Board Of Directors
The Austin Foundation for Architecture meets in the Center for Architecture, a hub of activity for all things design located on West 12th Street.
Chris Noack, AIA, RID
Chris Noack is Principal of NoackLittle Architecture and Interiors, a full-service firm specializing in the branded workplace – inside and out. NoackLittle is sought after for its expertise designing commercial spaces that tenants love and that are solid investments for project owners. NoackLittle represents central Texas exclusively in One Global Design, a network that enables members to serve clients in multiple markets through the seamless collaboration with local firms. A founding member of AFA, past-President of AIA Austin, past-VP of Texas Society of Architects and Executive Trustee of the Texas Architects Committee, Chris serves the profession in many ways.
Shuronda Robinson brings clarity as the President and CEO of Adisa Communications, a Public Relations and Marketing firm based in Austin, Texas. For 21 years her work has created success where failure seemed imminent and credibility where it appeared to be lost. She is a sought after “mender of fences” and her team of PR professionals help to create successful brands and strategies to move Adisa’s clients ahead. Shuronda is the Vice Chair of the AFA has works extensively as a community servant as a board member for Leadership Austin, Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, Zach Scott Theater and the City-Wide MLK Celebration. Adisa Communications also has offices in San Antonio.
Jacqui Dodson, AIA, RID
Secretary and Treasurer
Jacqui is both a registered architect and registered interior designer, with more than 22 years of professional experience in Central Texas. At JDAI Studio, Jacqui provides well-honed design expertise across both disciplines, with a passion for interior environments. LEED accredited, she also guides her design staff in the mindful stewardship of the natural environment on JDAI projects. Jacqui has served as an AFA Officer since the group’s inception, and as past- President of AIA Austin.
Lauren Austin, Honorary TxA/AIA Austin
Lauren Austin is principal of Austin Yessayan + Co, a marketing advisory firm serving the building design industry. A long-time advocate for the profession, Lauren helps architects and designers communicate their value to clients for greater business advantage. She has a history of service to the field–on the Board of AIA Austin for several years, and as co-chair of AIA New York’s Marketing Committee. Her work with AFA and AIA focuses on public awareness of the built environment and the important role architects and designers play in it.
Will Gresham, AIA, RA, LEED AP
Will Gresham is an architect and Associate at STG Design, a prominent architecture and interior design firm in Austin. His experience includes a wide variety of project types from corporate headquarters and commercial spaces to the adaptive re-use of big box stores as K-12 schools. Regardless of the project, Will is most inspired by the problem-solving nature of design and the opportunity to collaborate and create alongside clients. Aside from architecture, he has canoed the Mississippi River from Brainerd, Minnesota to New Orleans, wooed his wife over the airwaves as the host of a reggae radio show, and remains steadfast in his commitment to having his two sons spend as much time barefoot and outdoors as possible.
David Goujon, AIA
David Goujon is a Project Architect with Page Southerland Page, Inc., and owner of Goujon Design, a collaborative art and research group focusing on the geopolitics of architecture along the Mexico-US border. An immigrant from Mexico, David views architecture as a means of bridging cultures, history, and identity. In 2017, he was nominated to the Advisory Board for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center by Council Member Ann Kitchens.
Jerry Garcia, PE
Jerry graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and established his own firm in 1990. As founder and Principal, Structures has grown to become a respected midsize engineering firm with a diverse portfolio. With over thirty five years of experience Jerry’s own project experience has included vast numbers of site planning, new construction and revitalization projects for an array of clients. His approach to each project consists of an intuitive knowledge of structural systems and material approaches which are cost effective and site appropriate.
As the son of a master electrician, Bryan has been immersed in the construction industry his entire life; he grew up visiting jobsites and has never stopped. Since joining DPR Construction, Bryan has brought more than 20 years of deep commercial and higher education expertise to his projects and teams. A veteran with a range of experience as a field engineer, estimator, developer, manager, and builder, Bryan combines his technical, business, and management skills to provide customers with strong leadership in his role as the business unit leader of DPR’s Austin office. Passionate about growing and mentoring his teams, Bryan builds trust and authentic relationships as he empowers people to find success in their roles. As an adjunct professor at Texas State University, he continues to develop the next generation of builders in the project management and scheduling classes he teaches as part of the university’s construction management program.
Rob Roy Parnell, AIA, RAS
Rob Roy is Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities for the Texas State University System. Before that he served as Director of Design and Construction at the Texas Facilities Commission. A licensed architect, Mr. Parnell has managed the design and construction of public projects with budgets totaling more than $5billion for the State of Texas. In 2009, Governor Perry appointed Mr. Parnell to the Advisory Committee for the Architectural Barriers Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. He continues to serve in this role under Governor Abbott.
I. Earl Swisher
I. Earl Swisher is an architect and a Principal with Lawrence Group, a national firm with offices in St. Louis, New York, and Austin. After graduating from Clemson University, Earl started his career in New York City, where he practiced for 18 years. After serving as Senior Project Architect for commissions including the addition, restoration, and renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the New York Public Library’s Science Industry and Business Library, Earl moved to Austin in 1996, and in 1999 founded the Austin office of the Lawrence Group. Lawrence Group Austin clients include Texas universities and community colleges, Central Texas municipalities, local non-profits, and varied private clients. Earl has previously served on AIA Austin’s Executive Committee and currently serves on the Mueller Development New Construction Commission.
Ingrid Spencer is the executive director of AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture, and serves as artistic director of Creek Show, the Waller Creek Conservancy’s Creek Show installation series. A native of California, her path to the design world started in New York City, where she was managing editor of Contract magazine and Architectural Record.
Sally Fly, Honorary AIA, Fly Foundation Founding Member
Alan Bell, AIA, Fly Foundation Founding Member
John Nyfeler, FAIA, Fly Foundation Founding Member
Tommy Cowan, FAIA, Fly Foundation Founding Member
Richard Weiss, AIA (ex-officio), 2012 AIA Austin President
Jay Barnes, III, FAIA, Fly Foundation Founding Member
Susan Benz, AIA, former board member
Jamie Beaman, Jr., AIA, Fly Foundation Founding Member
Bob Coffee, FAIA
Rudy Delgado, AIA, 2007-2008 AFA Director (ex-officio: 2008 AIA Austin President)
Lauren Goldberg, AIA, Organizing Committee Member
Louise Harpman, Assoc. AIA, former board member
Bill Martin, AIA, former board member
William Massingill, AIA
Heather McKinney, FAIA
Earl Nesbitt, AIA, former board member
Jane Stansfeld, FAIA
Toni Thomasson, AIA, 2007 AFA Director (ex-officio:2007 AIA Austin President)
Michael Cowan, AIA (ex-officio), 2010 AIA Austin President
Brian Linder, AIA
Jana McCann, AIA (ex-officio), 2013 AIA Austin President
Philip Keil, AIA (ex-officio), 2014 AIA Austin President
Fern Santini, former board member
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