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The Design Professionals Advisory Council

The Design Professionals Advisory Council (DPAC) provides a direct interface between the department and the profession, especially with regard to licensure and practice. It strengthens ties among alumni, local design professionals, and educators. Members of the Council bring valuable professional and educational insight, and their participation continues to grow and become more influential over time. Their input on curricular structure, content, and student learning outcomes is critical to the program’s success in preparing students for the transition to internship and licensure and to the pursuit of rewarding professional lives. DPAC discussions have contributed to long-range planning initiatives that address these and related issues.

Tom Chung

Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, recipient of AIA Firm Award. Tom’s projects include the Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Design Building at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Multipurpose Academic Building at Wentworth, currently under construction. Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in the US, he received his degrees in Architecture at the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Tom is a mentor to the next generation of young designers in the firm and teaches design studios at Architecture schools in the Boston Area while serving on design award juries and presenting across the country on Architecture.

Katie Davis Kernizan

Associate at Saam Architecture in Boston. Since attending Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduating with her Bachelors and Masters in Architecture in 2008 and 2010, she has been working in the field as a designer and project manager on several different project types, both locally and internationally. Katie also holds a Masters degree from the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management. Katie volunteered and worked in Haiti for a year rebuilding schools and she remains connected to her contacts and projects there. Since 2016, she has been teaching Freshman Design Studio at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she was recently recognized as one of 45 influential women at Wentworth.

Anne-Marie Lubenau

Dedicated to expanding the role of architects in shaping cities by engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding of the built environment and its impact on our lives. Her practice includes experience working within small and large architectural firms, academic institutions, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Anne-Marie is director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at the Bruner Foundation. She regularly contributes to national forums and publications on design, and is a member of the BSA Foundation board of trustees and the BostonCreates Steering Committee. Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon and was a 2012 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard. 

Henry Moss

Joined Bruner/Cott in 1987 after fifteen years of work in London. He has helped to develop the firm’s thinking about urban-scale reuse of historic structures and supported transformative thinking about their design. He led the Boston Society of Architects Historic Resources Committee for twenty-five years and has had long-term involvement with docomomo-US/New England, Historic New England, and Historic Boston Incorporated. His connection with Wentworth began with DPAC and evolved through studio reviews with emphasis on mid-century modern sites. Recent projects include MASS MoCA, Boston University School of Law, and Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College.

Karen Nelson

Dean and faculty of the School of Architecture at The Boston Architectural College. In 1994, Karen began teaching design studios at the BAC followed by theory seminars and faculty development courses. Karen practiced architecture working on housing for people with AIDS in NYC, a school building in Seekonk, and on commercial projects. Karen's passion for contemporary art and architecture, landscape architecture, and linguistics inform her teaching and practices. Karen has also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1995–2012. Karen received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from MIT.

Phil Poinelli

Instrumental in the creation and development of SMMA’s K-12 Studio where he now serves as the leader of the Educational Programming and Planning Group. He is recognized as a national expert in the master planning and programming of K-12 learning environments. Over his 45+ year career, he has been involved with the planning and design of over 80 schools and 25 Master Plans, most recently, the Educational and Facilities Master Plan for Boston Public Schools (127 schools) Phil is a Wentworth graduate (1971), and San Diego State University Advanced Certificate Program in educational planning. Phil serves on the International Board of Directors of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).

Gretchen Rabinkin

Kenneth Reardon

Professor and Director of the MS in Urban Planning and Community Development Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining the UMass Boston faculty, Ken held tenured faculty positions in city and regional planning at Illinois, Cornell, and Memphis where he pursued research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of community development, neighborhood planning, and community/university development partnerships.

Josiah Stevenson

Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Josiah has led the design of numerous award-winning projects, including the recently completed Design Building at UMass Amherst. He is currently working on the Multi-Purpose Academic Building at WIT and the Academic Arts Center for Middlesex Community College. He leads the firm’s Green Committee and integrates a sustainable design approach into all his projects. Active in the Boston Society of Architects, Josiah is the organization’s 2017 President and most recently held the position of Commissioner of Design. He frequently lectures on the firm’s work and in 2015 taught an Architecture Studio program at WIT. Josiah is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Harry Wheeler

Principal at Group One Partners, an award-winning hospitality design firm that specializes in architectural, interior design, and purchasing services for hospitality properties. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has been involved in all aspects of the design and construction of hundreds of hospitality, multi-family properties, assisted living and elder care facilities, and retail spaces. Wheeler earned his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering in 1995 and bachelor's degree in architecture in 2000 from Wentworth Institute of Technology. A registered architect in over 15 states and a member of numerous architectural, lodging, and marketing associations, he also contributes to multiple industry publications.

Aaron Willette

A senior manufacturing associate at WeWork and founding partner in the design/research practice Khôra, Aaron operates as a designer and technologist exploring the implications of coupling computational design techniques with industrial manufacturing tools. A third-generation machinist, his work examines how issues of craft and material culture can be encapsulated in procedural systems such as customized software and bespoke fabrication processes. His design work has been exhibited in galleries both domestically and abroad, and his academic research has been published in multiple peer-review journals. Aaron has also taught at universities such as Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and the California College of the Arts.

Gary Wolf

Gary’s firm, Wolf Architects, completes award-winning residences and interventions in historic buildings, seen in Architect, AS+U, Environmental Design and Construction, and LEEDING the Way: Domestic Architecture for the Future. He has a Master of Architecture from Princeton University; a Master of Architectural History from University of Virginia School of Architecture; and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. Gary has written for Architectural Review, Architizer, CLOG, Wentworth Architecture Review, and Stirling + Wilford: American Buildings, among others. He has taught at Wentworth and at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, is vice president of Docomomo/New England and a member of Historic New England’s Council.

Regina Yang

Joined MASS as a Global Health Corps Design Fellow in Rwanda in 2013, where she worked on immersion assessment reports and masterplanning for the Rwinkwavu District Hospital, Nuru International, and Mubuga Primary School. She has since joined the research team in Boston to work on developing an Impact Assessment Tool with The Atlantic Philanthropies and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Regina taught a senior year architectural elective at Wentworth in Spring 2016. She studied Civil Engineering and Architecture at Princeton University and received her Master’s in Urban Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.