The A-School Young Alumni Council (AYAC) was founded in 2011, to facilitate and strengthen the connection between the UVA School of Architecture and its young alumni (within 10 years from graduation).


The A-School Young Alumni Council was founded in 2011, to facilitate and strengthen the connection between UVA School of Architecture and its young alumni. The AYAC consists of recent graduates from the School of Architecture who have graduated within the last 10 years from either the undergraduate or graduate program. 

Council Objectives

  • Develop a business, social, and academic network for the School of Architecture young alumni community.

  • Aid young alumni in the transition from UVA to the workplace or graduate school.

  • Encourage young alumni to engage the School of Architecture through increased participation in financial support, as well as through visits, volunteering, student interactions, and networking.

  • Promote stronger communication between the School of Architecture and its young alumni.

In addition to meeting at least once per year in Charlottesville, with regional meetings occurring periodically, activities include: hosting alumni and student events, assisting with recruitment, liaising with student leaders, providing graduate school and early career advice/programming and producing regular communications to the young alumni community.

AYAC Executive Council

The AYAC Executive Council is a core group of 20-35 highly dedicated, recent graduates willing to take on volunteer leadership roles at the School.  In addition to attending quarterly meetings (with at least one meeting per year in Charlottesville), the Executive Council will set the direction of the AYAC and oversee AYAC projects and programs, including those related to engagement, regional events, communications, recruitment, career development and fundraising. A member of the Executive Council will act as a regional chair and oversee activities of the AYAC ambassadors in their region. The Executive Council has specific expectations and terms of membership.

AYAC Ambassador Program

The AYAC Ambassadors are an engaged volunteer group of recent graduates (defined as 10 years out from your most recent graduate or undergraduate degree from the A-School) that assists the AYAC Executive Council in carrying out the AYAC mission and the priorities of the A-School regionally and remotely. Their focus will be in building community and increasing the young alumni network, especially in smaller regions. This group is ideal for young alumni who are looking for ways to (re)connect with the School and fellow graduates, propose regional ideas, promote alumni news, and lead networking/social/educational events, as well as those who are ready and willing to help when opportunities arise. This program is set up for young alumni who want to be more involved on the ground but are concerned about the more structured time commitment of the AYAC Executive Council.

The AYAC Ambassador Program is now accepting volunteers. Alumni interested in being AYAC Ambassadors should complete the online application (see below), which will be processed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. All interested alumni will be included until they surpass ten years from graduation, with an option to opt-out at any time.

Join the A-School Young Alumni Council

AYAC Executive Council Application Form (Application Deadline April 15, 2024)
AYAC Ambassador Program Application Form (Rolling Deadline)

The A-School Young Alumni Council Member Bios
Updates in Progress

Margaret Stella

Margaret (Stella) Melikian (she/her)  

UVA MAH 2015, Texas A&M BA 2012

Programs, Research and Publications Manager, AIA Baltimore/Baltimore Architecture Foundation

Baltimore, MD


Member since July 2019

Margaret Stella graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master of Architectural History in 2015, and holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M in International Studies, Art & Culture. At UVA, Margaret served as president of the Thomas Jefferson Society of Architectural Historians, the student chapter of SAH, and received the Betty Leake Award for service and scholarship. Margaret interned with the City of Charlottesville before joining AmeriCorps and the National Parks Service to work preserving historic masonry. Recently, Margaret is the Program, Research and Publications Manager with AIA Baltimore/Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and is helping establish a Center for Architecture and Design in Baltimore.  In her spare time she teaches yoga and explores Baltimore neighborhoods.

Tyler Pitt

Tyler Pitt



Project Architect, VMDO
Charlottesville, VA

Member since July 2017

Tyler Pitt graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with Bachelors Degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning and Foreign Affairs. After graduation he joined Hartman-Cox Architects where he worked on a variety of institutional, educational, and cultural projects in the Washington D.C. area and across the country. After four years in the D.C. area Tyler moved to Boston to work at Goody Clancy, an architecture firm focused on serving college and university clients, while pursuing his Masters of Architecture at Boston Architectural College. When he isn't working Tyler enjoys trail running, drinking beer, hanging out with his two cats, and sketching the environments he finds himself in.

Mira Davis

Mira Davis (she/her)

Vice Co-Chair

UVA BSArch 2021
Graduate Student, University of Southern California School of Architecture
Los Angeles, CA


Member since July 2021

Mira Davis is a recent graduate from Richmond, Virginia. While at UVA, she led the 2019 NOMAS chapter, sat on the School of Architecture Inclusion and Equity Committee, and cultivated a more inclusive community environment in her role as a Student Ambassador. Her design interests include a focus in inclusive and engaging spaces with a foundation in architecture history. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Architecture at the University of Southern California.

My-Anh Nguyen

My-Anh Nguyen (they/them/she/hers)

Vice Co-Chair

UVA BSArch 2018

Architectural Designer, HKS Architecture

Washington, DC


Member since Fall 2020

My-Anh (me-on) Nguyen received their Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2018. As a designer and facilitator, My-Anh is committed to spatial justice, social sustainability, and intersectional design that recognizes people individually and as reflections of their culture. Their current contributions to movements in this climate are as an architectural designer at K. Dixon Architecture, as a core facilitator of Emergent Grounds for Design Education, and as a member of the founding committee of the VANOMA chapter.

Rafi Alam (he/him)

UVA MArch 2022
Designer, Perkins & Will
Chicago, IL
Member since July 2024

Rafi moved to Chicago after finishing his Master's in Architecture from the A-School (2022) and is currently working at the Perkins&Will office in the Windy City. Before going to UVA, he worked in Dallas for a few years, where he also went to school at University of Texas-Arlington for his undergraduate - in architecture, as well (2018). These days, his work focuses on understanding the value of sustainable, community-oriented design in different scales. Outside of work, Rafi enjoys exploring the diverse neighborhoods that define Chicago, while occasionally capturing them with a camera or a sketchbook. He is also currently involved in a Perkins&Will-led initiative to connect diverse and underrepresented groups to the fields of design and architecture.

John Barber

John Daryl Barber (he/him)

UVA MUEP + Urban Design Certificate 2016, Hampden-Sydney College BA History, 2014
Academic Personnel Analyst, UC San Diego Rady School of Management

San Diego, CA


Member since Fall 2020

John is currently an Academic Personnel Analyst at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management, managing the life cycle portfolio of all ladder rank faculty in the school. He received his Master in Urban and Environmental Planning and Urban Design Certificate from the University of Virginia in 2016 and a BA in History from Hampden-Sydney College in 2014. During his time as an undergraduate and graduate student, he interned at UVA Facilities Management working in Human Resources, Project Services (now known as Construction & Renovation Services), and Geospatial Engineering Services.

Jonathan Bernard

Jonathan Bernard (he/him/his)

UVA MArch 2012, University of Florida BDes Arch 2010

Project Designer, Niles Bolton Associates

Atlanta, GA


Member since 2022

Jonathan was born and raised in Haiti until the age of 12 when he moved with his family to South Florida. He attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and later UVA where he earned his MArch. With nearly 10 years of professional experience spanning from CA to GA, he’s worked on various project types including coffee shops, office TI, single-family residences, multi-family apartments, and hotels. He’s a Project Designer at Niles Bolton Associates in Atlanta, GA where he currently lives with his partner, daughter, and hyper-maniac goldendoodle. When he’s not working or studying for the ARE, he’s either tinkering with a 3D printed prototype, hiking with his family, writing poetry, propagating plants, listening to music or getting lost in a podcast, or simply just napping (while his daughter naps).

Colette Block

Collette Block (she/her)

UVA BSArch (Design Thinking) and BA Media Studies, 2019, UVA MArch 2022

Designer, KARA MANN

Chicago, IL


Member since July 2023

Collette Block graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with her BS in Architecture—Design Thinking and her BA in Media Studies. After working for New York-based fashion label, alice + olivia, in store design, event planning, and visual production, she returned to the School of Architecture to pursue her Master of Architecture. Graduating in December 2022, Collette now lives in Chicago, working for interior design and architecture firm KARA MANN. While in Charlottesville, research and work opportunities with After Architecture, HANNAH, KUTONOTUK, and Office of Things empowered Collette both as a designer and as a woman in the field. Awarded the School of Architecture Faculty Award for Public Service, Collette hopes to continue to engage deeply with both current and former members of our community.

Esteban Chavez

Esteban Chavez (he/him)

UVA BSArch 2018

Architectural Designer, SMBW

Richmond, VA


Member since July 2021

Esteban Chavez is a young pre-professional architect living and working in Richmond. In his free time he likes to play, watch, or coach soccer and play with his dog Cleo. Since graduating from UVA, he has been lucky to work at mcdowellespinosa and SMBW. He has also been very lucky to TA a construction document studio at VCU and mentor young architecture students at Hampton University. Esteban is very excited to contribute his time and experience to the AYAC and be an asset to the team and the architecture school community.

Karim El-Araby

Karim El-Araby (he/him)

BSArch 2020, MArch 2022

Designer, Hanbury

Richmond, VA


Member since 2022

Karim graduated from the A-School with a BS Arch (2020) and M.Arch with the Urban Design Certificate (2022). He currently works as a Designer at Hanbury’s Community Design Lab in Richmond, VA. Karim transferred into the undergraduate program in 2018 after completing an associate degree in fine arts and went on to serve as a Secretary for the A-School’s AIAS Chapter, and later as a research assistant for the Master of Urban Design Curriculum Development initiative before its launch in Fall ’22. His time at UVA took him to New Delhi and Jaipur, India (as part of the award-winning Yamuna River Project studio) as well as a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. His graduate thesis explored the intersection between Bedouin self-determinism, the tourism industry, and the ecology of Egypt’s Northwestern coast. Born in Upstate New York, Karim is a first-generation Egyptian-American who grew up in Cairo, Egypt. He’s an avid soccer fan and enjoys watching or playing soccer, practicing a foreign language, exploring the city, drawing, cooking, and playing video games.

Emma Gallaugher

Emma Gallaugher (she/her)

UVA BSArch + Architectural History and Art History Minors, 2023

Designer, Hartman-Cox Architects

Washington, DC

Member since 2023

Emma Gallaugher graduated from UVA in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and minors in Architectural History and Art History. During her time at UVA, she was actively involved in the A-School Student Council and served as an Undergraduate Student Ambassador and Staff Assistant for the School of Architecture Office of Admissions. Throughout her years at the A-School, she worked to establish support resources for First-Generation/Low Income Students and helped to begin an A-School FG/LI Student Group. After graduation, Emma began working as a designer with Hartman-Cox Architects in Washington, DC, pursuing her interest in cultural and historic work. In her free time, she enjoys reading, enjoying nature (with lots of sunscreen), and cooking and baking to Frank Sinatra Radio.

Victoria Glasgow

Victoria Glasgow, AICP (she/her)

UVA BUEP + Global Sustainability Minor 2018, GMU Master in Public Policy 2023

Washington, DC


Member since July 2023

Victoria graduated with her Bachelor’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and worked as a practicing planner before moving to the DMV, where she completed her Master of Public Policy from GMU's Schar School with a concentration in Science and Technology. She hopes to combine her passions for energy policy and multimodal transportation to discover new infrastructural solutions for broader power challenges. When not studying, Victoria is exploring cities on her bicycle.

Caroline Grant

Caroline Grant

UVA BSArch 2020

Junior Manager of Visual Merchandising, F. Schumacher & Co.

New York, NY


Member since 2022

Caroline Grant graduated from the A-School in 2020 with a B.S. in Architecture and a double minor in Art History and Architectural History. She currently works for F. Schumacher & Co, an interior design company in New York City.

Josh Gritz

Josh Gritz (he/him/his)

UVA BSArch 2018

Parsons School of Design

New York, NY

Member since Fall 2019

Josh graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture and a minor in Civil Engineering. In his time at UVA he served on SARC Student Council for all four years, including as President. His work in the Architecture School earned him the Faculty of Architecture Award for Public Service upon graduation. He also regularly performed in theatre productions with student theatre groups and the Drama Department. He designed sets for student theatre and films, as well as for DMR Adventures, a local children's theatre. He volunteered with Albemarle Housing Improvement Project to provide free home repairs and additions to needy Albemarle residents. Josh also serves on the Class of 2018 Trustees through the Alumni Association. He currently works in the Virtual Design and Construction department at Clark Construction and is more broadly interested in leveraging advanced visualization technology to instill deep personal empathy in designers, particularly surrounding issues of mental health and human psychology.

Maura Ikharo

Maura Ikharo, AICP (she/her)

UVA MUEP 2017, UMich BA English + African Studies 2012

Land Use Planner, Venable LLP

Atlanta, GA (home) / Tysons, VA (work)


Member since July 2023

Maura Ikharo, AICP currently represents clients in a broad range of land use matters as a member of Venable law firm’s Real Estate Group. She has experience navigating complex land use and zoning matters, including guiding clients through the research, entitlement, development, and bonding of retail, office, mixed-use, and industrial property. As a Certified Land Use Planner, she leverages her 10-year planning background in municipal government, zoning law, site analysis, transportation, advanced GIS, and design to create a multifaceted approach to planning and development.
In her spare time, Maura enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, listening to audiobooks, writing, and globetrotting to experience food, architecture & culture around the world.

Moh Ismail

Mohamed “Moh” Ismail (he/him/his)

UVA MArch 2016, Duke University BSE Civil Engineering 2013
PhD in Building Technology, MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Assistant Professor, UVA School of Architecture
Cambridge, MA

Member since Fall 2020

Mohamed Ismail is an Assistant Professor at the UVA School of Architecture. He completed his Ph.D. in Building Technology from MIT, studying the potential application of structural and material optimization in the alleviation of housing insecurity in the Global South. Mohamed received his Bachelor in Civil and Structural Engineering at Duke University before receiving his Master of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Prior to his time at MIT, Mohamed was faculty lecturer at the UVA School of Architecture, teaching Parametric Structural Design and Digital Workflows. At MIT, Mohamed has worked with the Tata Center, Professor Caitlin Mueller, and the Digital Structures research group to design low-cost, low-carbon structural components for housing in developing economies. Mohamed enjoys drawing, playing guitar, cooking, travel, and science fiction. He also goes by Moh.

Sam Johnson (he/him)

UVA MArch 2019
Co-Director of Ennead Lab,
Ennead Architects
New York City, NY
Member since July 2024

Sam Johnson received his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2019. Since graduating, he has lived and worked in New York at Ennead Architects, where he was fortunate enough to be named Co-Director of Ennead Lab in 2023. As co-director, Sam helps to guide Ennead Lab in its pursuit of a more just and equitable world and has worked on topics ranging from community-owned energy generation in the Bronx, to post-secondary education in prisons, and carbon neutral construction in Helsinki. When not thinking about architecture, Sam enjoys playing soccer and eating vegetables.

Michelle Kahl
UVA MLA 2024
Waterstreet Studio
Charlottesville, VA
Member since July 2024

Mert Kansu

Mert Kansu (he/him/his)

UVA MArch 2019
Architect, VMDO

Charlottesville, VA


Member as of July 2023

Mert uncovered his interest and passion for discovering new places, cities, and architecture during two summer-long camping trips around Europe in his childhood. He enjoys architecture for its ability to change how people feel and interact with each other and their surroundings. Believing that architecture and design can be inspired from anything around us, he enjoys pulling sources from art, photography, movies, popular culture, and daily experiences. Born, raised, and educated in Istanbul, Mert's training informed his respect for the social and cultural contexts of places as well as his prioritization of the buildability, feasibility, and usability of his projects. Mert became interested in sustainability and ecology during his MArch program at UVA. For his thesis research, he extensively studied coastal, urban, and resilient solutions that temper climatic disasters through energy production and community development.  Digesting the projects he works on by perceiving and presenting them as a story, he currently enjoys the inviting environment of Charlottesville and VMDO, where he works in the Higher Education studio. As the USA Country Reporter for the World Architecture Community, Mert shares his perspectives on design and American architecture with WAC's global audience. He participated in AIA Virginia's 2020 Emerging Leaders in Architecture program.

Audrey Kelly

Audrey Kelly (she/her)

UVA MAH + Historic Preservation Certificate 2019, Rutgers University BS Environmental Planning 2014

Architectural Historian, Independent Consultant

Washington, DC


Member since July 2021

Audrey is an experienced cultural resource management professional with expertise in architectural history, cultural history, historic preservation planning, and museum curation. She has a keen interest in issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in relation to historic preservation practice. Her work promotes the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of underrepresented communities and champions the telling of their unique stories. She thrives in collaborative team environments and enjoys drawing on the expertise of her colleagues. Having held a number of public-facing roles in the past, Audrey is also skilled at community outreach and audience engagement.

Katie Kelly

Katie Kelly

UVA MLA 2019

Associate, TEN X TEN

Minneapolis, MN


Member since 2022

Katie is a landscape designer and Associate at TEN xTEN. Katie holds a BS in Interior Architecture from Cornell University and an MLA from the University of Virginia, where she co-founded the student-led organization manifestA, and was a University Olmsted Scholar and recipient of the Student ASLA Honor Award in Collaboration. Prior to TEN x TEN, Katie was a landscape designer at Wolf | Josey Landscape Architects in Charlottesville. VA, where she helped realize a variety of institutional and residential projects in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic.

Andrew Knuppel (he/him/his)
UVA BUEP 2017, UVA MUEP 2020
Associate Principal, Asakura Robinson
Houston, TX
Member since July 2024

Andrew is an Associate Principal with Asakura Robinson, a Houston-based planning, landscape architecture, and urban design studio. Andrew leads the firm's planning practice and advises on policy and community development issues in landscape architecture and environmental design projects.

A proud “double ‘Hoo” from the A-School’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Andrew’s career journey started in Charlottesville as an undergraduate intern before moving to a full-time position after graduation and later completing his MUEP degree. Now based in Texas, he has held management and leadership roles in a state educational agency’s resilience planning program and now in a private consulting firm. He previously served on the AYAC from 2018-2022.

Seshi Konu

Seshi Konu (she/her/hers)

UVA BSArch 2020

Strategist, Brightspot Strategy, a Buro Happold company

Norfolk, VA

Member since Fall 2020

Seshi Konu is a Virginia native and recent graduate of the BSArch program with a concentration in Design Thinking and a minor in Global Culture and Commerce. On grounds, she was a DJ for WXTJ 100.1, an intern at the Maxine Platzer Women's Center, a fellow in the Meriwether Lewis Center for Citizen Leadership, and a set designer for The Black Monologues company. As a transfer student from the College of Arts and Sciences, she still carries her love for the humanities and intends to use design thinking as a creative tool in a range of subjects and disciplines. She is currently exploring the theoretical and material practices of design as a tool for social, political, and environmental activism and justice.

Caitlin Kreinheder

Caitlin Kreinheder (she/her/hers)

UVA BSArch + Dance, Studio Art, and Social Entrepreneurship Minors 2022, VCU Brandcenter Masters of Business and Branding Candidate

Richmond, VA


Member as of July 2023

Caitlin graduated from the A-School in 2022 with honors with a Bachelors of Science in Pre-Professional Architecture with minors in Dance, Studio Art, & Social Entrepreneurship and a Strategic Brand Communications Track in the McIntire School of Commerce. Outside of the classroom, Caitlin served on the School of Architecture Student Council for all four years, including as Vice President & President. She was also elected as an Architecture School Representative to the Honor Committee for three terms and worked as a Fablab Teaching Assistant in her fourth year. Caitlin’s work in the Architecture School earned her the Faculty of Architecture Award for Public Service upon graduation. Outside of the School of Architecture community, Caitlin was a four-year Class Council Member and Trustee, a Vice Chair of Education for the Honor Committee, a member of the Promotions Program in the School of Commerce, a performer and choreographer with the UVA Dance Program, and she was on the executive committee for the Lighting of the Lawn as the Chair of Marketing & Design for three terms.  Since graduation, Caitlin has been studying at the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is expected to receive a Masters of Business & Branding with a Concentration in Art Direction in 2024. While completing her studies she is also working as the Graduate Assistant for Student Organizations & Leadership at VCU where she pulls from her UVA student organization background to advise and administratively support organizations. Caitlin is excited to continue serving the architecture school community in this postgraduate role and you will often find her throughout the year in Charlottesville cheering on the Hoos at football, basketball, and baseball games!

Daniel Langford (he/him)

UVA MArch 2024
Charlottesville, VA
Member since July 2024

Daniel Langford graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master of Architecture in 2024 and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in Architecture with a minor in Historic Preservation. At UVA, Daniel worked as a graduate student ambassador, led initiatives for First-Generation College Students, and lived two years as a Range Resident on the Academical Village. Daniel served as Audrey Spencer Horsley Scholar and conducted research under CL. Bohannon about JEDI initiatives for the A-School. When he isn’t working Daniel is a part time artist, photographer, concert goer.

Jane Lee

Jane Lee (she/her)

UVA MLA 2021, Harvard College BA 2021

Landscape Designer, Miridae

Walnut Creek, CA


Member since Fall 2021

After completing her MLA at UVA, Jane returned home to Northern California where she is looking forward to working with and learning from its myriad communities and landscapes. Jane's love for the landscape medium stems from the same place as her love for stories, and she sees the design process as an opportunity to increase mutual understanding amongst humans, other species, and the material world. In many ways Jane considers her design education an extension of her undergraduate studies in literature and her lifelong attachment to reading novels of all kinds. Jane also enjoys studying classical vocal music and experimenting with new plants in her family's garden.

Veronica Merril

Veronica Merril (she/her)

UVA BAH + BA Music 2021

Land Use Planner, Cooley LLC

Reston, VA


Member since July 2021

Veronica Merril graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia with a double major in Architectural History and Music. While at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Veronica won the 2019 Anna Hope Book Award, recognizing one outstanding rising fourth-year student interested in Historic Preservation, the 2021 Frederick Doveton Nichols Award, which recognizes academic achievement at the School of Architecture upon completion of the Architectural History degree, and was the 2020 Bobby Newman Scholar. Highlights of her time outside of the classroom include being the 2020-2021 President of the J. Sanford Miller Arts Scholars Program, the 2018-2020 President of University Records, a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, a member of the Music Arts Board, an Executive Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, a member of The Fralin’s Student Engagement Committee, and being one of the two Student Members of UVA Arts Council. Veronica worked as an Editorial Intern with the Vice Provost for the Arts, served as a Research Assistant for UVA Architecture’s Professor Jeana Ripple, was a Teaching Assistant for UVA Architecture’s Sanda Iliescu, and worked as a summer curation intern at James Monroe’s Highland, implementing elements of historic preservation and archaeology in innovative ways to enhance visitor experiences. Inspired by her research with Professor Ripple, her experience at Highland, and her academic coursework, Veronica now works as a Land Use Planner at Cooley LLP and plans on attending law school to pursue a career in land use law.

Crystal Andrea Prigmore

Crystal Andrea Prigmore

UVA MArch + Historic Preservation Certificate 2012; JMU BS 2009

Project Designer, Muse|Kirwan Architects

Washington, DC


Member since July 2021

Crystal Prigmore, SCIP, CSI, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, NCARB, NTHP is an architectural project designer from Alexandria, VA, based in Washington, DC. Crystal volunteers with Women in Architecture and enjoys engaging with communities through historic preservation. Crystal paints and draws daily and routinely enjoys hiking and camping in the region.

Jackie Restrepo

Jacqueline Restrepo (she/her)

UVA BSArch 2016 & Georgia Tech MArch 2021

Associate, PGAL

Atlanta, GA


Member since 2022

Jacqueline Restrepo graduated from UVA in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and minors in Architectural History and Global Sustainability. During her time at UVA, she was actively involved in the Latinx community, serving as president for the organization formerly known as LSA (now known as COLA) and chapter founder for SLU. Since then, she has been living in Atlanta and working as an Associate at PGAL. She recently completed her Masters of Architecture at Georgia Tech in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, biking, and volunteering for mentorship programs such as LADYS to support young women of color.

Lily Roberts

Lily Roberts (she/her)

UVA BUEP + Architectural History, Dance, and Design Minors 2023

Engineer, Clark Construction

Washington, DC


Member since July 2023

Lily Roberts graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia in May 2023, where she was one of the first students to complete a Distinguished Major in Urban + Environmental Planning; additionally, she minored in Architectural History, Dance, and Design. Outside of the classroom, Lily found joy in several involvements. She served as an undergraduate Student Ambassador for the School of Architecture, the president (2021-2022) and vice president (2022-2023) of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students Chapter at UVA, and the undergraduate vice president (2020-2021) and treasurer (2020-2021, 2021-2022) of the Student Planners Association. Additionally, Lily was a Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership fellow, worked in Housing and Residence Life for three years and was the first student representative from the School of Architecture to serve as the Student Member of the UVA Board of Visitors. Lily currently works as an Engineer at Clark Construction Group’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Jenni Rogan

Jenni Rogan (she/her/hers)

UVA MUEP 2023, Carleton College BA Biology

Climate and Community Coordinator, Working Landscapes

Warrenton, NC


Member since July 2023

Jenni Rogan graduated from the University of Virginia in 2023 with a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning. Prior to completing this degree, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. While at UVA, Jenni was President of the Student Planners Association, where she worked closely with alumni and faculty to foster connections between our current planning students and our planning alumni. Jenni is now working her dream job as the Climate and Community Coordinator for Working Landscapes, a small community-based non-profit based in eastern North Carolina. In this work, Jenni blends her studies at UVA of climate adaptation planning with her passion for climate justice and community-engaged work. When not working, Jenni is out in her experimental garden, reading a great book, or discovering what lives in the forest in her backyard.

Kari Roynesdal

Kari Roynesdal (she/her/hers)

UVA BSArch 2015, Harvard GSD (MLA +MUEP ‘21)

Agency Landscape + Planning

Cambridge, MA


Member since July 2020

Kari Roynesdal is an urban planner and designer who is passionate about public space in cities and how planning practice intersects with community activism and cultural identities of place. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2015, and after graduating, worked in landscape architecture in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. She recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with concurrent degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. During her time at the GSD, she was a recipient of an ASLA Honor Award and funded travel research through the Penny White Project Fund. Currently, Kari works at Agency Landscape + Planning in Cambridge, MA.

Tim Victorio

Tim Victorio (he/him)

UVA MArch 2022, Boston College BA 2018

Lecturer, University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA


Tim earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Boston College (2018) where he worked as a set designer for the Boston College Theater Department. Since then, Tim has earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia (2022). While at UVA, Tim co-founded a sustainability initiative called UVA Sawmilling, which is set up to redirect the current material pathway of fallen trees on the Grounds of UVA, repurposing these otherwise chipped logs into usable lumber for both student and faculty projects. Post-graduation, Tim was a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Architecture teaching undergraduate studio and introductory seminar courses.

Thomas James Thomal Wyatt (he/him/his)

UVA MArch 2023
Designer, KCCT Architecture
Washington, DC
Member as of July 2024

Thomas Wyatt graduated from the University of Virginia in 2023 with a Master of Architecture after receiving his Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. A former resident of the Range, Thomas worked under Professor Peter Waldman while at UVA as a graduate teaching assistant and researcher. He is an alumnus of the Veneto program and a Nix Research Scholar. After leaving Charlottesville, Thomas moved to Washington, DC, and joined the architecture firm KCCT. Currently, he volunteers as a Regional Director for Alpha Rho Chi, and is helping reestablish the professional architecture organization's UVA chapter. When he is not exploring Washington, Thomas enjoys listening to his record collection and doing the New York Times Crossword puzzle.

Ex-Officio Members:

Seth McDowell, Associate Professor of Architecture (Faculty Rep)

Staff liaison:  

Kim Wong Haggart, Director of Engagement and Alumni Initiatives

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