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2024 AIA Rochester Board of Directors







Jamie is a Project Architect at SWBR and has worked on an array of project types during his 16-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.



Vice President

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.


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A.J. received his Bachelors of Architecture degree at SUNY Alfred State, where he combined Alfred’s strong technical degree with a concentration in Sustainability, which allowed him to explore emerging sustainable concepts in the design and construction industry. After graduating in 2022, A.J. joined Popli Design Group where he is gaining experience in a wide variety of projects, including K-12, higher education, aviation, parks, and public housing.


As a former college athlete and avid outdoorsman, A.J. values family, community, nature, and activity. As a designer and professional, his goal is to use his thoughtful design and genuine interaction with others to create better lives and communities. A.J. is humbled by this opportunity to serve on the AIA Board of Directors and is excited to forge strong connections in the Rochester architecture community.




Ben Deuel, Assoc. AIA is a Sr. Project Manager at CPL, where he started his professional career after earning his Masters in Architecture in 2011 from Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Ben returned to Rochester after studying in Boston, including a brief three month stint in Berlin Germany.  He has built his professional experience working in the Healthcare, Community and Industrial markets, and has contributed to many of CPL’s high profile projects.  Ben works to integrate cutting edge technology into the design process, and approach projects from a wholistic perspective, finding the appropriate balance of design, schedule, and budget to meet the needs of the client.  Ben’s drive is to see Rochester reach the height of its architectural potential.  Outside of work he enjoys all things outdoors and adding to his vinyl collection.  Ben has served previously as the AIA Rochester Associate Director, and currently serves on the Board for The Center for Advancing Leadership and Design.



Director of Practice + Design




Director of Education

Barbara Burke (Syracuse University ‘13) is a Project Associate at LaBella Associates with 10+ years of experience in Higher Education, Liturgical design, and Campus Master Planning. She’s excited to re-join the AIA Rochester Board after previously serving as Development & Outreach Director and facilitating Rochester’s first design-build public installation in 2019.


Barbara has dedicated much of her professional life to providing student opportunities for learning and growth, promoting the architectural field through collegiate lectures, mentoring, shadowing opportunities, career fairs, and K-12 presentations. She currently serves as Vice President, Program Director, and mentor for the ACE Mentor Program of Rochester, a free after school program for high school students interested in the fields of Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. In recent years, she’s become a founding member of an education outreach program at Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School, co-creator of LaBella’s Internship Program, a mentor for the Future City Competition, and a speaker for the Horizons Summer Enrichment Program.  As the leader of LINC (LaBella in the Community), Barbara oversees and coordinates the firm’s efforts for community outreach, volunteering, and giving.  She’s excited to promote architectural education and awareness in underserved communities, across Rochester, and throughout the greater community.



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.



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, 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.



Director of Governmental Affairs





Director of Communications

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.



Director of Social Media

Kamillah is a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s Master of Architecture program. With over 7 years of architectural experience, she has been designing residential multi-family properties as well as working on educational and municipal renovations. She has a passion for real estate investment. She believes in thoughtful development because of the positive influence it has in serving individuals, families, and our broader communities.




Anthony J. Adiutori is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group. Tony focuses his practice on real estate financing, corporate financing, automobile financing, agricultural lending, sales and acquisitions, commercial real estate sales and acquisitions, leasing, zoning, land use, municipal law and public authorities law. He represents numerous lenders, developers and corporations in such areas as commercial lending, borrowing, real estate development, and leasing.



AIA New York State Liaison

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.



AIA Rochester Associate 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)

Volunteer Activities:
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Awareness



AIA Rochester Executive 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.

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