Katie Johnson, AIA, PMP, LEED AP
Senior Operations Manager | Principal
Katie Johnson (Miller) is a Principal at AECOM focused on multidisciplinary collaborations in Michigan cities, including Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids. Her early career experience in community development—working with northwest Detroit neighborhood residents and southwest Detroit small business owners—led to a lifelong passion for serving Detroit. As an architect and Detroit resident, Katie currently serves on the Detroit Historic District Commission and the Facilities Committee for Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, an afterschool program on Detroit’s eastside. Katie excels at harvesting diverse viewpoints to foster creative thinking and fuel innovative strategies. Her leadership approach draws on her expertise in both design and business to translate bold ideas into tangible results.
Katie’s AIA involvement includes participation in the Practice Innovation Lab, hosted by the Young Architect’s Forum in Washington, D.C. in 2017. At the Practice Innovation Lab, Katie pitched a new practice model for collaboration among architecture firms in professional and community service projects, garnering the event’s “People’s Choice” award and a subsequent Architecture Business Plan Competition award presented at A’18 in New York. Prior to Katie’s involvement with the Practice Innovation Lab, Katie served on AIA Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee where she led a collaborative effort between AIAD, Detroit Public Schools, and the Michigan Association of Planning to host a workshop on the adaptive reuse of vacant school buildings.
Roland Day II, AIA, NOMA
John Tagle Associates, Inc.
Architect & Designer
With over 34 years of experience working on a wide variety of projects, Roland’s primary goal is to passionately create excellent architecture, planning and design focused on regenerating cities and enhancing the quality of urban life and culture.
Roland has been involved with multiple stages of a wide variety of projects including the renovation of the Cobo Center Convention Center, Museum of African American History [Detroit], and the Greektown Casino. Recent work includes interior|workplace design and experiential graphics for DTE and many other businesses in the metro Detroit area. Having worked for several firms, Roland has also been in private practice for over 16 years, providing professional services on residential and commercial projects.
Having traveled and studied extensively, Roland will bring his experience to bear to enhance and support the AID Board. He has used his leadership skills to serve the community and architectural profession in many ways from participating on several National AIA committees and jury panels to mentoring high school students and serving in various capacities in his church. Two strong areas of interest within the field are Diversity + Inclusion as well as strengthening the reach of our local chapter within the metro Detroit region by developing new programs and opportunities for community outreach.
Jeff Gaines, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Vice President / President Elect
Jeff Gaines AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate Principal at HED where he serves as the Director of Design for the Southfield office. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of architecture, planning, and urban design, Mr. Gaines is committed to sustainable design and planning solutions that improve the well-being of those that occupy and are affected by the resulting built environments. He is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council, an organization that he has been involved with since its formation. He is also actively involved in the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. He is a registered architect in the State of Michigan, and a Certified Planner with architecture and planning degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati. In addition, he holds certificates from the National Charrette Institute and the Form Based Codes Institute, and is also a Michigan Place Partnership Placemaking Curriculum Certified Trainer. He has also taught Architectural Design and Urban Planning courses at Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit Mercy, and the University of Michigan.
Andrew Stone, AIA, NCARB
Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.
Corporate Director | Senior Architect
I serve as a Corporate Director and Senior Architect for Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Kahn) – a role that has brought exciting challenges and incredible rewards. Since starting with the company in 2014, I’ve quickly risen through the ranks from Architectural Intern to serving on the Kahn Board of Directors. I am an inaugural member of the company’s Diversity + Inclusion Committee and a long-standing member of the Workflow Improvement Team. Most recently, I was recognized as a 2022 Notable LGBTQ in Business Leader by Crain’s Detroit – a recognition that I hope helps to increase visibility of LGBTQ individuals and highlight diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the AEC industry.
Over the last eight years at Kahn, I’ve helped to develop millions of square feet within the built environment, and through that process I’ve developed a strong understanding of the architectural process, a breadth of experience in various building typologies, and a keen interest in building enclosure sciences. Since receiving my license in 2017, I’ve helped to guide others within Kahn’s office through project development and encouraged licensure and membership within AIA. Additionally, through the experience I’ve gained during this tenure, I’ve developed strong relationships with building owners, engineers, construction managers, contractors, and fellow architects and designers.
I look forward to the opportunity to bring my experience, energy, and passion for the Detroit design community to serve AIA Detroit and its membership.
Paul R. Wills, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Paul, a partner with Plante Moran Realpoint, specializes in preconstruction planning, program feasibility, and program oversight services. Paul excels in helping decision-makers define and meet key program success parameters, goals, and objectives. This includes assisting with the selection of design and construction team members, working with clients to achieve favorable designs within funding, and monitoring program progress.
Paul has more than 30 years of program management experience and has completed successful capital projects worth more than $5 billion. He has assisted numerous clients across Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Florida on more than 600 facilities projects involving building assessments, conceptual programming, bonding approval, and design and construction for educational facilities, municipal offices, law enforcement, fire and EMS, libraries, courts, recreation centers, and DPW facilities.
Paul received his Bachelor of Science (1996) and Master of Architecture (1997) degrees from Lawrence Technological University. He became a licensed architect in 2001. Paul is a LEED-accredited professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Paul regularly presents at industry sector conferences and seminars including CASBO, CASA, MASB, MASA, MSBO, MLI, MML, and MGFOA.
Paul volunteers his time mentoring numerous architectural students annually through the AIA mentorship program, LTU’s architectural alumni association, and co-chaired the Southfield Public Schools STEM Advisory Council for over 8 years.
Ron Henry, AIA, NCARB
AIA Michigan Director
Senior Vice President
Patrick Kanary, AIA, NCARB
Architect | Senior Project Manager
Patrick is a licensed architect and senior project manager in the Detroit office of SmithGroup, where he brings a proven passion for management, leadership, financial success, and innovative design solutions to each of his clients and projects. Patrick has spent more than 20 years working in various specialties including Workplace, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Commercial, Retail, and Food Service. He has successfully managed diverse project teams to uncover clients’ passions and concerns while building consensus, creating a unified team vision, and delivering projects that exceed each client’s and team’s goals.
Patrick was born and raised in Midland, Michigan, among many Alden B. Dow-designed buildings. He viewed Dow’s homes as personal and exceptional examples of great design and was inspired to learn to create inspiring buildings and environments for others. He attended the University of Michigan (B.S. Arch. 1995 and M. Arch. 1997) and lived and worked in Boston, before returning to the Detroit area to raise his family. Patrick enjoys exploring and working in Detroit, spending his free time at Detroit Golf Club, working swim meets for his sons’ various teams, and supporting the University of Detroit Jesuit High School where his youngest son and his classmates and teammates learn to become men for others in the Jesuit tradition.
At this point in his professional career and personal development, Patrick wants others in the metro Detroit architectural community to benefit from his experience, knowledge, financial acumen, and advanced leadership skills so others can continue to develop advance, and learn from both his successes and missteps. Patrick is a thoughtful and patient leader who delivers added value and facilitates interdisciplinary, cross-functional collaboration among his teams and clients. He is eager to partner with the AIA Detroit Board of Directors to operationalize their Strategic Plan and continue to improve our profession and communities in metro Detroit.
Christopher L. Stefani,
AIA Michigan Director
Lawrence Technological University
Chief of Staff
Christopher L. Stefani serves as chief of staff at Lawrence Technological University,
where he manages high-priority programs to propel the university’s mission forward.
Over 8 years with LTU, Stefani’s work included a pioneering Early Middle College program – the first in the city of Detroit, which led to the expansion of LTU’s Industry-Sponsored Courses and co-development of the Innovative Pathways Initiative, which is working to increase access to a STEAM-based education for all students – from kindergarten through professional development.
An LTU graduate holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture, Stefani chose to grow his career at his alma mater. He previously served as LTU’s executive director of external academic initiatives (EAI); director of EAI for LTU’s College of Architecture and Design; associate director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology and adjunct faculty member in the College of Architecture and Design.
Stefani also established The C.L. Stefani Company, a Detroit-based design group in 2016. In 2020, he was named one of Crain’s Detroit’s esteemed 20 in their Twenties. He is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan and Detroit, the Interior Design Coalition for Change, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Economic Club, and The Gaelic League of Detroit (Irish American Club).
Stefani, 33, resides in the city of Detroit and Port Austin, Mich. with his partner.
Craig Kolstad, AIA, ASID, NOMA, LFA, LEED AP, WEDG, LSSYB
DESIGN LEAD | PRINCIPAL
Craig’s current position as Design Lead & Principal with ROSSETTI Architects in Detroit, Michigan, is focused on the development of Sports & Entertainment venues, in addition to adaptive reuse and master planning projects that are designed to elevate the human experience while meeting the needs of all project stakeholders. He focuses on integrated, high-performance design that seeks to combine culture, beauty, performance and resilience within the built environment while creating client value.
Recent volunteer experience on the 2021 Veterans Project at Sugar Hill with AIA Detroit and IDCFC – the Sugar Hill project, (designing with trauma informed strategies) brought him closer to local Detroit community efforts. Now, at a senior stage of his professional career and personal development, Craig has a desire to share his experience and leadership skills to serve the design and construction community and learn with his colleagues, at a board level as AIA Detroit Director.
His desire to contribute, coupled with extensive team management experience, industry knowledge and interest in collaborating with other AEC professionals will help AIA Detroit achieve their Strategic Plan.
Salvatore A. Moschelli, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, NCARB
Throughout my 25+ year career, I have specialized in the design of high-performing buildings for K-12 and higher education clients with additional notable periods in residential, multi-family, and resort design. I have also stretched my entrepreneurial and leadership wings leading a for-profit construction company specializing in long-term disaster relief for NGOs in Haiti as well as leading AIA Detroit as interim Executive Director for a short time. Whether I am working with administrators, educators, or community groups, I excel at leading by listening, enabling others to act, and creating a shared vision. I’m passionate about sustainability and have led integrated design teams through the successful completion of multiple LEED Gold-certified buildings. I have recently taken on the role of Project Executive and brought Fanning Howey Associates back to Michigan as Managing Director where I am growing our portfolio across the state and enjoying the role as an Entrepreneur and Architect.
I’m an alumnus of Lawrence Technological University with a B.S. in Architecture and a Master of Architecture that I received in 2000 and 2006. I have been a member of the AIA since 2004 and an active volunteer since 2007. Receiving the Michigan Architectural Foundation’s President’s Scholarship inspired me to join and give back to the organization by volunteering. Over the last fifteen years, I have seen and participated in the immensely positive change that our chapter has undergone, and am grateful to the many people who have been a part of it. I was co-chair of the successful ARE-Timing bill with the AIAMI Government Affairs Committee which was a 2 1/2 year grassroots effort. As one of the past core committee members of the AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture and past AIA Detroit Director of Sponsorship, I have facilitated sponsorship efforts that have raised nearly $400,000 in sponsorship over 6 years. Profits from which supported programming and initiatives for our membership and community. Most recently, I served as the AIAD Secretary for a year, and Treasurer for two years with my term ending in December of 2020. For many of these efforts over the last decade, I was awarded the AIA National Jason Pettigrew Memorial Scholarship in 2009 and honored to be the inaugural recipient of the AIA Detroit Associate Member Award in 2013 as well as the recipient of the 2017 AIA Detroit Young Architect Award.
Alina Osnaga, Associate AIA, NOMA
Alina Osnaga LLC
I am a Master of Architecture candidate at Lawrence Technological University. Additionally, I hold a Master’s in Neuroscience Applied to Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Computer Science.
I have a profound passion for design methodologies that place the human experience at the forefront within the built environment. My advocacy centers on design practices that prioritize people, ensuring that spaces are not only visually appealing but also contribute to the physical and psychological well-being of those who inhabit them. My mission is to create environments that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also genuinely enrich the lives of their users, promoting both their physical and mental health.
I strongly believe that my background in research and the multiple awards and scholarships in this field has equipped me with the skills to promote research and innovation within AIA Detroit.
I will support initiatives that encourage evidence-based design and integration of the latest scientific findings into architectural practice.
Previous to my current position, I spent a couple of years working in different aspects of the architecture field, in diﬀerent countries, which has impacted my way of analyzing architecture. This experience included understanding the design process disparities between Europe and the USA, as well as the cultural nuances in user requirements. Today all my design iterations are created with the human experience in mind.
Throughout my career, I have gained valuable experience at reputable firms such as Impronta, Sasaki, and as a solo entrepreneur.
My research was presented at conferences and in publications such as IEEE, EDRA, ANFA, Planetree International, and European Healthcare Design. My work was featured in publications such as CityLab – Bloomberg, Gather, and The Center for Conscious Design – Madrid.
Patricia Roberts, International Associate AIA
If Architecture is all about the art of integrating diverse components into a balanced and purposeful whole, then the seeds for her choice of profession were sown deep in her blood and she has nurtured them diligently to be harvested today!
Patricia Roberts is currently a Technical Designer at Gensler, Detroit. Born and raised in South India, she received her Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Design from MEASI Academy of Architecture, Chennai, India. In 2013 she came to the United States to pursue a Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, Georgia, inspired by their holistic and interdisciplinary approach to design.
Patricia’s professional experience includes working for Cooper Carry, an Architecture firm in Atlanta while serving as a member of the Board of Directors for AIA Georgia from 2016 until 2020. Being on the board encouraged her to be a part of local communities beyond the office, and engage in programming including Equity in Architecture, where she worked to promote gender equality in the local A/E/C industry. She was also a member of NOMA, serving as the Marketing Director from 2017-2019.
As a child, Patricia was surrounded by architecture, often visiting the architecture firm where her father worked and construction sites. Playing with measuring tape and learning to draw with talk of scaffolding, columns, and cantilevers in her ear proved deeply influential. Today, she is still fascinated by how forms become structures and the many techniques and styles that can be utilized in design.
Patricia enjoys traveling, painting, tennis, and exploring Detroit in her free time.
Healthcare Sales & Application Specialist
Elizabeth is a highly accomplished professional in design, sales, and strategic relationships. With a successful tenure at Herman Miller, she excelled as a Healthcare Sales & Application Specialist, contributing to dealer strategies and collaborating with designers, sales teams, and leadership. As a Strategic Relationship Executive, Elizabeth now works closely with key influencers to promote MillerKnoll products and address customer needs. With prior experience at Gensler, she led transformative projects for global Fortune 500 companies. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art and Design, cementing her expertise in the field. Her achievements and dedication epitomize excellence in design and business.
Lauren 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.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Communications Coordinator and Media Magician
After working with AIA Detroit on various projects, Patty is ecstatic to join the AIA Detroit Team. She founded Rooney and Company in 2014 after graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in Film, Video, & Media Studies. As the owner of a visual media company, she has years of experience coordinating crew, clients, and talent to ensure high quality work that elevates the voices of nonprofits, small businesses, and corporations she’s had the pleasure of working with.
Patty is looking forward to increasing public awareness of the architecture profession’s impact on Metro Detroit’s ever-changing landscape, and championing the programs, initiatives, and accomplishments of the AIA Detroit community and its members.