Mission Statement:

AIA New England, a regional council of the American Institute of Architects, provides effective engagement with the National organization, enables regional leadership development, and supports shared interests and benefits among the state and local components.

AIA New England’s Value:

Provides Effective Engagement with the National Organization

  • AIA New England provides a caucus/forum for collectively influencing AIA National decisions, policies and programs.
  • AIA New England connects our components to AIA National, advocating for components at the national level and helping components understand how National decisions, policies, and programs will affect their members.

Enables Regional Leadership Development

  • AIA New England components have the opportunity for local and state representation on National Committees (Strategic Council, College of Fellows, Young Architects Forum, National Associates Committee, and Knowledge Communities).
  • AIA New England provides the region with a mechanism to be effective at the National Level by fostering connections between our local leaders.

Supports Shared Interests and Benefits

  • AIA New England connects our individual components with others in our region. This enables component leadership to share best practices – governance, programs, public engagement, marketing, advocacy, etc. — and to identify collaborative opportunities around programming, public engagement, marketing and advocacy.
  • AIA New England supports the AIA New England Design Awards and Annual Meeting. The AIA New England Design Awards is facilitated alternatively by one of eight chapters each year. The AIA New England Design Awards provides an opportunity to increase firm exposure for our members.

AIA New England Officers – 2017

See full contact information for officers and board members on the “Members” page.
President Vada Seccareccia Assoc AIA is a designer and marketing coordinator at Union Studio Architecture and Community Design in Providence, RI. Email
President-Elect Alan S. Lagocki AIA is a principal at Ames & Whitaker Architecture/Planning in Southington, CT E-mail
Treasurer Chris Walsh AIA is a principal at Chris Walsh & Company in Framingham, MA, and has been member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 6th Middlesex District since 2010. E-mail
Past President Judith Johnson AIA is a principal at Harriman in Portland, ME. Email
Carolyn Isaak (Executive Director), was Executive Director of AIA New Hampshire 1999-2016 and has been Executive Director of AIA New England since 2002. Email

New England Representatives to the AIA Strategic Council

Richard T. Connell AIA is chief of Delivery and Process at S/L/A/M Collaborative in Glastonbury, CT. He received a B.Arch from Rhode Island School of Design in 1979. E-mail

Judy Johnson AIA is a principal at Harriman in Portland, ME, and works on a range of projects from schools to medical facilities to office buildings. She is on the board of Spiral Arts, a non-profit group that helps less fortunate members of society, those with mental, physical, or economic challenges, express themselves creatively. Email

2017 Presidents of the New England Chapters

BSA: Josiah Stevenson FAIA, E-mail
Central MA: Stephen Lewis AIA, E-mail
CT: George Fellner AIA, E-mail
ME: Robert Tillotson AIA, rtillotson@oakpoint.com
MA: Ethan Anthony AIA, E-mail
NH: Sheldon Pennoyer AIA, E-mail
RI: Christen Robbins AIA, E-mail
VT: Eric Morrow AIA, E-mail
Western MA: Helen Fantini AIA, E-mail