Asheville CANstruction from 200and enjoys participating in AIA Asheville events. She also enjoys cooking, (slowly) jogging & singing. Lindsey attended Clemson University & Miami University (OH) and is licensed in North Carolina and Ohio.
- Jes Stafford Past President Jes Stafford incorporated Modus Operandi Design after serving many years as the Construction Project Manager for Henderson County Public Schools. The school system continues to be a regular client in addition to custom residential and commercial clients. Jes’s involvement with the AIA goes back to his hometown of Memphis, TN and even further back to student membership at Mississippi State University School of Architecture where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is NCARB certified, a member of CSI, serves on the advisory board for Vision Henderson County, and is active in the leadership of his neighborhood home owner’s association. Jes enjoys hiking, biking and fishing around WNC and the Upstate with his wife Annmarie and basset beagle Nadine. If not exploring the outdoors, he’s researching construction know-how, perusing social media, or playing guitar.
- Thad Rhoden Treasurer Thad is a principal architect at SPARC Design bringing an appreciation for the technical aspects of the profession. Since moving to Asheville in 2005, he has been active in the community serving on the local AIA Board as President, while collaborating on non-profit events like HATCHfest, CANstruction, and BowWowHaus. He currently sits on the AIA North Carolina Board as Treasurer.
- Tyler McLaughlin Secretary
- Amy Conner-Murphy CRAN Chair Amy Conner-Murphy is principal of ACM Design PA, founded nearly a decade ago with focus on custom residential projects. The firm’s integrative approach interlaces the disciplines of architecture, interiors and landscape design to offer clients the full experience of creating home environments. Amy was educated at Auburn University, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture in 1990. Upon graduation, her architectural career began in Charlotte, NC, with a notable firm focused on corporate and commercial architecture. Her experience was expanded while serving with Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX based firms working on projects all over the Southeast. She has been a licensed architect since 1994. She lives in Arden with husband, Stephen Murphy, and daughters, Rebecca and Julia.
- Troy Winterrowd CRAN Chair-Elect
- Laurie Miller C O T E Chair Laurie has enjoyed practicing architecture for 30 years in cities far and near – Seattle, Austin, Atlanta and Asheville. As a sole practitioner, she focuses on residential projects designed to fit the natural environment. A LEED Accredited Professional, sustainability is always part of her design palette. Laurie received her Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from Georgia Tech and had the good fortune to spend her senior year studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Laurie enjoys travel, writing and sculpting, yoga, hiking and kayaking, and volunteering at the WNC Nature Center.
- Emily Coleman-Wolf COTE Chair-Elect Emily Coleman-Wolf, AIA, LEED AP BC+D is a project architect with Novus Architects. She is a registered architect in North Carolina and is NCARB Certified. Emily graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Roger Williams University in Bristol RI and has a wide variety of work experience ranging from residential and small commercial to larger institutional and healthcare projects. Emily is passionate about sustainable design and served as a board member of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council from 2005 to 2010. She is now an Ambassador to the Living Building Challenge Program and a member of the Asheville Collaborative. She loves living in Asheville and enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains.
- Myles Alexander Programs Director Myles is the founding principal of Form & Function Architecture, a firm that focuses on designing both fiscally and environmentally responsible architecture for public and private clients. Growing up in rural Six Mile, SC, Myles learned the skills of welding, fabrication, design and construction from his father who owned a structural steel erection company; even taking over the operations of the family business during his summer breaks. Myles received his Bachelor of Science in Design in 2001 and his Master of Architecture in 2005 from Clemson University, moving to Asheville with his family shortly after.
- Margaret Chandler Parliamentarian Margaret Chandler is an architect at Samsel Architects. While earning her degrees at Clemson University, she had the amazing experience of studying architecture in Genoa, Italy. After graduation, she began her architecture career at a firm in Charleston, SC. She has lived in a treehouse off the grid while working at a sustainable design nonprofit in Austin, TX, and worked as a professional seamstress. In addition to the AIA AVL Executive Committee, Margaret currently serves on the WNC Green Building Council Board of Directors.
- Carrie Strayhorn Emerging Professionals
- Shawn McKeever Continuing Education
- Tyler Parker Ombudsman
- Mary Fierle Executive Assistant Mary Fierle serves as Section Assistant to AIA Asheville. A former Business Development Coordinator for the City of Asheville’s Downtown Development office, Mary also worked as staff coordinator for the City’s Urban Trail program. Prior to moving to Asheville in 1993, she was Public Relations Manager for the Historic Savannah Foundation in Georgia. She has worked in public relations for nearly 20 years, and has held positions with Marriott Corporation, Carnival Cruise Lines, the 1982 World’s Fair and the Atlanta Braves. She has a BS degree in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University. Mary lives in Asheville with her husband, Tim, an architect and AIA member with Buncombe County School System, and their two young children.