Jonathan Disbrow, AIA, NCARB
Architectural Design Lead
Jon is a right and left brained architect. He’s both an award winning designer and accomplished technical architect. Jon’s projects span from macro to micro, including sports, hospitality, residential, mixed-use and civic projects. Jonathan earned his Master of Architecture degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his Bachelor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the Board since 2013 and served as the Board Secretary in 2014 and 2015. In addition to being an AIA Detroit director he was an integral member of the AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee. As a part of the UPC Jon was instrumental in the planning and successful execution of the 2011 Designed in Detroit exhibitions and symposia series dealing with the subjects of Urban Agriculture, Public Transportation and Urban Centers in Detroit and was co-editor of the subsequent book on the series. In 2012 Jonathan was one of the organizers and jury moderator for the 2012 Designed in Detroit – Detroit International Riverfront Design Competition.
Kimberly Montague, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB
Herman Miller Healthcare
A&D Manager - Healthcare
Kimberly Montague has been a licensed architect for over 22 years and has worked in many capacities, both as an architect, planner and health care design strategist. In her current role, she serves as the Manager for the A&D team, and works to partner with architects and designers for knowledge sharing, resources and collaboration on healthcare projects. Prior to joining the health care team at Herman Miller Healthcare, Ms. Montague was the Director of Design Consultation Services for Planetree, Inc. As Director of Design Consultation, her primary focus was dedicated to assisting a variety of health care institutions improve not only the patient-centered aspects of care, but also the safety and health of those who work and are treated in these facilities.
A combination of a passion for healing environments and environmentally friendly design concepts, Kimberly demonstrates commitment to human-centered design by a strong commitment to evidence-based design principles and lean practices as well. By examining the environment from the patient’s perspective, coupled with a personal commitment to promoting health and wellness, her critical eye detects areas within a facility that support healing, or in some cases, can become barriers to furthering safe, effective and efficient healing environments.
Previously recognized by Healthcare Design Magazine as one of health care’s Top 25 Most Influential People in health care design, Kimberly launched the Planetree Visionary Design Network to recognize excellence in creating patient-centered healing environments for architectural and design firms.
Andrew Dunlap, AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP
SmithGroupJJR Building Technology Studio
Mr. Dunlap is a Principal in the Building Technology Studio at SmithGroupJJR, Inc. Mr. Dunlap’s primary work experience is focused on the analysis and development of building enclosure systems including wall cladding assemblies, air barrier systems, roofing, skylights, fenestration systems, and waterproofing. Specializing in the Energy and Hygrothermal Evaluation and Analysis of wall, fenestration, and roof systems, Mr. Dunlap utilizes a number of advanced computerized analysis and simulation tools to perform his work. His work extends from evaluating existing buildings, investigating problem buildings, revitalizing historic structures, to the design of new modern specialty facades.
Mr. Dunlap received his B. Arch, B.S. in Mathematics, and M. Arch degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is active participant in the design and construction community, providing presentations and publications to several industry organizations including ASTM, BETEC, BEC, CSI, AIA2030, and the USGBC. He has been involved in the local chapter of the Building Enclosure Council since its inception in 2008, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). He is currently serving on the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Board of Directors. Mr. Dunlap is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, and is on the University’s advisory board for the Architectural Engineering program.
Najahyia Chinchilla, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager and Designer
Najahyia majored in Environmental Policy and Behavior, earning her Bachelors of Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. She then went on earn her Masters of Architecture at the University of Maryland. She is currently a project manager and designer at the Detroit office of Gensler. She is an active member of the Urban Priorities Committee and loves the diverse perspectives she is exposed to with every new project. The energy and intellectual rigor brought by each committee member keeps Najahyia passionate about her career. “In my first studio class, our professor told us you don’t go into architecture for the money or fame- you become an architect for the love of architecture. And I really see that in the members of this committee. They donate their time and energy for the love of architecture and for the love of Detroit. I am really happy to be a part of it.”
When she is not working with Gensler or the UPC, Najahyia is learning guitar or playing on the Lafayette Park soccer team. She rides her bike wherever she can in the city, loves to shop at Eastern Market, and takes any opportunity she can to dance late into the night with good friends.
The AIA Detroit Board:
Living Proof That All Great
Minds Don't Think Alike
Robert A. Hoida, AIA, NCARB
Past President; Michigan Director
Hobbs + Black Architects
Bob has over 25 years of varied experience in the architectural profession. That experience lies in traditional architectural practice as well as with national Development firms in the Midwest. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bob has held positions in Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. The last twenty years have been in Detroit, and currently is a retail project manager at Hobbs + Black. Bob has held positions at Simon Property Group, The Taubman Company, and a division of the Pillsbury Co. in the past
In addition to currently acting as Past President of AIA Detroit, Bob will also represent AIA Detroit on the AIA Michigan Board of Directors. Bob’s interest in the regeneration of Detroit began with a retail project in Downtown Detroit, which led to his interest in the UPC. Bob has noted that “Detroit’s rich history is evident in almost every corner of the City. AIA Detroit and its members have a calling to have a voice in how the City grows and re-invents itself.”
Charles E. Lewis, AIA
Integrated Design Solutions, LLC
Senior Vice President
Charles E. Lewis, Jr., is the Director of Architecture at Integrated Design Solutions. He has over 25 years of experience in the AE industry. Chuck’s experience is wide-ranging from college and university facilities, K-12 schools, laboratories, sports and recreation and airport work. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Houston.
Chuck previously served on the AIA Detroit Executive Committee for 5 years as Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Past-President. Deeply connected to AIA Detroit’s mission and vision, Chuck understands the importance of AIA Detroit representation at the State level as we continue through the Institute Repositioning and Chapter Restructuring. He is dedicated to moving the organization forward as a respected voice in the community for the practice of architecture, and he is passionate about reaffirming our ties to other design disciplines and civil leaders. As AIA Michigan Director, Chuck will continue to be an advocate for AIA Detroit Members and their interests.
IDS is a full-service Architectural/ Engineering firm of over 80 professionals, located in Troy, MI, specializing in architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, technology and interior design.
Tim Flintoff, AIA, NCARB
Hamilton Anderson Associates
Timothy Flintoff Jr. AIA, NCARB, is a Project Manager with Hamilton Anderson Associates, previously Project Architect with NSA Architect- Engineers. Tim received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. Working in the profession since the early 2000s, Tim’s project experience has covered a variety of project types ranging from healthcare, industrial, residential, retail, and mixed use to federal/government work. Tim has been an active member of the AIA for over 10 years starting with the early formation of the Emerging professionals committee, to leading and lecturing for the ARE prep committee in 2012. Additionally, Tim has been a member of the AIA Michigan Government Affairs committee since 2008, working with fellow Associates and AIA members to successfully pass several legislative efforts including the ARE timing bill. Tim looks forward to using his experience, knowledge and passion for the City of Detroit and the profession to enhance the mission and vision of AIA Detroit.
Melissa Dittmer, AIA
Director of Architecture and Design
Melissa Dittmer is the Director of Architecture + Design at Bedrock Real Estate Services, the real estate and development company for all of Dan Gilbert’s Detroit properties. In her role, Melissa is responsible for leading Bedrock’s internal architecture studio – a collaborative group that completes the research, analysis, programming, and conceptual design of Bedrock’s real estate development projects – and the selection of external architects appropriate for each project’s strategic vision.
Most recently, Melissa led the conceptualization of Bedrock’s “City Modern” project, the modern redevelopment of 8.4 acres within Detroit’s historic Brush Park community and recent CNU Grand Prize winner. Melissa also led the design of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force Plan – a 340-page document outlining strategies for the removal of 84,000+ blighted properties in Detroit.
Patricia Boyle, AIA, LEED AP
Corporate Director of Architecture
Matthew L. Rossetti, FAIA
President and Chief Architect of Serious Fun
As President of ROSSETTI, Matt leads the firm’s passion for reigniting urban environments through architecture and design. The firm is currently involved in a dozen Detroit-based projects and is headquartered in Detroit’s historic Federal Reserve building. A third-generation architect, Matt became president in 1999 and has grown the 45-year-old business into an internationall-recognized design firm with a portfolio of award-winning sports, entertainment, corporate and interiors projects.
Matt believes that architecture must have a third dimension beyond form and function in order to meet our client’s vision and provide value. To further this goal, Matt founded Return on Design, ROSSETTI’s unique approach for generating value through design solutions. His passion for urban revitalization has driven the firm’s methodology to integrate sports with commercial mixed use to create sports anchored developments. He was elevated to the College of Fellows by the AIA for his expertise, study and work in the field of sports and entertainment. Matt regularily lectures on the convergence of sports, economics and civic design at conferences, universities and business forums throughout Michigan and around the world.
Matt is a member of the American Institute of Architects, on the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute, and is on the Board of Governors at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Michigan.
Bryce Gamper, Assoc. AIA
Bryce has over five years experience working in the profession of the built environment, previously working in both construction management during college, and in retail design after graduation. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, he has also experimented in Industrial Design, and has taken that experience with him as an influence to his design style and creative thought process. Currently, Bryce is a designer at dPOP, in Detroit, focusing on commercial office designs – impacting the workspaces of the downtown core. While working Bryce is also actively documenting his hours with AXP on his pursuit to licensure.
In addition, Bryce has been an active member of the Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architects where he served as the co-chair of the Urban Priorities Committee, working on projects to develop stronger communities in the city of Detroit. During his time as co-chair the committee focused their efforts on place making initiatives and community design ventures. He was heavily involved in the conceptual and strategic stages of the Michigan Avenue community project: bringing together designers, architects, and community members to create a new vision for the avenue, extending the success of the Corktown district further into the neighborhood. In the past he has also served on the AIA Detroit PR committee, and on the national board of the American Institute of Architecture Students as the Midwest Quadrant Director.
Aimee Zoyes, Hon AIAD Affiliate
Professional Affiliate Director
Zoyes Creative Group
A born creative, Aimee Zoyes has been drawn to the arts from her earliest days. Shortly after receiving her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Toledo, Aimee moved to Metro Detroit in 1995 to cultivate her career as an architectural illustrator, and worked for several years in the fast-paced agency world. In 1998 she launched an architectural illustration and graphic design business, serving local architects, designers, builders and developers. In 2009 she and her husband, Dean Zoyes, decided to join forces, merging their businesses to combine rendering and design with architectural model making, laser cutting and display services.
As President of Zoyes Creative Group, Aimee manages client relationships, strategy and business development, and provides creative leadership for the firm’s ten member team. Established over 15 years ago, initially as AC Illustration and now as Zoyes Creative Group, the firm continues to maintain strong relationships with the architecture, art and design community here in Detroit. Aimee has been a repeat participant in Detroit’s annual DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) event, guest speaker at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and at the Center for Creative Studies. She has also been a returning keynote speaker at Michigan Design Center, two-time presenter at Pecha-Kucha Detroit, and an active member and sponsor of the AIA Detroit Awards Event Committee. Today, she remains an art and architecture devotee, splitting her time between work, local creative events and family time with her husband and equally creative daughter, Evangelina.
Charlie Klecha, Associate AIA
Klecha joined the AIA Detroit staff as Managing Director in January of 2017, where his focus centers on Chapter operations and operational strategy. The scope of this position involves oversight of the organization’s digital assets and resources, including all digital communications, website, newsletters, and social media, as well as meeting and event planning and logistical coordination. The Managing Director is also engaged heavily in community relations and ongoing partner development, with the goal of fostering deeper and more valuable connections within the design community and throughout metro Detroit.
Klecha, a Detroit native, previously served in number of roles within the AIA, beginning with a term as Student Director on the AIA Illinois Board during his M.Arch program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation, he was elected to serve as National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students [AIAS], a full-time position managing the 7,000-member organization from its headquarters at the American Center for Architecture in Washington DC. During his term, Klecha served on the steering group charged with the formation of the new AIA Strategic Council, as well as sitting on the first AIA National Board of Directors following the implementation of the new governance model. In partnership with NCARB and AIAS, he spearheaded a campaign, and associated scholarship fund, to encourage students to make early progress toward licensure; the campaign concluded with his sitting for, and passing, all seven division of the A.R.E. in seven consecutive days. After returning to Detroit, Klecha was elected Associate Director on the 2016 AIA Detroit Board, and served as Production Manager for the record-setting 2016 Celebration of Architecture during DC3’s Eastern Market After Dark.
Lauren R. Myrand, Associate AIA
Executive Director and Architect Enabler
Lauren was brought on board at AIA Detroit shortly after graduating with her Masters of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2012. She has a history of organizational leadership and strategic marketing throughout her educational career, including acting as the UDM AIAS Vice President from 2010-2011. She is passionate about the Detroit community and the potential for AIA Detroit’s involvement, and is extremely excited by the direction the organization is moving in.
Away from business, Lauren has a deep love for theatre and literature. She relishes the time spent with good friends and good food. One of her favorite hobbies is to laugh, and she oftentimes sings at the top of her lungs in the car.