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Gold Sponsor Wisconsin Architects Foundation
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Roy Decker, FAIA
Principal
Duvall Decker Architects
Roy and Anne Marie Duvall Decker formed Duvall Decker to foster Public Good in and beyond the lot lines of each project. As an amateur painter and teacher, Roy sees architecture as didactic; making hopeful critical propositions about the growth of our culture. For the past three decades, Duvall Decker has completed public projects of varying scale and type and has achieved significant design recognition in a state that struggles for sufficient funds and the collective skills to build well. Roy is a design and critical thought leader whether he is participating in an inner-city neighborhood meeting, serving on student reviews across the country, sharing his perspective in lectures and publications, or inspiring an individual in conversation. In all of these encounters, he exhibits an unwavering commitment to considering the consequences of our design work in the lives of others. Throughout his career, Roy has been a teacher, community leader, and practitioner. He regularly gives presentations and lectures on the firm’s design and planning work and is regarded as a multi-disciplinary contributor to advancing issues such as public housing, community planning, and design.
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Tammy Eagle Bull, FAIA
president
Encompass Architects, p.c.
Tammy is the co-founder of Encompass Architects, p.c. a national firm headquartered in Lincoln, NE. She received a Bachelor of Science in Design-Architectural Studies from Arizona State University and a Master of Architecture from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She is a licensed architect with 30 years of architectural design and project management experience. She designs live, work and learning environments for tribal communities across the nation.
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Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA
Principal
Mark Alan Hewitt Architects
Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA is an architect, historian and preservationist working in the New York area. He has taught architecture at Rice University, Columbia University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles on American architecture, architectural practice, and building conservation.
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Amy Yurko, AIA
President
BrainSpaces Inc.
As 2020 Chair of the National AIA Continuing Education Committee, Amy Yurko is collaborating with AIA staff and committee members to strengthen ways of connecting AIA members to high quality learning opportunities. An architect and educator, Amy is president of BrainSpaces, Inc., a Chicago-based firm focused on uniting education and architecture. She has planned and designed school facilities throughout the US and abroad, and she has held faculty positions at Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, and in the professional development program at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Currently a PhD candidate, an AXP mentor, a Board member of NGO, Schools for the Children of the World, and mom to a high school Junior, Amy is committed to supporting efficient, effective and joyful learning for all.
Websites:
BrainSpaces
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Robert McCarter
Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture
Washington University in St. Louis
Robert McCarter is a practicing architect, author and Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He has practiced architecture consistently since being licensed in 1982, and has realized 25 buildings. Over the last 34 years, he has taught over 1800 students at Washington University, University of Florida, Columbia University and two other institutions. To date he is the author of twenty-two books, as well as hundreds of essays, chapters and articles, and he has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. He was selected to exhibit on the Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2018, and in 2009 he was selected as one of the "Ten Best Teachers of Architecture" in the US in Architect magazine.
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Coffee Polk, AIA
Senior Associate
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
With a background in film and an early career in special effects and construction, a subsequent detour led Coffee Polk to architecture, where she wound up working on casinos, hotels, and theme park attractions. For a lucky 13 years, she's been designing, drawing, and coordinating projects at Cuningham Group's Las Vegas office. The weird ones are her favorites.
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Z. Smith, AIA
Principal
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Z Smith, FAIA, LEED Fellow, PhD, is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, winner of the AIA Firm Award. His built work includes academic, commercial, and residential buildings, including winning the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award. He has taught at the Tulane School of Architecture, and serves as the North American representative to the International Union of Architects Sustainable Development Commission.
Websites:
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Jeffrey Day, FAIA
Principal
Actual Architecture Company
Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA is Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, founding principal of Actual Architecture Company and formerly, founding principal of the San Francisco and Omaha, Nebraska-based firm Min | Day. At UNL Day runs FACT, an interdisciplinary design-build studio that engages non-profit clients and communities in collaborations that span design and construction. Day has garnered numerous awards including a 2019 Progressive Architecture Award, the Architectural League of New York’s 2016 Emerging Voices, Architectural Record’s 2009 Design Vanguard, the 2007 AIA California Council’s Emerging Talent award, New Practices San Francisco 2009, Residential Architect’s 2010 Rising Star, 61 national, regional, and state AIA design awards, 9 ACSA design awards, 3 IDEC creative scholarship awards, and more. FACT has won numerous design awards including ACSA’s first Design-Build Award in 2013. Day’s projects have been published widely and he speaks frequently at venues worldwide.
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Carly Coulson, AIA
Principal Architect
COULSON
Carly Coulson, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is the design principal and founder of the architecture firm COULSON, an AIA 2030 Signatory Firm based in Duluth, MN, one of only a few nationally meeting the 2030 Challenge on all their work, with a 94% portfolio average pEUI reduction. Carly holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is a Crown Scholar from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has worked on highly innovative, sustainable solutions since she first started practicing as an architect at Foster + Partners designing the Gherkin in London. Ms. Coulson has received numerous awards for design excellence and sustainability including national and regional AIA Honor Awards, Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business, Residential Architect RADA Honors, and an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Building Award for the University of Minnesota Bagley Classroom. Carly recently won the NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence competition for her zero energy zero water multifamily project, The Seventy-Six.
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Coulson
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Carl Elefante, FAIA
Principal Emeritus
Quinn Evans
Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT is Principal Emeritus with Quinn Evans Architects where he served as design principal on architecture, preservation, and community revitalization projects. Known for coining the phrase: “The greenest building is one that is already built”, Mr. Elefante writes and lectures nationally on historic preservation and sustainable design topics.

In 2018, Mr. Elefante served as the 94th President of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Elefante is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Association for Preservation Technology (APT). Mr. Elefante attended the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Mr. Elefante is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America.

Conference Chair

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Melissa Schulteis, Assoc. AIA
Virtual Construction Specialist
Miron Construction
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