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Advisory Board

  • Billy Almond with WPL Site Design
    William D. “Billy” Almond, ASLA is Vice President & Principal-in-Charge, Landscape Architecture Division at WPL Site Design. Billy received his in BLA from Virginia Tech in 1978. He has over 30 years experience with a wide range of residential, commercial, and institutional projects. With this experience his knowledge has expanded in all areas of the landscape architecture field including site analysis, planning and design, environmental planning, construction detailing, and construction administration. Billy was instrumental in getting signed into law the licensure of Landscape Architects in Virginia in March of 2009.
  • Steve Carlidge with Shore Point Architecture
    Over a career spanning 28 years, Stephen J. Carlidge, AIA has practiced Architecture with the expressed intent of providing unparalleled service and expertise to his clients. At 26 years of age, he became a partner and lead designer at Kellenyi Associates. In search of larger projects, he soon left Kellenyi Associates to join Grad Associates where he directed many projects including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, NJ, the Otto York Center for Engineering at NJIT and the Seton Hall University Law School. Shortly thereafter, he joined Vitetta as a Principal where he ran the firm’s nationally based K-12 Educational Facilities Design division. In this capacity, Mr. Carlidge was responsible for the design and construction of nearly $1 billion worth of school construction. The work included school facilities in seven states and consisted of both new and renovation work. As an adjunct to his work in the educational sector, Mr. Carlidge spearheaded the development of a Sports Facility Design Studio at Vitetta. His work in this area included the design of the Liacouras Center at Temple University and the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. In 2002, Mr. Carlidge formed Shore Point Architecture, P.A., where he acts as Principal Architect on all projects and oversees all aspects of the architectural services provided to its clients.
  • Brandon Craft with Clinvue
    Brandon is a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design. He began his career at the international consultancy, Sagentia, where he was one of Sagentia’s thought leaders on voice of the customer research, industrial design, and concept development, heading-up and codifying these functions within the company’s US operations. The majority of his career has been focused on customer-led innovation in the healthcare environment, traveling to care facilities in the US and around the world; translating discoveries into tangible product and service concepts. Brandon is regularly to be found gowned and masked in an OR, interviewing opinion leaders or working with physicians, nurses and managers. In 2009 alone, Brandon was listed as a primary inventor on more than 15 medical device patent applications for FT Global 500 companies. In 2010 he co-founded Clinvue, where he is Head of Research & Design.
  • Barbara Jennings
    Barbara Jennings graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Interior Design in 1980. Along with her husband Rudy, who passed away in 2009, she has been a long-time supporter of the architecture and design programs. She established the Curtis R. Jennings Perspective Award, which recognizes a a rising architecture thesis student, nominated by his/her classmates and/or faculty, who possesses a love of architecture, a positive attitude toward design work, the university, and fellow classmates, a desire for excellence in design, and a commitment to teamwork.
  • Allan Kehrt, FAIA with KSS Architects
    Allan Kehrt (M.Arch., ‘79) is the founding and design partner at KSS Architects, a position he has held since the beginning of his firm in 1983. KSS is an architectural firm headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The firm provides services in architecture, planning and interior design and specializes in the design of academic facilities, particularly for higher education clients. Mr. Kehrt has been the recipient of numerous design awards throughout his career and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2001. He was also named Architect of the Year in 2007 by the New Jersey Chapter of the AIA. He has been active in numerous civic and charitable positions for many years.
  • Suzanne Lovell with Suzanne Lovell Inc.
    Suzanne Lovell is an Architect, Interior Designer and Principal of Suzanne Lovell, Inc., a residential interior architecture firm headquartered in Chicago. Suzanne holds a professional degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech and studied with the Bauhaus-trained professor, Olivio Ferrari, prior to beginning her professional career at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago. Suzanne left SOM in order to found a design firm that incorporates the rigor of architecture and the appreciation of craft and materials from her Bauhaus training, while honoring her family legacy of designers and antique historians. The result, Suzanne Lovell, Inc. is an interior architecture and design firm that creates couture environments for extraordinary living through the complete integration of architecture, sophisticated materials, custom furniture and textiles, antiques and fine art collections to express a passion for home and convey each Client’s unique personality. Suzanne Lovell, Inc.’s projects are located throughout Chicago and the Midwest, New York, California, Florida and Europe. Suzanne’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally by Architectural Digest’s AD 100, The Andrew Martin International Interior Design Review and The International Design & Architecture Awards. Suzanne’s first book, Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, a division of Abrams Books.
  • Jim McCalla with Moseley Architects
    James M. McCalla, AIA, REFP is a 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Architecture. Jim serves as Vice President, Director of Operations, CFO, and is on the Board of Directors for Moseley Architects, a firm of more than 220 employees with offices in the Southeast, including five in the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as, Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. He has over 22 years of educational facility planning experience with 24 different Virginia school divisions including multiple projects in most of these divisions. Jim has been involved with all aspects of educational facility design from programming, pre-planning, feasibility studies, to the technical development and construction documents of these projects at all grade levels. He is affiliated with the Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI), is a Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP) by CEFPI, and is a member of the AIA National Committee of Architecture for Education. Jim has served on the Virginia Governor’s Task force for Indoor Air Quality and is currently serving on a committee to review the State’s guidelines and recommendations for educational facility design for the State Department of Education.
  • Adam Shalleck, FAIA with The Shalleck Collaborative
    Adam’s career in theatre design followed a linear path starting from his studies and interests at Virginia Tech. (B.Arch., 1989). Employed in various forms of technical theatre and entertainment, his trajectory was aligned during his fourth year when Adam interned at S. Leonard Auerbach & Associates, theatre and architectural lighting consultants. He won several design competitions and formulated his thesis involving theatre architecture. After receiving his architecture degree and working in theatre consulting with Artec Consultants in New York City, Adam worked and traveled for six months in Western Europe on a tour of historic theatres as the first undergraduate recipient of the Noland Traveling Fellowship from the Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. While there he was employed in architecture offices in Switzerland and at the Department of Architecture of the ETH University in Zurich. Adam returned to theatre consulting with the Auerbach organization in San Francisco in 1990, and was licensed as an Architect in 1995. With 20+ years of dedicated work and portfolio of projects Adam Shalleck continues his theatre consulting work as founder of The Shalleck Collaborative, Inc. which has a staff of seven and approximately 75 active projects. Based on a wide range of experience from which to draw, he remains facile in applying the appropriate solutions to each project. He combines his diligent approach to systems design and management with a focus on architectural perception as it relates particularly to the student experience and the actor-audience relationship. Adam is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and has written for various publications. He has lectured and juried at several institutions, and is a certified skipper of sailing vessels up to 50 feet.
  • Kevin Sullivan, FAIA with Payette Associates
    Kevin received his Bachelor of Architecture magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1987 and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1994. Since graduation from Virginia Tech, he has been working in Boston for Payette Associates, where he has been a partner since 1998, serving on the board of directors and as a studio design director. He currently serves as President of the firm. In his work, Kevin has designed healthcare and academic science projects, both domestically and internationally. He generates spaces and forms that are rich in color, light, and spatial depth, which are entwined with the landscape. Kevin was honored by the Boston Society of Architects as a recipient of its Young Architect Award for design in 1998 and has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his designs, including a national AIA Honor Award in 2006. He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2012. Kevin has been a studio critic at the Boston Architectural Center, the Rhode Island School of Design, Clemson, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has also given design lectures at the 2006 AIA National Convention, the Society of College and University Planners, Tradelines, Tufts University, Penn State, Clemson University, and at Virginia Tech.
  • Andrew Valentine with Insight Product Development
    Andrew J. Valentine, IDSA, is a 2008 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design. During his time at Virginia Tech he received numerous awards, including the IDSA Student Merit Award, VT Outstanding Senior Award, Werner Graeff Memorial Award and the Robert Rueter Grant for his work in snowboard fabrication and composite research. The breadth of his work in the field of Industrial Design has spanned multiple product categories including commercial, medical and consumer goods. Valentine has worked at several design firms, both domestic and international, and has multiple award winning products on market with major brands including Ridgid, Milwaukee, Gasteiner, Lohberger, Dell, BD, J&J and Caterpillar. Some of his most notable work was developed during his time at Kiska Design in Salzburg, Austria and while on the Strategic Development Team at Concept Center International in Anderson, SC. He holds multiple patents on products including power tools, hand-held surgical devices, and large scale earth moving equipment. Currently, Andrew is a designer with an industry leading firm, Insight Product Development, which has offices in Raleigh, Chicago, Boston and Shanghai.
  • Jane Cady Wright, FAIA with Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company
    Jane Cady Wright, President and CEO of Hanbury Evans is a 1980 graduate of Virginia Tech. Her firm specializes in Campus Planning and Design, the Arts and Preservation. As an active leader in campus planning and design, she has personally provided expertise on over 60 College campuses. She has been with the firm since 1984, and her firm has worked on many projects at Virginia Tech including the Payne Quadrangle and the Campus Master Plan. She is currently leading work at Stanford University, Rice University, and Rhodes College. Her firm was honored with the T. David Fitzgibbon Architecture Firm Award, Virginia AIA in 2005 and also was honored in 2006 with the National AIA Award for a master housing development plan for Tulane University. Jane Wright is the Vice Chair for the Virginia Center for Architecture and has served on the School of Architecture + Design Advisory Board since 2004. She also served as the alumni representative for the School of Architecture + Design’s successful NAAB accreditation visit in 2006.

Previous Board Members

  • John Crouse with CMSS Architects (2006 - 2009)
    John H. Crouse, AIA, LEED, a 1975 graduate of Virginia Tech, co-founded CMSS Architects, PC in 1982. CMSS has established offices in Virginia Beach, Reston and Richmond. CMSS is focused on the master planning and design of urban projects, including the “reweaving of the urban fabric” as well as new mixed used urban projects. CMSS has won several design awards for its planning, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and environmental graphics, including a National AIA Urban Planning Award. Crouse is currently on the Executive Board of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the AIA as secretary. Besides directing the design of several urban mixed use projects, he directs the efforts for the design of projects for several Federal clients, including new embassies for the Department of State. He is a member of ULI, CNU, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the US Green Building Council.
  • Steven & Cathi House with House + House Architects (2006-2008)
    Steven and Cathi first met In 1970 while architecture students at Virginia Tech. Married four years later, they worked in Philadelphia and San Francisco and in 1982 began their firm House + House Architects. Based in both San Francisco and Mexico, House + House has produced a diverse body of work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Florida, Hawaii, Japan, Mexico, and the Caribbean, reflecting their passion for site-specific, well-choreographed buildings. In 1989, Architecture magazine selected House + House to feature in their “Discovery Issue” on emerging talent. Since then they have received more than 50 design awards, and their work has been featured in numerous national and international publications, including their monograph, House + House Architects: Choreographing Space. They have lectured throughout the United States and Mexico and have traveled extensively documenting vernacular architecture. Steven and Cathi acknowledge the profound influence their studies abroad have had on their professional work and have documented this research in their new book, Mediterranean Villages: an architectural journey, which celebrates village architecture in Italy, Greece, Dalmatia, and Spain.
  • Rudy Jennings with SFCS Inc. (2006-2009)
    Curtis R. (“Rudy”) Jennings, Jr., AIA was a 1970 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors Degree in Architecture. He was Senior Vice President of SFCS, Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia. Rudy had over thirty years of experience dedicated to Seniors Design. He spoke at numerous state and national conferences on the design sensitivities of environments for the elderly. He served as project architect, project manager and project principal for various project types. He led the planning and development process for new communities and renovation and expansion projects. Rudy was honored in 1990 with the Distinguished Service Award to the Profession by the Virginia Society of the AIA and again in 1996 by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the AIA. He was a member of NCARB and AIA.
  • Robert Reuter of Reuter Design (2006-2008)
    Robert Reuter graduated from Virginia Tech with a BArch in 1975. He lives and works as a designer on the north shore of Long Island. Reuter has served as an adjunct faculty in industrial design at Virginia Tech for many years. His furniture, designed for Knoll, is in wide use and has received numerous awards. He is a past recipient of the George Nelson award for furniture design, and his work was included in the Museum of Modern Art “Workspheres” exhibition. As an active community member, Reuter serves on the Brookhaven Town Historic District Advisory Committee and is a founder of the Three Village Community Trust and a trustee of the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation.
  • Kim Schoenadel with KSA (2008-2010)
    Kim Schoenadel, CID, ASID is a 1977 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design. She is the CEO & President of KSA, with offices in Glen Allen, Chesapeake, and Waynesboro, Virginia. KSA provides interior design, space planning, environmental graphics, and facilities services. In 2007, KSA celebrated twenty-five years in business with a focus on corporate, university, and healthcare design. Kim teaches Interior Design Business Procedures as adjunct to the Virginia Tech Interior Design Department and sponsors an annual corporate interior design studio. She has served as chapter president for the Virginia Chapter of ASID and has received the ASID Medalist Award in recognition of her contributions to the interior design profession.
  • Robert Turner of Robert Turner Architect (2006-2008)
    Robert Turner graduated from Virginia Tech in 1972 and moved to New York as the assistant to the Architectural Photographer, Ezra Stoller. In late 1974, he joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, and, in 1978, he moved to Cairo with SOM to develop the design for the Arab International Bank & World Trade Center. In late 1978, he was granted a fellowship by SOM to travel in India for a year to study Islamic Architecture. In 1982, he completed the Lucky Goldstar Headquarters (LG Group) in Seoul. He was elected as a Design Partner at SOM/Chicago in 1984 and two years later moved to London to set-up SOM/London. At SOM/London, he was responsible for the Master Plan of the Canary Wharf Development (1990), the Headquarters for Texaco Europe/London (1992), the SunLife Insurance Headquarters/Bristol (1994), the World Trade Center/Jordan (1996), and the Utopia Pavilion - Expo 1998/Lisbon. In 1997, at age 50, he retired as a Partner from SOM and started a one-man practice based in Paris, France and Blacksburg, VA.