About

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 – 2020

See full contact information for officers and board members on the “Members” page.
President Helen Fantini AIA is the former president of AIA Western MA. E-mail.
President-Elect Elizabeth Cox AIA was the AIANE YARD 2015-2017 and works at Payette. E-mail
Secretary/Treasurer Michael Lassell AIA is the owner/principal of Lassell Architects P.A. in So. Berwick, ME E-mail
Past President Paul Bourbeau AIA is a principal of PHB Architects, Bedford, NH. E-mail

New England Representatives to the AIA Strategic Council

Danielle McDonough AIA (2019-2021) is a project architect at Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA, working on projects such as the broadcasting studio for WBUR, hotel renovation, and Museum of Science renovations. She is a leader in BIM management and office initiatives for sustainability research. Email
Tom Hartman AIA (2020-2022) is principal architect and partner at c&h architects, Amherst, MA, a practice that focuses on the creation of high performance, environmentally intelligent buildings and communities. Email

2020 Presidents of the New England Chapters

BSA: Natasha Espada AIA, E-mail
Central MA: Mariana O’Brien, PhD, Assoc. AIA, E-mail
CT: George E. McGoldrick AIA , E-mail
ME: Jesse Thompson AIA, E-mail
MA: Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham AIA, E-mail
NH: Tracy Kozak AIA, E-mail
RI: Daniel Kwasniewski AIA, E-mail
VT: John Dale AIA, E-mail
Western MA: J. Kristian Whitsett AIA, E-mail