2023 AIA Rochester Board of Directors
JAY WOODCOCK, AIA
Jay, a graduate of University of Buffalo (BS Arch) and SUNY Alfred (AAS Architecture Engineering Technology), currently manages the Dwyer Architectural Rochester office as an Associate and Leadership Team member. Jay brings enthusiasm and 17 years of professional experience to the healthcare, medical university and higher education markets. He is a strong leader who commits himself to clients and encourages young professionals. He is focused on the betterment of his local community, possesses a reliable attention to detail and always conducts himself in an unselfish manner in both professional and social situations. In addition to being a fun and loving family man, Jay supports the Rochester AIA, GVRAHE, CSI and serves on the committee for the NYS Healthcare Facilities Conference.
JAMIE BUCCI, AIA
Jamie is a Project Architect at SWBR and has worked on an array of project types during his 15-year career there. He’s currently situated in the Education Studio where he’s focused on K-12 and Higher Education Projects. He finds it very rewarding to design buildings and spaces that both children and young adults get to experience, inhabit and interact with. He uses his more “technical focused” Bachelor of Science (in Architectural Engineering Technology) degree from Alfred State College to feed his passion for problem solving, detailing & creating a design with depth.
Jamie is excited about the opportunity for professional growth, leadership, and collaboration that this role on the AIA Rochester Board of Directors will provide, and is eager to learn from others in our professional community.
CHRISTINA FLUMAN, ASSOCIATE AIA
Director of Practice + Design
Syracuse University, M.Arch 2021
Stony Brook University, B.A. Environmental Design, Policy, & Planning 2017
Christina is currently an Architectural Designer at Edge Architecture and has been a team member there since 2018. She is currently an Associate AIA member and has been serving on the Design Awards Committee since 2020, helping the team to prepare and deliver the recognition for those who continue to advance and push the boundaries of practice and design within the Greater Rochester community. She is currently working towards her licensure and aspires to continue the efforts of the committee in recognizing the extraordinary work that has been put forth by those active within the architectural, building/construction, and other industries who continue to improve not only our built environments, but also the quality of life for those who reside within them.
DUSTIN WELCH, AIA
Director of Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA)
Dustin Welch, AIA, CSI-CDT is a Project Architect providing architectural design expertise on a variety of institutional, residential, and aviation projects. He incorporates the latest innovations in design and construction into each of his projects, helping clients achieve their goals. Dustin received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Environmental Design from SUNY University at Buffalo. He is a board member with AIA Rochester and ACE Rochester with a passion for community engagement.
CHRISTIAN JANKULOSKI, ASSOCIATE AIA
Director of Education
I received my BArch degree from Alfred State College in May of 2019. In addition, I grew up within the Rochester community and have always gravitated towards architecture since I can remember. I am an Architectural Designer at CPL. My two passions include playing soccer and architecture. Rochester has always been my home, and the City has become and continues to be a place where community is at its forefront. Architecture has the ability to open a variety of avenues, and community is one of the avenues that speaks to me the most. I express a passion for adaptive and innovative design to better the built environment and the users within it, ultimately creating architecture that facilitates positive social impact design.
ROB SMITHGALL, AIA
Director of Outreach
Rob Smithgall is a Project Manager at Young + Wright Architectural with 18+ years of experience and a focus in K-12 Projects. He has a strong work ethic, enjoys sharing knowledge with junior staff and is committed to doing what’s best for the client. Over the years he has helped with the AIA Scholarship Golf Tournament and helped host a few AIA Rochester-sponsored ARE Trivia events. He enjoyed taking part in many of the Emerging Rochester Architect events the Rochester Chapter put together over the years. Rob looks forward to taking on his new role, meeting more AIA members, and supporting AIA Rochester along with its great community.
ERIN POWERS, AIA
Erin, a graduate of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, is a BIM Manager in LaBella's Rochester office. In addition to aiding in developing workflows, tools, and standards, Erin focuses on developing and managing BIM training and technical skills. Her passion for helping others grow and develop makes her a valuable asset to architectural and technology team members. She lives with her wife Kelley and their children in Brighton, NY.
Erin has been a member of the directory committee since 2019. As a part of the directory committee, she has worked to leverage technology and data to make the directory easier to maintain and update. She is passionate about trying new tools and sharing more efficient workflows with others. Erin looks forward to connecting with new and existing chapter members online and in person throughout the coming year.
SARA DESALVO, AIA
Director of Communications
Sara received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred and joined Dwyer Architectural as a Project Architect in 2019 focusing on Healthcare. She joined the Dwyer Team with 20+ years of professional experience including project planning and management. She brings a wide range of design experience to all projects and is dedicated to the clients’ needs, meeting code and contractual requirements while integrating modern design trends to attract patients and maintain staff retention. She has a lot of hometown pride in both growing up here and settling back here after college. Helping her community through design and architecture continues to be something Sara is passionate about. In addition to her profession, Sara is an avid reader, history enthusiast and animal lover. Sara’s enthusiasm, strong communication skills, eye for graphics and natural ability to lead will serve clients, the AIA and ultimately the community well.
Director of Governmental Affairs
The Government Affairs Director actively lobbies at the local, state, and national levels specifically representing and promoting the interests of AIA Rochester.
Committees overseen: Local Government/Activism
Recent activities have included:
Building communications on legislative issues to membership
Potential new activities:
Perform an inventory of AIA participation on local planning, zoning, architectural review, and historic preservation boards and report findings back to the Board (this has been done several years ago via a grant)
Develop a placement procedure for promoting AIA members to fill positions noted above
LINDA HEWITT, HON. AIANYS
AIA Rochester Executive Director
Linda graduated from RIT with a Business Administration degree in 1982. She has been the Executive Director of AIA Rochester since July 1996. Prior to that she owned her own consulting business. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester. She resides in West Henrietta with her husband Greg and their Guiding Eyes Released Puppy, Demi.
Committees: Newsletter, Golf, Design Awards, Honor Awards, Membership (Directory)
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Awareness
MICHELLE MURNANE, AIA, NCARB
AIA Rochester Associate Director
Michelle Murnane is a registered architect, a LEED accredited professional, and NCARB certificate holder. She has been an active member of the AIA her entire professional career. She has held various roles on the Board of AIA Rochester, including President in 2013, and was instrumental in co-founding the Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA), which is AIA Rochester's young professionals' group. Michelle was also an active member of AIA Columbus' Associates Committee, and co-chaired a program for high school students which was recognized by the National Associates Committee (NAC) in 2003. Michelle received AIA Rochester's Emerging Architect of the Year Award in 2010. In addition to her service to the AIA, Michelle has over a decade of specialized experience in practicing healthcare architecture. She served on the formation committee for the new Master of Architecture program at Rochester Institute of Technology and was active with the program as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and the IDP Education Coordinator with the program. Michelle graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.