Our Leadership

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in 1857; AIA Akron a chapter of the AIA began in 1968. The Akron chapter is one of seven chapter territories that make up AIA Ohio. Through education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach activities, the AIA and it’s more 80,000 members work to achieve a more human-built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects.

AIA Akron is comprised of architects, architectural associates working toward licensure, students, industry professionals and community members from the surrounding area. The board is headed by a president, president-elect, and past president who assist in organizing chapter events and committee activities.

Peter Marks, AIA
DLR Group



Past President 
Benjamin Riha, AIA
“I joined the AIA to be part of the professional design community.  In change, the AIA community helps everyone gain knowledge, awareness and relationships. We are all stronger as a body rather than an individual.” 


Julie Whyte, AIA
SoL Harris Day Architects, Inc.
Being involved with AIA is a great way to connect with the broader design community and to advocate for positive change in the profession.”



Susan Allen, AIA ASID, LEED, AP BD+C
TC Architects






Julia Duhart
Braun & Steidl Architects, a studio of Prime AE Group, Inc. 
“I joined AIA Akron to become further immersed in the architectural community and hope to expand knowledge of this industry to others outside of the profession.”


Three Year Director
Randy Parsons, AIA
Mann Parsons Gray Architects



Three Year Director

Russell Gayheart, AIA
GPD Group
“AIA Akron provides a platform to engage with industry professionals. I’m also able to work to promote community engagement within the chapter, with the goal to educate communities on the value of Architecture.” 


Ohio Director
Melinda Scalfaro, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
SoL Harris Day Architects, Inc.
I love that AIA offers members a voice in today’s political landscape and events regarding my passion-environmental stewardship.” 



Alternate Ohio Director
Emily Steiner Little, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C
“The thing I like most about the AIA is it provides an incredible network of talented people who share many of the same goals but with different insight and opinions.” 



One Year Director
Robert Chordar, AIA




One Year Director
Eric Pros, AIA



One Year Director
Zachary Forney, Associate AIA
Better Block Foundation
“I joined AIA because I got tired of people complaining and not working to make change. I see AIA as the driving force in Architecture, so if I want to make a change in the profession, I can start by making a change in AIA.” 


Associate Director 
William T. Willoughby, AIA
Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design
“As the largest organization of its kind in the US, AIA represents us: the architectural profession in all its diversity and difference. If broad transformations are to happen in our profession, members of AIA will be the ones with a voice.”


Kent State University Liasion 
Marti Ring
Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design




AIA Akron Past Presidents

AIA Akron Committies