Najahyia Chinchilla, AIA, LEED- AP
Senior Associate & Project Manager
Najahyia Chinchilla is an Architect and Regional Synergy Leader for Gensler. Born and raised in Detroit, Najahyia has had a passion for improving the cities built environment since high school and was further inspired by being a research assistant for the Shrinking Cities project, urban gardening with Grace Boggs and starting the renovation of her own building in Detroit. These experiences led her to pursuing a graduate degree in Architecture at the University of Maryland, where she lead the schools 2015 Solar Decathlon team.
After graduating career opportunities took her to New York where she started with Gensler and worked on corporate interiors and led the AIA NY Emerging Architects Committee and the Highline Design Competition. In 2012 she returned to Detroit and has been working with companies to expand and grow their workplaces in Detroit. Her clients have included Miller Canfield, MarxModa, McCann, Agency 720, GM, Foley, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Detroit Achievement Academy and Adient. She has lead teams working on building repositioning and historic preservation. Najahyia is dedicated to Sustainability- economic, social and environmental- at Gensler she is working with teams to initiate higher awareness and impact of resiliency through the design process.
Najahyia has been an active member AIA Detroit since she moved back, from the Urban Priorities Committee, Jefferson East Pop-Ups to serving on the Board. Curator and designer with Public Design Trust for the UNESCO St. Etienne Footwork Exhibition. She has served as a juror for the Design Core Commerce Design Competition (2018) and on academic juries at local universities.
Megan Martin-Campbell, AIA, LEED AP, CSI CDT
Architect, Project Leader
Megan is a licensed architect and project leader at inFORM studio where she brings a comprehensive understanding of design, research, and technical implementation to projects. Her interest in social justice and place-based environments as applied to architecture have been exhibited in various projects throughout her career, such as working alongside non-profit organizations and governmental agencies in and around Detroit, Michigan. She holds a strong belief of architecture as a tool for public engagement, which lead her to becoming involved with the AIA Detroit Chapter with committee participation starting in 2007.
She is an active member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and served as a committee chair to the House Tour from 2011-2014. Outside of the AIA, she volunteers as a member of the City of Pleasant Ridge Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority. In 2015, she was selected as Lawrence Technological University’s Pellerin Fellow, which allowed her the opportunity to travel and study the rebuilding efforts of the Tohoko Region of Northern Japan following the Earthquake and Tsunami event of 2011. She have been an active participant in her alma mater with serving on studio guest juries and on the Lawrence Technological University Architecture and Design Alumni Cabinet as Chair Elect.
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 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
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.
Patty Boyle, AIA, LEED AP
Corporate Director of Architecture
Patty Boyle is the Corporate Director of Architecture for SmithGroupJJR, one of the largest architecture, engineering and planning firms in the US. Based in the Detroit office, Patty is responsible for establishing strategies for innovation in practice and delivery across all of the firms’ locations. With over 20 years of experience in design and architecture, Patty has completed a broad range of noteworthy projects, from the renovation and rehabilitation of buildings on the National Historic Register to corporate headquarters encompassing more than one million square feet. Patty is also dedicated to addressing diversity, engagement and inclusion in the practice of architecture. In 2015 Patty initiated ‘Detroit Women in Architecture’ – an informal group that supports and advances the work of women in architecture in the Detroit region.
Todd Drouillard, AIA, NCARB
Senior Project Manager
Todd Drouillard, AIA is a senior project manager at Ghafari Associates, a position he has held since 2013 when he became the youngest person in the firm’s history to take on this role. With over 18 years of experience working for both small and large firms in the Detroit area, Todd understands that it takes a dedicated group of people to raise a building. As a senior project manager at Ghafari, he works diligently to make sure that all participants have a voice and that objectives and expectations are aligned between client stakeholders, internal team members across A/E disciplines, contractors, and consultants. Todd is the main point of contact for several of the firm’s largest clients and leads A/E teams on a variety of large- and medium-sized projects spanning multiple industries, including the aviation, commercial, government, institutional, healthcare, and industrial / manufacturing sectors. He has played an active role in Ghafari’s pioneering efforts in building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD), managing several large-scale, complex 3D-enabled projects. As a senior manager, he is also involved with future business planning, firm management, and client stabilization efforts.
Since re-joining Ghafari in 2006, Todd has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects, becoming an internal IDP Mentor and shepherding seven architects to licensure and currently mentoring three intern architects. He is also an active AIA Student Mentor for both the University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University. At Ghafari, he is the current sponsorship, legislative awareness, and membership liaison that reaches out to AIA Michigan, Michigan Architectural Foundation, and AIA Detroit.
Todd holds a Master of Architecture degree (with special emphasis on urban design and planning) and a Bachelor of Science in architecture, both from Lawrence Technological University. He is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board and is Licensed Architect in the State of Michigan.
Laurie Hughet-Hiller, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
McIntosh Poris Associates
Laurie Hughet-Hiller has been a registered architect since 2012. She has been working in the profession continuously since her first year of college as a summer intern. She pursued her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees at University of Michigan, from which she received numerous scholarships to attend and graduated with honors. Upon graduation in 2006, she began her career in Los Angeles at ROSSETTI’s Los Angeles office and then Clive Wilkinson Architects, who is internationally renowned for designing creative communities.
Recognizing that she could make more of a difference in Detroit than LA, Laurie returned to her home state of Michigan at the end of 2009. She continued to work remotely for Clive Wilkinson Architects while also consulting for local firms and pursuing independent projects. She served as LEED coordinator for the goal LEED Silver Santa Monica College Academy of Arts and Technology/KCRW Radio Station project with Clive Wilkinson. Laurie joined McIntosh Poris Associates in 2012 where she was an Associate until joining Gensler as Design Director in December of 2017.
She has since rejoined the team at McIntosh Poris Associates.
Kimberly Montague, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB
AIA Michigan Director
Executive Director – Design Alliances & Applied Research
Kimberly Montague has been a licensed architect for over 20 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 Kimball International, she worked as the Business Development Director at HKS, the health care team at Herman Miller Healthcare, and 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.
Prior to joining Planetree in 2007, Kimberly was the Vice President of Business Development and Project Principal at Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. in Detroit, Michigan. During this time Kimberly was responsible for the design and planning of a wide variety of health care projects, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, ambulatory diagnostic centers and medical office buildings. With over a ten-year relationship with Aurora Health Care, Kimberly was part of the team that helped to create the healing environment at many of Aurora Health Care’s newest medical centers throughout Wisconsin. In addition, her work with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo, Brazil, helped to solidify the health care practice for Kahn’s office in that country.
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 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.
Recently 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.
Tracy Sweeney, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tracy is an Associate with HED’s Corporate and Commercial Studio, where she focuses on libraries, education and workplace design as a means to explore our changing expectations about mobility, interactions, technology, and new work modes.
Through more than two decades of volunteer involvement with university, professional and community organizations, Tracy has been a passionate advocate for inclusion and interdisciplinary conversations about Design and the Arts in the community. She was a founding member of the AIA Detroit Emerging Professionals Committee, a dedicated committee member for several years in the retooling of the AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture, serves on the AIA Michigan Design Retreat Committee with a focus on involvement of students and younger professionals, and has been Chair of the AIA Detroit PechaKucha Night Detroit Committee and MC of the quarterly events for ten years, giving a voice to creative work of all kinds. She is well-known at her alma mater Lawrence Tech for her commitment to mentoring activities, studio tours, speaking engagements and panel discussions, as well as her past service on the Architecture and Design Alumni Cabinet. She also dedicates time to the nonprofit Detroit Sessions, delivering on pianist Ivan Moshchuk’s mission to produce one-of-a-kind interactive experiences that make classical music more accessible to new audiences.
Tracy has received AIA Young Architect honors at both the local (Detroit, 2014) and state (Michigan, 2015) levels, as well as Lawrence Technological University’s Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award in 2018.
Imani Day, AIA
Imani Day is a recently licensed architect with Gensler and former Adjunct Professor of Design at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is also an editorial fellow with the Avery Review. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2011, she worked with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City for four years. Day moved to Detroit in 2015 to focus on community-oriented design projects around the city with a strong passion for educational spaces and cultural work. She also has served as an executive board member for the Detroit chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
Tricia A. Beck, AIA
Higher Education Studio Leader
Tricia is the Higher Education Studio Leader for SmithGroup, one of the largest, integrated
architecture, engineering, and planning firms in the US. She brings nearly 25 years of proven
leadership capabilities and an innovative eye to the projects she champions. Tricia’s continuing
involvement in multiple corporate leadership groups and initiatives demonstrates her ability to
build consensus while working with diverse constituents and peers. Her experience on
SmithGroup’s Leadership Council, Higher Education Practice, Finance Committee, and Growth
Initiative has focused on both talent and geographic growth as well as increasing gender
diversity and the number of women in leadership roles within the firm. She looks forward to
bringing that dialogue to AIA Detroit to tackle parallel socio-economic, cultural, and gender
Tricia possesses a unique pairing of strategy and empathy within her problem-solving
methodology. Whether she is engaged with a client on conceptualizing a design for a project or
working with a team to develop new approaches, Tricia takes a strategic view. She imparts a high level of empathy in her everyday processes. She seeks to get to know people and understand what makes them tick. By achieving that level of understanding, she can know what their motivators are and works to position them for success. She values and emulates mentorship and encourages others to do the same.
As a passionate coach for the underrepresented in the design profession, she uses the process
of design as a tool to encourage, guide, and open opportunities to women, minorities, and
members of the LGBTQ+ community. She strongly believes that being an architect is a privilege
that carries with it the responsibility to foster justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). The focus of Tricia’s work is in higher education, and that has enabled her to put these beliefs into action while working with clients to solve their JEDI goals.
Tricia is a former AIA Michigan Board Member and participated in the AIA Michigan Educational Facilities Conference Committee for six years. She understands the efficiency of collaboration between Michigan chapters in these challenging economic times. And with career experience gained by working in a small, medium, and large firm in the Detroit region, she also recognizes the challenges and opportunities of Metro Detroit practices in both suburban and downtown locales. Tricia’s background will allow her to help AIA Detroit continue to develop as a more inclusive organization that works to support Architects, the design profession, and all of our allied organizations, all to the mutual success of the other.
Katy Rupp, Associate AIA
Immersive Design Specialist
Katy is an Immersive Design Specialist at Ghafari Associates and teaches at Henry Ford College and the College for Creative Studies. She is an active volunteer for the Interior Design Coalition for Change (IDCFC), Greening of Detroit, and Alliance of Therapy Dog. She is a member of the VR/AR Association as an AEC Committee member, a current scholar of the AIA Detroit Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program 2019-2020, and a Future Focus 2019 recipient for “Designing for the Unseen”. She has been a speaker at a number of events regarding the AEC industry and visual engagement such as, AIA DABUG, Liveworx VRAR Enterprise Summit, and “Collaboration in AEC” VR/AR Association panel discussion. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College.
Melinda Anderson, AIAD Affiliate
Professional Affiliate Director
Studio M Detroit
Born and raised in Detroit, Melinda obtained a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation from the university, her travels led her to live and work abroad in Berlin and Palermo in architecture and set design thus developing a global perspective on art and design. Once returning to the city, a serendipitous opportunity to volunteer as a producer for an event sparked her curiosity and led to a career change to focus on event production and design. While working a full-time job, she began working for the Movement Electronic Music Festival as an experience designer for the VIP and in selected areas throughout the festival. Specializing in creating atmospheric designs and installations, thousands of guests have been able to delight and experience a unique setting year after year.
In 2011, Melinda was tasked with creating the first design festival in Detroit that led to Design Core Detroit being awarded as stewards of the UNESCO City of Design designation. Throughout her work with Design Core Detroit, I began to develop methods to use art and design to thoughtfully and respectfully engage with communities of color within Detroit. In 2019, she established Studio M Detroit to continue working with neighborhoods and designers to uplift and share their work with a global audience. To date, Melinda has engaged with 3,000+ designers and 12 neighborhoods throughout the city of Detroit.
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.
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.
In her spare time, she can be found writing sketch comedy and improvising at Planet Ant in Hamtramck. Spending time with her husband, friends, and family is her greatest joy, and she will never turn down a cannoli or the opportunity to show off a photo of her scrappy terrier, Mosby.