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.
Denisse has practiced architecture in Texas for over 15 years. She leads the architecture and design studio at the multidisciplinary design-build organizations Michael+Wes & Co. and Foursquare Builders, as their Director of Design Development and Principal Architect. Additionally, she is VP of Fundraising for Becker Elementary PTA, a founding board member of NOMA of Central Texas, and a Volunteer Deputy Registrar for Travis County. She has served on the City of Austin Board of Adjustment, was the 2020 AIA Austin Design Awards committee chair, and was part of the US-Spain Council Young Leaders Program in 2019. Denisse’s passion for gender equality, education, civil rights, and diplomacy motivates her to participate in diverse organizations, while her experience living in Monterrey, Mexico, for 20 years and identity as both Mexican and American shape her perspective and problem-solving approach. As a mother of two, she is eternally trying to find work/life balance, and excels at multitasking.
Treasurer and Secretary
David Goujon is a Project Architect with Page, 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.
Chris is Principal of Chris Cobb Architecture, a full-service firm. Chris has a broad range of experience that includes working in residential construction to managing the designs of large institutional projects. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 1993. After launching his own office in 2006, his primary focus has been on custom residential and small commercial projects for non-profit organizations and privately held owner-occupied buildings. His work has been highlighted on an international television series and featured in numerous publications and architecture tours. He has been writing for Texas Architect magazine since 2016, and serves on the board of Big Medium.
Grants Committee Chair
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 radio show, and remains steadfast in his commitment to having his two sons spend as much time barefoot and outdoors as possible.
The daughter of an architect and a quilter, Susanne has worked in branding, experiential design, signage and wayfinding, and corporate communication for more than two decades. She has a particular interest in design that encourages human interaction in the built environment. As a Principal with Asterisk in Austin — the design firm she founded and leads with her husband Shawn — she directs some of the firm's largest engagements and handles new business development and marketing. In 2019, Asterisk redeveloped a small office property that is now the firm’s central Austin studio. Susanne and her husband have two boys with whom they regularly seek outdoor and cultural adventures via car, kayak, RV, bike, or plane.
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.
Michelle Rossomando, AIA, RID, is President of McKinney York Architects, a concept-driven design firm practicing across multiple market sectors. She joined McKinney York Architects in 1998 after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Architecture. For the last sixteen years, Michelle has served as Principal-in-Charge and leads design on the firm’s most complex institutional projects. In recent years, she has led the firm’s successful expansion into new markets such as interior design and exhibition design. As President, she also oversees business development and marketing for the firm. Michelle has previously served as chair of the AIA Austin Design Awards Committee and currently serves on the board of YouthLaunch, a non-profit organization focused on youth empowerment through service. She has led and participated in many events and committees for the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association where she lives with her family.
Nkiru Mokwe Gelles was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She received her undergraduate degree from The Bartlett School of Architecture in London in 2004 and her Masters from Rice University in Houston in 2009. Nkiru is currently the Lead Designer with milk + honey design, heading the design team for the Austin-based day spa's national rollout. Previously Nkiru worked with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on a wide range of commercial, hospitality and custom residential projects including the Line hotel, P6 restaurant and bar. Before relocating to Texas Nkiru lived and worked in London, New York and Hong Kong. She was part of the winning design team for the Diller Scofidio + Renfro Stanford University School of Art and Art History and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Nkiru is currently the Chair of the AIA Austin Woman In Architecture Austin committee, recipient of the 2021 AIA Austin Community Service Award.
Burton Baldridge is a native Texan, originally trained as an attorney at the University of Texas at Austin. He practiced law in Texas and New York until he returned to his passion for design in 1996, earning a Masters from Columbia University in 1999. Burton’s tenure in New York culminated with his work at Peter Gluck+ Partners. In connection with his work at Gluck, Burton moved back to Austin to act as the on-site architect and as the builder of the Floating Box House, an iconic and award-winning home in Austin. Following that 3.5 year construction, Burton founded Baldridge Architects, a firm that has eschewed trend in favor of a more deliberate practice, striving for an element of rigor, quiet and timelessness in its work. Burton has two college-aged children, three dogs, an awesome wife, and this weird hamster thing that his daughter left when she departed for school.
Ingrid is the executive director of AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture, and serves as artistic director of Creek Show, the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy’s 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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